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118 passengers rescued after Libyan plane hijackers surrendered in Malta

118 passengers rescued after Libyan plane hijackers surrendered in Malta

Two men used fake weapons Friday to hijack a Libyan plane with 117 people on board and divert it to Malta, before releasing everyone and surrendering, officials said. The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 was en route from Sabha in southern Libya to the capital Tripoli when it was taken over and forced to fly to […]

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
China’s smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger

China’s smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger

China’s smoggiest city closed schools Wednesday as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children’s health. Since Friday a choking miasma has covered a large swathe of northeastern China, leaving more than 460 million gasping for breath. Shijiazhuang, the […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
At least 31 dead, 72 hurt in Mexico fireworks market blast

At least 31 dead, 72 hurt in Mexico fireworks market blast

A massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market, killing at least 31 people and injuring 72, the authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital. The market had been packed with customers buying […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
12 killed in probable terrorist attack in Berlin Christmas market

12 killed in probable terrorist attack in Berlin Christmas market

German police said on Tuesday they were treating as “a probable terrorist attack” the killing of 12 people when a lorry ploughed through a packed Berlin Christmas market. Dozens more were wounded Monday when the truck tore through the crowd, smashing through wooden stalls and crushing victims, in scenes reminiscent of July’s deadly attack in […]

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gunmen kill 10, including Canadian, in attacks on police

Gunmen kill 10, including Canadian, in attacks on police

Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing seven officers, two local civilians and a woman visiting from Canada, officials said. Several armed men barricaded themselves inside the castle for hours, hemmed in by special forces soldiers. At least 34 people, including two foreign […]

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tunisia wants to stop rapists marrying underage victims

Tunisia wants to stop rapists marrying underage victims

Tunisia’s prime minister said Friday that his government would seek to amend a controversial law that allows men who rape underage girls to avoid punishment by marrying their victims. Youssef Chahed’s comments come two weeks after a Tunisian court approved the marriage of a 13-year-old girl to a relative who made her pregnant, under the […]

December 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Afghan kids out of school risk early marriage, child labor

Afghan kids out of school risk early marriage, child labor

Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don’t go to school and have no access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor, according to a survey released on Wednesday. The survey by Save the Children reveals an alarming crisis in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province where the polling took place […]

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tunisian court okays marriage of pregnant 13-year-old

Tunisian court okays marriage of pregnant 13-year-old

A Tunisian court has approved the marriage of a 13-year-old girl to a relative who made her pregnant, an official said Tuesday. The judgement triggered anger from non-governmental organisations which said the girl had been raped. The girl, from the northwestern region of Kef, had a sexual relationship with the brother of her brother-in-law. She […]

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
India arrests 12 for not standing during national anthem

India arrests 12 for not standing during national anthem

Twelve people have been arrested in southern India for not standing while the national anthem was being played at an international film festival, police said Tuesday. The arrests Monday follow a ruling by India’s Supreme Court last month that said the anthem must be played before every film screening in the country, accompanied by an […]

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Bombing kills at least 25 near Cairo Coptic cathedral

Bombing kills at least 25 near Cairo Coptic cathedral

A bomb blast tore through a church near Cairo’s Coptic cathedral during a service Sunday, killing at least 25 people in the deadliest attack in recent memory on Egypt’s Christian minority. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, have been […]

December 11, 2016 | By | Reply More