• Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Ebola reaches NY

Ebola reaches NY

New York yesterday confirmed the first case of Ebola in the largest city in the United States as the EU dramatically ramped up aid to contain the killer epidemic ravaging west Africa.   The EU announcement of one billion euros ($1.3 billion) for the worst-hit countries comes as fears of a spread of the virus...

ISIS used chlorine gas

ISIS used chlorine gas

Iraqi officials said the so called Islamic State (ISIS) militants used chlorine gas during fighting with Iraqi security forces and Shia militiamen last month north of Baghdad. On the ground,  US officials said an attack by the Islamic State group on the Syrian town of Kobane has stalled but, in neighbouring Iraq, government troops...

'Extremist' attacks NY cop with axe

'Extremist' attacks NY cop with axe

A man reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" attacked police officers in New York City with a axe yesterday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a...

'Why shouldn't I lead Zimbabwe'

'Why shouldn't I lead Zimbabwe'

Grace Mugabe has added fuel to speculation that she wants to become the next president of Zimbabwe in remarks that suggest the ruling party could be heading for a damaging split. In widely-reported comments at a rally outside Harare on Thursday, the wife of the current president, Robert, said: “They say I want to...

Budget rows overshadow EU economy summit

Budget rows overshadow EU economy summit

David Cameron furiously rejected a surprise demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges yesterday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU. The British prime minister hijacked a European summit that was meant to be focused on the continent's stalling economy, demanding an emergency meeting of...

Ghulam Azam likened to Hitler

Ghulam Azam likened to Hitler

Former Bangladeshi politician Ghulam Azam, who died on Thursday just two weeks short of his 92nd birthday, was a convicted war criminal compared by prosecutors to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Azam, the ex-head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was serving a 90-year jail term for masterminding widespread atrocities during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence with...

Hong Kong Protest

Activists to hold street vote

Hong Kong's democracy activists are planning a street vote to gauge protesters' views on conciliatory offers from the government, as the city's former leader yesterday called on them to clear the streets. The leaders of the mass demonstrations that have paralysed parts of the city for nearly a month said they will poll demonstrators at the main protest camp opposite government headquarters tomorrow evening. During face-to-face talks Tuesday with student leaders, government negotiators offered to write a report to Beijing detailing...

Canada Shootings

No ISIS link found

There is no evidence so far that a gunman who attacked Canada's parliament had links to Middle Eastern Islamist extremists, the government said. Foreign Minister John Baird told the BBC gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was "certainly radicalised", but was not on a list of high-risk individuals. Zehaf-Bibeau killed a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial before being shot dead in the nearby parliament building. Baird told the BBC there were no substantiated claims yet that Zehaf-Bibeau was associated with Islamic State. Baird said he was...

Terrorism Threat

Indian airports put on high alert

Ahmedabad and Mumbai airports have been put on a high alert following an intelligence input which states that suicide bombers will try to board two Air India flights in the wee hours today. As per the letter from Bureau of Civil Aviation Security headquarters in New Delhi, a copy of which Ahmedabad Mirror has access to, suicide bombers could board Air India's Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kochi flights scheduled for early morning departure today. "An input received says: Air India flight on the...

Suspicious envelopes sent to foreign offices in Turkey

Suspicious envelopes containing a yellow powder were sent to the Belgian, Canadian and German consulates in Istanbul yesterday, prompting a security alert, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the incident came amid mounting concerns about the growing national security threat posed by jihadists returning from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.

Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 26 soldiers

A car bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed at least 26 soldiers yesterday, in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year. 28 other soldiers were wounded in the attack. Jihadists in the peninsula have killed scores of policemen and soldiers since Morsi's overthrow to avenge a bloody police crackdown on his supporters.

Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum yesterday, signing it "Elizabeth R" -- and even removing a glove to post it. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @_ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," her...

Israel police on alert after Jerusalem clashes

Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem yesterday for weekly Muslim prayers and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly attack by a Palestinian sent tensions soaring. Clashes broke out for a second night after the Palestinian ploughed his car into a crowd of pedestrians on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people before he was shot dead by police.

Pakistan, Iran exchange mortar fire

Pakistani and Iranian forces yesterday exchanged mortar fire along their porous border. Last week, Pakistan said a soldier died and three were hurt by Iranian guards. Pakistan has been accused by Iran of failing to stop cross-border attacks on its forces by extremist Sunni Muslim militants.

Israeli troops kill teen in West Bank clash

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager yesterday in a clash with stone-throwing protesters near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian medical officials and security sources told AFP. They named the dead youth as Orwa Hammad, 17, and said he was shot in the village of Silwad.