Friday , 12 February 2016

World news

Zimbabwe Pleads For Cash To Stop Mass Starvation

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Zimbabwe has appealed to local businesses and charities for more than $1.5bn aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought. “The government of Zimbabwe requires a total of [$1.57bn] with effect from February to December 2016,” Zimbabwe’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said at a news …

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France Advance Plan To Strip Passports From People Convicted Of Terrorism

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President Francois Hollande’s plan to strip French citizenship from people convicted of terrorism passed a first hurdle on Tuesday when the lower house of parliament backed controversial proposals introduced after Islamic extremists killed 130 people in Paris last November. The National Assembly voted by 162-148 late on Tuesday to write a …

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Goes Live, To Provide Power For 1.1m People

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The world’s largest solar power plant, now live in Morocco, will eventually provide 1.1 million people with power and cut carbon emissions by 760,000 tons a year. The $9 billion Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant could eventually start exporting energy to the European market. The Noor Concentrated Solar Power …

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Norway Probe Child s*x Abuse Cases At Refugee Centres

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Norwegian police say they are investigating “several” cases of children suffering from s*xual abuse at asylum-seekers’ reception centres in the country. Axel Wilhelm Due, from the National Criminal Investigation Services, told The Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that the abuse cases were reported to authorities towards the end of last …

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Iran Set To Negotiate On Oil Market With Saudi Arabia

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Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh says the country is ready to negotiate with Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members over the current dire conditions in international oil markets. Tehran recently resumed oil exports after Western sanctions over its nuclear programme were lifted, and announced it plans to produce 500,000 barrels per …

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Deaths As Two Trains Collide In Germany

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Police say at least nine people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured in an early-morning train crash in southern Germany. Emergency services tried to reach people trapped in the wreckage after two trains collided near the town of Bad Aibling, in Bavaria, around 7am local time on Tuesday. …

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Tanzanian Gambler Stoned To Death In Kenyan Casino After Killing Two Employees

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A Tanzanian gambler has been stoned to death by fellow players at a casino in Kenya’s capital Nairobi after he killed two of its employees, police say. The man lost his temper when he was refused an advance to try to win back the $300 ($210) he had lost, Nairobi police …

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Hong Kong Lunar New Year Celebrations Erupt In Violence

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Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebrations have descended into chaos as protesters and police clashed at a street market, leaving dozens injured or arrested. Riot police used batons and pepper spray and fired warning shots into the air early on Tuesday after authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a …

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More Than 400 Refugees Have Died Trying To Cross Mediterranean Sea Into Europe In 2016

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More than 400 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and refugee crossings in the first six weeks of 2016 are running at nearly ten times the rate of the same period last year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. The IOM reported on Tuesday that …

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Car Bomb Kills 3, Injures 14 In Syria’s Damascus

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A car bomb struck close to a market and a police club in the north of the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, causing casualties, state media reported. SANA news agency said at least three people were killed and 14 injured in a “terrorist car bomb” attack near a vegetable market in …

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Australians Rally Against Removal Of Asylum Seekers

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Dozens of rallies have taken place across Australia as protesters called on the government to stop the deportation of scores of asylum seekers after a failed legal challenge in the High Court last week. Monday’s demonstrations came as five state and territory ministers urged Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to let the …

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Three Afghan Soldiers Killed In Blast Near Army Camp

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At least three Afghan soldiers have been killed and 18 wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up near an army minibus in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, according to officials. The attack took place in Dehdadi district near the Afghan Army 209 corps, which serves as the northern army command. “Three Afghan …

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At Least 33 Refugees Drown Off Turkish Coast

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At least 33 refugees drowned off Turkey’s Aegean coast as they tried to reach a Greek island, and a search and rescue operation was under way for the remaining passengers. Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency, which reported the 33 deaths on Monday, said that one boat set sail from Turkey’s Edremit coastal district …

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8-Year-Old Girl Pulled Out Alive From Taiwan Earthquake Rubble

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An eight-year-old girl has been pulled alive from the wreckage of a collapsed building in Tainan, the fourth to be rescued on Monday, more than 60 hours after a powerful quake struck southern Taiwan. Rescuers also saved the girl’s aunt as they raced against time to find more than 100 residents buried deep in the …

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Turkey And Germany Agree On Plan To Ease Refugee Crisis

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Turkey and Germany have agreed on a set of measures to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aiming to halt attacks against Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. On Monday in Ankara, officials from the two countries added that they would push to curb illegal migration. German Chancellor …

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Syria Threatens To Send Back Any Foreign Troop ‘In Coffins’

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Foreign army soldiers who enter Syria without government consent would “return home in wooden coffins”, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said, in a warning to Saudi Arabia. Muallem’s statement at a news conference on Saturday came two days after Riyadh said it would send troops to Syria if the US-led coalition fighting …

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Thousands Of Syrians Brave Cold, Rain At Turkish Border

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Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have gathered near a border crossing with Turkey after fleeing a major government offensive on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that his country would keep its “open border policy” for the refugees, adding that 5,000 …

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North Korea Launches Long-range Rocket Despite Warnings

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North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month. State media said on Sunday the launch to put a satellite into space was a “complete success” and vowed to continue launching satellites …

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More Than 3,100 Pregnant Colombian Women Have Zika

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More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents fetus’ brains from developing properly. There is no vaccine …

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Actor Declared Brain Dead After Simulated Hanging Scene Goes Wrong

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An Italian actor has been declared brain dead after being strangled on stage when a hanging scene went wrong in the central region of Tuscany, a judicial source said on Friday. The Teatro Lux in Pisa said in a statement it was closing for 10 days because “following the unthinkable tragedy …

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