• Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Iraqi Kurds to fight for Kobane

Iraqi Kurds to fight for Kobane

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers yesterday agreed to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the so called Islamic State group. The approval came as Turkey criticised US air drops of ammunition and weapons to Kobane's Kurdish defenders, with President Recep...

UN chief to set up Gaza war inquiry

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in Gaza. Ban was speaking at a UN Security Council on Tuesday after his visit to Gaza, including the Jabalia refugee camp, where civilians had sought protection during the conflict. "I look forward to a thorough investigation by the Israel Defense Forces of this and other incidents in which UN facilities sustained hits and many innocent people were killed,"...

US restricts airport arrivals

US restricts airport arrivals

New US rules requiring air passengers from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola to travel via one of five airports are coming into effect. Travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea must now arrive at O'Hare in Chicago, JFK, Newark, Washington's Dulles or Atlanta, where they will undergo enhanced screening. The World Health Organisation is due to convene an emergency meeting later. The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people. Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Travellers from these countries will have their temperatures checked as part of screening programmes, despite experts warning such moves are unlikely to...

'Sweetie' catches its first prey

'Sweetie' catches its first prey

An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl called Sweetie to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the rights group behind it said yesterday. Dutch rights groups Terre des Hommes said in November last year it had used a computer-generated Filipina girl...

3-yr-old schoolgirl 'raped' in India

3-yr-old schoolgirl 'raped' in India

Indian police were investigating the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in her school in the city of Bangalore yesterday. The child returned from school on Tuesday and complained of pain that had been caused by "an uncle in school", her parents told the police. Police say they are questioning school staff and are waiting for a report on the child's medical condition. The incident comes three months after a six-year-old was raped by a staff member in another Bangalore school. That led to street protests by parents and activists, with many accusing the school of not handling the allegations properly. He said police were looking at security cameras for any leads. There...

Qadri ends Islamabad sit-in

Qadri ends Islamabad sit-in

Supporters of a leading cleric in Pakistan are ending a two-month sit-in in the capital, Islamabad, to demand PM Nawaz Sharif's resignation. Tahirul Qadri said his party was taking the protest to other cities instead. He launched his campaign in August, saying he wanted revolutionary change in how Pakistan was run. Another opposition leader, ex-cricketer...

Lowest temperature ever in universe recorded in lab

Scientists at an Italian institute have set a world record of the lowest temperature ever achieved in the universe. They cooled a copper vessel with a volume of one cubic meter to -273.144 degrees celsius. This is stunningly close to 'absolute zero', which is equal to -273.15 degrees celsius. Theoretical physics says that temperature can never go below this limit. No experiment on Earth has ever cooled a similar mass or volume to temperatures such a low; similar conditions are...

Legendary editor Ben Bradlee dies

Legendary editor Ben Bradlee dies

Legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon, died Tuesday. He was 93. Bradlee, who died of natural causes at his Washington home, leaves a lasting legacy at the Post and in the wider media, and has been hailed as a...

DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize

DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize

A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won Europe's top human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country. The 59-year-old gynaecologist told the BBC the prize would make rape survivors in DR Congo "feel they are not alone". He set up the Panzi hospital in eastern...

North Korea frees American prisoner

An American man held for five months in North Korea has arrived back in the United States, US television reported yesterday, showing his plane landing at an airport in Ohio. Jeffrey Fowle, 56 was release Tuesday. Pyongyang said the release was ordered by leader Kim Jong-Un following the "repeated requests" of US President Barack Obama.

Nepal calls off search for trekkers

 Nepal yesterday called off a search for any more survivors of a Himalayan snowstorm that claimed some 43 lives, after more than a week of scouring the popular trekking region. Emergency workers have airlifted 518 people to safety, including 310 foreign tourists, since the snowstorm struck the Annapurna Circuit in central Nepal during peak season, catching trekkers, their guides and porters unawares.

Malala receives US Liberty Medal

Malala receives US Liberty Medal

Malala Yousafzai, the child rights activist and youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, received the Liberty Medal Tuesday and pledged her $100,000 award to education in her homeland Pakistan. Yousafzai won the annual prize from the National Constitution Center for her "courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties," the NCC said.

Egypt 'sets appeal date' for Jazeera journos

A court in Egypt has set the appeals hearing of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists for 1 January, says the family of one of them. The three journalists of the Qatar-based broadcaster were jailed for seven years on 23 June. They were accused of spreading false news and supporting the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood. The court will either uphold the verdict or call for a retrial.

EU's Juncker gets green light for new team

The EU's incoming chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker won the approval of parliament yesterday for his new team of commissioners after vowing to revive the stagnant economy and tackle a raft of foreign policy challenges. Lawmakers at the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted by 423 to 209 in favour of the new European Commission with 67 abstentions, allowing Juncker's line-up to start its five-year mandate as planned on November 1.

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq killings

Four former employees of the Blackwater security firm were found guilty yesterdayin connection with the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad that left 14 dead. The Blackwater employees were guarding a US diplomatic convoy on September 16, 2007 in Baghdad's Nisour Square when they opened fire. The killings exacerbated Iraqi resentment toward Americans, and was seen by critics as an example of the impunity enjoyed by private security firms on the US payroll in Iraq.

Jerusalem 'terror attack' hurts 9

Israeli police shot and wounded the driver of a car who rammed a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem Wednesday, injuring nine, in a suspected "terror attack." Shortly before 6:00 pm, a car hit pedestrians at the Ammunition Hill tram stop, which lies on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem.