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In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed.

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday’s victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections. The official

 

Security workers leave Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Saturday Dec. 26, 2009.

AMSTERDAM — Trains, trams and planes ground to a temporary halt Friday in and around Amsterdam as a huge power outage hit the Dutch capital and surrounding towns. Dutch electricity network administrator TenneT said that a large part of North Holland

 

Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, casts his vote as Syrian first lady Asma Assad

BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian President Bashar Assad says he would be “open” to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be “based on mutual respect.” Assad made the remarks in an interview with Charlie Rose for CBS News60 Minutes. A short

 

Students hug each other as they arrive at the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, western Germany, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 on the day after 16 school children and 2 teachers died in the Germanwings jet airliner crash in the French Alps from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

The co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed in theAlps killing 150 people deliberately started the plane’s final descent while the main pilot was out of the cockpit, investigators believe. Marseille prosecutor BriceRobin said as soon as

 

American student Amanda Knox arrives for a hearing of her appeals murder trial, in Perugia, Italy, Saturday, July 30, 2011.

Judges at the Palace of Justice (in Rome) are going to decide to either uphold Knox’s conviction, or they will overturn it — a move that most people don’t appear to be anticipating. In fact, the tone in the media coverage appears to

 

A Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing an army uniform stands guard at a street leading to the Presidential palace during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

With Yemen‘s president swept out of power by Shiite rebels, neighboring Saudi Arabia and allies such as Egypt are considering whether and how to intervene to stop a takeover of the country by rebels they believe are backed by Shiite Iran. President

Pilot of doomed Flight 4U9525 jet was ‘locked out of cockpit’

Full ArticleThe Siasat Daily

26 Mar 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES (France) , March 26: The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a routine request to continue on its route. Minutes later, at 10:30 AM Tuesday, the Airbus A320

 

Rescue workers work on debris at the plane crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after a Germanwings jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps.



A Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing an army uniform stands guard at a street leading to the Presidential palace during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

With Yemen‘s president swept out of power by Shiite rebels, neighboring Saudi Arabia and allies such as Egypt are considering whether and how to intervene to stop a takeover of the country by rebels they believe are backed by Shiite Iran. President

 

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl‘s lawyer confirmed that Sgt. Bergdahl has been charged with desertion: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered inAfghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before

 

Militiamen loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ride on a tank on a street in Aden, Yemen, Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Aden — Yemen’s fugitive pro-West president was on the run Wednesday as Iran backed fighters from Ansarullah movement bore down on his southern stronghold following clashes that sparked warnings of civil war. Yemeni security officials said forces

 

Boko Haram  - Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria — Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been abducted and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday. The news of the mass kidnappings comes as Nigeria

 

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walks with security after talking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Washington. Sen. McConnell and his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.

The Republican candidate appeared on CBS This MorningTuesday to talk about his candidacy, and to give a few glimpses into his personal life. Host Gayle King asked what kind of music he likes. “You know, music is interesting. I grew up

 

Ukraine Parliament

Ukraine’s president has removed a powerful “oligarch” as governor of a major eastern region, in a show of authority that could escalate a dangerous power struggle and undermine Kiev’s fight with Russian-backed separatists. Petro Poroshenko accepted

 

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. about developments in Iraq and the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. Obama is vacationing on the island for about two weeks.

US President Barack Obama has said that he has a business like relationship with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while acknowledging that they have differences over a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Addressing a

Curiosity Mars rover detects ‘useful nitrogen’

Full ArticleBBC News

25 Mar 2015

25 March 2015 From the section Science & Environment Curiosity‘s landing site ofGale Crater was once home to a lake Nasa‘s Curiosity rover has made an interesting nitrogen discovery on the surface of Mars. Its big internal lab has detected nitric oxide (NO) – oxidised nitrogen – as it analysed dust and rock

 

This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager on Feb. 3, 2013 plus three exposures taken May 10, 2013 to show two holes (in lower left quadrant) where Curiosity used its drill on the rock target "John Klein".



What is driving a remarkable shift in US-Afghan relations?

When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani opened his visit toWashington this week by thanking American troops and taxpayers for their years of sacrifice in support of his country, it marked a remarkable shift in the US–Afghan relationship. That shift is

Woman sleeping - Sleep - Health

Many of us try, but often fail, to get eight hours’ sleep each night. This is widely assumed to be the ideal amount – but some experts now say it’s too much, and may actually be unhealthy. We all know that getting too little sleep is bad. You feel

Angelina Jolie arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles.

(CNN)Two years after she underwent a double mastectomy to cut her cancer risk, actress and U.S. envoy Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes for the same reason, she wrote in the New York Times Tuesday. Jolie, 39,

 

Facebook data case to begin at European Court of Justice

A case gets under way today in the European Court of Justice on the extent to which US tech giants based in Ireland, such as Facebook, Google andMicrosoft, should be allowed to transfer the personal data of users to the United States. The case could

 

File - Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), holds a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on the situation in Japan where a nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, has been in crisis since being struck by a severe tsunami on 11 March

Washington , March 23: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency voiced regret that little progress had been made in recent months on Iranian cooperation over any possible military dimension of its nuclear programme. “It is true that we have

 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert takes part in the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.

Associated Press SALT LAKE CITYUtah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it

 

Ted Cruz speaking to Tea Party Express supporters at a rally in Austin, Texas. USA

WASHINGTON: And they’re off. Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz became the first candidate to announce that he will run for president in 2016 in what is expected to be a crowded field

Germanwings plane crashes in France, up to 150 feared dead

Full ArticleCanoe

24 Mar 2015

MARSEILLE – An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa‘s Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to

Germanwings A319 D-AKNS climbing out of Rome Fiumicino Airport on its daily service to Stuttgart on 13.05.2013



Woman sleeping - Sleep - Health

Many of us try, but often fail, to get eight hours’ sleep each night. This is widely assumed to be the ideal amount – but some experts now say it’s too much, and may actually be unhealthy. We all know that getting too little sleep is bad. You feel

 

Angelina Jolie arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles.

(CNN)Two years after she underwent a double mastectomy to cut her cancer risk, actress and U.S. envoy Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes for the same reason, she wrote in the New York Times Tuesday. Jolie, 39,

 

File - Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), holds a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on the situation in Japan where a nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, has been in crisis since being struck by a severe tsunami on 11 March

Washington , March 23: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency voiced regret that little progress had been made in recent months on Iranian cooperation over any possible military dimension of its nuclear programme. “It is true that we have

 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert takes part in the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.

Associated Press SALT LAKE CITYUtah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it

Ted Cruz speaking to Tea Party Express supporters at a rally in Austin, Texas. USA

WASHINGTON: And they’re off. Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz became the first candidate to announce that he will run for president in 2016 in what is expected to be a crowded field that will be winnowed down to two after some 15 months of bruising

 

Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers Party, gestures to supporters as she arrives to give her victory speech after winning the election runoff in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 31, 2010.

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is facing a perfect storm. Political and economic crises feed off each other. Up to a million on the streets demand her resignation. Oil prices fall, the real plummets in a declining oil-dependent stagnant economy,

 

Central African Republic in ‘urgent need’ of agricultural assistance, warns UN agency

Print 23 March 2015The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an urgent appeal to help provide farmers in theCentral African Republic (CAR) with seeds and tools for the country’s upcoming planting season, warning

Singapore mourns death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew

Full ArticleTampa Bay Online

23 Mar 2015

SINGAPORE — Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television on Monday, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared. The government announced that Lee, 91, “passed away peacefully” several hours before dawn at

 

Visitors take pictures of themselves in an area set aside for tributes to former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the hospital where he passed away, Monday, March 23, 2015 in Singapore.



South Sudan rebels free 250 child soldiers: UN

GENEVA: A South Sudanese rebel group has freed 250 child soldiers — including a girl as young as nine, the UN children’s agency said on Sunday, but warned that thousands were still being forced to fight. The rebelCobra Faction is also set to release

 

Islamic State fuels odd alliances in Afghanistan

Even by Afghanistan’s standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of theTaliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. TheHazaras — a largely Shiite minority

 

French far-right leader of the National Front Party, Marine Le Pen arrives at a polling station to vote in the European elections, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Henin-Beaumont, northern France. The National Front, which also wants to unravel the European Union and withdraw France from the euro currency, hopes to win up to 20 of France's 74 European Parliament seats in their Sunday vote. It currently holds just two seats, but polls show it running neck-and-neck with the conservative UMP party and well ahead of the governing Socialists.

Marine Le Pen and her National Front party are the focus of elections for more than 2,000 councils across France. Opinion polls rate Ms Le Pen’s party as the favourite against the ruling Socialists and conservatives ahead of today’s vote. The result

 

President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. The president said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama said the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences.

President Barack Obama said he takes Israeli prime ministerBenjamin Netanyahu “at his word” for saying an independent Palestinian statewill never co-exist with Israel as long as he is in office. Mr Netanyahu has backpedalled since he stunned the US

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, meets with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

Moscow has slammed Kiev for violating a recent ceasefire deal with pro-Russia forces following reports of the deployment of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the claims of the pullout of Ukrainian heavy

 

Roy Antoine, 64, of Brooklyn, holds a sign in a support of Trayvon Martin before a candlelight vigil in Union Square to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of the Florida teenager by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in New York.

Large crowds of people across the world have taken part in a series of rallies to condemn what they see as rising racism and fascism in theUnited States and the Western states. On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the

 

urface units from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, England, and the U.S. take station behind the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2009.

(London Telegraph) Russia has gone on the offensive in theBaltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack. “I don’t think that Danes fully
photo: US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen

Land speed record: British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

Full ArticleThe Independent

22 Mar 2015

It sounds like a record attempt from another era of British history. This October, with a confident RAF wing commander at the wheel, a futuristic Bristol-built rocket car will attempt to break the land speed record. The attempt will take place on a specially cleared 12-mile stretch of the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa’s Kalahari desert, where it is

 

File - Model of the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car), involved in the 1000mph Land speed record project.

 



 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, meets with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

Moscow has slammed Kiev for violating a recent ceasefire deal with pro-Russia forces following reports of the deployment of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the claims of the pullout of Ukrainian heavy

 

Roy Antoine, 64, of Brooklyn, holds a sign in a support of Trayvon Martin before a candlelight vigil in Union Square to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of the Florida teenager by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in New York.

Large crowds of people across the world have taken part in a series of rallies to condemn what they see as rising racism and fascism in theUnited States and the Western states. On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the

 

urface units from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, England, and the U.S. take station behind the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2009.

(London Telegraph) Russia has gone on the offensive in theBaltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack. “I don’t think that Danes fully

 

John Kerry - Iran  nuclear talks

LONDON, March 21 (Xinhua) — Foreign Ministers of Britain,France, Germany, the United States and the European Union (EU) met in Londonon Saturday to review progress in the nuclear talks with Iran. The meeting, held after intense nuclear talks with

 

A former rebel fighter rests at the northern gate of Bani Walid, Libya, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

Peace talks between rival Libyan political factions appeared to be on the verge of collapse as fighting for control of the capital raged on for a second day. Libya‘s UN-recognised government in Tobruk conducted air strikes on Saturday against

 

Ebola outbreak: The world has eased up too soon on the battle with the virus, ...

The end of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa may still be some way off, and the world must prepare for future outbreaks, Professor Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the virus, has said. The microbiologist, who helped first identify Ebola in 1976,

 

Protesters demonstrate against the country's near 25 percent unemployment rate and stinging austerity measures introduced by the government, in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, July 21, 2012.

‘March for dignity’ comes on the eve of a closely-watched regional election in Andalusia in southern Spain
photo: AP / Andres Kudacki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World powers to resume Iran nuclear talks next week

Full ArticleAl Jazeera

21 Mar 2015

The United States and Iran have broken off nuclear negotiations, setting up make-or-break talks next week for a deal providing long-term assurance to the world that Tehran cannot develop nuclear weapons. The sides were close to an agreement, a top Russian official said on Friday, when the talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on March 18, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland, before they and their advisers resumed discussions about the future of Iran's nuclear program.

Toronto

TORONTO (AP) ? Two men accused of plotting to attack a passenger train travelling from New York to Toronto were found guilty of several terror-related charges and could spend the rest of their lives in prison. Prosecutors had argued during the trial

 

A view of the wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train which derailed near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, July 10, 2011.

BACHHRAWAN: At least 36 people were killed and over 150 injured when Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed after sudden brake failure at Bachhrawan station, 55 km from Lucknow, on Friday. The accident took place at 9.15 am when the driver of the

 

President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

VOA News Invoking the “familial spirit” of the Persian new year,U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called for Iran to free three imprisonedAmericans and to help find a fourth who went missing there eight years ago. TheNowruz holiday

 

A giant circle is seen during the solar eclipse around the sun over Alexander Column at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, March 20, 2015

People look at the solar eclipse darkening the sky in Nice, France, Friday. A partial eclipse of varying degrees was visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter seen during their meeting in Moscow, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has rounded on those calling for a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and claimed holding the tournament there will bring peace to the region.

 

Yemen Mosque Bombing

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Quadruple suicide bombers on Friday hit a pair of mosques controlled by Shiite rebels in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, unleashing blasts through crowds of worshippers that killed at least 137 people and wounded around 350 others in

 

Indian Girls Students on the Exam Hall during the West Bengal Madhyamik Exam Started on 25th February 2013 at Kolkata on Monday

PATNA, India (AP) — Around 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th gradeexaminations this week, education authorities said Friday. The incident has gotten widespread attention after Indian

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