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Indonesia ‘foils plot to attack US missions’

 Indonesian police on Saturday arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly planning attacks on American diplomatic missions, a spokesman said, in the latest terror alert to hit the country. The group had planned to hit the US embassy and a US consulate, as well as a building near the…

Israel arrests senior Hamas MP in West Bank

Israeli security forces on Saturday arrested senior Hamas MP Mahmud al-Ramahi at a military roadblock in the West Bank, an army spokeswoman told AFP. “He was arrested on suspicion of illegal activity,” at Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, and taken for questioning, she said. Palestinians in his hone town of…

Anti-austerity protesters urge Spain government to resign in Madrid rally

Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators marched in the Spanish capital Saturday calling for the conservative government to resign because of its severe budget cuts. “They don’t represent us”, “More education fewer police”, demonstrators shouted as dozens of police vehicles followed the march to near the parliament building which was cordoned off.…

In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university

In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university Refugees in the world’s largest refugee camp will soon be able to go for higher education at the world’s first university being set up near a camp for its inhabitants. The campus is being set up by Kenya’s Kenyatta University (KU) near the…

Former cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan detained and ‘interrogated over drone views’ by U.S. immigration

Former cricket captain turned politician detained on flight from Canada to New York to be questioned over his views on jihad Imran Khan, the former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician, was taken off an international flight from Canada to New York and questioned by US immigration officials over his views…

‘Big Bang’: Right-wing Netanyahu-Lieberman pact polarizes Israeli politics

The rightwing alliance between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his foreign minister has polarised political forces in Israel ahead of next January’s parliamentary election. Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman’s surprise announcement late on Thursday that their respective Likud and Yisrael Beitenu parties would run on a joint ticket was dubbed…

Acclaimed experimental chef hails tampons as palate-cleansers

Experimental chef Heston Blumenthal has adopted an unorthodox method for cleansing his palate, he revealed on Saturday — sucking on tampons. Blumenthal, famed for serving up dishes such as snail porridge and worm pizza, told the Guardian that the high absorbency of tampons makes them perfect for soaking up juices…

Hitachi to buy British nuclear power venture for $628 million

Japanese engineering giant Hitachi is set to buy Horizon, a joint venture planning to build nuclear reactors in Britain, in a deal valued at 50 billion yen ($628 million), reports said Saturday. The Japanese firm has nearly finalised an agreement with the firm’s German owners, RWE and E.ON, the Asahi…

Fish and vegetables grow without soil on Gaza rooftops

Abu Ahmed looks out over a sea of grey, empty Gaza rooftops, and smiles as he looks back at the lush greenery sprouting in tubs and pipes on top of his apartment building. He is part of a United Nations agency project to introduce cutting-edge urban agriculture to Gaza City,…

Switzerland freezes more assets of Syrians with connections to Assad

Switzerland on Friday adopted new sanctions against Syria, falling into line with decisions taken by the European Union, a statement from the economy ministry in Bern said. It also took action against two men suspected of links with Al-Qaeda and the taliban. Switzerland, which is not part of the EU,…

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