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Top Saudi officials in Qatar to heal breach – Efforts to resolve dispute ‘facing difficulties’

Posted by on 27/08/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Top Saudi officials in Qatar to heal breach – Efforts to resolve dispute ‘facing difficulties’

Top Saudi officials in Qatar to heal breach – Efforts to resolve dispute ‘facing difficulties’

DUBAI: Three Saudi princes, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, flew to Qatar yesterday, state media reported, amid efforts to repair a rift in the US-allied Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors to Qatar in March, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an agreement not to […]

Gaza truce holds but Bibi under fire

Posted by on 27/08/2014
Filed under Middle East, World

Gaza truce holds but Bibi under fire

Gaza truce holds but Bibi under fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM: An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held yesterday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor emerged. On the streets of the battered, Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, people headed to shops and banks, trying to resume the normal pace of […]

IS commits war crimes, Syria using poison gas

Posted by on 27/08/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

IS commits war crimes, Syria using poison gas

IS commits war crimes, Syria using poison gas

GENEVA: The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents yesterday of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children, and said it believed Damascus had used chlorine gas in combating its enemies. The Sunni militants, who are bringing weapons from Iraq, have changed the power balance in Syria, consolidating control […]

Top Colombia drug hitman ‘Popeye’ freed

Posted by on 27/08/2014
Filed under America, World

Top Colombia drug hitman ‘Popeye’ freed

Top Colombia drug hitman ‘Popeye’ freed

BOGOTA: The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed “Popeye”, was released from prison Tuesday after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister. John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez has confessed to killing 300 people and organizing the killings of 3,000 others, but walked free from the Combita high-security prison in central […]

Germany passes tougher measures against far-right crime

Posted by on 27/08/2014
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Germany passes tougher measures against far-right crime

Germany passes tougher measures against far-right crime

BERLIN: The German government passed measures yesterday requiring police and courts to take tougher action against suspected hate crimes, following a neo-Nazi killing spree that went unsolved for more than a decade. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the draft law based on the recommendations of a parliamentary committee tasked with investigating the bungled murder probe. […]

1,400 children sexually exploited in UK’s town – A damning account of ‘collective failures’

Posted by on 27/08/2014
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1,400 children sexually exploited in UK’s town – A damning account of ‘collective failures’

1,400 children sexually exploited in UK’s town – A damning account of ‘collective failures’

LONDON: About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded yesterday in a damning account of “collective failures” by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. Report author Alexis Jay cited appalling acts of violence between 1997 and 2013 […]

Asia’s old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Posted by on 27/08/2014
Filed under Asia, World

Asia’s old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Asia’s old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

BANGKOK: Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of the last historic quarters of Thailand’s capital as […]

Pakistan PM defiant as protest escalates

Posted by on 27/08/2014
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Pakistan PM defiant as protest escalates

Pakistan PM defiant as protest escalates

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s embattled prime minister said yesterday he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago. Nawaz Sharif told parliament his government would not be thrown off course by the demonstrations led by opposition politician and former cricketer […]

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness – ‘Lather Against Ebola’ inspired by ice bucket challenge

Posted by on 27/08/2014
Filed under Africa, Health & Science, Top Stories, World

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness – ‘Lather Against Ebola’ inspired by ice bucket challenge

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness – ‘Lather Against Ebola’ inspired by ice bucket challenge

ABIDJAN: A young man on camera names the person who’s challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water – part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa. Ivory […]

Ethiopia’s herbal high struggles after ban – Plant causes irritability, insomnia, lethargy: WHO

Posted by on 27/08/2014
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Ethiopia’s herbal high struggles after ban – Plant causes irritability, insomnia, lethargy: WHO

Ethiopia’s herbal high struggles after ban – Plant causes irritability, insomnia, lethargy: WHO

AWADAY: For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a drug that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia’s Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back. As the sun sets on the small eastern town, farmers and brokers of the amphetamine shrub rouse from an afternoon slumber to cut deals in the bustling […]

Tourists revel in goo at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta

Posted by on 27/08/2014
Filed under Europe, Fashion, Spectrum, Top Stories, World

Tourists revel in goo at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta

Tourists revel in goo at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta

Half-naked revelers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo on yesterday in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight”. Locals and visitors from as far away as Australia, Japan and the United States crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes flew […]

Court pressures Modi on ‘criminal’ ministers

Posted by on 27/08/2014
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Court pressures Modi on ‘criminal’ ministers

Court pressures Modi on ‘criminal’ ministers

  NEW DELHI: India’s top court said yesterday lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government, with 13 ministers in the current administration facing charges for attempted murder, rioting and other offences. The ruling shines a spotlight on Narendra Modi and his cabinet after the right-wing prime minister swept to power this year pledging […]

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