International News

Australia’s Parliament House lifts face veil ban

Australia’s Parliament House lifts face veil ban

Oct 20, – Australia’s Parliament House has lifted a ban imposed earlier this month on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs. The government department that runs Parliament House announced on Oct. 2 that “persons with facial coverings” would no longer be allowed in the open public galleries of the House of Representatives or the Senate. […]

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Nigeria: Chibok girls release doubtful’ after Boko Haram ‘truce’ breached

Nigeria: Chibok girls release doubtful’ after Boko Haram ‘truce’ breached

Oct 19, – A wave of violence hours after Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria’s armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire […]

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Bombings kill 4 security troops in Afghanistan

Bombings kill 4 security troops in Afghanistan

Oct 18, – A suicide car bomber killed three Afghan security force troops Saturday as a roadside bomb killed a district police chief, authorities said. The car bombing happened in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, police commander Ghulam Sakhi Ghafori said. He said the blast on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, killed […]

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European Crises

Ukraine parliament says 100s died in Ilovaisk battle

Ukraine parliament says 100s died in Ilovaisk battle

Oct 20, – A report by Ukraine’s parliament revealed Monday that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out pro-Russian separatist forces in the east. The report is the first official confirmation of the scale of a defeat in the city […]

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Now German Bikers Join Dutch comrades in Fight Against ISIS in Kobane

Now German Bikers Join Dutch comrades in Fight Against ISIS in Kobane

Oct 19, – Members of a German motorcycle gang have arrived in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane to fight against Islamic State militants who have been attacking the city for the past four weeks. Leaders of the Cologne-based Median Empire Motorcycle Club, which has strong Kurdish links, have posted images of their riders posing […]

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France: Topless Femen activist fined for stabbing Putin waxwork

France: Topless Femen activist fined for stabbing Putin waxwork

Oct 15, – A Ukrainian member of the Femen movement was slapped with over 6,000 euros ($7,300) in fines on Wednesday for impaling a wax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stake, while bare-breasted, in a Paris museum. Iana Jdanova, 26, is the first member of the women’s movement to be fined in […]

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Arab Uprising

ISIS fears us more than men, say Kurdish women fighters

ISIS fears us more than men, say Kurdish women fighters

Oct 21, – Deprived of sleep and armed with only a Kalashnikov, Avshin Kobane knows each day could be her last. But she is not afraid to fight on the frontline, defending the Syrian town from which she takes her nom de guerre against one of the most violent terrorist groups the world has seen. […]

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Islamic State besieges 700 Yazidi families in Mount Sinjar

Islamic State besieges 700 Yazidi families in Mount Sinjar

Oct 20, – Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are besieging about 700 Yazidi families in Mount Sinjar west of the Iraqi province of Mosul, a security source told Al Arabiya News Channel Monday. Local Sinjar Protection Forces holding back ISIS militants are quickly running out of supplies and ammunition and have […]

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Palestine leader vows legal action against Aqsa attacks

Palestine leader vows legal action against Aqsa attacks

Oct 19, – Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Saturday legal measures would be taken to prevent Jewish settlers from attacking Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, having said their presence desecrates the site. His remarks follow a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police, which erupted when Jews were to visit the complex. […]

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Environment

Rescue workers clear debris after Indian cyclone kills 21

Rescue workers clear debris after Indian cyclone kills 21

Oct 13, – Rescue workers and soldiers cleared uprooted trees and electrical poles blocking roads on Monday after a tropical cyclone killed at least 21 people and demolished tens of thousands of mud huts in eastern India. In Japan, a tropical storm could reach the Tokyo area early Tuesday. At typhoon strength earlier, Vongfong hit […]

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Japan volcano rescue suspended as death toll rises to 36

Japan volcano rescue suspended as death toll rises to 36

Sep 29, – Five more bodies were found near the peak of an erupting Japanese volcano on Monday, as rescuers suspended their search because of the growing danger from toxic gas. The grim discovery takes to at least 36 the total number of people feared to have died when Mount Ontake erupted without warning during […]

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Typhoon Kalmaegi blows out of Philippines

Typhoon Kalmaegi blows out of Philippines

Sep 15, – The government weather bureau said the eye of Typhoon Kalmaegi was over the South China Sea some 372 kilometers (231 miles) west of northwestern Laoag city before noon, moving northwest toward southern China at 30 kilometers per hour (19 kph). It was packing sustained winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts […]

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Health & Fitness

U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola

U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola

Oct 13, – At Fort Campbell in Kentucky, spouses of U.S. soldiers headed to Liberia seem to be lingering just a bit longer than usual after pre-deployment briefings, hungry for information about Ebola. For these families, the virus is raising a different kind of anxiety than the one they have weathered during 13 years of […]

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U.S. begins enhanced Ebola screening program at New York’s JFK airport

U.S. begins enhanced Ebola screening program at New York’s JFK airport

Oct 11, – A stepped-up screening program that checks the temperature of travelers arriving from West Africa is starting at New York’s Kennedy International Airport, part of an ongoing effort to stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed more than 4,000 people. The effort to screen travelers from the three West African […]

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Cynicism dies hard in Ebola-hit Liberian slum

Cynicism dies hard in Ebola-hit Liberian slum

Oct 04, – In the narrow, gloomy alleyways of one of west Africa’s largest slums, Liberian teenagers explain the dangers of Ebola to their neighbours — but the message is falling on deaf ears. West Point, a squalid township of 75,000 jutting from Liberia’s capital Monrovia into the Atlantic Ocean, has been awash with cynicism […]

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Women Rights

ISIS women only brigade signals new role of female Jihadist

ISIS women only brigade signals new role of female Jihadist

Sep 29, – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched a new online marketing campaign aiming to lure Western women to fight on its behalf. The terrorist organization is pitching women by focusing on the “pleasure of providing the domesticity that a warrior waging jihad needs and by doing so serving Islam,”. The […]

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Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

Sep 15, – The panel of three judges, led by Judge Sediqullah Haqiqqi, also invalidated on Monday the death sentences given to two other defendants, whose sentences were reduced to 20 years in prison for unrelated crimes. An appeals court has sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault against an Afghan […]

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UN report says one in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide

UN report says one in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide

Sep 04, – Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found. In a global study of violence against children, the child welfare agency UNICEF reveals that one fifth of all murder victims are […]

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