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Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching

Posted by on 24/11/2014
Filed under Asia, World

Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching

Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching

MANILA: A Philippine court convicted nine Chinese fishermen yesterday of poaching and taking hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, fining each of them nearly $103,000 but imposing no jail term. The fishermen were arrested in May at Half Moon Shoal and their boat and catch of […]

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Posted by on 24/11/2014
Filed under Asia, Top Stories, World

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

HONG KONG: A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women was yesterday ruled fit to stand trial, but the case was delayed seven months for analysis of forensic evidence found with the victims’ mutilated bodies in his Hong Kong apartment. Magistrate Bina Chainrai said Rurik Jutting, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch employee, […]

Morocco flash floods death toll rises to 32 – Rescue teams recover 11 bodies

Posted by on 24/11/2014
Filed under Africa, Top Stories, World

Morocco flash floods death toll rises to 32 – Rescue teams recover 11 bodies

Morocco flash floods death toll rises to 32 – Rescue teams recover 11 bodies

RABAT: The death toll from three days of what residents described as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades has climbed to at least 32, authorities said yesterday. The storms since Saturday caused flash floods in much of the south at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, but a weather alert was finally […]

Protesters step up demands for Ferguson indictment – Missouri’s governor declares a state of emergency

Posted by on 24/11/2014
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Protesters step up demands for Ferguson indictment – Missouri’s governor declares a state of emergency

Protesters step up demands for Ferguson indictment – Missouri’s governor declares a state of emergency

ST LOUIS: More than 100 protesters marched through St Louis late Sunday, stepping up pressure on a grand jury to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old high school graduate planning to go to technical college, was shot at least six times by Darren Wilson in […]

About 100 massacred in DR Congo’s restive east

Posted by on 24/11/2014
Filed under Africa, Top Stories, World

About 100 massacred in DR Congo’s restive east

About 100 massacred in DR Congo’s restive east

KINSHASA: About 100 people were slaughtered last week in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest massacres to shake the restive region, regional deputies told AFP yesterday. The carnage took place on Thursday near the town of Beni in the North Kivu province, where mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for […]

Survivors tell of Afghan bombing that killed 57 – President Ghani visit some of the wounded

Posted by on 24/11/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, World

Survivors tell of Afghan bombing that killed 57 – President Ghani visit some of the wounded

Survivors tell of Afghan bombing that killed 57 – President Ghani visit some of the wounded

KABUL: Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in Afghanistan told yesterday how a bomb packed with ball bearings ripped through spectators enjoying the final moments of the match. In the country’s deadliest single attack since 2011, the bomber detonated his explosives as hundreds of young men and […]

Refuge takes smuggled monkeys in Chile

Posted by on 24/11/2014
Filed under America, Health & Science, World

Refuge takes smuggled monkeys in Chile

Refuge takes smuggled monkeys in Chile

SANTIAGO: Elba Munoz was working as a midwife when she took in her first monkey in 1994. Then she took in another and another, and now her shelter for illegally smuggled primates in Chile has 160 inhabitants. Munoz says that one of the goals of the Center for the Rescue and Rehabilitation of Primates is […]

Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

Posted by on 24/11/2014
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Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

CHILE: Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter’s epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding. Bobadilla was driving on a mountain road with Javiera, intent on ending it all by steering their […]

Rio launches 2016 mascots

Posted by on 24/11/2014
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Rio launches 2016 mascots

Rio launches 2016 mascots

RIO DE JANEIRO: Bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro were launched by organisers late on Sunday. The mascots, who are said to represent the animals and plants of Brazil, are a key part of the Olympics merchandising campaign which is […]

IS group recruits, exploits children

Posted by on 23/11/2014
Filed under Middle East, World

IS group recruits, exploits children

IS group recruits, exploits children

BEIRUT: Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others […]

With Iran nuke deal in balance, hardliners protest back home

Posted by on 23/11/2014
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With Iran nuke deal in balance, hardliners protest back home

With Iran nuke deal in balance, hardliners protest back home

TEHRAN: Tensions over a possible nuclear deal between Iran and world powers were on display yesterday outside an atomic facility in Tehran where a rare protest saw hardliners criticise government negotiators. While the crowd was small-about 200, mostly students, gathered at the entrance to the Tehran Research Reactor-the event was the first such officially approved […]

Strong quake in west China kills four, 54 hurt

Posted by on 23/11/2014
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Strong quake in west China kills four, 54 hurt

Strong quake in west China kills four, 54 hurt

BEIJING: A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, killing at least four people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes, officials said yesterday. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the town of Kangding in Sichuan province. China’s seismological agency put the […]

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