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Norway on alert over feared ‘terrorist’ attack by extremists from Syria

Norway has taken exceptional security measures after being informed of a possible imminent “terrorist attack” by militants who have fought in Syria, the country’s intelligence chief said Thursday. The move comes as concerns are mounting in Europe about the growing national security threat posed by jihadists returning from war-torn Syria.…

Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago. B’Tselem‘s appeal against the decision was rejected on Wednesday. It intends to petition Israel’s supreme…

48 killed, 10 survivors in Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways plane crash

Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways said Thursday that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy weather. Flight GE222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members on a domestic flight when it crashed on Wednesday at Magong on…

US still considering drone strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq

Washington is still weighing Iraq’s request to launch air strikes against Islamic militants, but is working to boost the Iraqi army as it battles the extremists, a top US diplomat said Wednesday. After spending billions of dollars on building up and training the Iraq military, the United States was shocked…

Ukraine jets downed near MH17 site by ‘missile from Russia’

Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down Wednesday in the rebel-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed were hit by missiles fired from Russian soil, Ukraine’s military said. “According to preliminary information, the rockets were launched from Russian territory,” Kiev’s National Security and Defence Council said in a statement. The…

Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor in re-election dead heat with rivals

Toronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is in a dead heat with two other contenders in the Canadian city’s upcoming municipal election, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The latest survey of voters’s intentions by Forum Poll showed Ford has held onto his core support of 27 percent, despite revelations…

US denies trying to pressure Israel with flight ban

The United States Tuesday denied that a ban on US airliners flying to Tel Aviv and a stark US travel warning were a ploy to push Israel to agree a Gaza truce. “I would wholly disagree with that argument,” deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, when asked if the…

British lawmaker: I would fire rockets at Israel, too

A British MP was criticised Wednesday for tweeting that he would fire rockets at Israel if he lived in the Gaza Strip. “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes,” Liberal Democrat member of parliament David Ward tweeted. Ward has…

Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel in defiance of flight ban

US billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday he was jetting into Tel Aviv to show solidarity with Israel, calling for a US flight ban to be lifted immediately. The move from the former mayor of New York, a city of eight million with the largest Jewish population in the US, puts…

UN rights chief condemns Israel and Hamas: ‘Strong possibility’ international law violated

Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Wednesday while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas. “There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war…

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