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Bahrain jails lensman, detains rights activist – Activist on hunger strike

Bahrain jails lensman, detains rights activist – Activist on hunger strike

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Middle East, World

Bahrain jails lensman, detains rights activist – Activist on hunger strike

DUBAI: Sunni-ruled Bahrain upheld a 10-year jail term for a photojournalist yesterday and detained a human rights activist, as it presses a crackdown on Shiites over a 2011 uprising. The tiny but strategic kingdom, just across the Gulf from Iran and home base for the US Fifth Fleet, remains deeply divided three years since authorities […]

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after ‘greatest escape’ – Militants still hold Fijian soldiers

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Asia, Middle East, Top Stories, World

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after ‘greatest escape’ – Militants still hold Fijian soldiers

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after ‘greatest escape’ – Militants still hold Fijian soldiers

MANILA: Dozens of Filipino UN peacekeepers performed the “greatest escape” from besieging Syrian rebels, slipping away under the cover of night after rebels rammed their Golan Heights outpost with armed trucks, the Philippine military said yesterday. All 75 soldiers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Middle East flashpoint zone reached safety after […]

Iraq breaks months-long siege – US carries out limited strikes near Amerli

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Iraq breaks months-long siege – US carries out limited strikes near Amerli

Iraq breaks months-long siege – US carries out limited strikes near Amerli

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadistbesieged Shiite town of Amerli yesterday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies. It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Sunni Islamic State (IS) jihadist group overran large areas […]

12 killed after Shabab attack intelligence site

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Africa, Top Stories, World

12 killed after Shabab attack intelligence site

12 killed after Shabab attack intelligence site

MOGADISHU: Somalia’s Shabab rebels carried out a car bomb and gun attack against an intelligence headquarters in central Mogadishu yesterday, leaving at least seven militants and five others dead. The Al-Qaeda-linked militia claimed responsibility for the raid against the complex, which also houses a major detention facility, saying it was being used for the “torture […]

Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim – 190 Palestinians killed in Rafah massacre

Posted by on 31/08/2014
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Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim – 190 Palestinians killed in Rafah massacre

Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim – 190 Palestinians killed in Rafah massacre

RAFAH: The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah – thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days. But the expected respite quickly turned into one of the deadliest and most […]

Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under America, World

Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

LOS ANGELES: They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: The killing of Michael Brown. Details may differ, circumstances […]

Pakistan’s Khan vows to fight on despite clashes

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, Top Stories, World

Pakistan’s Khan vows to fight on despite clashes

Pakistan’s Khan vows to fight on despite clashes

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan vowed yesterday to protest “until the last breath” as ongoing clashes between his supporters and police outside the prime minister’s residence left three dead and hundreds injured. The violence began Saturday night after thousands of supporters of Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir Ul Qadri tried to storm Prime Minister […]

Putin seeks ‘statehood’ talks for east Ukraine – Moscow, Kiev confirm prisoner swap

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Europe, World

Putin seeks ‘statehood’ talks for east Ukraine – Moscow, Kiev confirm prisoner swap

Putin seeks ‘statehood’ talks for east Ukraine – Moscow, Kiev confirm prisoner swap

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday sharply raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state. Putin’s defiant remarks came just hours after the European Union gave Moscow-which the bloc accuses of direct involvement in the insurgency-a […]

China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy – Beijing to control nomination for 2017 vote

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Asia, World

China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy – Beijing to control nomination for 2017 vote

China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy – Beijing to control nomination for 2017 vote

BEIJING/HONG KONG: China’s parliament said yesterday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city’s Central business district by disappointed democracy activists. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) said it had endorsed a framework […]

Experts dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues – Virus mutates 300 times from previous strains of Ebola

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Africa, Health & Science, Top Stories, World

Experts dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues – Virus mutates 300 times from previous strains of Ebola

Experts dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues – Virus mutates 300 times from previous strains of Ebola

WASHINGTON: A single funeral caused many. Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in Africa had some hope that the Ebola outbreak was coming under control or at least plateauing in late May. Then came the funeral of a healer in Guinea. More than a dozen of the mourners contracted the disease there, […]

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Posted by on 31/08/2014
Filed under Africa, America, Health & Science, Top Stories, World

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

WASHINGTON: The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, also known as giant […]

GCC ‘resolves’ spat with Qatar, envoys to return – Gulf states ready to help counter IS jihadists

Posted by on 30/08/2014
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GCC ‘resolves’ spat with Qatar, envoys to return – Gulf states ready to help counter IS jihadists

GCC ‘resolves’ spat with Qatar, envoys to return – Gulf states ready to help counter IS jihadists

JEDDAH: Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah yesterday said that the Gulf monarchies have resolved a six-month spat with Gulf Cooperation Council partner Qatar, which they had accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Sabah said after a GCC meeting in the Saudi Red Sea resort of Jeddah that differences were settled because unity […]

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