Category: World News

South Africa: Mandela still in hospital

JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela is spending a third day in a hospital where the former president is being treated for a recurring lung infection. There was no update Monday morning from the office of President Jacob Zuma, which had said on Saturday that the 94-year-old Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition. On Sunday, members of Mandela’s family were seen visiting the Pretoria hospital where the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate is believed to be staying. Mandela has been hospitalized several times in recent months. The last discharge came on April 6 after doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and drained fluid...

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Afghan Taliban attack near Kabul airport

Afghanistan (AP) — Seven heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn attack near Afghanistan’s main airport Monday, apparently targeting NATO’s airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb. Two Afghan civilians were wounded and all the attackers were killed after an hours-long battle. It was the third time in a month that insurgents have launched a major attack in the Afghan capital, seeking high-profile targets to rattle public confidence as Afghan security forces take over most responsibility for protecting the country ahead of most foreign troops’ withdrawal next year. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government would not be deterred by...

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Indonesian plane crash lands causing injuries, no deaths

10 May,Indonesia: A Merpati plane carrying 46 people landed hard, slamming both engines onto the runway at an airport in eastern Indonesia on Monday, and an airport official said some passengers were injured but no one died. The Chinese-made Xian MA60 twin turboprop aircraft was operated by state-run Merpati Nusantara Airlines. It was landing at El Tari airport in the East Nusa Tenggara capital of Kupang, said airport authority head Imam Pramono. He said the flight originated from Bajawa on Flores island, on Indonesia’s eastern edge. Witnesses said at least eight people were injured and all were rushed to...

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Afghan authorities: Battle near Kabul airport over

Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say a battle with insurgents near Kabul’s international airport has ended and all the attackers have been killed. Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqi says two civilians were wounded in Monday’s attack that was apparently targeting NATO’s airport headquarters. The attackers had rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb. Deputy Kabul police chief Dawood Amin says there were seven attackers. Two blew themselves up with suicide vests and five were shot and killed by police. It was unclear if the attack had damaged facilities inside the airport. The attackers had taken over a four- to five- story building under construction nearby. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. It was the latest in a series of attacks against the capital this...

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North and South Koreas to hold senior-level meeting in Seoul

South Korea: North and South Korea agreed Monday to hold senior-level talks this week in Seoul, a breakthrough of sorts to ease tensions after Pyongyang’s recent threats of nuclear war and Seoul’s vows of counterstrikes. The two-day meeting starting Wednesday will focus on stalled cooperation projects, including the resumption of operations at a jointly-run factory park near the border in North Korea that was the last remaining symbol of inter-Korean rapprochement until Pyongyang pulled out its workers in April during heightened tensions that followed its February nuclear test. The details of the upcoming talks were ironed out in a...

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China bus fire kills 47

8 JUN, BEIJING-A fire on a bus in southeastern China has killed 47 people and is being investigated as a “serious criminal case”, state media said on Saturday, just days after 120 people died in a fire at a poultry plant. The bus caught fire during rush hour on Friday as it was operating on elevated tracks in the coas tal city of Xiamen, the official Xinhua news agency reported, without elaborating on the cause. The case in southeastern China has initially been identified as a “serious criminal case” and further investigations are under way, the report said. Earlier...

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At least 119 die in NE China fire

3 June, Changchun: A fire engulfed a poultry processing plant in Northeast China’s Jilin province on Monday, leaving at least 119 people dead and 54 others injured. The fire broke out at 6:06 am in the slaughterhouse owned by the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi Township of Dehui City, about 100 km northeast of the provincial capital Changchun. Over 300 workers were in the plant when the fire began, survivors told Xinhua, adding they heard a sudden bang and then witnessed dark smoke. About 100 workers have managed to escape from the plant, the gate of which was...

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UK emergency committee meets after Muslim terrorists hack soldier to death

23 May, London: The British government’s emergency committee met Thursday after two Muslim terrorists wielding a machete and a cleaver hacked a soldier to death on a busy London street Wednesday while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” in an attack that was caught on video and left the nation shocked and horrified. Prime Minister David Cameron says there are strong indications it was an act of terrorism, and his top advisers will be examining the potential security implications of the attack, which took place near a London military barracks. British police confirmed Thursday the man killed at the scene was a...

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Brave woman tried to reason with London attackers before police came

23 May, London: A cub scout leader and mother-of-two has emerged from the attack by suspected Muslim terrorists on Wednesday that left one man dead on the streets of London. It is Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a woman who got off a bus and tried to reason with the two attackers after she tried to help the man lying on the street. The 48-year-old is not a trained hostage negotiator but a scout leader who tried to keep talking to the two attackers before police arrived at the scene near the Royal Artillery Barracks in the neighborhood of Woolwich. In an...

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