International News

Taiwan airline sorry for crash as relative’s blast chairman

Taiwan airline sorry for crash as relative’s blast chairman

July 25, – Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers Friday, pledging to shoulder the “utmost responsibility” after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather. It came after grieving relatives confronted airline chairman Vincent Lin as he was paying respects to the dead […]

July 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
India train rams school bus killing 26, mostly children

India train rams school bus killing 26, mostly children

July 24, – 25 students died and several others suffered severe injuries when a school bus was hit by Nanded Passenger train at an unmanned railway level crossing in Masaipet village of Medak district on Thursday morning. All the students belong to Kakatiya Techno School in Toopran. The mishap occurred at 9.10am on Thursday morning […]

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Air Algerie flight AH5017 with 116 people crashes into Niger

Air Algerie flight AH5017 with 116 people crashes into Niger

July 24, – The disappeared Air Algerie flight AH5017 has crashed in Niger after flying through violent storms, it has been confirmed. Algerian television station Elnahar confirmed the plane went down due to bad weather. The region was badly affected by violent storms and it was earlier said the plane was rerouted while it was flying […]

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European Crises

Pro-Gaza rally held in Berlin under close police watch

Pro-Gaza rally held in Berlin under close police watch

July 25, – About 1,200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators have marched through Berlin amid high tensions over Israel’s actions in Gaza, while some 700 protesters took part in two counter-demonstrations. Friday’s protests passed without major trouble despite concern in recent days over anti-Semitic rhetoric at demonstrations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Police spokesman Carsten Mueller said […]

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Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris after earlier anti-Semitic outbursts

Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris after earlier anti-Semitic outbursts

July 23, – Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest. With banners featuring slogans such as “Boycott Israel” and “Israel Murderer,” demonstrators tested a government grappling with how best to allow […]

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Bodies of Malaysian passenger jet crash victims to leave Ukraine today

Bodies of Malaysian passenger jet crash victims to leave Ukraine today

July 23, – Ukraine prepared a departure ceremony for the bodies of Malaysia Airlines passengers and crew who became victims of fighting raging far below them on the plains of eastern Ukraine. Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said Wednesday’s ceremony was set for 11 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) at the airport in Kharkiv, before […]

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Arab Uprising

ISIS kills 50 Syrian soldiers in ambush, monitor says

ISIS kills 50 Syrian soldiers in ambush, monitor says

July 25, – Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush on Friday, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said. The assault in Raqqa province, the jihadists’ Euphrates valley stronghold, came amid their fiercest assault yet on Damascus-held territory. […]

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UN Chief Ban Ki-moon Urges Gaza ‘Humanitarian Pause’ for Muslim Holiday

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon Urges Gaza ‘Humanitarian Pause’ for Muslim Holiday

July 25, – UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for an immediate “humanitarian pause” in the fighting in Gaza and Israel lasting through the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Ban’s call came after several meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian officials aimed at ending the 18-day conflict that has killed […]

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza offensive passes 800, no sign of ceasefire

Palestinian death toll in Gaza offensive passes 800, no sign of ceasefire

July 25, – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. With Israel and Islamist Hamas setting seemingly irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin […]

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Environment

HRO chief says air pollution among top 5 causes of death in India | World Environment Day 2014

HRO chief says air pollution among top 5 causes of death in India | World Environment Day 2014

June 06, – In new estimates released WHO reports that in 2013 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk Tameem […]

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India rejects WHO report declaring New Delhi most polluted in the world

India rejects WHO report declaring New Delhi most polluted in the world

May 08, – India’s air monitoring centre Thursday dismissed data released by the World Health Organisation that showed New Delhi’s air as the dirtiest worldwide, saying the finding was biased and misleading. A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released Wednesday by WHO showed Delhi had an annual average concentration of airborne small particles […]

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More than 2,000 firms in breach of anti-pollution rules in China

More than 2,000 firms in breach of anti-pollution rules in China

Apr 10, – 2,000 Plus Chinese enterprises were found to be in violation of state pollution guidelines following a nationwide inspection campaign covering 25,000 industrial firms, the environment ministry said on Thursday. With the environment identified as one of the government’s top priorities after years of unfettered economic growth, Beijing has promised to enhance its […]

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Health & Fitness

Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike

Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike

June 06, – ‘Holistic’ program involving these and other activities brought relaxation, exercise, small study foundLife with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a “holistic” program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for […]

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30 percent of world is now obese, no country immune

30 percent of world is now obese, no country immune

June 03, – Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and […]

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World No Tobacco Day: WHO urged not to snuff out e-cigarette

World No Tobacco Day: WHO urged not to snuff out e-cigarette

May 29, – The e-cigarette was pushed centre stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts urging the UN’s health agency to embrace the gadget as a life saver. Electronic cigarettes could be unsafe and lead to long-term health problems, ministers have admitted. They are considering toughening-up the law by ensuring […]

May 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

Women Rights

Egypt: Seven gets life-term jail for sexual assaults in public squares

Egypt: Seven gets life-term jail for sexual assaults in public squares

July 16, – An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to life in prison on Wednesday for sexual assaults on women during public rallies in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, in the first such heavy sentences since the government vowed to crack down on rampant sexual violence. Sexual harassment has long been a problem in Egypt, but […]

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Spain’s Catalonia region to push ahead with burka ban

Spain’s Catalonia region to push ahead with burka ban

July 12, – A ban on the wearing of burkas – a body-covering cloak worn by some Muslim women – is to be put into effect by the government of the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia in the wake of the European Court of Human Rights decree that its ban does not breach human rights […]

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Lebanese wife-beater sentenced to 9 months in prison under new law

Lebanese wife-beater sentenced to 9 months in prison under new law

July 02, – A Lebanese man who beat his wife has been jailed for nine months in the first such conviction under a domestic violence law passed in April. Hussein Ftouni will also be fined 20 million Lebanese pounds ($13 258) for a brutal assault on his 22-year-old wife, Tamara Harissi. Women’s rights group Kafa […]

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