News archive from 11 February 2013

Islamists spring surprise attack on Mali town Gao

Islamists spring surprise attack on Mali town Gao

BLACK-ROBED Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles penetrated the most populous city in northern Mali yesterday, engaging the Malian army in combat in a surprise attack two weeks after French and Malian troops wrested control of the town...

 
Northern US recovers from storm as another builds

Northern US recovers from storm as another builds

THE US north-east has started digging itself out after a blizzard dumped up to 40 inches of snow with hurricane force winds, killing at least nine people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Utility companies were yesterday reporting...

 
More turbulence for Tunisia as CPR pulls ministers

More turbulence for Tunisia as CPR pulls ministers

TUNISIAN president Moncef Marzouki's secular party has withdrawn from the country's Islamist-led government, which is already reeling from last week's assassination of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Mr Belaid’s killing on Wednesday has...

 
Hindu pilgrims gather at Ganges for the Kumbh Mela

Hindu pilgrims gather at Ganges for the Kumbh Mela

LED by heads of monasteries arriving on chariots and ash-smeared naked religious ascetics, millions of devout Hindus plunged into the waters of the holy Ganges River in India yesterday in a ritual that they believe will wash away their sins. Yesterday...

 

Fresh snow brings disruption fears

Snow has begun falling in parts of southern England, prompting fears of ice and disruption in the Monday morning rush hour. There was expected to be a covering of up to six cms (2.4ins) in some areas. Paul Mott, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup,...

 

Irons: Role like falling in love

Jeremy Irons has revealed that playing a new part is like falling in love. The Oscar-winning actor, who stars in two new movies this year, Beautiful Creatures and A Night Train To Lisbon, admitted feeling more cynical about the film business. But the...

 

Politician faces court over links with the Stasi

GERMAN prosecutors have opened preliminary proceedings against Gregor Gysi, one of the Left party's key election campaign figures, over allegations he lied about links with the former East German secret police, the politician said yesterday. Gysi, who...

 

King opens Jordan’s parliament

Jordan's king inaugurated the country's newly elected parliament yesterday with a pledge to press ahead with democratisation, but said he will help pick the next prime minister even though that job is now officially in the hands of the lawmakers....

 

Irons: Role like falling in love

Jeremy Irons has revealed that playing a new part is like falling in love. The Oscar-winning actor, who stars in two new movies this year, Beautiful Creatures and A Night Train To Lisbon, admitted feeling more cynical about the film business. But the...

 

Doctors die in attack by Nigerian terror group

Three North Korean doctors have been murdered in north-eastern Nigeria, with one beheaded, in the latest attack on health workers in a nation under assault by a radical Islamic sect. The deaths of the doctors on Saturday night in Potiskum, a town in...

 

Police arrest twins in rape investigation

Twin brothers have both been arrested for a series of six rapes in France - because police don't know which is their prime suspect. The 25-year-old pair share virtually identical DNA, meaning it could take weeks for experts to identify which one was...

 

Haitian band’s anger at Carnival ban

At least three Haitian bands have said that they are being kept from performing at the island nation's Carnival celebrations and that they suspect it's because president Michel Martelly's administration considers their songs critical of the...

 

Swiss drop Zardari corruption case

Swiss authorities will not reopen a corruption probe into the Pakistani president, officials have said. Switzerland began investigating allegations in the late 1990s that president Asif Ali Zardari and his late wife, former prime minister Benazir...

 

Greek Orthodox Church enthrones new patriarch

Syria's Greek Orthodox Church enthroned a new patriarch during a ceremonial mass in Damascus yesterday. John Yazigi, 57, replaces Ignatius Hazim as the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Hazim died in December. Christians...

 

Saudi Arabia looks to Germany for arms

Saudi Arabia is looking into buying patrol boats worth around a billion pounds from a German firm, and appears to have won the Berlin government's approval despite widespread public criticism of arms deals. The Bremen-based dockyard Luerssen would be...

 


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