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Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

Posted by on 26/10/2014
Filed under Middle East, World

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

TEHRAN: Iran yesterday hanged a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had tried to sexually assault her, defying international appeals for a stay of execution. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, who had been on death row for five years, was put to death at dawn, the official IRNA news agency quoted the Tehran […]

2 die in school shooting after online warnings – US shootings revive debate on gun control

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under America, World

2 die in school shooting after online warnings – US shootings revive debate on gun control

2 die in school shooting after online warnings – US shootings revive debate on gun control

LOS ANGELES: A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life. Terrified classmates dived for cover as the gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack […]

Women on the frontlines against Islamic State group – An unusual phenomenon in the Muslim world

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories

Women on the frontlines against Islamic State group – An unusual phenomenon in the Muslim world

Women on the frontlines against Islamic State group – An unusual phenomenon in the Muslim world

SURUC: Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group. The 28-year-old Kurdish fighter, who uses a nom de guerre, said she decided to join […]

Islamic State threat seen as important – US military response ‘not gone far enough’

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under America, Middle East, Top Stories, World

Islamic State threat seen as important – US military response ‘not gone far enough’

Islamic State threat seen as important – US military response ‘not gone far enough’

WASHINGTON: Sixty-five percent of Americans now say the threat from the Islamic State group is very or even extremely important, and nearly half think the US military response in Iraq and Syria has not gone far enough, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Most want to see America’s partners step up their contribution to the […]

Poland bids to reclaim forgotten past as haven for Jews – Jewish leader says today Warsaw is safer than Paris

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Europe, World

Poland bids to reclaim forgotten past as haven for Jews – Jewish leader says today Warsaw is safer than Paris

Poland bids to reclaim forgotten past as haven for Jews – Jewish leader says today Warsaw is safer than Paris

WARSAW: Poland, the country on whose soil Nazi Germany carried out the darkest acts of the Holocaust, is starting to re-connect with its other role in Jewish history, as a home for 1,000 years to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities. The country will take a step in that direction next week with the […]

‘Love jihad’ claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tension

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, Top Stories, World

‘Love jihad’ claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tension

‘Love jihad’ claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tension

NEW DELHI: When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India’s religious hardliners seized the chance to hike their “love jihad” fears. Hardline Hindu activists, encouraged by the media attention, claimed scores of Muslim boys were attempting to abduct, seduce and elope with […]

Brazil’s election: ‘Ghosts’ versus ‘Monsters’

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under America, World

Brazil’s election: ‘Ghosts’ versus ‘Monsters’

Brazil’s election: ‘Ghosts’ versus ‘Monsters’

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian voters electing a new president this weekend are being asked to decide what scares them least: the incumbent’s warnings about the “ghosts of the past,” or her challenger’s charges about the “monsters of the present.” The latest polls give leftleaning incumbent Dilma Rousseff a slight edge in Sunday’s runoff vote to […]

Activists, residents clash over anti-North leaflets

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Asia, World

Activists, residents clash over anti-North leaflets

Activists, residents clash over anti-North leaflets

PAJU: Tensions flared yesterday as South Korean activists attempting to launch propaganda leaflets into the North were thwarted by egg-throwing residents of a border town, following threats of retaliation from Pyongyang. Hundreds of riot police were deployed as the dispute erupted in the town of Paju, some 40 kilometers north of Seoul, when a dozen […]

Sinai in lockdown after bomb kills 30 soldiers – Sisi blames ‘foreign hands’

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Middle East, World

Sinai in lockdown after bomb kills 30 soldiers – Sisi blames ‘foreign hands’

Sinai in lockdown after bomb kills 30 soldiers – Sisi blames ‘foreign hands’

CAIRO: A state of emergency came into force yesterday across parts of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the military pounded suspected jihadists after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing. It was the deadliest attack on the country’s security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of […]

Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, Top Stories, World

Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000

Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000

YANGON: A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number fleeing by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said yesterday. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit advocacy group Arakan Project, said there has been a huge […]

Paris’ Picasso Museum re-opens

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Europe, Fashion, Lifestyle, Top Stories, World

Paris’ Picasso Museum re-opens

Paris’ Picasso Museum re-opens

After a five-year closure for what was supposed to be a two-year refurbishment, Paris’s Picasso Museum re-opened yesterday with arguments over the 52- million-euro ($66-million) project still reverberating. French President Francois Hollande said at a ceremony the museum was “one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the most moving because it […]

Mali scrambles to contain Ebola fears after girl dies

Posted by on 25/10/2014
Filed under Africa, Health & Science, World

Mali scrambles to contain Ebola fears after girl dies

Mali scrambles to contain Ebola fears after girl dies

BAMAKO: Mali authorities yesterday scrambled to calm fears over Ebola after the disease claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometre journey on public buses before seeking treatment. The World Health Organization warned the situation in Mali was an “emergency,” and said in its latest Ebola situation report […]

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