Archive for May, 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:35pm

Malawi’s new president calls for unity

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Peter Mutharika, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, has been sworn in as the new president of Malawi after the country’s election commission declared him the winner of the disputed polls. Mutharika on Saturday urged the 11 other former presidential candidates to “join me in rebuilding the country” after some of them had contested […]

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:35pm

Police use tear gas on Turkey protesters

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Police have used tear gas in Istanbul and water cannon in Ankara to disperse protesters seeking to mark the first anniversary of anti-government demonstrations in the country. Police clashed with hundreds of demonstrators near Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which was the centre-point in last year’s protests. The AFP news agency reported that riot police used water cannon to […]

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:35pm

US soldier freed in Taliban prisoner swap

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The only US soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed as part of a swap deal with the Taliban brokered by the government of Qatar. Bowe Bergdahl’s release was part of a negotiation that included the freeing of five high-profile Afghan prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, statements from the US government said. The US […]

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:20am

US confirms Syria suicide bomber was American

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An American fighting for a rebel group in Syria carried out a deadly suicide bombing in the first such case in the war, US officials have said. “The American citizen involved in the suicide bombing in Syria is believed to be Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha,” the US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement […]

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:20am

Erdogan warns against anniversary protests

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Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has told people not to mark the anniversary of national protests that left eight dead and thousands wounded last year. Turkish authorities are preparing to tackle Saturday’s demonstrations with 25,000 police officers and 50 water cannon. “One year later, people, including so-called artists, are calling for demonstrations, but you, Turkey’s […]

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:20am

Malawi’s Mutharika wins presidential election

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Peter Mutharika, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party and  brother of Malawi’s former leader, has been declared the winner of the country’s disputed presidential election after garnering 36.4 percent of the votes cast. The electoral commission said Mutharika came ahead of Lazarus Chakwera who obtained 27.8 percent of the vote and outgoing president Joyce Banda who garnered […]

Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 7:16pm

Girl ‘raped by 38 men’ in Malaysia

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Malaysian police have detained 13 men and are looking for other suspects following allegations that a 15-year-old girl was raped by 38 men in the country’s northern region, Reuters news agency says quoting local media. Astro Awani television and The Star daily reported that the assault took place in the northern state of Kelantan on […]

Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 7:16pm

Ukraine to continue army offensive in east

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Ukraine’s government has vowed to continue its military offensive against separatists in the country’s eastern regions, following days of deadly clashes. President-elect Petro Poroshenko, who scored an overwhelming first-round victory in a poll on May 25, swore on Friday to punish those responsible for the shooting down on Thursday of an army helicopter near Slovyansk, which killed […]

Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 7:16pm

Syria barrel bomb toll ‘nears 2000’ this year

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Barrel bombs dropped by Syrian government forces on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo have killed nearly 2,000 people so far this year, an activist group has said. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one of the main groups counting the dead in the three-year-long conflict, said on Friday that there were 1,963 […]

Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 6:56am

Stoning victim’s husband killed first wife

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The husband of a woman stoned to death in Pakistan killed his first wife four years ago, police and relatives said. Zulfiqar Hameed, a deputy inspector general for Punjab police, told the Associated Press on Thursday that authorities arrested Mohammed Iqbal for the October 2009 killing of his first wife, Ayesha Bibi. Hameed could not […]

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