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Watch whatI'm going to do

Watch whatI'm going to do

The New York gunman who shot dead two police officers before killing himself allegedly boasted to onlookers: “Watch what I'm going to do,” and urged them to follow him on Instagram just moments before the attack. On Sunday, US police officers were studying 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley's activity on social media in the...

Hacking Claims

N Korea threatens to blow up White House

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." The National Defense Commission, led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the US. "Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole...

US leads 22 more air strikes against ISIS

The US-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria yesterday and 10 strikes Iraq, the US military said in a statement. In Iraq, the strikes hit near the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar as well as near Asad, Tal Afar, Ramdi, Mosul and Falluja, the Combined Joint Task Force said. They destroyed six units of Islamic State fighters as well as a weapons factory, numerous buildings and several vehicles, it said. "These engagements were in support...

Essebsi declares win in Tunisia polls

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results are not due until late yesterday and his rival, the incumbent president, Moncef Marzouki, refused to concede defeat. But soon after polls closed, Essebsi, an 88-year-old former parliament speaker under Ben Ali, announced that he had won by a clear margin and jubilant supporters took...

Aussie PM under fire for women comments

Aussie PM under fire for women comments

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused yesterday of craving "a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing" after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax. The backlash came after he unveiled sweeping changes Sunday to his ministry, dumping Defence Minister...

Conversion issue rocks Indian Parliament again

Conversion issue rocks Indian Parliament again

After stalling Rajya Sabha for the most of last week, opposition yesterday paralysed the House as it went beyond the demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply to a debate on conversion by seeking answers from him on the issues of black money and job creation. The opposition also disrupted the Lok Sabha, accusing...

UK to unlock secrets using DNA

UK to unlock secrets using DNA

A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases", the NHS says. Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases. It is focusing on cancer and rare genetic diseases....

Tax Fraud

Spanish princess to stand trial

Spanish princess to stand trial

Princess Cristina, the sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, will be the first member of the royal family ever to appear in the dock after a judge yesterday ordered her to be tried for tax fraud. The historic decision comes after four years of investigations that plunged the royal family into crisis and contributed to the abdication of King Juan Carlos in June. A court on the island of Majorca ordered Cristina, 49, to stand trial on two counts of being an accessory to tax fraud in connection with her husband's business affairs, in a written ruling seen by AFP. It ordered her to pay a court bond of 2.7 million euros...

News in Brief

Driver ploughs into crowd in France Afp, Dijon A driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers. Two of the people injured in the car attack in the city of Dijon were in a serious condition, a police source said, adding that the driver had been arrested. "The man, born in 1974, is apparently unbalanced...

Taliban School Carnage

Published Date: December 22, 2014
Pakistan executes 4 more

Pakistan executes 4 more

Four Pakistani terror convicts on death row were executed at a jail in Faisalabad yesterday, after the government ended a moratorium on the death penalty earlier this week. The executed convicts - Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Akhlaque Ahmed - had been found guilty in a case related to an attack...

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