News archive from 24 April 2013

China: Xi Jinping in military morale boost plan

China: Xi Jinping in military morale boost plan

CHINESE president Xi Jinping has ordered his senior military leaders to spend two weeks as junior soldiers every few years as a way of boosting morale - but sceptics doubt the move will do much more than polish his own credentials as...

 
Al-Qaeda arm takes to internet to boost support

Al-Qaeda arm takes to internet to boost support

BATTERED by the French-led military campaign in Mali, al-Qaeda's North African arm is trying something new to stay relevant: Twitter. A new PR campaign by the terrorist network is seeking to tap into social issues and champion mainstream causes such...

 
North Korea: Gas may be ‘smoking gun’ of nuclear test

North Korea: Gas may be ‘smoking gun’ of nuclear test

RADIOACTIVE gases that could have come from North Korea's nuclear test in February have unexpectedly been detected, possibly providing the first "smoking gun" evidence of the explosion. However, the 9 April measurement by the Comprehensive...

 
Syria: Assad regime suspected of using nerve gas

Syria: Assad regime suspected of using nerve gas

SYRIAN government forces have used chemical weapons - probably nerve gas - in their fight against rebels trying to force out president Bashar al-Assad, the Israeli military's top intelligence analyst has said. Brigadier-General Itai Brun made the...

 
Emma Cowing: The wife often is the last one to know …

Emma Cowing: The wife often is the last one to know …

ACCORDING to her high school yearbook, Katherine Russell's motto was "do something about it, or stop complaining". From a pretty 18-year-old, it is a sweet credo to carry into adulthood. From the wife of one of the Boston bombing terrorists,...

 

Echoes of militarist imperial Japan unsettle neighbours

Dozens of Japanese MPs have paid homage at a national war shrine, risking more anger from neighbours South Korea and China over visits they see as failures to acknowledge Japan's militaristic past. The MPs from various parties were seen making...

 

Kuwati writer awarded for Gulf worker’s story

KUWAITI author Saud Alsanousi has won the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his portrayal of the lives of foreign workers in Gulf countries in The Bamboo Stalk. The 31-year-old became the youngest winner in the $50,000-prize’s six-year...

 

Russia criticised for mock attack on Sweden

POLAND has accused Russia of causing "unnecessary alarm" in Europe after Russian aircraft carried out a mock attack on Sweden. Radek Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister, yesterday said he had been in touch with Nato’s secretary general...

 

Justin Bieber leaves monkey Mally in Germany

GERMAN authorities say teen pop star Justin Bieber doesn't want his pet monkey Mally back and has left him in the solitary confinement of a Munich animal clinic. They say his management team in New York contacted them this week asking if they could...

 

Pervez Musharraf targeted with car bomb

PAKISTANI police have defused 50kg of explosives wired with remote-controlled detonators hidden in a car near the fortified farmhouse where former president Pervez Musharraf is under house arrest. The discovery yesterday added to the saga of...

 

Gifts trade fuels boom in poaching

INCREASING Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn as gifts and hangover cures - not for traditional medicine - is fuelling a poaching boom, United Nations officials have said, demanding stiffer penalties for traffickers. Wildlife crime and illegal...

 

France approves same sex marriage and adoption law

THE French parliament has formally approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children, a flagship reform pledge by president Francois Hollande which sparked violent protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. Mr Hollande’s...

 

Syrian archbishops free, kidnappers identity unknown

KIDNAPPERS have freed two Syrian archbishops who had been abducted in the northern city of Aleppo, a church official said, but the identities of their kidnappers remained uncertain. “The two are on their way to the patriarchy in Aleppo,” Bishop Tony...

 

Wealth gap grows in US as 93% get poorer

THE richest Americans became richer during the first two years of the country's economic recovery, while average net worth declined for 93 per cent of US households, a new report says. The top 7 per cent of households owned 63 per cent of the nation’s...

 

Burma pardons 93 prisoners

Burma pardoned 93 prisoners yesterday, including at least 59 political detainees, a day after the European Union lifted sanctions against the south-east Asian nation. The pardon came amid calls for the government to release hundreds more.

 


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