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Desmond Tutu vows not to vote for ANC anymore

Desmond Tutu said he had always voted for the South African ruling party. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he will not vote for the Africa National Congress (ANC) again in future elections in the country. Mr. Tutu who wrote an opinion page in the Mail-Guardian newspapers on Friday that he had in the past always been voting for the ANC. “I have been voting for the ANC, but I ... Read More »

UN Scribe calls for immediate release of peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Four peacekeepers were kidnapped by Syrian rebels. The United Nations Scribe, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday called for the immediate release of four peacekeepers being held by “armed elements” in the Golan Heights. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said the Secretary-General strongly condemned the detention of four UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers by armed elements in the vicinity of Al Jamla in the area of limitation. The ... Read More »

7 Confirmed Dead in U.S. Plane Crash In Afghanistan

Not less than seven civilians aboard a cargo plane were killed when a U.S. airbase crashed in Afghanistan, the military said on Tuesday. The crash occurred on Monday at the Bagram airbase, 60 km north of the capital Kabul. “The cause of the crash has not been determined and we are currently investigating,” NATO spokesman Sgt. Bryan Gatewood said. Taliban militants claimed that their fighters ... Read More »

Bangladesh Factory Owners Arrested

Police in Bangladesh arrest two clothing factory owners based at the eight-storey building that collapsed killing 304 people. It comes after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of clothing workers who took to the streets on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka to protest over the deaths, reports Sky News. Dhaka police deputy chief Shyaml Mukherjee said: “We’ve arrested Bazlus Samad, the ... Read More »

US Waits to Question ‘Boston Bomber’

A top US interrogation group is waiting to question the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested late on Friday when he was found seriously injured in a suburban backyard after a huge manhunt. He is under armed guard in hospital. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the suspect was stable, but not yet able to communicate, reports the BBC. The ... Read More »

Venezuela President-elect Maduro Bans Opposition Rally

Venezuela’s President-elect Nicolas Maduro says he will not allow the opposition to go ahead with a rally planned for Wednesday in Caracas. Mr Maduro blamed the opposition for violent clashes after he was proclaimed winner of Sunday’s disputed poll. The attorney general said seven people had died in the violence. But opposition leader Henrique Capriles said the government was responsible for the violence as it ... Read More »

US To Go To ‘Ends Of The Earth’ To Find Boston Bombers

BOSTON, Massachusetts – US investigators on Tuesday pledged to go “to the ends of the Earth” to find those behind the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, which President Barack Obama deemed an “act of terror.” Boston’s Boylston Street, scene of the finish line carnage on Monday, remained sealed off as investigators sought leads in the worst attack in the United States since the September 11, 2001 ... Read More »

N’Korea: US Deploys Spy Plane to Japan-This Day

Tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula amid reports the US has deployed an unmanned spy plane to Japan to boost its surveillance after North Korea readied missile launchers on its east coast. The Global Hawk will be stationed at the US airbase in Misawa, northern Japan, in the first ever deployment of the aircraft in the country, the Sankei Shimbun reported, quoting government sources. ... Read More »

North Korea Expands Nuclear Weapons Programme-BBC

North Korea’s parliament has endorsed plans to give nuclear weapons greater prominence in the country’s defences. The move came a day after the ruling Workers’ Party called for nuclear forces to be “expanded and beefed up qualitatively and quantitatively”. North Korea has said it is entering a “state of war” with the South – prompting Seoul to promise a “strong response” to aggression by the ... Read More »

UN Considers Mali Stabilization Mission-VOA

The U.N. Security Council held initial discussions Wednesday about options for a peacekeeping force in Mali after France withdraws its troops. In January, Malian authorities asked France to intervene to stop Islamist militants who had taken over the north of the country from seizing the southern capital, Bamako. France’s military operation is expected to wind down soon and the United Nations is planning for the ... Read More »

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