Archive for July, 2012

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

Civilians flee Aleppo as assault continues

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Fierce fighting has continued in rebel-held districts of Aleppo for the second straight day as opposition forces continue to hold out in Syria’s largest city. At least 200,000 residents of the country’s commercial capital have fled in the past two days and many more are still trapped, according to the United Nations. The opposition Syrian National […]

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

Dozens killed in southern India train fire

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At least 50 people have died after a fire swept through a moving train bound for the southern Indian city of Chennai, local officials say. The fire was discovered at a railway station in Nellore, in Andhra Pradesh state early on Monday, B Sreedhar, the local administration chief, said. The blaze has been extinguished and at […]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 7:22pm

Hong Kong ‘brainwashing’ of children resented

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Thousands of Hong Kong parents and activists have protested against a plan to introduce national education lessons, labelling it as a bid to brainwash children with Chinese propaganda. Organisers said Sunday’s protest, which attracted stroller-pushing parents, involved 90,000 demonstrators, but police estimates gave a lower figure of 32,000. “As a parent, I’m very angry, this […]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 7:22pm

Empty seats prompt Olympic investigation

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Leaders of the London Olympics have vowed to find out why blocks of seats at highly sought events are lying empty and said they might set up new systems to ensure that those seats are filled, even if they have to be given away. They were responding to widespread criticism from Saturday’s opening day of […]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 7:22pm

Romney pledges support for Israel

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US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has told an Israeli audience in Jerusalem that the United States has “a solemn duty and a moral imperative” to block Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability. Romney’s speech on Sunday came at the mid-point of a three-nation overseas journey designed to burnish his foreign policy credentials and highlight his […]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 7:17am

Romania decides fate of suspended president

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Romanians has gone to the polls to decide whether to impeach their president, Traian Basescu, bringing to a head weeks of political warring that has mired the young democracy. Polling stations opened at 04:00 GMT on Sunday. Around 18.3 million people are eligible to vote, including large diasporas in Spain and Italy. The opening hours have […]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 7:17am

Romney seeks to boost ties with Israel

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Mitt Romney, the US Republican presidential candidate, has left a troubled visit to London behind him and is now looking to rebound in Israel, whose ties with the US have been a familiar theme during his election bid. Romney arrived in Israel late on Saturday on the second leg of a foreign trip aimed at […]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 7:17am

Fierce battles as rebels fight to hold Aleppo

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Fierce fighting has erupted in rebel-held districts of Aleppo, a day after opposition forces repulsed an offensive by government troops in Syria’s second-largest city, a human rights group said. “Intense clashes took place in the districts of Bab al-Hadid, Zahraa, Arkub and Al-Hindrat Camp as explosions were heard and aircraft were sighted overhead,” the Syrian […]

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 7:14pm

UN calls for inquiry into Myanmar riots

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The UN human rights chief has called for a “prompt and independent” investigation into the ethnic violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Navi Pillay said on Friday that an initial move by Myanmar security forces to quash violence in the restive Rakhine state has reportedly turned into a crackdown against Muslim minorities. “We have been receiving […]

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 7:14pm

China cancels project after protests

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Hundreds of demonstrators protesting against alleged pollution from a paper factory in eastern China’s Jiangsu province have clashed with police, forcing authorities to drop plans for a water-discharge project. The Qidong government announced on its website on Saturday that plans to build the water-discharge project had been scrapped. The official Xinhua News Agency said thousands of […]

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