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One million people wounded in Syria's civil war, says WHO

Dec 19, 2014 at 15:59 | Source: FirstPost

One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organisation's Syria representative said.A plunge in vaccination rates from 90 percent b...

Saradha chit fund scam: Mamata's aide Madan Mitra's police custody ends today

Dec 19, 2014 at 11:43 | Source: FirstPost

Arrested by CBI in multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, West Bengal transport minister Madan Mitra's police custody ends on Friday. Following a Supreme Court order,CBI arrested Mitra on 12 December. The minister wascharged withconspiracy and misapprop...

Analysis: Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

Dec 19, 2014 at 05:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are wi...

U.N. appeals for $8.4 billion for humanitarian relief to Syrians

Dec 18, 2014 at 23:15 | Source: FirstPost

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United Nations launched its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria on Thursday, seeking $8.4 billion after only securing about half the funding it asked for in 2014.The aid is desperately needed to provide help to 18 millio...

DU's Gyanodaya Express train sets off for North East

Dec 18, 2014 at 20:37 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Delhi University's 'Gyanodaya Express' today set off for the North East with 870 students andteachers on board with an aim to enrich the students about the rich culture and heritage of the region.The 'Dharohar-Gyanodaya Express' train was ...

The Interview: A guide to the cyber attack on Hollywood

Dec 18, 2014 at 20:02 | Source: BBC

A month after hackers launched an attack on Sony Pictures, the fallout has led the Hollywood studio to cancel the release of satirical comedy The Interview, which involves a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The initial hack, which...

China village petitions to 'isolate' HIV positive boy

Dec 18, 2014 at 20:02 | Source: BBC

Villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to isolate an HIV positive eight-year-old boy, state media report. Kun Kun lives with his grandparents, who struggle to care for him. Local people said he had been running wild an...

Have killed all kids...what do we do now? asked one terrorist during the Peshawar attack

Dec 18, 2014 at 18:54 | Source: FirstPost

Peshawar: "We have killed all the children in the auditorium...What do we do now?" one of the Taliban attackers told his handler after shooting indiscriminately at the students in the main hall of the army-run school from where more than 10...

I saw gunman shooting my teacher: Teenager recounts horror of Peshawar attack

Dec 18, 2014 at 16:10 | Source: FirstPost

Peshawar: Ladyluck favoured a 14-year-old student who survived miraculously after being hit on theforehead by a bullet fired from point blank range by a Taliban militant in the school massacre here that killed 148 people, mostly children."I was ...

China shaming: 200 villagers vote, sign petition to expel HIV-positive boy

Dec 18, 2014 at 10:44 | Source: FirstPost

Beijing: The plight of a Chinese boy with the HIV virus, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, sparked intense online soul-searching in the country on Thursday.The case has highlighted the stigma attached to HIV ...

Sony hacks: Sorkin says media are 'morally treasonous'

Dec 18, 2014 at 08:17 | Source: BBC

The messages read like something from a bad Hollywood film about Hollywood. The misbehaviour of egotistical studio executives, petulant stars and dictatorial directors seem almost too cliched to be true. But, apparently, they are. Major media outlets...

Sony hack: A guide to the cyber attack on Hollywood

Dec 18, 2014 at 08:17 | Source: BBC

In November, the headquarters of US entertainment giant Sony Pictures suffered a devastating digital attack. One month on, and the consequences of the hack are still being experienced, with damage caused to the film world and major Hollywood celebrit...

Global population living six years longer than in 1990 - study

Dec 18, 2014 at 06:45 | Source: FirstPost

LONDON (Reuters) - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria.In an a...

'I'm free,' says American after five years held in Cuba

Dec 18, 2014 at 06:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The messages from Alan Gross had grown increasingly ominous. In May, on his 65th birthday, the former U.S. aid worker said he would rather die than spend another birthday in a Cuban prison. Two weeks ago, his wife said he was &...

Cuba's Castro hails prisoner exchange with U.S., praises Obama

Dec 18, 2014 at 01:45 | Source: FirstPost

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of host...

After first big step, U.S. faces long path to forge ties to Cuba

Dec 18, 2014 at 00:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The renewal of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba could be the start of a long thaw in decades of animosity but the path is full of obstacles, not least the U.S. sanctions on the Communist-run island.T...

German cabinet agrees to send army trainers to Iraq

Dec 18, 2014 at 00:15 | Source: FirstPost

Berlin, Dec 17 (IANS) The German cabinet Wednesday agreed to send German soldiers to Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group.A government statement said Germany has decided to offer the support at the reques...

Islamic State beheads 150 women, some of them pregnant, for refusing to marry militants

Dec 17, 2014 at 22:03 | Source: FirstPost

Even as the world tries to come to terms with the dastardly terrorist attack in Pakistan's Peshawar and the 'lone wolf' attack in Sydney, reports are emerging of more violence by the Islamic State. This time they have reportedly beheaded women in Ira...

Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?

Dec 17, 2014 at 21:37 | Source: BBC

Among the 141 people who were killed when Taliban gunmen attacked a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar were the school principal, who is being hailed as a hero, and teenagers at school with their friends. Here are some of their stories. Tahira ...

Pakistan school massacre: Survivors tell of chaos and terror

Dec 17, 2014 at 13:37 | Source: BBC

The scene outside the Army Public School is deathly quiet, like the Cantonment graveyard opposite the school. Outside the main gate, a solitary light shines on a TV correspondent doing a live broadcast. Nearby, a weary TV crew waits in a couple of ca...

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