Archive for October, 2013

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 10:36pm

Kenya teen gang-rape case sparks protests

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Several hundred Kenyan women are protesting after a schoolgirl was brutally gang-raped and the only punishment for the suspects was that they had to mow the police station lawn. The protesters marched on police headquarters in the Kenyan capital on Thursday to deliver a petition of over a million names demanding justice and decrying lack […]

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 10:36pm

Turkey women MPs break headscarf taboo

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Four female legislators wearing headscarves have walked into Turkey’s parliament in Ankara, marking an end to the early 1920s ban on the Muslim symbol imposed in the early days of the Turkish Republic. Thursday’s symbolic action highlighted an emerging trend in Turkey where the issue of headscarves remains highly sensitive as it is viewed by secularists […]

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 10:36pm

Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia amid frayed ties

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John Kerry, the US secretary of state, will travel to Saudi Arabia where he will meet Saudi King Abdullah in an effort to ease diplomatic strains over Syria and Iran. Kerry, who is set to begin his nine-day Middle East and Europe tour on Saturday, will also visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Jordan, and the United […]

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 10:33am

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank

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Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian during a clash in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian witnesses and medical officials said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the soldiers had been on an overnight raid in a village near the city of Jenin, when about 50 Palestinians started hurling stones at them. Ahmed Imad Yusef, 21, […]

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 10:33am

Assad: Foreign powers must end rebel support

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The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has said he is open to peace talks but insisted that they would not go ahead unless foreign nations stopped supporting rebel fighters. The comments came during a meeting on Wednesday with peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus. “The Syrian people are the only ones who have the right to […]

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 10:33am

Syria chemical weapons facilities ‘destroyed’

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Syria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog said in a document seen by Reuters news agency. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in the document its teams had inspected 21 out […]

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:28pm

US ‘spied on Vatican in run-up to conclave’

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The US National Security Agency allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed on Wednesday. “The National Security Agency wire-tapped the pope,” the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including cardinal Jorge Mario […]

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:28pm

Israel announces East Jerusalem settlements

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Israel has announced plans to build 1,500 new homes in occupied East Jerusalem, the part of the city claimed by the Palestinians, just hours after it freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal to set peace talks in motion. Interior Ministry Spokeswoman, Lital Apter, said Israel also plans to build an archaeology and […]

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:28pm

Congo army enters last major rebel stronghold

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Congolese government troops have entered the eastern border town of Bunagana as M23 rebels abandoned what was the last significant town they were holding. The town was first seized by the rebels last year and its loss is the latest success in an offensive by Democratic Republic of Congo’s UN-backed army, which is seeking to crush a […]

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:22am

Dozens killed in India bus-crash blaze

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A fierce blaze on board a bus sparked by an exploding fuel tank has killed at least 44 passengers in southern India, local police say. The fire broke out early on Wednesday morning after the bus crashed into a central reservation on a highway between the cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad around 5am, Venkateshwarlu, a […]

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