International News

Afghan money changers offer Afghanis for sale at Kabul’s largest money market

Afghan money changers offer Afghanis for sale at Kabul’s largest money market

Apr 23, – Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants’ salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go home. US, U.N. and Afghan finance ministry officials have discussed ways to resolve what they say has become a critical situation […]

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Piles of bodies left after ‘Indiscriminate killing’ in South Sudan

Piles of bodies left after ‘Indiscriminate killing’ in South Sudan

Apr 23, – Rebel forces loyal to Riek Machar have killed about 200 civilians and injured up to 400 this past week in a number of ethnically-driven attacks in the capital of Unity State. Reports indicate that the deadly raids occurred between the 15th to 17th April, following the rebel’s takeover of the oil-rich city. According […]

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South Korea ferry toll hits 146, search for missing gets tougher

South Korea ferry toll hits 146, search for missing gets tougher

Apr 23, – The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. […]

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European Crises

Kiev launches military offensive in eastern Ukraine, hopes for more U.S. help

Kiev launches military offensive in eastern Ukraine, hopes for more U.S. help

Apr 23, – Ukraine’s government has formally ended an Easter truce and is relaunching the “active phase” of an “anti-terrorist operation” to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said on Wednesday. Yarema, who has a role in security matters, told reporters on the sidelines of a weekly […]

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Russia ‘outraged’ as deadly Ukraine gun battle shatters Easter truce

Russia ‘outraged’ as deadly Ukraine gun battle shatters Easter truce

Apr 21, – Following a deadly attack on a pro-Russian checkpoint in eastern Ukraine a pro-Russian local leader has announced a curfew and appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to send Russian peacekeepers. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has already expressed “outrage” at the early morning attack on a checkpoint near the town of Slovyansk on April […]

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Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly shootout in east

Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly shootout in east

Apr 20, – Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead. The Ukrainian […]

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Arab Uprising

Syrian opposition accuses Assad of chlorine gas attack in Hama

Syrian opposition accuses Assad of chlorine gas attack in Hama

Apr 23, – Witnesses near Damascus and in a central rebel-held village told dozens of cases of choking, fainting and other afflictions from inhaling fumes that some said were yellowish and smelled like chlorine cleanser. Some of those interviewed said they believe the gas was responsible for at least two deaths. Two women and a […]

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More barrel bombs ‘terrorizing’ civilian targets across Aleppo

More barrel bombs ‘terrorizing’ civilian targets across Aleppo

Apr 23, – Activists have claimed that Syrian warplanes have targeted the neighbourhood of al-Fardous in Aleppo city with barrel bombs, killing at least 40 people. A video posted on Saturday to YouTube showed severe damage on buildings and the street, while firefighters extinguished the fire. The number of casualties remained unclear. At least 10 people […]

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‘Our youngest hostage’: Barbaric act in Syria take aim at toddler

‘Our youngest hostage’: Barbaric act in Syria take aim at toddler

Apr 22, – According to the Arabic websites, social media networks posted the above picture of a child sitting on the ground while surrounded by armed men pointing their rifles at him.  The caption appearing with the picture, purportedly posted by a supporter of the Free Syrian Army, is “Our youngest hostage from among the […]

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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

Medical marijuana tourism booms in Colorado, though officials remain skeptical

Medical marijuana tourism booms in Colorado, though officials remain skeptical

Apr 21, – This is the new world of Colorado marijuana tourism, where the past year’s winks and nods have been replaced increasingly by an open embrace of cannabis-seeking vacationers. Lodging choices — especially at bed and breakfasts or independent rentals — have opened up for toking tourists. Marijuana tour operators say their businesses are […]

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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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Women Rights

Backlash begins in Saudi Arabia: Four women accused of beating up husbands

Backlash begins in Saudi Arabia: Four women accused of beating up husbands

Apr 22, – The Saudi National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) is currently considering cases against four women accused of beating their husbands, newspaper reported on Monday quoting the society’s chairman Mufleh al-Qahtani. He said the four women could face penalties under abuse protection laws including imprisonment or heavy fines. Qahtani told a workshop that was […]

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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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