Category: World News

6 teens killed, 2 hurt in northeast Ohio SUV crash

WARREN: A speeding sport utility vehicle taken without permission and carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, killing five boys and the young woman driving, the state highway patrol said. The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road and overturned just south of the city of Warren, about 60 miles east of Cleveland, Lt. Anne Ralston said. Investigators say it came to rest upside down in the swamp and sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth, who was thrown from the SUV during the crash, was found under it when the vehicle was taken out of the water. The two boys who survived escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911, the highway patrol said. State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said at an evening news conference that speed was a factor, although investigators were still trying to determine the speed at the time of the accident. “We will not be speculating on alcohol and-or drug usage pending toxicology reports,” Holt said. No one in the vehicle had permission to take it, but there were no theft reports, Holt said. The vehicle was licensed to a resident of Youngstown, about 20 miles away, he said. After the news conference, the gates of an impound...

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Bus driver on trial for Delhi gang rape hangs himself

New Delhi: The driver of the bus in which a young Indian woman was gang-raped and fatally injured three months ago hanged himself in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on Monday, police said. Ram Singh was the main accused of five men and a juvenile put on trial for the attack on the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist in the Indian capital. The assault triggered nationwide protests and an intense debate about rampant crime against women in India. A senior police official said Singh had committed suicide in his cell early on Monday. “It is true, he’s dead,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The CNN-IBN news channel said Singh hanged himself with his own clothes. Tihar jail is India’s highest security prison and officials there are likely to face tough questions about how such an incident could have occurred. “He knew he was going to die anyway because we had and still have such a strong case against him,” the physiotherapist’s 20-year-old brother told Reuters. “I’m not very thrilled with the news that he killed himself because I wanted him to be hanged … publicly. Him dying on his own terms seems unfair. But, oh well, one is down. Hopefully the rest will wait for their death sentence.” The trial of the five adult men began in a special fast-track court last month while the juvenile’s trial began...

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16 Years Old Girl Raped by 90 People Within a Week

UK: A teenage girl was raped 90 times in one weekend it has been revealed, in a shocking report into modern-day slavery in the UK. The report, due to be published tomorrow by the Centre for Social Justice, contains evidence from the girl, who was 16 at the time she was taken into slavery and raped by 90 men. The girl, who gave evidence to the committee despite still being ‘deeply traumatised’ by the attacks, did not come from a background which put her at risk, but became enslaved after befriending girls vulnerable to abuse, it has been reported. Andrew Wallis, chairman of the working group that produced the report, would only tell the committee the girl ‘is now safe’ when asked what had happened to her since the attacks, according to the Sunday Times. The report claims efforts to tackle modern slavery in the UK, including the sexual exploitation of children, are in a state of crisis. The CSJ, an independent think-tank set up by Iain Duncan Smith, has attacked the Government for its ‘inadequate response’ to the issue after the investigation uncovered a ‘shocking underworld’ of human trafficking. Its study found more than 1,000 adults and children were trafficked into or within the UK in 2011/2012, but the figure could be ‘only the tip of the iceberg’. Among the cases were British and foreign victims who had...

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Suu Kyi Reappointed as Myanmar Opposition Leader

Yangon: Aung San Suu Kyi was re-elected as Myanmar opposition leader Sunday at a landmark congress that stopped short of sweeping changes in its ageing top ranks ahead of key elections in 2015. Hundreds of opposition members gathered in Yangon for their first national conference — a display of political strength that would have been unthinkable under the junta that ruled the country with an iron fist for decades. The meeting highlighted the myriad challenges facing the opposition, including its lack of experience as well as internal divisions which saw four members banned from attending, accused of trying to influence the voting. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) had faced calls to inject new blood into its top ranks, dominated by senior members including some in their 80s and 90s, as it eyes key elections due to be held in 2015. But the party held back from a substantial revamp of its leadership, instead selecting older veteran party members to a core executive of 15 and unanimously reappointing Suu Kyi as chairwoman. “We have to seize the chance,” Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who entered parliament last year, urged the party as it gears up for what is expected to be a major victory if the 2015 vote is free and fair. “I thank the members who struggled hand-in-hand with the NLD for 25 years, and I...

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The empire ‘Chavez’ had been poisoned: Bolivian president

Caracas: Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he is “almost certain” that “the empire” had poisoned the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. Chavez, who led Venezuela for 14 years, died at age 58 after a two-year-long fight against cancer. Nicolas Maduro, who was vice president under Chavez and was sworn in as acting president, earlier accused Venezuela’s enemies of causing Chavez’s cancer. He said the issue would be investigated by a special commission. Morales, who travelled to Caracas to attend Chavez’s state funeral, said he had always been aware of Chavez’s disease although he never revealed any details. Morales recalled he had once offered Chavez some coffee but the Venezuelan leader’s security guards objected. “Brother Chavez said (to his guards): ‘How can you think that Evo will poison me?’ and then he had coffee,” the Bolivian president said. Morales did not elaborate what “the empire” meant. Chavez’s funeral was attended by over 30 heads of state and government. Venezuela will hold presidential elections April 14 to elect a successor to Chavez....

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China unveils restructuring plan to boost govt efficiency, fight corruption

10 march   BEIJING: China unveiled a government restructuring plan on Sunday, cutting cabinet-level entities by two and dissolving its powerful railways ministry, as the country’s new leaders look to boost efficiency and combat corruption. The reforms mark the biggest reduction in ministries since 1998 when then-premier Zhu Rongji oversaw the overhaul of the State Council, and coincides with growing public concern over transparency and overlapping bureaucracies. The government will join the Family Planning Commission— the agency that controls the controversial one-child policy — with the health ministry, and strengthen the powers of the food and drug regulators, it said in a report released during the on-going annual meeting of parliament. “Currently, numerous operational, organisational and division of labour problems exist in State Council ministries,” state council secretary-general Ma Kai said in a speech on the plan to the National People’s Congress. Ma added that “breach of duty, using positions for personal gain and corruption” under the structure had not been effectively constrained. The railways ministry and Family Planning Commission have been particularly unpopular, and their restructuring was widely expected. The railways ministry has faced numerous problems over the past few years, including heavy debts from funding new high-speed lines, waste and fraud. Railways planning will be coordinated under the broader transport ministry. The government has pledged to open the rail industry to private investment on an unprecedented scale....

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50 people arrested over raid on christian community in Pakistan

Lahore: About 50 people have been arrested in this eastern Pakistani city after a mob torched over 150 homes of the minority Christian community in search of an alleged blasphemer. Police officials said they had arrested about 50 people who had been identified from video footage of the attack or named by the victims. Raids were being conducted for other wanted persons, they said. Trouble began at Joseph Colony on Friday, when over 2,000 enraged Muslims surrounded the neighbourhood and pelted stones at the homes of Christians. The mob was led by Shafiq Ahmed, who claimed he was looking for a Christian named Savan Masih as he had allegedly committed blasphemy by insulting the Prophet Mohammed. Some men found Masih’s 65-year-old father Chaman Masih and assaulted him and then burnt his home. The mob dispersed after a police contingent was posted in the area and officials said they had registered an FIR against Masih under the blasphemy law. Yesterday, the mob returned to Joseph Colony in the morning and drove out all Christian families that were still in the area. Footage on television showed masked men armed with sticks rampaging through the neighbourhood, setting houses and cars on fire. The police did little to stop the mob. Police said they had arrested Savan Masih, a 26-year-old sanitation worker, and shifted him to a safe location. Shahid Imran, named as...

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Mandela in hospital again

10 march. Former President Nelson Mandela was admitted into a hospital in Pretoria Saturday afternoon for a scheduled medical check-up to manage existing conditions in line with his age, the Presidency said. Doctors are conducting tests and have thus far indicated that there is no reason for any alarm, Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said. “We appeal for privacy for Madiba and his family,” Maharaji said. This is the second time that Mandela, 94, was admitted into hospital in three months. On Dec. 8, he was taken into a Pretoria hospital for a lung infection and gallstones. He underwent a successful surgery to have the gallstones removed after doctors attended to his lung infection. He was discharged from hospital on Dec. 26 to undergo home- based high care at his Houghton home. This was Mandela’s longest hospital stay since 2001 when he underwent seven weeks of radiotherapy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mandela served as South African president from 1994 to 1999. He had spent 27 years in prison before elected the first black president in the country after the end of apartheid....

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Kenyatta elected Kenyan president

NAIROBI: Uhuru Kenyatta has been elected president of Kenya, the electoral commission said Saturday, confirming figures it had released earlier in the day. “I therefore declare Uhuru Kenyatta the duly elected president of the Republic of Kenya,” Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan...

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7 years old boy conquered kilimanjaro after everest base camp

9 march,agency. Magic boy Aaryan Balaji has created another history adding his name to list of moutaineering veteran by climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895 metres/ 19343 feet) at the age of seven. He created adventure history by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on February 25 this year. Young Aaryan, the son of an Indian Navy officer, is the youngest ever in the world to have trekked all the way to Africa’s highest mountain. In the process, the seven-year-old defied his age to display his adaptability to the highest standards of physical fitness, mental and moral strength, determination, courage, endurance, a never say die spirit and, above all, perfect teamwork. Aaryan already has recorded his name in Mount Everest history by trekking all the way to the mountain’s Southern Base Camp in Nepal situated at an altitude of 5364 metres in May 2012. He is also the youngest to climb Mt. Kalapattar (5554 mtrs) on May 15, 2012. Reaching the base camp below Mt. Everest is considered one of the tough tasks on earth. The small boy added another achievement to his name when, in March 2012, he became youngest in the world to go for an up to 08 metres maiden undersea...

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