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Saudi Arabian women call new day of defiance against driving ban

Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the long-standing ban on women driving in the ultra-conservative kingdom. An online petition entitled “Oct 26th, driving for women” had on Sunday gathered more than 5,800 signatories, as activists try again to push authorities to end…

Teenager ‘played dead’ to survive Kenya mall carnage

Eighteen-year-old Umar Ahmed was enjoying a relaxed Saturday trip to a Nairobi shopping mall when gunmen stormed in and all hell broke lose. “I was at Westgate Mall rooftop at the parking, and all of sudden I heard screams and gunshots all over the place,” Ahmed recounted. “I got scared.…

Chinese court sentences ‘guilty’ politician Bo Xilai to life in prison following corruption trial

A Chinese court Sunday sentenced former leading politician Bo Xilai to life in prison after a sensational corruption trial that exposed intrigue and lavish lifestyles in the higher levels of the ruling party. Bo, a member of the Communist Party’s 25-strong elite politburo before his dramatic downfall, was convicted of…

Bangladesh police fire rubber bullets at garment workers seeking $100 month minimum wage

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of Bangladesh garment workers on Sunday during a second day of protests to demand a $100 minimum monthly wage, police said. Protesters threw stones and bricks at factories just outside the capital in Kaliakoir that make clothes for some of the…

U.S. ‘blackmailing’ Russia over Syria resolution: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country. “Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us: if Russia won’t support a…

Hong Kong hunkers down for massive Typhoon Usagi

Severe Typhoon Usagi barrelled towards Hong Kong on Sunday, shutting down one of the world’s busiest sea ports and throwing flight schedules into disarray from Europe to the United States. Usagi packed winds of 165 kilometres (103 miles) per hour as it closed in on China’s densely populated Pearl River…

Israeli forces enter Nairobi mall: security source

Israeli forces on Sunday joined Kenyan efforts to end a deadly siege by Somali militants at a Nairobi shopping mall, a security source told AFP. “The Israelis have just entered and they are rescuing the hostages and the injured,” the source told AFP on condition he not be named. In…

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor killed in Kenya mall attack

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the 59 people confirmed dead so far in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall, Ghana’s president said Sunday. John Dramani Mahama said in a statement: “I am shocked to hear the death of Prof. Kofi Awoonor…

Twitter suspends al-Shabaab account after terrorists live-tweet attack

The Twitter account of Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels was suspended Saturday after they used the site to claim responsibility for an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that left 39 dead and 150 wounded. A message from Twitter on the English-language @HSM_Press account read that the account was suspended,…

Journalism professor suspended after tweet, ‘blood is on the hands’ of NRA

A journalism professor at the University of Kansas was placed on indefinite administrative leave Friday after he Tweeted about the Navy Yard shooting, saying “blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.” Guth teaches media ethics, as well as strategic and…

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