Archive for June, 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 12:50am

Italy rescues thousands of migrants from smuggler boats

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Italian coast guard ships, along with military vessels from Ireland and Britain, have rescued at least 2,900 migrants from 21 smugglers boats in the Mediterranean, north of Libya. An Irish military statement said the Irish vessel Le Eithne was involved in six of the operations on Sunday, rescuing migrants from inflatable rubber dinghies. In a […]

Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 12:50am

Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike ‘to be released’

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Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, will be released in two weeks from Israeli prison, his legal counsel has confirmed with Al Jazeera. Adnan has agreed to end his 55-day long hunger strike, and is due to be freed on July 12, Jawad Boulos, legal counsel for the Ramallah-based Prisoners Club, said on Sunday. Boulos said […]

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 12:41pm

Rain delays Sri Lanka’s bid to win second Test

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Sri Lanka require 153 runs for a series-levelling victory after Pakistan rode Azhar Ali’s ninth Test century before being all out for 329 on day four of the second Test. Heavy rain washed out the entire final session, leaving Sri Lanka with three sessions on Monday to reach the target and go into the third […]

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 12:41pm

Baku’s ‘soft power’ European Games: Sport or PR?

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The 2015 European Games may have lacked the coverage of the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, but for Azerbaijan where they are set to come to a close, they have been a source of pride for the government. President Ilham Aliyev invested heavily in the 17-day competition, spending in the region of $1.2bn on state-of-the-art facilities […]

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 12:41pm

101 East Awards

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2015 Awards New York Festival’s International Television Film Awards Return of the Lizard King – Gold Medal The Dolphin Hunters – Gold Medal Stray Bullets – Gold Medal Steve Chao – Best News Reporter/Correspondent – Gold Medal We Built This City – Bronze Medal 2014 Awards World Media Summit Award – Beijing Public Welfare Award […]

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 12:35am

How is ISIL expanding?

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More than 60 people were killed on Friday in two attacks. The first was a suicide bomb explosion at a mosque for Shia Muslims in Kuwait City – the first such attack in relatively stable Kuwait. Then in Tunisia, European tourists were targeted in their resort. A gunman randomly opening fire among the beach umbrellas and […]

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 12:35am

Copa America: Brazil crash out on penalties

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Derlis Gonzalez slotted two penalties, one in regular time and again in the shootout, to help Paraguay knock Brazil out of the 2015 Copa America. Paraguay won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw that helped them seal a last-four match against Argentina, their second in the tournament having fought back from two goals down for […]

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 12:35am

Greek parliament approves bailout referendum plan

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The Greek parliament has backed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ call for a referendum on the country’s bailout deal with international creditors. The referendum planned for Sunday July 5 was approved by at least 179 deputies out of a total of 300 lawmakers. Verification of the vote count was under way, AFP news agency reported. Tsipras’ […]

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 12:35pm

Foreign tourists fly out after Tunisia killings

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Foreign tourists are flying out of Tunisia after the deaths of 38 tourists in an attack on a beach resort in the coastal town of Sousse. Saturday’s exodus came despite the Tunisian government’s rejection of claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group carried out Friday’s attack, saying the suspect had never travelled […]

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 12:35pm

Kurdish recapture of Syria’s Kobane reported

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Doha, Qatar – Kurdish forces have recaptured Syria’s Kobane from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, activists and a monitoring group say. Kurdish forces managed to force ISIL out of the Kurdish town following days of deadly clashes, activists and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. “Kurdish forces recaptured […]

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