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Court Jails Egypt Brotherhood Leader For Insulting Prosecutor

Mohammed al-Beltagui

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced an Islamist leader on trial for murder alongside deposed president Mohamed Morsi to a year in jail for insulting a prosecutor, judicial sources said. Top Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed al-Beltagui and Morsi were both in court Saturday accused of inciting the killing of opposition ... Read More »

China Sacks Head Of Government-owned Firm Over Corruption


The head of one China’s major state-owned firms, conglomerate China Resources, Song Lin has been sacked for suspected law violations, state media reported using terms which typically refer to corruption. Chinese President Xi Jinping has pursued a highly-publicised anti-graft drive since taking office, vowing to go after both senior “tigers” ... Read More »

CRUELTY: Children Pour Fuel On Schoolboy And Set Him On Fire


A seven-year-old boy is being treated for serious burns after he was set on fire in a residential street, United Kingdom. The schoolboy, who has not yet been named, was playing with friends on the street when the tragedy took place. Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly before ... Read More »

Tunisian President Slashes Salary By Two-thirds


Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki announced on Friday his decision to voluntarily take a two-thirds pay cut as the government grapples with a financial situation it has described as “critical.” “We are facing a financial and economic crisis. The state must be a model… That is why I have decided to ... Read More »

Deal Reached To Ease Tension In Ukraine


Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. But US President Barack Obama has cautioned it’s uncertain if Moscow will stand by the agreement. Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement laid ... Read More »

Astronomers Find Earth-like Planet In Another Solar System


A newly discovered rocky planet may be the most Earth-like yet found in another solar system, scientists believe. Kepler-186f is almost exactly the same size as the Earth and occupies its parent star’s “habitable zone” where temperatures are mild enough to allow liquid surface water. If the planet has lakes ... Read More »

Woman Stops Execution Of Son’s Killer After Slapping Him

Iran execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper has reported. The dramatic climax followed a rare public campaign to save the life of Balal, who when he was ... Read More »

US Warns Citizens In Nigeria Over Security During Easter Holidays


Following the frequency of attacks in Nigeria in the past few days, the United States Department of States has warned American citizens living in Nigeria over possible attacks that might be carried out by extremists in the Northern parts of the country during the Easter celebration that will begin tomorrow ... Read More »

NATO Responds To Ukraine, On The ‘Brink Of War’

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NATO is to deploy more air, sea and land forces in eastern Europe, as pro-Russian militants are accused of taking two Ukrainian soldiers “hostage”. The incident allegedly occurred in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk. The ministry said an officer and a soldier were seized by “extremists” and taken to ... Read More »

Hundreds Missing As Students On School Trip Are Rescued From Sinking South Korean Ferry

sinking ship

South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 462 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. National disaster agency officials said 174 people had been rescued, leaving 284 “unaccounted for”. ... Read More »

New York Police Disband Muslim Spy Unit

NYPD muslim spy

New York’s police department has disbanded an undercover spying operation against Muslims which rights groups said was baseless and unfairly targeted people solely because of their religion. Civil liberty groups on Wednesday welcomed the disbandment of the “Demographics Unit” while the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said the ... Read More »

Death Toll In Washington Mudslide Rises

mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso

The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 37. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said on Tuesday that it had received one more victim. The person’s name has not been released. The sheriff’s office says seven other people are still listed ... Read More »

Ukraine On The Brink Of Civil War, Russia Warns.

Ukraine tanks

Ukraine is on the brink of “civil war”, Russia warned Tuesday, after Kiev’s leaders ordered troops and tanks towards a flashpoint eastern city to push back a separatist surge supported by Moscow. The 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were the most forceful response yet by Kiev’s Western-backed government to ... Read More »

Two Killed, Nine Wounded In Gunfire Between Ukraine Forces And Pro-Russian Troops


At least two people have been killed and nine wounded in gunbattles between Ukrainian special forces and pro-Kremlin militias that threatened to scuttle the first international talks on the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. The clashes across the ex-Soviet state’s separatists eastern rust belt broke out a day ... Read More »

At Least 16 Killed In Iraq Bombings

Iraq bombing

A car bomb has gone off in a commercial area of a restive northern Iraqi city, killing at least 10 people, while a separate bombing killed 6 people, officials say. The explosives-laden parked car targeted a joint Iraqi army and police patrol while it passed through a busy commercial area ... Read More »

Tsunami Fear As 7.7 Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands

Solomon Island quake

A second strong temblor struck the Solomon Islands in a day raising fear of a tsunami. The magnitude 7.7 quake struck at 11.36pm local time, with an epicentre 328 kilometres southeast of the capital Honiara and a depth of 20km, according to the US Geological Survey. This morning, a magnitude ... Read More »

Pakistani Taliban Abducts 40 In Tirah Valley


Armed men of the Tehreek-e-Taliban have reportedly abducted at least 40 people in Pakistan’s northern Tirah valley, official sources say. Tirah valley is part of the Khyber Agency, one of the tribal areas where the Taliban is a powerful force. “Officials are now confirming these people [those abducted] were involved ... Read More »

Another Ukraine Police HQ Taken By Pro-Russian Gunmen

Pro-Russian in Ukraine

A group of pro-Russian men armed with automatic weapons have taken control of the police headquarters in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, 150 km from the Russian border, local officials and witnesses said. An organised military unit of over 20 men wearing matching military fatigues and carrying automatic weapon took ... Read More »

112,000 Chickens Slaughtered In Japan To Contain Bird Flu

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Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture that kept 56,000 birds, after its owner reported on Saturday a lot of ... Read More »

Regime, Rebels Trade Blame As Poisonous Gas Is Again Used In Syria

Corpses of victims of last year's gas attack in Damascus

Syrian state television and rebel forces have traded accusations over a poison gas attack that reportedly caused “suffocation and poisoning” of residents. Details of the attack on Friday in Kafr Zita, a village in Hama province about 200km from Damascus, remain sketchy. The Syrian National Coalition, the Western-backed opposition group, ... Read More »

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