Archive for January, 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:09pm

Australia agrees dumping near Barrier Reef

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Australia has approved a plan to dump millions of tonnes of sediment near the Great Barrier Reef as part of a major coal port expansion – a decision that environmentalists say will endanger one of the world’s most fragile eco-systems. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority rubber-stamped the federal government’s approval of the expansion […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:09pm

Ukrainian protest leader tells of torture

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A Ukrainian anti-government activist who disappeared a week ago has appeared on television, his face badly beaten and with wounds to his hands, saying his abductors had “crucified” him. Dmytro Bulatov, 35, who was one of the leaders of anti-government protest motorcades called ‘Automaidan’, was taken to hospital after he appeared on Ukrainian TV 5th […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:08pm

Brahimi: Syria peace talks a modest beginning

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The UN Arab League envoy to Syria has said that rival Syrian delegations could return for a second round of peace talks on February 10, to build on the “modest beginning” and “very slow” progress of closed-door negotiations. Lakhdar Brahimi said on Friday that the talks between Syria’s regime and opposition have made slim progress, but […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:02am

Navy admiral to run US spy agency NSA

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President Barack Obama has nominated a US Navy officer, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, to take over as head of the National Security Agency (NSA) that has recently come under fire over its practises. “This is a critical time for the NSA, and Vice Admiral Rogers would bring extraordinary and unique qualifications to this position as the agency […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:02am

Ukraine politicians accused of vote rigging

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Several Ukrainian politicians are accused of vote rigging inside the country’s parliament in order to push through a new protestor amnesty law, as President Victor Yanukovich went on sick leave citing respiratory problems. In a parliamentary session in Kiev on Wednesday evening, pro-government politicians were seen voting illegally in favour of the new law on […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:02am

US says Syria must comply on chemical weapons

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The United States has called on Syria to take immediate action to comply with a UN resolution to remove its chemical weapons materials, noting just four percent of Syria’s declared chemical stock has been eliminated. Efforts to remove these materials from Syria have “seriously languished and stalled,” US Ambassador Robert Mikulak said in a statement to […]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 3:52pm

Ukraine president goes on sick leave

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has gone on sick leave with an acute respiratory ailment, leaving a political vacuum in a country destabilised by anti-government protests. Yanukovich’s prime minister, Mykola Azarov, resigned on Tuesday after a sharp escalation of two months of street unrest prompted by Yanukovich’s rejection of a European Union deal in favour of closer ties […]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 3:52pm

UN: No substantive results in Syria talks

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Syria’s peace talks are moving forward with greater ease but United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has warned against expecting substantive results during this round. Brahimi said on Wednesday that the “ice is breaking”, calling the presence of both the government and the opposition at the negotiating table a step in the right direction. “These people have not […]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 3:52pm

Syrian troops ‘deliberately destroy homes’

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The Syrian government has been deliberately and systematically razing homes, buildings and entire rebel-held neighbourhoods to the ground with bulldozers and explosives, according to a rights group. A new report, released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday, accused the regime troops of entering opposition strongholds and destroying the buildings. Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighbourhood Demolitions in 2012-2013 […]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 3:48am

Knox to miss verdict in murder case retrial

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Amanda Knox, the US student accused of killing her roommate in Italy, will not be in court to hear Italian judges give their verdict in her retrial for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher in 2007. Knox, who is living in Seattle, is standing trial on Thursday alongside her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. She […]

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