International News

Dozens dead after Xinjiang mob’s knife attacks, Chinese state media says

Dozens dead after Xinjiang mob’s knife attacks, Chinese state media says

July 29, – A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday. Many other people were injured in the violence Monday in Shache county near the city […]

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Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice Prime Minister

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice Prime Minister

July 27, – The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town’s mayor, was kidnapped […]

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Death toll in two weeks of Libyan conflict reaches 97

Death toll in two weeks of Libyan conflict reaches 97

July 27, – Two weeks of clashes between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli’s international airport have left more than 97 people dead and 400 wounded, the health ministry said Sunday. The ministry’s toll was based on casualty reports from eight public hospitals in the capital and its suburbs, and did not include […]

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European Crises

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine, as 26 killed by artillery

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine, as 26 killed by artillery

July 29, – Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed. Fighting also raged elsewhere […]

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Rebels claim Ukraine forces now controls part of MH17 site

Rebels claim Ukraine forces now controls part of MH17 site

July 28, – Ukraine’s army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime. After explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to access the east Ukraine […]

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UN rights chief says downing of Malaysian jet ‘a possible war crime’

UN rights chief says downing of Malaysian jet ‘a possible war crime’

July 28, – The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Pillay, the U.N.’s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile […]

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Arab Uprising

Israeli strike on crowded Gaza school kills 20 and leaves 200 wounded

Israeli strike on crowded Gaza school kills 20 and leaves 200 wounded

July 30, – Several Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 200, a Palestinian health official and a U.N. official said. The Israeli army had no immediate comment. The strike hit the U.N. school […]

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At least 100 Palestinians killed Tuesday in Gaza

At least 100 Palestinians killed Tuesday in Gaza

July 20, – A Palestinian health official says at least 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting in Gaza on Tuesday. The high death toll comes as Israel has escalated its military offensive in the coastal strip. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the toll counts those killed from midnight on Monday. The Palestinian […]

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Palestinian fighters raid kills five IDF soldiers in southern Israel

Palestinian fighters raid kills five IDF soldiers in southern Israel

July 28, – Gaza militants who crossed into Israel via a tunnel killed five Israeli soldiers in a gun battle near the community of Nahal Oz close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the military said on Tuesday. “(The) soldiers were killed during combat when terrorists attempted to execute an attack using a tunnel […]

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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 […]

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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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