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11:33, 18 December 2014 Thursday
Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution
10:53, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

The greater the exposure to fine particulates emitted by fires, vehicles, and industrial smokestacks the greater the risk, found the study


09:21, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to Cuba breakthrough

The official said that Pope Francis played a key role in the rapprochement between Washington and the last bastion of communism in the Western world


Australian PM urged to go easy on refugees after siege
10:39, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Australian PM urged to go easy on refugees after siege

Immigration has been one of the hottest topics in Australian politics for decades, despite the relatively modest number of asylum seekers who arrive every year.


Kuwait says accepts Iraq request on Gulf war reparations
11:21, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Kuwait says accepts Iraq request on Gulf war reparations

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah was quoted as saying: "The brothers in Iraq have presented the request formally and unilaterally and Kuwait has accepted and responded to this request."

UN draft imposes deadline for Israeli occupation -UPDATED
10:58, 18 December 2014 Thursday

UN draft imposes deadline for Israeli occupation -UPDATED

Jordan submits a Security Council draft resolution sets a November 2016 deadline for Israel to withdraw from territories it has occupied since 1967. An alternative French proposal calling for a resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians within two years is also being discussed.

Over 120 000 pro-Assad fighters killed in Syria conflict
10:34, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters killed in Syria conflict

Syria's conflict began as a peaceful protest movement calling for reforms in 2011 but descended into civil war after a government crackdown. In total, more than 200,000 people have been killed

Geneva Convention calls on Israel to obey international law
10:04, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Geneva Convention calls on Israel to obey international law

10 point declaration was adopted by 126 of the 196 parties to the Convention

Yemeni PM suggests he could resign as Houthis tighten grip
09:52, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Yemeni PM suggests he could resign as Houthis tighten grip

Bahah said he would not countenance bloodshed and could not tolerate "any project other than the constitutional and judicial project to administer the state," Saba reported.

UNSC renews cross-border Syria aid authorization
09:39, 18 December 2014 Thursday

UNSC renews cross-border Syria aid authorization

The unanimously adopted resolution authorizes aid deliveries across Al Yarubiyah on the Iraq border, Al-Ramtha from Jordan and Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa from Turkey


Israeli forces injure Palestinian fire on Gaza fishermen
11:05, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Israeli forces injure Palestinian, fire on Gaza fishermen

Israeli forces stormed Askar refugee camp and fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and teargas to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians

Gazans decry formula for distributing building supplies
10:12, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Gazans decry formula for distributing building supplies

Protesting officials stopped trucks carrying cement from entering the coastal strip via the tripartite crossing.


Egypt's pro-Morsi bloc calls for fresh protests
11:08, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Egypt's pro-Morsi bloc calls for fresh protests

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy called on supporters to "mobilize and prepare for a fresh wave of revolution" on January 25 of next year, four years after mass protests erupted in Egypt against Mubarak's 30-year rule

10:20, 18 December 2014 Thursday

E. African parliament removes speaker

Lawmakers accused Zziwa of misconduct, abuse of power and misuse of parliamentary funds

Nigerian court sentences 54 'mutinous' soldiers to death
10:00, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Nigerian court sentences 54 'mutinous' soldiers to death

The sentence is the second this year alone – both relating to the ongoing military operations in the insurgency-wracked northeastern region.

Nigeria's Buhari picks Christian lawyer as running mate
09:33, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Nigeria's Buhari picks Christian lawyer as running mate

President Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian who will seek re-election in the polls, picked his current vice president Namadi Sambo, a Muslim northerner, to run with him

Sudan warns SSudan against quot hostile moves quot by rebels
09:14, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Sudan warns SSudan against "hostile moves" by rebels

Mohamed Atta named two camps in neighbouring South Sudan's Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and urged Juba to disarm the rebels there.


Nobel prize winner to appear on Colombian currency
10:24, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Nobel prize winner to appear on Colombian currency

Gabriel Garcia Marquez will appear on banknotes and coins.

Cubans joyous and skeptical over improved ties with U S
09:10, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Cubans joyous and skeptical over improved ties with U.S.

Many said they expected a restoration of ties would lead to the end of a U.S. economic embargo against Cuba

Colombia's FARC rebels call conditional ceasefire
09:06, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Colombia's FARC rebels call conditional ceasefire

The group said it was demanding a high profile certification of its ceasefire through either the United Nations, the Red Cross, regional intergovernmental organizations or the Catholic Church.


quot Another Wall falls quot Europe hails U S -Cuba
10:38, 18 December 2014 Thursday

"Another Wall falls": Europe hails U.S.-Cuba breakthrough

"Today another Wall has started to fall," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement. "These moves represent a victory of dialogue over confrontation."

German rights center files complaint against Tenet Rumsfeld
10:29, 18 December 2014 Thursday

German rights center files complaint against Tenet, Rumsfeld

Human rights center wants German Federal Prosecutor to investigate members of Bush administration

EU Parliament probe needed into members' role in CIA torture
10:06, 18 December 2014 Thursday

EU Parliament: probe needed into members' role in CIA torture

Members of European Parliamant want investigation of any help EU member countries gave the CIA in its rendition, torture and secret detention of terrorism suspects

Greek Parliament fails to elect president
09:48, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Greek Parliament fails to elect president

Greek Parliament fails to elect governments’ candidate for presidency, Stavros Dimas

France reduces number of regions to cut costs
09:27, 18 December 2014 Thursday

France reduces number of regions to cut costs

Opinion polls show most French people support the new map, although some regions with distinct identities and diverging cultural traditions fiercely oppose the changes.


Dalai Lama says his role should cease after his death
09:36, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Dalai Lama says his role should cease after his death

He said that the Tibetan people should decide whether to continue the spiritual line, which dates back to the 15th century.


China sets up name and shame anti-corruption web page
11:11, 18 December 2014 Thursday

China sets up name and shame anti-corruption web page

Website urges public to report 'lavish' spending during Chinese New Year


US urges EU not to change stance on Hamas
11:16, 18 December 2014 Thursday

US urges EU not to change stance on Hamas

A top EU court ruled Wednesday to remove Hamas from a list of terror organizations.

Sony cancels release of 'Interview' after theaters bail- UPDATED
09:19, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Sony cancels release of 'Interview' after theaters bail- UPDATED

Sony Pictures said it canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers.

Obama reveals experiences with racism -interview
09:17, 18 December 2014 Thursday

Obama reveals experiences with racism -interview

Obama and his wife Michelle Obama said that before moving into the White House nearly six years ago, they faced prejudice, stereotyping and had trouble catching taxis.

US imposes new sanctions on Syrian regime supporters
09:04, 18 December 2014 Thursday

US imposes new sanctions on Syrian regime supporters

The US Treasury placed sanctions on 11 individuals and entities from in four countries.


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