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Israel agrees to release 104 long-held prisoners ahead of peace talks

Israel agrees to release 104 long-held prisoners ahead of peace talks

July 29, – The Israeli government has approved a proposal to release Palestinian and Arab prisoners in a bid to jumpstart peace talks. The proposal was greeted by protests from Israelis who view the prisoners as murderers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday sought and won cabinet approval for the contentious release of the prisoners […]

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Massive jail break: over 1000 prisoners escape from Libyan jail

Massive jail break: over 1000 prisoners escape from Libyan jail

July 28, – More than 1,000 detainees have escaped from a prison in eastern Libya, security forces told AP. It comes as hundreds of Libyans protest against the killing of a prominent anti-Brotherhood activist, blaming Islamists for his death. The mass jailbreak occurred at Koyfiya prison in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, according […]

July 27, 2013 | By More
Polls open in Kuwait as opposition boycotts

Polls open in Kuwait as opposition boycotts

July 27, – Kuwait’s sixth election in seven years is being held after a constitutional court ruling in June, which invalidated the last vote in December because of to a technical problem in the process leading up to the poll. Voting has begun in the oil-rich Gulf nation of Kuwait, in the country’s second general […]

July 27, 2013 | By More
UN chief demands Ex-presidents release ahead of rival Egypt rallies

UN chief demands Ex-presidents release ahead of rival Egypt rallies

July 26, – UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded that Mursi and his high-level backers “be released or have their cases reviewed transparently without delay,” said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey. UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for the release of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Mursi as his supporters and the military who toppled him sought […]

July 26, 2013 | By More
FDA says menthol cigarettes more harmful

FDA says menthol cigarettes more harmful

July 25, – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would seek consultation on possible restrictions for the products. US regulators have said menthol cigarettes are more harmful than other cigarettes, but stopped short of limiting their sale. The agency said that while mint-flavoured cigarettes may be just as toxic as others, it was […]

July 24, 2013 | By More
New Zealand earthquake damages Wellington parliament house

New Zealand earthquake damages Wellington parliament house

July 21, – A minute-long earthquake has shaken New Zealand, halting trains and damaging Wellington’s parliament building. The 6.5-magnitude tremor was centred 35 miles (57 km) off the coast south of the capital at a depth of 6.3 miles, said the US Geological Survey. But while some structural damage and power cuts were reported, officials […]

July 21, 2013 | By More
Clashes in Pakistan kill four soldiers, 15 militants

Clashes in Pakistan kill four soldiers, 15 militants

July 20, – The confrontation started on Friday and continued until Saturday morning in Khyber, one of the seven tribal districts along the Afghan border, officials said. At least 15 militants and four soldiers were killed during clashes in a tribal district in northwest Pakistan, security officials said on Saturday.  “During exchange of fire, troops […]

July 20, 2013 | By More
Italian court ‘jails five’ over Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster

Italian court ‘jails five’ over Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster

July 20, GROSSETO, Italy — The longest sentence went to the crisis coordinator for Costa Crociere SpA, the cruise company, who was sentenced to two years and 10 months. Concordia’s hotel director was sentenced to two years and six months while two bridge officers and a helmsman got sentences ranging from one year and eight […]

July 20, 2013 | By More
Ten school children die, over 60 ill after eating mid-day meal in India

Ten school children die, over 60 ill after eating mid-day meal in India

July 17, – State Education Minister P.K. Shahi told media persons that preliminary investigation suggests that oil used to cook the meal was contaminated. “But everything will be clear only after the probe,” he said. At least 10 children died and over 60 children fell ill Tuesday after eating a mid-day meal at a state-run […]

July 16, 2013 | By More
17 die in Indonesian boxing match stampede

17 die in Indonesian boxing match stampede

July 15, – Seventeen spectators were crushed to death at a boxing match in remote eastern Indonesia after supporters of the loser started a riot, police said Monday. “Seventeen people died in the crush, 12 of whom were women, and another 38 were injured and have been hospitalised for treatment,” Papua provincial police spokesman I […]

July 15, 2013 | By More