Pakistan helicopter carrying foreign diplomats crashes A Pakistani military helicopter carrying foreign diplomats in the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan has crashed, killing six people, the military says.The dead included two ambassadors, two wives of ambassadors and the helicopter’s two Pakistani pilots. The dead include Norwegian Ambassador Leif Larsen, Philippines Ambassador Domingo Lucenario Jr, and the wives of...... read more
Britain goes to polls in election dubbed unpredictable Millions of Britons are heading to polls in an election analysts say will likely result in a hung parliament – a result in which no single party holds a majority of the 650 seats in the House of Commons. Polls across the country of 65 million people opened at 0600 GMT...... read more
38 million people internally displaced worldwide - UN A new report has found that 38 million people have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence, with at least 11 million newly displaced in 2014 alone. The global overview report, released on Wednesday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) recorded...... read more
Thousands of South Koreans protest over labour policies Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul on Friday for a third week to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.Demonstrators occupied several downtown streets and sporadically clashed with police officers, who created tight perimeters with their buses to block...... read more
Soldier killed as more violent protests hit Burundi A Burundi soldier was shot dead by an intelligence officer while at least nine protesters were hurt in renewed clashes in the capital over a bid by the president to stand for a third term.The soldier died and a civilian was hurt when the intelligence officer opened fire near a barricade...... read more
Indonesia defends execution of drug convicts Indonesia has defended the execution of eight drug convicts, including seven foreign nationals, saying that the killings were necessary to fight the country's "war against drugs".Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo told reporters in Cilacap, the gateway to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where the executions took place, that the firing squad had...... read more
Armenia remembers 'genocide campaign' The presidents of France and Russia today, joined other leaders to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.Armenia says up to 1.5 million people died, a figure disputed by Turkey.Turkey strongly objects to the use of the term genocide...... read more
EU commends Jonathan for conceding defeat President Goodluck Jonathan's concession of defeat at the presidential election of March 28, has been described as an extra-ordinary example that should be followed and emulated by all African countries by the European Union Observer Mission.The Union said the way and manner of the conduct of the conduct of the polls...... read more
Former Singapore President Lee Kwan Yew dies @ 91 Lee Kwan Yee, the founding father of modern Singapore who guided its development into a modern, stable nation as well as one of the world's richest, has died, the government announced.Lee, 91, had been hospitalized since Feb. 5 for pneumonia and recently had been on life support. He "passed away peacefully'' earlyMonday, the...... read more
Oscar Pistorius case: Judge's appeal ruling challenged Lawyers for jailed South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius have launched a legal bid to prevent prosecutors from appealing against his acquittal on murder charges.Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in December that prosecutors could appeal against the acquittal.She had sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison for the lesser charge of culpable...... read more
Saudi Arabia's 'reformer' King Abdullah dies (CNN)Throngs of mourners gathered in Mecca early Friday just hours after Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud died. He was 90. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was appointed as the new king, state television reported.​ The announcement of Abdullah's death comes several weeks after the state-run Saudi Press Agency said he...... read more
France create jobs to boost anti-terror strategy France is to create 2,680 new jobs and boost spending by 425m euros (£325m) to bolster counter-terrorism efforts, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.According to BBC news, the prime minister said such resources were crucial to dealing with an expanded extremist threat, with 3,000 people currently requiring surveillance across France.Mr Valls...... read more
Charlie Hebdo: Niger protesters burn churches BBC news reports that atleast two churches have been set on fire in the capital of Niger amid fresh protests against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.Saturday's protests began outside Niamey's grand mosque with police using tear gas a day after at least four were killed in the...... read more
Breaking news: Belgium under attack Two people have been killed in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium, local officials say. A third person was wounded in the raid in the town of Verviers, according to Belgian TV. Several arrests have been made.Witnesses reported hearing heavy gunfire for several minutes and at least three explosions.Unconfirmed reports said...... read more
AirAsia QZ8501: Divers recover 'black box' flight recorder Indonesian divers have retrieved the flight data recorder of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501, say officials. They believe they have also located the cockpit voice recorder, the second part of the so-called black box, but divers have not yet managed to reach it. AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared in bad weather on 28...... read more
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