Archive for March, 2016

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

Is Thailand on its way back to democracy?

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It has been two years since the Thai military overthrew Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a move it said was necessary to restore stability after years of political uncertainty. But since then, Thailand’s military rulers have been accused of rolling back democracy. They have now unveiled the final draft of a controversial new constitution, that many argue […]

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

Myanmar lifts curfew in Rohingya Muslim area

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President Thein Sein, Myanmar’s outgoing leader, lifted a nearly four-year curfew in the western state of Rakhine where clashes between the minority Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists left more than 200 people dead. Thein Sein made the last-minute decision to lift the nighttime curfew on the recommendation of the state government, which felt it was […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 12:35pm

Great Barrier Reef sees ‘worst mass bleaching in years’

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The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,000km along Australia’s northeast coast and is the world’s largest living ecosystem. Last May, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee stopped short of placing the reef on an “in danger” list, but the ruling raised long-term concerns about its future. The Coral Reef Studies group from Townsville’s James Cook University, filmed over […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 12:35pm

The glaring hate of Pakistan’s ignored

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They gather in the streets of the capital and only the colour of their clothing seems to be different. These men, and they are all men, are all aged between 15 and 50. They wear the traditional Pakistani Shalwar Kameez and beards sprout from their faces with an old fashioned topi, a hat atop their […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 12:35pm

EgyptAir hijack: Passenger jet lands at Cyprus’ Larnaca

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Cyprus’ foreign ministry has reported that the hijacker of an EgyptAir passenger jet has been arrested at the island’s Larnaca airport after a five-hour standoff. The EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday morning and forced to divert to Cyprus, in an incident that was not politically motivated, the president of […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 12:32am

UN chief regrets Western Sahara ‘occupation’ comment

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regrets a “misunderstanding” over his use of the word “occupation” to describe Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara, which led to Morocco expelling dozens of US staff, his spokesman has said. Earlier this month Ban used the word “occupation” to describe Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara in 1975, when it took over the […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 12:32am

Ajman fire: Massive blaze engulfs skyscrapers

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A huge fire has engulfed at least two towers of residential buildings in the United Arab Emirates city of Ajman, causing panic among residents. The police gave no details on casualties in tweets confirming the blaze late on Monday, but said efforts were ongoing to put out the fire. “Everyone was running around in panic. The fire […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 12:32am

Gunman captured after shooting at US Capitol complex

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A suspected gunman was wounded in a shooting on Monday on the US Capitol grounds and taken to hospital, police and congressional sources said. The shooting occurred in the Visitors Center of the sprawling Capitol Complex. The White House was briefly put on lockdown, but that was soon lifted. Police shot the suspect after he pulled […]

Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 12:32pm

Lahore bombing: Pakistan mourns as death toll rises

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Families of the victims killed in a massive suicide bombing targeting Pakistani Christians in Lahore have started burying their relatives as a nationwide three-day mourning period began. The funerals on Monday followed the attack at a park in Pakistan’s second largest city a day earlier, aimed at killing members of the Christian minority gathered on […]

Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 12:32pm

Syria army ‘to use Palmyra as launchpad’ against ISIL

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Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, battled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group around Palmyra on Monday, after taking back control of the ancient city. ISIL’s loss of Palmyra on Sunday amounts to one of the biggest setbacks for the group since it declared a caliphate in 2014 across […]

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