Archive for March, 2016

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 1:15pm

Luxembourg to probe Malaysian fund over fraud claims

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Luxembourg’s state prosecutor said it had requested a judicial inquiry into allegations of money laundering by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Prosecutors said the inquiry was launched after concrete evidence emerged of the misuse of funds held by the Malaysian government through different offshore accounts in Singapore, Switzerland and Luxembourg. “The case […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 1:15pm

India bridge collapse: ‘At least 10 killed’ in Kolkata

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At least 10 people are feared dead after a portion of an under-construction overpass collapsed in a congested area of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, police said.   Many people were still trapped under the debris in the Girish Park area of Kolkata and efforts were underway to rescue those, according to police officials. Video footage […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 1:15pm

Nuclear security summit to focus on dirty bomb scenario

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New York, United States – When it comes to nuclear attacks, there is no shortage of nightmare scenarios. Saboteurs could breach a nuclear power station and start a reactor meltdown. A renegade Pakistani general could seize tactical nuclear weapons and blow up a city. Radioactive materials, which are found in many hospitals, could cause dirty […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 1:12am

French minister shocks with Muslim veil-slavery comment

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France’s minister for women’s rights has compared Muslim women who wear the veil to American “Negroes” who accepted slavery, in an interview with French media. Laurence Rossignol made the comments to RMC radio and BFM TV, igniting accusations of racism on Wednesday across social media as a petition was launched calling on the minister to […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 1:12am

Can Iraq make headway against corruption?

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sought guidance from parliament on whether he should appoint party politicians, or independent experts, to the new cabinet he has promised. He was responding to a deadline set by parliament, which wants him to come up with a new line-up by Thursday. This new cabinet is to focus on […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 1:12am

Libya’s UN-backed government sails into Tripoli

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Members of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday, defying threats by rival factions that it was not welcome in the capital.   Reports of sporadic gunfire and road blocks leading into Tripoli later emerged, with questions raised whether violence would erupt, or a peaceful transition of power would ensue.  The […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 12:49pm

Syria war: UN urges leaders to accept more refugees

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments around the world to allow in more Syrian refugees and “counter fear-mongering” about them. At a conference in Geneva on Wednesday, Ban urged countries to “act with solidarity, in the name of our shared humanity, by pledging new and additional pathways for the admission of Syrian […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 12:49pm

France drops plan to strip attackers of citizenship

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France President Francois Hollande has said he will stop pursuing a set of constitutional reforms targeting perpetrators of armed attacks against the nation. The reforms included clauses to strip citizenship of people convicted of an “attack on the life of the nation”, and enshrine some security measures implemented under a state of emergency more permanently. […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 12:49pm

Fallujah crisis: ‘We are being left to slow death’

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Thousands of Iraqi civilians in Fallujah city are “dying of hunger”, according to residents and local officials. The city’s population, estimated between 80.000 to 100.000 people, is suffering from a shortage of food, medicine and fuel. “We are feeding our newborn babies animal [cow] milk,” said Um Hussein, 59, a resident of Fallujah.” We are […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 12:48am

EgyptAir hijack: Cyprus airport hostage drama ends

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The hijacker of an EgyptAir passenger jet was arrested at Cyprus’ Larnaca airport after a five-hour standoff. No one was hurt in the incident after the man surrendered to authorities. The EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday morning and forced to divert to the island. Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said […]

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