Syria evacuees on move again after 48-hour delay: monitor

News Room : April 21, 2017 9:19 am

BEIRUT: Hundreds of frightened Syrian evacuees were on the move again Friday after being blocked for 48 hours at a transit point where a bomber killed dozens of their fellow townspeople, a monitor said. Some of the 60 buses carrying civilians and loyalist fighters from the besieged regime-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya left the more »
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Turkish minister says ECHR has no jurisdiction over referendum

News Room : April 21, 2017 9:18 am

ANKARA: Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that the European Court of Human Rights had no jurisdiction to rule on appeals over the referendum granting President Tayyip Erdogan new powers. The main opposition CHP party said on Wednesday it might take its appeal for the referendum to be annulled to Turkey’s Constitutional Court or the more »
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Italy’s top court reviews Concordia captain’s case

News Room : April 21, 2017 9:17 am

ROME: Italy’s highest court on Thursday began reviewing the case of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank in 2012 leaving 32 people dead. Schettino, dubbed “Captain Coward” by the press for abandoning the stricken vessel during the nighttime disaster, was handed a 16-year and one month jail term in more »
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Indian baby traffickers target pregnant sex workers: Charity

News Room : April 21, 2017 9:16 am

MUMBAI: Sex workers in Mumbai’s red light district are being lured and even forced to sell their babies, campaigners say, sparking fears that traffickers are looking for new ways to buy children in response to tighter adoption rules. The anti-trafficking charity Prerana — which runs a night shelter for the children of sex workers — more »
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Kenya leader warns against violence as poll fever hits

News Room : April 21, 2017 9:13 am

NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta warned Thursday against violence as election season gets into full swing, with chaotic party primaries already leading to bloody scuffles. East Africa’s largest economy holds a general election on Aug. 8, a decade after disputed polls fueled violence that left more than 1,100 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. “As more »
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Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group

News Room : April 21, 2017 9:12 am

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday. A new survey found “very critical” levels of severe malnutrition in two of six districts assessed in some of the worst affected parts of Somalia. “We are on the brink of a more »
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Myanmar yet to ask UK to arrest murder suspect

News Room : April 21, 2017 8:15 am

YANGON: A 26-year-old British man wanted for the murder of a compatriot in Myanmar is living freely in Scotland because the Southeast Asian nation has yet to request his arrest and extradition, according to UK authorities. The revelation raises fresh questions over Myanmar’s lukewarm response to the death of Gary Ferguson, 47, whose battered body more »
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Labour’s Corbyn sets election tone with promise to take on UK establishment

News Room : April 21, 2017 8:14 am

LONDON: Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to defeat a “cosy cartel” at the heart of British politics, casting himself as the anti-establishment challenger in a snap election called by Prime Minister Theresa May. The pledge, to be delivered via higher taxes on the wealthy and a crackdown on over-powerful corporations, set the tone for a more »
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