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Syria civil war ‘horrors’ lead US human rights report

Syria civil war ‘horrors’ lead US human rights report

Feb 28, – The report by the State Department also foreshadowed the unrest in Ukraine that just toppled its government. A chemical weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday. The survey singled out […]

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John Kerry: Sarin gas used in chemical attack in Syria

John Kerry: Sarin gas used in chemical attack in Syria

Sep 01, – The US has said it has evidence that Syria used sarin gas in last month’s attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Secretary of State John Kerry told US media outlets the “case is building” for military intervention. Hair and blood samples provided to the United States from the scene of the […]

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Egypt Court orders ex-President Hosni Mubarak to be released

Egypt Court orders ex-President Hosni Mubarak to be released

Aug 21, CAIRO — A court ordered the release of Hosni Mubarak and prosecutors said they’re unlikely to appeal, raising the possibility Egypt’s deposed autocrat could walk free after more than two years in detention. Wednesday’s decision threatened to stoke tensions in the deeply divided nation, widen the circle of anger against the military-backed government […]

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Japan to ramp up measures against Fukushima leaks

Japan to ramp up measures against Fukushima leaks

Aug 07, Japan’s government has admitted that the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is leaking some 300 tons of water daily into the Pacific Ocean. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hinted Tokyo will help foot the clean-up bill. Japan’s prime minister on Wednesday said the government would help halt toxic ground water leakages at Fukushima amid […]

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Observers: Syrian Troops Kill 62 Rebels in Ambush Near Damascus

Observers: Syrian Troops Kill 62 Rebels in Ambush Near Damascus

Aug 07, BEIRUT — Syrian government forces killed more than 60 rebels Wednesday in an ambush near Damascus, a blow to opposition fighters confronting a regime offensive in the capital, activists said. The state news agency SANA confirmed the ambush near the Damascus suburb of Adra at dawn, saying “dozens” were killed. The Britain-based Syrian […]

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Observers: Deadly car bomb kills 18 people in Syrian capital

Observers: Deadly car bomb kills 18 people in Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian state media say a car bomb has struck in a Damascus suburb, killing at least 18 people and wounding 56. The news agency SANA says the powerful blast hit the Syrian capital’s suburb of Jaramana late on Tuesday. The suburb is an overwhelmingly pro-regime district located just a few kilometers (miles) […]

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Taiwan Lawmakers Brawl in Parliament Over Nuclear Plant Vote

Taiwan Lawmakers Brawl in Parliament Over Nuclear Plant Vote

Aug. 02, – Taiwanese members of parliament have been criticized after fighting and throwing water at each other in a dispute over nuclear power. The scuffle broke out as rival camps tried to seize the chamber’s podium. Parliamentarians in Taiwan fought openly in parliament on Friday as a debate boiled over about the construction of […]

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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 […]

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Three Britons jailed in Dubai drugs case pardoned

Three Britons jailed in Dubai drugs case pardoned

July 21, Dubai – Three British men who were sentenced by a Dubai court to four years in prison for possession of drugs, have been pardoned. Dubai police officials confirmed the three were some of the 625 prisoners in Dubai jails who were pardoned on the occasion of Ramadan. The official source said Dubai Police had […]

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Asiana jet Boeing-777 crash lands at San Francisco airport

Asiana jet Boeing-777 crash lands at San Francisco airport

July 07, AP – An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft crashed as it tried to land at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, with its tail breaking off and smoke billowing out before the cabin eventually burned out. There was no immediate confirmation of fatalities among about 300 people on the plane — Flight 214 […]

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