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Two policemen, militant killed in car bomb in Cairo – Militant hideout raided near Alexandria

Posted by on 23/04/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Two policemen, militant killed in car bomb in Cairo – Militant hideout raided near Alexandria

Two policemen, militant killed in car bomb in Cairo – Militant hideout raided near Alexandria

CAIRO: An Egyptian policeman and a militant were killed when security forces raided a hideout used by radical Islamists near Alexandria yesterday, and a senior officer was killed near Cairo when a bomb blew up his car, the Interior Ministry said. Militant violence has spiralled since the army toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood […]

Pakistan’s army wants TV news channel shut down

Posted by on 23/04/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, World

Pakistan’s army wants TV news channel shut down

Pakistan’s army wants TV news channel shut down

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls “false” reports that the country’s intelligence service shot one of its top anchors. Press freedom advocates yesterday decried the move against Geo News TV, whose popular talk show host Hamid Mir suffered multiple […]

India anti-graft champion accuses rivals of sell-out

Posted by on 23/04/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, Top Stories, World

India anti-graft champion accuses rivals of sell-out

India anti-graft champion accuses rivals of sell-out

VARANASI: Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal accused his rivals in India’s elections yesterday of selling out to big business by accepting hundreds of millions of dollars to bankroll their campaigns. As he arrived in Varanasi to file his nomination papers and line up a contest against frontrunner Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said India’s democratic future was […]

Philippines’ oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

Posted by on 23/04/2014
Filed under Asia, Fashion, Spectrum, World

Philippines’ oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

Philippines’ oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation’s oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanization, vandals and […]

Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

Posted by on 22/04/2014
Filed under Health & Science, Middle East, Top Stories, World

Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has discovered another 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as the total number of confirmed infections of the SARS-like disease has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week. King Abdullah replaced the health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, on Monday amid growing public disquiet at the spread of […]

New Syria chemical claims emerge – UN, oppn slam June 3 presidential poll as ‘farce’

Posted by on 22/04/2014
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New Syria chemical claims emerge – UN, oppn slam June 3 presidential poll as ‘farce’

New Syria chemical claims emerge – UN, oppn slam June 3 presidential poll as ‘farce’

  BEIRUT: New claims have emerged that President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month, despite an international agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal. The latest evidence, cited by US and French authorities, comes as Syria plans to hold a June 3 presidential poll, which the United Nations […]

Obama’s Asia trip seen as counterweight to China

Posted by on 22/04/2014
Filed under Asia, Top Stories

Obama’s Asia trip seen as counterweight to China

Obama’s Asia trip seen as counterweight to China

  TOKYO: President Barack Obama’s travels through Asia in coming days aim to reassure partners about the renewed US commitment to the region, with an eye both to China’s rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. The question: Will it be enough? Nearly seven months after he […]

Death highlights violence at US courthouses

Posted by on 22/04/2014
Filed under America, Top Stories

Death highlights violence at US courthouses

Death highlights violence at US courthouses

    SALT LAKE CITY: When a pen-wielding defendant rushed a witness during his racketeering trial Monday, authorities said, an armed US marshal fatally shot him. The shooting came just a week after Utah’s new federal courthouse opened last week, with security improvements that in the end could not prevent the deadly incident. Shootings at […]

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning, fear

Posted by on 21/04/2014
Filed under Africa, World

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning, fear

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning, fear

LAGOS: With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls. The homegrown terrorist network Boko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for last week’s rush-hour explosion at a busy bus […]

Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest

Posted by on 21/04/2014
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Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest

Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest

KATHMANDU: Expedition leaders and guides threatened yesterday to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest after the deadliest avalanche in its history as hundreds of Nepalese sherpas paid final respects to their fellow guides. With heads bowed and many in tears, a procession of mourners filled through the centre of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu amid growing anger […]

Ukraine peace deal falters – Rebels show no sign of surrender

Posted by on 21/04/2014
Filed under Europe, Top Stories

Ukraine peace deal falters – Rebels show no sign of surrender

Ukraine peace deal falters – Rebels show no sign of surrender

  KIEV: An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. Washington says it will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out of government […]

Kidnapped diplomat begs for his life – Jihadist group releases video of sobbing hostage

Posted by on 21/04/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories

Kidnapped diplomat begs for his life – Jihadist group releases video of sobbing hostage

Kidnapped diplomat begs for his life – Jihadist group releases video of sobbing hostage

    TRIPOLI: A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his Islamist captors, according to a video released by an Islamist group on Sunday evening. Libyan Islamists have seized two Tunisian diplomats in the past month to demand the release of fellow militants jailed in Tunisia for attacking security […]

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