Archive for March, 2015

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:01pm

Turkish prosecutor taken hostage in Istanbul

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A Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of a 14-year-old during 2013 anti-government protests has been taken hostage by an armed group at an Istanbul courthouse. Mehmet Selim Kiraz was investigating the killing of Berkin Elvan, who died in March last year after spending 269 days in a coma due to injuries inflicted by […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:01pm

Typhoon Mayzak leaves wreckage in Micronesia

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The islands of Chuuk, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received a direct hit late on Sunday from Typhoon Maysak, and the Yap group of islands is next in the typhoon’s path. Maysak hit Chuuk on March 29, with the eye five nautical miles north of Chuuk Lagoon, and winds of 130kph gusting […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:01pm

Opposition party declares victory in Nigeria election

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The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared victory for its candidate, Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria’s bitterly contested presidential election in a vote marred by confusion, arguments and violence.   Victory for former military ruler Buhari would mark the first time in Nigeria’s history that an opposition party has democratically taken control of the country from the ruling party. The spokesman […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:01am

One dead after car rams gate of NSA headquarters in US

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One person has been killed and a second seriously wounded after two men tried to ram a car through a gate leading to the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, US officials have said. The NSA said on Monday that one of the men died after a firefight ensued at Fort Meade in the US state of Maryland. “Just […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:01am

Iran nuclear talks continue as Tuesday deadline looms

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Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme have entered a critical phase, with negotiators making last-ditch efforts to reach a preliminary deal before the March 31 deadline. Top diplomats from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany – collectively known as P5 1 – are meeting with Iranian officials in the Swiss city of Lausanne […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:01am

Many dead in ‘air strike on north Yemen refugee camp’

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At least 40 people have been killed in an attack on a camp for internally displaced people in north Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition continued to strike Houthi targets around the country for a fifth day. Several sources said an air strike on Monday struck the Al-Mazraq camp in the northwestern province of Hajjah, close to the Saudi border, […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 2:56pm

Many dead in airstrike on refugee camp in north Yemen

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Aid workers say at least 15 people have been killed in north Yemen after an airstrike hit a camp for internally displaced people. The humanitarian agency, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said on Monday that the Al-Mazraq camp in the northwestern Hajjah province was bombed. “It was an air strike,” Pablo Marco, the manager of the MSF programme […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 2:56pm

Woods falls out of world’s top-100

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Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996. The 39-year-old former world number one and 14-times major champion, who has not played since pulling out of the Farmer’s Open in early February due to back problems, has slipped to 104th in the rankings. The […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 2:56pm

Turkish Airlines flight diverted over bomb threat

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A Turkish Airlines flight en route to Sao Paulo has declared an emergency following a bomb threat and landed at Casablanca airport, a spokeswoman for the airline said. The flight, TK15, had departed from Istanbul on Monday and landed in the Moroccan city after a note was found warning there was a “bomb” in one of […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 2:42am

French conservatives surge in local elections

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France’s ruling Socialists have taken a new hit in run-off local elections that saw major gains for the right ahead of 2017 presidential elections. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) won a thumping victory, taking between 65 and 71 councils out of a possible 98 in Sunday’s elections, the AFP news agency […]

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