International News

More Intl’ involvement in Central African Republic won’t stop bloodshed

More Intl’ involvement in Central African Republic won’t stop bloodshed

Apr 19, – Fresh forces, particularly EU and UN troops, are to be sent to stop the ongoing sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, although the problems they are being sent to solve are too deep-rooted to hope for any significant improvements. On April 14, the Council of the European Union issued a statement […]

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South Korea ferry disaster: Transcript shows captain delayed evacuation

South Korea ferry disaster: Transcript shows captain delayed evacuation

Apr 18, – Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomedferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. Officials also offered a rare look at their investigations, saying they were looking into whether a crewman’s order to abruptly turn […]

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Strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexican capital

Strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexican capital

Apr 18, – A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties. It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico’s capital, where it shook for at least […]

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European Crises

New Russia sanctions threats over Ukraine stalemate

New Russia sanctions threats over Ukraine stalemate

Apr 19, – The US has warned Russia of further sanctions unless it helps convince Ukrainian separatists to leave government buildings. They have so far ignored the terms of a deal to de-escalate the crisis and refused to budge. US national security advisor Susan Rice said Moscow must use its influence to persuade pro-Russian activists […]

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Four-way talks end with agreement on calming Ukraine tensions

Four-way talks end with agreement on calming Ukraine tensions

Apr 18, – The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. President Barack Obama said the meeting in Geneva between Russia and western powers was promising but that the […]

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Three pro-Russians ‘shot dead’ in clashes in Eastern Ukraine

Three pro-Russians ‘shot dead’ in clashes in Eastern Ukraine

Apr 17, – Ukraine’s Interior Minister said Thursday that three pro-Russian protesters were killed, 13 more were wounded, and 63 were arrested in a confrontation at a military base in the east of the country. The Wall Street Journal first reported the remarks by Arsen Avakov. The incident occurred at a base in the southeastern […]

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Arab Uprising

Syria: 14 civilians killed, 50 injured in Homs car bomb blast

Syria: 14 civilians killed, 50 injured in Homs car bomb blast

Apr 18, – A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state television said on Friday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels. “Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded in a terrorist bomb in front […]

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Syria: UN mediator lakhdar brahimi says Homs once again a “theatre of death”

Syria: UN mediator lakhdar brahimi says Homs once again a “theatre of death”

Apr 17, – Hundreds of people remain trapped in the old part of the city, surrounded by government forces and pro-Assad militia. A deal agreed at peace talks in Geneva this year allowed some civilians to leave but further negotiations broke down following heavy fighting this week. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday that […]

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Iraq: Closure of infamous Abu Ghraib prison not permanent, says ministry official

Iraq: Closure of infamous Abu Ghraib prison not permanent, says ministry official

Apr 17, – Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable. The closure is the latest chapter in the history of the prison, which during Saddam Hussein’s rule was one of the main facilities for jailing and executing his […]

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Environment

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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Air pollution kills 7 million people ever year, WHO says

Air pollution kills 7 million people ever year, WHO says

Mar 25, – Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday. The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now […]

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High levels of air pollution spur Paris to action

High levels of air pollution spur Paris to action

Mar 15, – The belt of smog stretched for hundreds of miles, from France’s Atlantic coast to Belgium and well into Germany. It was the worst air pollution France has seen since 2007, the European Environment Agency said. Air pollution that has turned the skies over Paris a murky yellow and shrouded much of Belgium […]

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Health & Fitness

Study: Kids lose 7 minutes of sleep for every hour of TV they watch

Study: Kids lose 7 minutes of sleep for every hour of TV they watch

Apr 18, – If your child seems to be waking up earlier than ever before, you could blame Dora the Explorer. A new study from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge, Mass., found for every hour of TV a child watches, they lose seven minutes of sleep at […]

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Zero tolerance proposed as drink-drive deaths soar

Zero tolerance proposed as drink-drive deaths soar

Apr 04, – A glass of wine to go with a nice dinner at your favourite restaurant, or a mug of beer in a beer garden and then drive home? So far, that hasn’t posed any problems in Germany – as long as the designated driver did not exceed the legal alcohol level of 0,5 […]

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Smoking bans linked with rapid fall in premature births

Smoking bans linked with rapid fall in premature births

Mar 30, – Bans on smoking in public places and the workplace in North America and Europe are linked to a 10 percent drop in premature births and the number of children going to the hospital for an asthma flare-up, according to a new study. The study authors said this positive trend occurred within one […]

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Women Rights

Report: Most sexual assaults against Egypt women ‘goes unpunished’

Report: Most sexual assaults against Egypt women ‘goes unpunished’

Apr 16, – Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women’s participation in the political transition of their country, said a group of rights organisations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights. Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where […]

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France launches new Initiative to tackle sexual assault in military

France launches new Initiative to tackle sexual assault in military

Apr 15, – France claims great success in recruiting women into its armed forces, boasting one of the world’s highest percentages of women in uniform. What it hasn’t done is work to prevent sexual assault and harassment once they get there. That is about to change. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Tuesday presented a […]

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Moroccan Women Stage March in Rabat Demanding Gender Equality

Moroccan Women Stage March in Rabat Demanding Gender Equality

Apr 14, -  group Moroccans, mostly women, staged a march in the capital Rabat on Sunday demanding that a constitutional guarantee of gender equality be applied in the kingdom. The march from the city centre to parliament was led by the Civil Coalition for the Application of Article 19, which is reportedly made up of […]

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