SUSPECTED Sunni Muslim militants killed four state-backed Sunni fighters in Iraq yesterday, security sources said.
The parliament failed to pass a law yesterday banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women’s rights since the Islamist Taliban was toppled more than a decade ago.
Rescue officials say falling rocks are hampering their progress in reaching 23 trapped workers at a US-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia, and chances of finding any more survivors are declining.
“SMILE!” the visitor implored, an edge of forced bonhomie in his voice, as he held up a camera to take a snapshot.
THE case of Kermit Gosnell, the abortionist convicted of three charges of first degree murder in America, has brought home to some people a few of the realities of abortion, which is now a global holocaust promoted pre-eminently by the same government whose laws incongruously condemned Gosnell.10 comments
RELATIVES of a five-year-old British girl who drowned in a hotel pool in Egypt said yesterday that they are angry and hurt that more was not done to save her.
THE men whose allegations of sexual misconduct prompted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien have criticised the Vatican for telling the cleric to leave Scotland for a period of “prayer and penance”.15 comments
NORTH Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its waters yesterday, a South Korean official said.
FIVE people remained critically ill yesterday after two commuter trains serving New York City collided in Connecticut during Friday’s evening rush hour.
A LAW authorising gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples has been signed by French president Francois Hollande.
THE former partner of alleged US rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro repeatedly went to the authorities to accuse him of abusing her, according to police reports, but the complaints never triggered more investigations.
PAKISTANIS thronged to the polls yesterday, despite a backdrop of violence, in a historic vote which pitted a former cricket star against a veteran prime minister and an unpopular incumbent.
A TEENAGER pulled alive from the rubble of an eight-storey clothing factory 17 days after it collapsed, was recovering in hospital yesterday.
A PAIR of astronauts carried out a rare spacewalk yesterday in hurried efforts to patch a dangerous ammonia leak at the International Space Station.1 comment
TWO car bombs exploded in a Turkish town near the border with Syria yesterday, killing an estimated 43 people and wounding about 140 others.
SCOTTISH historian Niall Ferguson has issued a “deep and unreserved” apology after telling delegates at a business conference in the US that John Maynard Keynes’s economic philosophy was flawed because he was gay, childless and did not care about future generations.
HARPER Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, has launched a legal action to get back the copyright to the classic novel.
A FUNERAL home director is trying to find a cemetery that would bury the body of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai says the director of the CIA has assured him that regular funding his government receives from the agency will not be cut off.
AN ISRAELI airstrike against Syria was targeting a shipment of advanced missiles believed to be bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Israeli officials have confirmed.
NORTH Korea announced yesterday that an American detained for nearly six months is being tried in the supreme court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could result in the death penalty if he is convicted.
A RUSTED 5ft long piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the 11 September 2001 attacks has been discovered near the World Trade Centre wedged between a luxury apartment building and a mosque site that once prompted virulent debate about Islam and free speech.1 comment
ICELANDERS voted yesterday in a parliamentary election that could return to power the centre-right parties that led the country into economic collapse five years ago.1 comment
SYRIAN rebels attacked a sprawling military air base in the country’s north-west yesterday, while opposition forces assaulted army checkpoints and positions in the south, activists said.
A Mississippi martial arts instructor was arrested yesterday after his home and a former business were searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters sent to president Barack Obama and two other public officials.
A PAKISTANI judge yesterday ordered that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf be held in custody for two weeks until the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and detain several judges.
A court has ordered the release of Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak pending further investigation into corruption charges. However, he will continue to be held in prison in two other corruption cases.
King Abdullah has removed veteran deputy defence minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan from his post, state media reported yesterday.
It was the latest move in a reshuffle among princes holding government jobs in the kingdom.
Families of the victims of an Israeli raid on an aid flotilla are objecting to compensation talks between Turkey and Israel, saying the Jewish state must first lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
A five-year-old girl is in a serious condition after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in India’s capital for two days, officials said yesterday.
WITH a divided Italian parliament unable to agree on a new president, incumbent Giorgio Napolitano, 87, yielded yesterday to pleas from political leaders to stand for a second term in office.
THE bodies of 14 people have been recovered from the remnants of a tiny Texas farm town that was rocked by an explosion at a fertiliser plant, authorities said yesterday.
THE health statistics in this battered land, which is still scarred from a decade of civil war, are so alarming that for a decade, donors have opened their wallets to help improve some of the world’s worst rates of maternal and infant mortality.2 comments
ON THE same day, almost at the hour, that Margaret Thatcher died the Eurosceptic baton was picked up by another European leader.33 comments
AFTER being cooped up in their homes for more than 12 hours the population of Boston let out a heartfelt sigh of relief on Friday night when it was confirmed that the suspect in the marathon bombings had been captured.
THE Boston police were euphoric. Their tweet echoed the city’s elation that a threat which had menaced the population since Monday’s marathon bombings had been lifted.
A POWERFUL earthquake, which struck the steep hills of China’s south-western Sichuan province yesterday, left at least 157 people dead and more than 5,700 injured.
A SPECIAL interrogation team was on standby last night to question the Boston marathon bombing suspect to determine if or not he and his brother were part of a wider terror conspiracy.
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