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Syria: Toxic gas attack kills at least 70 in Douma

Syria: Toxic gas attack kills at least 70 in Douma

At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria‘s Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say. Pro Syrian government forces fighting to drive the rebels out of Douma. Photo: AFP Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several bodies in basements. It said the deaths were likely to […]

Canada ‘in shock‘ at ice hockey bus crash which killed 15

Canada ‘in shock‘ at ice hockey bus crash which killed 15

The number of people killed in a crash involving a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team in Saskatchewan, Canada has risen to 15 with two others in a critical condition, say police. Flowers are left outside the Humboldt Uniplex ice-skating rink Photo: AFP The Humboldt Broncos team, which has members aged between 16 and 21, were en route to […]

Two dead in Germany as van ploughs into crowd in Muenster

Two dead in Germany as van ploughs into crowd in Muenster

Two people have been killed in the western German city of Muenster after a van drove into people sitting outside popular restaurants. Special Police officers are seen at the scene when several people were killed and injured when a car ploughed into pedestrians in Muenster, western Germany. Photo: AFP The driver of the vehicle died after shooting himself, police said. […]

Germany still clueless about motive for fatal van crash

Germany still clueless about motive for fatal van crash

Prosecutors said Sunday they still have no indication why a 48-year-old German in the western German city of Muenster, killing two and injuring 20 before shooting himself to death inside the van. “As of now, we don’t have any leads regarding a possible background for the deed,” prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt wrote in a joint statement with police. “The investigations are […]

Pakistan summons US envoy after embassy car kills motorcyclist in Islamabad

Pakistan summons US envoy after embassy car kills motorcyclist in Islamabad

Pakistan has summoned the American ambassador to lodge a formal protest after a road crash involving a US Embassy vehicle killed a Pakistani motorcyclist. The Foreign Ministry said Ambassador David Hale was told Sunday that another man riding on the motorcycle was wounded in Saturday’s accident. It said Hale expressed his sympathy and sadness over the loss of life and […]

FBI cracks case of 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy‘s decapitated head

FBI cracks case of 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy‘s decapitated head

Using cutting-edge technology, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has solved a century-old archaeological mystery of the identity of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, after extracting DNA from its tooth. Since 1915, when the severed head of a mummy was discovered in the corner of a looted tomb in the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Deir el-Bersha, archaeologists have puzzled over its […]

Pakistan plans permanent ban on Hafiz Saeed‘s JuD, other terror groups: Report

Pakistan plans permanent ban on Hafiz Saeed‘s JuD, other terror groups: Report

Pakistan is working on a draft bill to permanently ban Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud Dawa as well as other terror groups and individuals on the watch list of the interior ministry, a move which has the backing of the powerful military establishment. The bill will replace the presidential ordinance that banned outfits and people already on the watch […]

Chinese colleges shun professor after 20-year-old assault allegation goes viral

Chinese colleges shun professor after 20-year-old assault allegation goes viral

Top universities in China have cut ties with a professor following outrage on social media after details were shared online of an alleged sexual assault that has been linked to a student’s suicide almost 20 years ago, according to state media. Last week, a person claiming to be the student’s classmate accused Shen Yang, a language professor, of the assault […]

Lula behind bars in Brazil: A deathblow for Latin America‘s left?

Lula behind bars in Brazil: A deathblow for Latin America‘s left?

With his ambitious social programs, his international standing and his extraordinary fate, Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was a potent symbol of Latin America’s defiant left. Seeing him end up in jail is likely to deal a heavy blow to a generation of leaders. Impact on Latin American left “It is certainly a shock to see the man […]

Once wildly popular, Brazil‘s ex-president ‘Lula‘ da Silva jailed for corruption

Once wildly popular, Brazil‘s ex-president ‘Lula‘ da Silva jailed for corruption

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was spending his first night in jail, a stunning fall from grace for a man who rose from nothing to lead Latin America’s largest nation and later became engulfed in corruption allegations. Foreshadowing possible clashes in the weeks to come, police shot rubber bullets and sprayed tear gas late Saturday at supporters […]