News archive from 24 January 2013

UN to examine UK's Afghanistan drone strikes

UN to examine UK's Afghanistan drone strikes

The inquiry is the result of a request by several nations, including Pakistan. Photograph: Rex Features A United Nations investigation into targeted killings by drones will examine UK operations in Afghanistan as well as US strikes in Pakistan, Yemen...

 
NHS maternity units to share £25m fund to improve childbirth experience

NHS maternity units to share £25m fund to improve childbirth experience

The money will help the NHS deal with a decade-long baby boom during which births have been at their highest rate for 40 years. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images NHS maternity units will get new birthing pools, more family rooms so dads can...

Guardian, 00:03 in Health
 
Morocco alters law that led girl to suicide after wedding rapist

Morocco alters law that led girl to suicide after wedding rapist

NEARLY a year after the suicide of a 16-year-old Moroccan girl who was forced to marry her alleged rapist, the government in Rabat has announced plans to change the penal code to outlaw the traditional practice. Women’s rights activists yesterday...

 
Hillary Clinton hits back over Benghazi fiasco

Hillary Clinton hits back over Benghazi fiasco

US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton has angrily defended her handling of the 11 September 2012 attack on the US diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi and denied any attempt to mislead people. The attack by armed militants that killed US...

 
Syrian people struggle as winter and shortages hit

Syrian people struggle as winter and shortages hit

SYRIANS are spending hours every day queuing for fuel and bread as severe shortages and below-freezing winter temperatures add to the difficulties facing president Bashar al-Assad's regime as it struggles to provide basic services. The economy is...

 

Pussy rioters: ‘No regrets over Putin prayer’

THE jailed members of the Pussy Riot feminist band have said they feel no regrets about the "punk prayer" against president Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral that landed them behind bars for two years. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and...

 

Panel say death penalty won’t stop rapes

India needs to implement existing laws, not introduce tougher punishment, to prevent rape, a panel set up to review legislation has said, following the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus that led to her death last December. Panel...

 

Jiang Zemin vows to take a backseat

FORMER Chinese president Jiang Zemin has been moved down the top leadership's pecking order - at least in public - as the ruling Communist Party prepares for the final stages of a generational handover in power. The official Xinhua news agency said Mr...

 

Editor jailed for articles defaming royal family

A FORMER magazine editor has been jailed for ten years for insulting Thailand's royal family. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was yesterday found guilty of publishing articles defaming King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2010 when editor of a magazine devoted to...

 

Analysis: Secular champion at odds with ultra-orthodox

POLITICAL newcomer Yeir Lapid's criticism of the ultra-orthodox being funded from Israel's public coffers harkens back to his father, Yosef Lapid, who led the secularist Shinui party as a coalition partner to Ariel Sharon in 2003. At the same time,...

 

‘Prosecute MP over Bible–burning call’

MALAYSIA's legal fraternity has said an independent MP should be prosecuted for calling for the mass burning of Bibles that use the word "Allah" to refer to God. The Bar Council made the call against Ibrahim Ali, head of a group that...

 

Explosion near Harare may be linked to landmine spell

A MASSIVE explosion near the Zimbabwean capital Harare that killed five people this week may have been due to a landmine being boiled in a clay pot as part of a prosperity spell, police said yesterday. The explosion damaged 12 nearby houses in the...

 

Police to quiz ball boy in kick row

Police are to investigate an incident which saw a ball boy kicked by Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard during his side's Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea. South Wales Police said they intended to interview the youth, who was seen to be kicked...

 

Swiss block sale of gun parts to US

Switzerland has blocked the export of pistol parts to the United States, where they were to be assembled and sold to Saudi Arabia's royal guard. The Swiss said the pistols “could be used to commit human rights abuses”. Last year they blocked sales to...

 

Mali forces accused of executing rebels

The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights yesterday accused Malian forces of "summary executions" and other abuses as they counter-attack Islamists in the west African country's north with support from French air power and...

 


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