Archive for July, 2012

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:35pm

Arafat’s widow asks France to probe ‘murder’

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Yasser Arafat’s widow has asked a French court to launch a murder investigation into the death of the Palestinian leader, after an Al Jazeera investigation suggested he was poisoned by a radioactive element. After a sudden collapse in his health, Arafat was flown to France in October 2004 from his battered headquarters, where he had […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:35pm

Syrian forces intensify air assault on Aleppo

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Syrian combat aircraft and artillery have pounded two key areas of Aleppo, extending the army’s campaign to control the country’s biggest city. Heavy gunfire sounded from the Salaheddin district in the southwest of the city on Tuesday, as the opposition denied the government’s claims that rebel fighters had been driven out by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Instead, rebel fighters said […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:35pm

Mass blackout strikes India for second day

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Power has returned to much of north India after a massive blackout for a second straight day caused major transport disruption and traffic chaos in several cities. Hundreds of millions of people across India were left without power on Tuesday in one of the world’s worst blackouts, trapping miners, stranding train travellers and plunging hospitals into darkness. […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:27am

Uganda leader warns of Ebola ‘contact’ threat

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The Ugandan president has called on people to limit physical contact with each other, after a victim of a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus was reported in Kampala, the country’s capital, for the first time. “The Ministry of Health are tracing all the people who have had contact with the victims,” Yoweri Museveni said in […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:27am

Rebels claim victory in Syria’s al-Bab town

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Government forces withdrew from the town of al-Bab, according to rebel forces, who claim it was the army’s last urban base in the region outside of Aleppo city. The people of al-Bab took a captured government tank on a victory lap around the town after the army fled and its prized military assets were left behind. […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:27am

Syria forces intensify assault on Aleppo

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Syrian forces and rebels have clashed violently in and around Aleppo as the battle for control of the country’s largest city raged into a fourth day, with both sides claiming advances. The Syrian army said on Monday it had overrun part of the city’s rebel-held Salaheddin district, which sits in the southwest in the face […]

Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 7:23pm

Death terms in Iran bank scandal

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An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death for a billion-dollar bank fraud that tainted the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state media has reported. Iranians, hit by sanctions and soaring inflation, were shocked by the scale of the $2.6bn bank loan embezzlement that was exposed last year and by allegations it was carried […]

Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 7:23pm

Colorado suspect faces 142 criminal counts

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The former graduate student accused of opening fire at a Denver-area screening of the latest “Batman” film, killing 12 people, has been formally charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. James Holmes, 24, was formally charged on Monday during his second court appearance since his arrest after the massacre during […]

Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 7:23pm

Syria foes ‘advance’ in battle-wracked Aleppo

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Syrian forces and rebels have clashed violently in and around Aleppo as the battle for control of the northern city raged into a third day, with both sides claiming advances. The Syrian army claimed on Monday to have overrun part of the city’s rebel-held Salaheddin district, but the claim was denied by a Free Syrian […]

Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 7:23am

Anti-Putin punk rockers face trial in Moscow

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Three young women who staged a punk-rock protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main Orthodox church will go on trial in a case seen as a test of Russia’s tolerance of dissent. The women, part of a band called Pussy Riot who have been held in pre-trial custody for almost five months, face up […]

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