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  • Why bombs won’t stop Nigerian fans from watching the World Cup

    June 25, 2014 4:41 PM 6

    When most things around you appeared to be depressing, you hold dearly to whatever can keep you entertained. And so, for most Nigerians, faced with inefficient to non-existent public infrastructure and political leaders more interested in feathering their own nests and creating conflicts to cover up their sins, a few stolen moments dedicated to watching

  • NATO dashes Georgia, Montenegro membership hopes

    June 25, 2014 4:29 PM 1

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO will not approve a formal step to membership for Georgia at its summit in Britain in September and will delay taking a decision on whether to admit Montenegro until next year, NATO officials said on Wednesday. NATO members have agreed in principle to draw up a substantive package of cooperation with Georgia that would "help

  • Hundreds detained in Pakistan over plane attack

    June 25, 2014 4:27 PM 9

    Pakistani authorities have detained hundreds of people after unknown gunmen opened fire on a passenger plane in the city of Peshawar. According to senior police official, Najeeb Ur Rehman, more than 200 arrests were made, in connection with the incident. He added that Pakistani police had carried out search operations throughout the city. The arrests

  • CM announces compensation for victims of PIA plane firing incident

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM 5

    PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Wednesday announced compensation under Shaheed package for the victims of firing incident on Peshawar-bound PIA flight during landing at the airport late last night. Under the announcement, the martyred woman's heirs will be paid Rs. 5 lacs while the injured will be given Rs. 2 lacs each. The Chief Minister has directed

  • Boko Haram abducts 60 women and girls

    June 25, 2014 4:14 PM 8

    Analysts said the kidnapping, which happened during a raid late Monday on Kummabza village in the Damboa district of Borno state, could be an attempt by the Islamist group to refocus attention on its demands for the release of militant fighters. Boko Haram has indicated that it would be willing to release the 219 schoolgirls that it has held hostage

  • How the hacking trial unfolded: claims and counter-claims

    June 25, 2014 4:01 PM 3

    When Mr Justice Saunders finally dismissed the jury from court 12 of the Old Bailey on 11 June to consider seven months' worth of evidence in the phone hacking trial, his parting words spoke volumes. "Some of those on trial enjoyed a lifestyle you can only dream of, not just in financial terms but influence they brought to bear," he said. "They were friends

  • Business groups object to new Russian sanctions

    June 25, 2014 3:18 PM 11

    As the Obama administration threatens Russia with new sanctions, some business groups are pushing back on the idea. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers are preparing a newspaper ad saying that potential sanctions on Russian energy, defense and financial sectors might hurt U.S. businesses and workers. "We are concerned

  • 23 Palestinian members of parliament in Israeli jails

    June 25, 2014 3:11 PM 5

    RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Twenty-three Palestinian lawmakers are currently being held in Israeli jails, a majority of whom have been detained in the last two weeks during the Israeli arrest campaign across the West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said on Wednesday. Eleven of the 23 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council were detained prior

  • Japan, North Korea to hold talks next week on probe into abductions

    June 25, 2014 3:02 PM 3

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will hold talks with North Korea next week to work out the details of Pyongyang's plan to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by the reclusive state decades ago, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday. Since North Korea last month agreed to reopen the probe, Japan has been waiting eagerly to see how it will be carried

  • British prime minister, Labour leader clash over Andy Coulson verdict

    June 25, 2014 3:01 PM 3

    The British Parliament witnessed heated arguments between the prime minister and the opposition leader as David Cameron yesterday apologised to members for hiring Andy Coulson, his former media chief who is facing jail. This came as the judge dismissed the jury at the phone-hacking trial after it failed to reach a verdict on two final counts against