• Tuesday, July 29, 2014

World

Enough is enough

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Enough is enough

The world has reacted in disgust to pictures of the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians in Gaza, including women and children, since Israel launched an offensive against Hamas 19 days ago. In France, several hundred people also flouted a ban to protest after an attempt to halt yesterday's demonstration following an attack on a synagogue...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
How Israel earns media sympathy

Tweet for Israel, earn money In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Stop, please stop

Stop, please stop

Pope Francis yesterday called on warring parties in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine to put an end to violence which is wounding and killing countless children. "Stop, please stop! I beg you with all my heart," the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff pleaded before pilgrims packed in St Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus prayer. With...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Oops, I made a mistake

Oops, I made a mistake

Talk about a really awkward ''oops'' moment. A freshman American lawmaker mistook two senior US officials of Indian origin to be Indian government representatives at a Congressional hearing earlier this week, leading to some mirth and a bit of ridicule about American insularity and ignorance. The faux pas occurred during a House sub-committee hearing on...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Obama banned from entering Chechnya

Obama banned from entering Chechnya

Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya. On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the small Russian republic that has been the scene of two devastating...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Foot soldier's son turns Indian army chief

Foot soldier's son turns Indian army chief

Having spent a lifetime as a foot soldier in the Army Ram Phal Suhag (84) from Bishan village in Haryana's Jhajjar district dreamt of seeing his son as an officer in the forces. His dream came true and nearly four decades on his son - Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag - will take charge...

MH17 Crash Probe

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Shelling blocks int'l teams' visit to site

Heavy shelling around the crash site of downed Malaysian flight MH17 forced Dutch and Australian police to scrap a planned visit as they sought to secure the scene 10 days after the disaster. The unarmed contingent of law enforcement officers were due to head to the location after a deal was struck with rebels aimed at allowing a long-delayed probe into the tragedy to go ahead. But international observers overseeing the trip had to abruptly ditch their plans after clashes shattered...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
More than 50 killed in Libya clashes

At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants on Saturday night and the next morning, medical and security sources said. Another 23 people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli when a rocket hit their home on Saturday during clashes between rival militias battling over the city's main airport, the Egyptian state news agency reported. In the last two weeks, Libya has...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
News in Brief

13 killed in typhoon Matmo in China Pti, Beijing At least 13 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million affected as typhoon Matmo swept through eight provinces of China. With this, the death toll in the two typhoons Matmo and Rammasun has reached 77. Matmo, the 10th typhoon to affect China this year, has destroyed homes and crops and caused direct economic losses worth about US$ 547 million, it said.   Cameroon's vice PM's wife kidnapped Reuters, Dakar The wife of Cameroon's vice...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Gazans dig deads from rubble

Gazans dig deads from rubble

Not a stone is left standing at the Najjar family home in southern Gaza. Friday it was a three-storey building, yesterday medics dug 22 bodies of out the crater where it once stood. The scene was one repeated across the Gaza Strip yesterday, as desperate residents ventured out during a fragile 12-hour truce only...