Archive for February, 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 11:12pm

Bangladesh verdict sparks deadly protests

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At least 30 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds injured in protests in Bangladesh after a member of the opposition was sentenced to death for war crimes. Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73,  is the third prominent figure from Jamaat-e-Islami party to be found guilty of mass killings by a court set up to investigate abuses during […]

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 11:12pm

Rome summit pledges help to Syrian opposition

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Western and Arab governments have pledged more political and material support for the civilian Syrian opposition and called for an immediate halt to arms supplies to the Assad government. A final statement after a meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Rome added: “The regime must immediately stop the indiscriminate bombardment against populated areas […]

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 11:12pm

Papacy of Benedict XVI officially ends

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Benedict XVI’s reign as pope has come to an end amid the ringing of church bells in Vatican City. The Swiss Guards went off duty on Thursday at 1900 GMT after closing the high doors to the papal palace. From his temporary quarters in Italy’s Castel Gandolfo, Benedict thanked the tens of thousands of people gathered […]

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 11:11am

Rome talks look to bolster Syrian rebels

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Syria’s opposition and foreign powers are set to hold crucial talks in the Italian capital of Rome, with the US suggesting it plans to support Syrian rebels in their struggle against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The Friends of Syria meeting on Thursday comes after John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said the opposition needs “more help” in […]

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 11:11am

Benedict XVI spends final day as pope

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Pope Benedict XVI met with cardinals from around the world in his final hours as leader of 1.1 billion Catholics, and promised “unconditional reverence and obedience” to his successor.  Benedict urged his cardinals on Thursday to work in unity so that the College of Cardinals is “like an orchestra” where “agreement and harmony” can be reached — a […]

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 11:11am

Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death

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A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has sentenced a leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party to death, thethird verdict by the court set up to investigate abuses during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the party, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and religious […]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 11:11pm

Kurdish leader ‘outlines’ Turkey peace plan

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The leader of a Kurdish armed group imprisoned by Turkey is set to call for a long-sought ceasefire next month as part of a renewed push for peace with the Turkish government, according to officials. Abdullah Ocalan, head of the PKK, is currently serving a life sentence on an island prison off Istanbul where visitors are […]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 11:11pm

Iran nuclear talks end without breakthrough

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World powers and Iran have ended their two-day meeting on the country’s nuclear programme in the Kazakh city of Almaty without breakthrough, according to a Western official. Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, said on Wednesday all sides agreed to meet in the same city on April 5-6 after first gathering their nuclear experts for consultations […]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 11:11pm

US to bolster support for Syrian rebels

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The US will increase aid to the Syrian opposition in an effort to speed a political transition in Syria, according to the White House spokesman. The remarks by Jay Carney came after the Washington Post newspaper reported on Wednesday that the White House was considering a shift in policy towards the nearly two-year-long conflict in Syria, such […]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 11:11am

Mexico arrests head of teachers’ union

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The head of Mexico’s powerful teachers’ union has been arrested at an airport outside Mexico City on suspicion of embezzling the union’s funds. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo, who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Worker for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on Tuesday on charges […]

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