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US commandos capture Benghazi attack ‘ringleader’

US commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of a deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi, in a raid hailed by the White House as a triumph for justice. Special forces, working with FBI agents, carried out Sunday… Read More »

Hong Kong investment firm pays $470 mn for 5-star Paris hotel

Hong Kong investment firm pays $470 mn for 5-star Paris hotel (via AFP) A Hong Kong investment firm said it has agreed to pay almost $470 million for the five-star Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees, as it targets Chinese tourists’ desire for luxury travel. Kai Yuan Holdings will pay €344.51 million ($467.27 million)… Read More »

US deploys extra troops, mulls air strikes in Iraq

US deploys extra troops, mulls air strikes in Iraq (via AFP) The US was deploying extra troops to protect its embassy in Baghdad and mulling air strikes against militants who have seized key cities, amid warnings Tuesday that Iraq has polarised irrevocably. Militants who seized Mosul — a city of two million… Read More »

Britain’s Kate launches UK America’s Cup bid

Britain’s Kate launches UK America’s Cup bid (via AFP) Prince William’s wife Kate was on board Tuesday to help launch Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie’s bid to win the America’s Cup yacht race for Britain. Ainslie, who famously helped Oracle Team USA overturn an 8-1 deficit to win last year’s most recent edition… Read More »

24 students washed away in north India river surge

24 students washed away in north India river surge (via AFP) Twenty-four students were missing late Sunday after being washed downstream by a sudden surge of river water in a remote Himalayan valley in northern India, a state minister said. The students had stopped to take photographs on the edge of the Beas… Read More »

Syria’s Assad announces ‘general amnesty’: state TV

Syria’s Assad announces ‘general amnesty’: state TV (via AFP) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday announced a “general amnesty” for all crimes committed to date, state television said, without giving further details. The channel cited Justice Minister Najem al-Ahmad as saying the decree was issued in the… Read More »

Syria holds controversial wartime presidential vote

Syrians voted Tuesday in a presidential election in which Bashar al-Assad is looking to tighten his grip on power as his forces battle rebels in a devastating three-year war. Assad faces two little-known challengers and is expected to win, despite a… Read More »

Four killed in Pakistan air force plane crash

A Pakistan air force fighter plane crashed at a bus terminal on the outskirts of Karachi on Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring nine, officials said. The accident happened in the Baldia Town district just west of Karachi, Pakistan's biggest… Read More »

Poll: Do you agree with president’s decision to give up suspected terrorists to save U.S. soldier?

Poll: Do you agree with president’s decision to give up suspected terrorists to save U.S. soldier? (via NJ.com) We’ve all heard it, even if just at the movies, the axiom “Never negotiate with terrorists.” Well, that’s exactly what President Obama did to gain the freedom of U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, America’s only prisoner of war in Afghanistan. The Idaho ... Read More »

Google gets 12,000 requests to be ‘forgotten’ on first day

Google gets 12,000 requests to be ‘forgotten’ on first day (via AFP) Google received 12,000 requests from people seeking to be “forgotten” by the world’s leading search engine on the first day it offered the service, a company spokesman in Germany said Saturday. The requests, submitted on Friday, came after Google set… Read More »

Malaysia releases satellite data on MH370

Malaysia releases satellite data on MH370 (via AFP) Malaysia on Tuesday released raw satellite data used to determine that missing Flight MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean, information demanded by passengers’ relatives who are frustrated over the failure to find any wreckage. The Department… Read More »

Thai army invokes martial law to quell unrest

Thai army invokes martial law to quell unrest (via AFP) Thailand’s army on Tuesday declared martial law across the crisis-gripped kingdom to restore order following months of anti-government protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded. An announcement on military-run television said martial… Read More »

Iran ‘recruiting Afghans’ to fight in Syria

Iran ‘recruiting Afghans’ to fight in Syria (via AFP) Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported. In exchange, Iran is offering them stipends of $500 a month and residency permits, the paper said, quoting Afghans and Western officials. Shiite Muslim Iran is a… Read More »

US flying ‘manned missions’ to seek abducted Nigeria girls

US flying ‘manned missions’ to seek abducted Nigeria girls (via AFP) The United States said it is flying “manned” missions over Nigeria in search of over 200 abducted schoolgirls, after the Lagos government dismissed a prisoner-swap offer from the Boko Haram kidnappers. “We have shared commercial satellite imagery with… Read More »

Israel hate crimes ‘poison atmosphere’ for pope visit

Israel hate crimes ‘poison atmosphere’ for pope visit (via AFP) The head of the Roman Catholic church in the Holy Land said Sunday that Israeli hate crimes against local Muslims and Christians are souring relations ahead of a papal visit. “The unrestrained acts of vandalism poison the atmosphere – the atmosphere… Read More »

Austrian bearded drag queen wins Eurovision song contest

Austrian bearded drag queen wins Eurovision song contest (via AFP) Austria won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday with “Rise Like a Phoenix” sung by bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst. The 25-year-old performer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, took the Eurovision crown in Copenhagen despite initial expectations… Read More »

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