Archive for April, 2013

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:45am

ANC criticised over Mandela visit video

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A new video which shows South African President Jacob Zuma and officials of the governing African National Congress visiting a frail Nelson Mandela has stirred controversy. The video of the encounter, aired by state broadcaster South African Broadcasting Corporation, has sparked accusations of exploiting the anti-apartheid hero’s illness. This is the first television appearance Mandela […]

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:45am

Extra medical staff sent to Guantanamo

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Extra medical staff have been sent to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay to help address a hunger strike that has spread to nearly two-thirds of the detainees. Some 40 US Navy medical personnel, including nurses and specialists, arrived over the weekend, said on Monday Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House, a military spokesman at Guantanamo. […]

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:45am

Huge explosion rocks Damascus

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A blast near Syria’s interior ministry has rocked the central Damascus district of Marjeh killing 13 people and injuring over 70 others, state television said, just a day after the country’s prime minister survived a car bomb attack. “Terrorist explosion in Marjeh district of Damascus and preliminary information on casualties,” state television reported on Tuesday. The […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:43pm

Iraq parliament chief demands cabinet resign

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The speaker of Iraq’s parliament has said the government should resign and hold early elections after a string of attacks ripped through the country. On Monday, Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni and leading member of the secular, Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, which has long been at odds with Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, demanded that the […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:43pm

Syria says PM escapes car bomb attack

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Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has survived a bomb attack that targeted his convoy in central Damascus, Syrian state media report. “The terrorist explosion in al-Mazzeh was an attempt to target the convoy of the prime minister. Doctor Wael al-Halqi is well and not hurt at all,” state television said on Monday. Casualties have been reported. State television showed footage […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:43pm

Pre-election violence continues in Pakistan

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At least eight people, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Peshawar, police have said. Qari Hilal, the son of cleric Qazi Amin Waqad, died in Monday’s suicide bombing that appeared to have targeted Sahibzada Anees, a senior official in […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:41am

S Korean workers to leave joint factory zone

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South Korea has begun to pull out its last remaining workers from a factory zone in North Korea, bringing cross-border cooperation to a complete halt. The withdrawal, planned to begin on Monday, raises the prospect of the permanent closure of the Kaesong complex, the last point of contact between the two Koreas and a major source of income for […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:41am

Deadly bombings strike across Iraq

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Five car bombs have exploded in public areas in predominantly Shia cities and districts in central and southern Iraq, killing 25 civilians and wounding 97, officials said. Police said two bombs exploded in the town of Amara in Missan province, killing 15 people and wounding another 45. One of the bombs went off near a police station and the other one […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:41am

Syria PM ‘survives car bomb attack’

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Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has survived a bomb attack that targeted his convoy in central Damascus, Syrian state media report. “The terrorist explosion in al-Mazzeh was an attempt to target the convoy of the prime minister. Doctor Wael al-Halqi is well and not hurt at all,” state television said on Monday. At least six people were reportedly killed in the […]

Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 11:40pm

Greece parliament approves job cuts

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Greece’s parliament has approved a law that would pave way for 2,000 immediate civil service layoffs as part of the deal to receive about 8.8bn euros ($8.9bn) of rescue loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Sunday’s legislation makes it easier to fire government employees for disciplinary reasons, extends an unpopular property […]

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