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Australia halts deportation of U.K. murderer after he spit and cursed at flight crews

Australian officials were Friday considering how to deport a British murderer after he was pulled from two commercial flights after reportedly spitting at crew and screaming abuse after boarding. Keith Herring ripped a telephone from the seat of a plane and urinated in a holding cell as officials attempted to…

Slum surveys giving ‘invisible’ inhabitants a say in urban planning

In 2005, Jeremiah Makori was asleep in his home in Nairobi’s Deep Sea slum when he heard a voice outside. “We went to sleep as usual, and at midnight I heard a strange voice outside, [saying] move out and save your lives,” he said. He rushed outside with his nightclothes…

Myanmar passes new law to attract foreign investors

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s parliament on Friday, September 7 passed an eagerly awaited new law aimed at boosting foreign investment in the former pariah state, which is emerging from decades of military rule, a lawmaker said. The legislation allows foreign companies to own a 50-percent stake in joint ventures with…

Motorcycle bomb attack outside Damascus mosque: state TV

DAMASCUS: A motorcycle bomb exploded as worshippers left a mosque after Friday prayers in northern Damascus, wounding several people, Syrian state television said. “A terrorist attack carried out with a motorcycle loaded with explosives struck the exit of Rukniyeh mosque as worshippers were making their way out,” it said, adding…

Lufthansa grounds half of flights as strike begins

German airline Lufthansa cancelled around half of its scheduled flights Friday as a 24-hour strike by cabin crew got under way, a company spokesman said. Frankfurt airport, Lufthansa’s main hub and Europe’s third-busiest airport, was “most affected” by the stoppages, the spokesman said. But the head of the striking UFO…

Southwest China quakes kill 43: officials

Beijing– At least 43 people were killed and 150 injured when two shallow earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.6 struck southwest China on Friday, officials said. Another 100,000 people were made homeless by the quakes, which struck on the border of Southwestern Yunnan and Guizhou provinces around the middle of…

Toddler survivor unable to help Alps shooting probe

The youngest survivor of the French Alps shooting, four-year-old Zeena al-Hilli, is unable to provide any further help to the investigation into the murder of her parents and grandmother, a prosecutor said Friday. Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud told AFP: “She was questioned again last night, but without giving many more…

Prince Harry in Afghanistan for second tour of duty

Prince Harry is back in Afghanistan to serve as a military helicopter pilot four years after his previous deployment there had to be cut short, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. The 27-year-old, who hit the headlines last month after he was photographed nude during a wild week of…

U.S. strikes Nepal Maoists from terror blacklist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday removed Nepal’s ruling Maoist party, which after a bloody, decade-long insurgency now heads a caretaker government, from its blacklist of terrorist organizations. After almost a decade as a designated global terrorist body, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), or CPN(M), which laid down…

Pope urged to recognise Palestinian state

ROME — The Melkite Greek Catholic Church leader will ask the pope to recognise the Palestinian state when he arrives next week for his first visit to Lebanon, a country riven by religious rivalries, a Catholic website said Thursday. Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the spiritual head of Lebanon’s second largest…

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