Wednesday, May 06, 2015
UK election hopefuls burn rubber in final campaign push

UK election hopefuls burn rubber in final campaign push

Polls put the Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck, with neither on course for a majority in Parliament.

Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack
Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack

Anti-Islam sentiment has been reverberating in Texas, from the state Capitol to local governments.

Dozens feared dead in migrant tragedy: Save the Children
Dozens feared dead in migrant tragedy: Save the Children

The incident was believed to have occurred on Sunday in the sea between Libya and Sicily.

7.5 magnitude quake rocks Papua New Guinea, sets off tsunami warning
7.5 magnitude quake rocks Papua New Guinea, sets off tsunami warning

Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

Republican Mike Huckabee poised to launch second White House bid

Huckabee ran for president in 2008 and won 8 states where social conservatives wield strong influence.

Texas gunman Elton Simpson links himself to Islamic State in tweets

The gunman had linked himself to Islamic State in a tweet posted just before the attack, sources said.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton defends charity, says won't give up paid speeches

Scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation has focused on foreign donations as well as on Bill Clinton.

Dinosaur footprints at the Cal Orcko cliff in Bolivia

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Dinosaur footprints at the Cal Orcko cliff in Bolivia

Prophet cartoon contest: Accused Texas gunman well-known to FBI before attack

Simpson was arrested in 2010, one day before authorities say he planned to leave for South Africa.

Iraq sends troops to key refinery amid heavy clashes with Islamic State

If Iraqi forces hope to eventually take back Mosul, they have to secure Beiji — the scene of stubborn fighting for months.

Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare public appearance

Thais lined the roads along the route, chanting "Long Live the King!"

Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi seeks exemption from court appearance

Lakhvi claimed that a section of Taliban might target him while going or coming out of Adiala jail.

Taliban kills 17 Afghans even as they 'welcome' peace push

Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade on Monday expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks.

Israeli president says Ethiopian protest exposes 'wound'

The clashes reflected widespread frustration in the Ethiopian community, which three decades after it first arrived in Israel.

About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village: Police

The April 25 earthquake has killed 7,276 people and wounded over 14,300, Nepal's government said.

Burundi Red Cross: 3 killed in clashes with security forces

Last week at least six people were killed in violent confrontations with the police

Taliban welcome Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks

The statement said that "for the happiness of the nation" the group welcomes the efforts of anyone in bringing peace to Afghanistan."

Tunisians unfurl world's 'largest' flag

An honour guard of troops saluted the red and white banner as it was unfurled on the sand to the strains of the national anthem.

Nepal's wrenching choices: 'I feel like I could die anytime'

In the shattered neighborhoods of Kathmandu, down buckled, potholed dirt roads, similar stories emerge.

2 gunmen killed outside Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

It wasn't immediately clear if the shooting was related to the event.

Earthquake of magnitude-5.6 jolts New Zealand; no major damage

New Zealand police issued a statement saying that people had reported some instances of broken windows but no major damage.

Around 6,800 migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

Police said officers rescued 21 immigrants in a boat off the southern coast of Spain on Monday.

Mount Everest climbing season likely over in Nepal
Nepal Earthquake

It would be the second consecutive year that the climbing season has been called off because of deaths on the world's highest peak.

Pak Punjab govt seeks early SC hearing against Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi release

The SC only takes up urgent matters. However we have requested the apex court to fix early date for hearing of our petition, said Gull.

One killed as gunmen attack school in Pakistan

Two to three men gunmen opened indiscriminate firing after entering a government-run school.

26 wild horses shot dead in southern Greece; motive unclear

The dead horses were first discovered on rugged slopes of the 2,376-meter Mount Cyllene, 140 kilometers southwest of Athens.

Community leaders: Nigerian troops kill dozens of civilians

The soldiers' eyes were gouged out, their tongues slit and they were beheaded, according to residents.

With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

Musa was in the first group of rescued women and girls to be transported by road over three days to the safety of the Malkohi refugee camp.

Italy Coast Guard: 3,700 boat migrants rescued from smugglers, operations ongoing

3,700 smuggled migrants were rescued from boats near Libya.

Nepal Earthquake: Death toll reaches 7,000 as more bodies found in debris

The Home Ministry said that 14,123 people were injured in the April 25 quake. Of them, 6,512 are being treated in hospitals.

Nigeria: Nearly 300 freed women, children led to safety

The women were exhausted, too traumatized to realize they were safe, or be questioned about their experiences under Boko Haram

Twice in a Lifetime: An elderly Nepali villager, and memories of the 1934 earthquake
Nepal Earthquake

A 90-year old located near the epicenter of Nepal earthquake recalls another devastating earthquake which wrecked the country in 1934.

Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen: HRW

Cluster munitions are prohibited by a 2008 treaty adopted by 116 countries, but not by Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners or the United States.

Canadian PM Harper visits Iraq; Islamic State bombings across the country kill at least 30

Canada PM Harper pledged to continue support to fight the Islamic State as bombings across Iraq killed at least 30 people.

Islamic State group claims Iraq car bomb attack that killed 19

An Islamic State planted car bomb killed 19 in Iraq, including 2 traffic policemen in an attack focused on Shiite militia.

Islamic State kills some 25 captive Iraqi Yazidis

Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled in August when the Islamic State group captured the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar.

South Korean NYU student arrested by North Korea for illegal entry

South Korean student who's allegedly a permanent resident of US, was arrested for illegally entering North Korea via China.

Initiated by Indian PM Narendra Modi, Yoga fever reaches US

Around 60 Congressional officials participated in the yoga and meditation session.

Baltimore celebrates with a 'victory march'

The planned march was to be a mass protest of Gray's treatment by police, but after Mosby's announcement, the tone had changed to more celebratory.

Royal baby girl spends first night at Kensington Palace, anticipations high for names

The most of Britain, including grandfather Prince Charles were hoping for a princess to be born.

Need of a global treaty to fight terrorism: experts

There is need of a single global treaty instead of currently existing 14 different ad-hoc and piecemeal international treaty

Nigerian army rescues 234 more girls, women from Boko Haram stronghold

This brings the number of females declared rescued by the Nigerian military to more than 677 this week.

Maldives police arrests hundreds after clashes rose in protests against President Yameen Abdul Gayoom

A Maldives opposition leader and 192 other protestors were arrested after clashes with the police while demanding the resignation of the country's president.

Baltimore relieved after prosecutor charged 6 police officers for Freddie Gray's death

The arrested officers were released from the Baltimore city jail on bonds between $250,000 and $350,000.

Burundi protestors vow to remain until President Nkurunziza withdraws candidacy for next election

Nkurunziza decision to run is seen as a violation of the agreements that ended the civil wall in the country.

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, no Tsunami warning issued

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea a day after the region was jolted by a 6.7 earthquake.

Traumatized and brainwashed Boko Haram captives open fire at rescuers

Experts say that most of these women who were rescued from Boko Haram stronghold would require extensive psychological treatment.

8 reported killed in southern Mexico gunbattle

State prosecutors spokesman Randy Suastegui says gunmen fired on state police who were responding to a reported kidnapping.

Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani man for smuggling heroin

Shirin Khan Abbas Khan was put to death in Riyadh province after being found guilty of smuggling heroin into the kingdom.

Baltimore riot damage adds burden to small businesses

About 200 small businesses were unable to open the day after the violence, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said.

Pakistani court jails 10 for involvement in attack on Malala Yousafzai

TTP militants had claimed the responsibility of the attack on Malala in Oct 2012 as she was returning from school.

US Senator Bernie Sanders: 'I am running for president'

The self-described "democratic socialist'' from the small northeastern state of Vermont enters the race.

Quake-hit Nepal's capital slowly returns to normalcy

Educational institutions have been asked to remain shut for 15 days more but the period could extend even further.

Nepal Earthquake: People angry over slow pace of relief efforts

According to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD), 338,932 people have left the valley so far.

Delhi not reciprocating our desire for good ties: Nawaz Sharif

Sharif said he took an “exceptional decision” to accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony but India did not respond to his peace overtures.

Pakistan drops case against ex-CIA chief, agency's lawyer

The case was dropped because the drone attack did not happen in the jurisdiction of the Islamabad police station.

France investigates accusations that soldiers raped children

The allegations are especially damning for France, which sees itself as a model of human rights.

Nigeria army rescues 300 girls from Boko Haram stronghold, none from Chibok

Boko Haram abducted around 300 girls from Chibok in April last year arousing world round anger.

America  

The planned march was to be a mass protest of Gray's treatment by police, but after Mosby's announcement, the tone had changed to more celebratory.

The self-described "democratic socialist'' from the small northeastern state of Vermont enters the race.

Climate Change  

Tokyo will set a target of cutting gas emissions "by at least 20 per cent by 2030, from 2005 levels."

It said that the health impact of climate change on the EU's 500 million citizens is "expected to worsen.''

Europe  

The incident was believed to have occurred on Sunday in the sea between Libya and Sicily.

Asia Pacific  

The statement said that "for the happiness of the nation" the group welcomes the efforts of anyone in bringing peace to Afghanistan."

It would be the second consecutive year that the climbing season has been called off because of deaths on the world's highest peak.