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Syria’s Bashar Assad wins presidential vote in landslide

Syria’s Bashar Assad wins presidential vote in landslide

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said on Wednesday, capturing another seven-year term in the middle of a bloody 3-year-old uprising against his rule that has devastated the country. Syria’s Parliament Speaker, Jihad Lahan, announced the final results from Tuesday’s election, saying Assad garnered 10,319,723 votes, or 88.7 percent. […]

Tens of thousands join Hong Kong Tiananmen rally

Tens of thousands join Hong Kong Tiananmen rally

HONG KONG: Large numbers of people in Hong Kong have joined a candlelight vigil in a downtown park to commemorate the 25th anniversary of China’s bloody military suppression of protests on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Participants held candles to remember the victims at the Wednesday night vigil, which turned Victoria Park’s six soccer fields into a […]

Guinea’s Ebola death toll rises above 200: WHO

Guinea’s Ebola death toll rises above 200: WHO

GENEVA: More than 200 people have died from the highly contagious Ebola virus in Guinea, making it one of the worst ever outbreaks of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. The UN’s health agency said it so far had registered 328 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Guinea, including 208 deaths, […]

Pele’s son gets 33-year sentence

Pele’s son gets 33-year sentence

The son of football legend Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in jail after being convicted of laundering money for a drug gang. But Judge Suzana Pereira said Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, who must surrender his passport to the Sao Paulo court this week, can remain free as he appeals – which can take […]

King of Spain Stepping Down After 38 Years

King of Spain Stepping Down After 38 Years

Spain’s King Juan Carlos has announced that he will abdicate in favour of his son, making way for a “new generation”. In a nationwide address, the king told Spaniards that he first started thinking seriously about giving up the throne when he turned 76 in January. He said that the 46-year-old Crown Prince Felipe is […]

Many feared dead in Nigeria blast

Many feared dead in Nigeria blast

Dozens of people were feared dead following an explosion in north-eastern Nigeria, with Boko Haram militants believed to be behind the attack. The attack took place last night near a primary school where there are also a number of beer halls in the town of Mubi in Adamawa state. It is one of the three […]

Six held over China ‘cult’ killing

Six held over China ‘cult’ killing

Six members of a religious cult have been arrested over the death of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China. The accused, including four members of the same family, allegedly attacked the woman in the city of Zhaoyuan on Wednesday evening after she refused to tell them her phone number. Zhaoyuan police said […]

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Mexico

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Mexico

WASHINGTON: A strong 6.2-magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico today, US seismologists said. The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred around 1153 GMT and was located about 295 kilometres southwest of the coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta. They had earlier put the quake’s magnitude at 6.6. There were no immediate […]

Drugs, prostitution add 10bn pounds a year to British economy

Drugs, prostitution add 10bn pounds a year to British economy

London: The inclusion of illegal activities such as prostitution and drugs into national accounts would add about 10 billion pounds to national output, Britain’s statistics office said Thursday. In a paper in which it estimated prostitutes’ “sales” and costs incurred — condoms and “working clothes”– the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said the inclusion of […]

Ten Chadians killed in southern Libya

Ten Chadians killed in southern Libya

N’djamena: Ten Chadian nationals have been gunned down in southern Libya by attackers in military uniform, the Chadian foreign ministry said Thursday. “Ten Chadian nationals were shot dead in cold blood in Sbeha by a group of armed men, all of them wearing military uniforms,” the ministry said in a statement. It added that the […]