BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, Wednesday blamed Israel for the death of one of its founders and senior commanders, who has been shot dead outside his home in Beirut, warning the Jewish state of consequences. Hassan al-Laqqis, who is said to have fought in Syria's civil war, was shot in the head from close range by a silenced gun as he arrived home at around ...
OTTAWA The Canadian Forces is investigating the fourth suicide of one of its members within a week, while a fifth soldier attempted to take his life. Defence officials told media that three of as many as four Canadian Forces members who took their own lives in recent days had served in Afghanistan.Senator Romeo Dallaire, a retired general, blamed a recent traffic accident on stress over the ...
BEIJING - US Vice-President Joe Biden has begun a two-day trip to China by encouraging Chinese students to challenge their government, teachers and religious leaders. Biden visited the U.S. embassy, where he surprised Chinese citizens waiting to get visitor visas processed in the embassy's consular section. He told a group applying for visas to the US that "innovation can only occur where ...
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis Wednesday urged people to pray for the safe return of a group of 12 nuns who have been abducted from a Syrian convent allegedly by rebels. "I invite everyone to pray for the sisters of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Santa Takla in Maaloula, Syria, who were taken by force by armed men two days ago," Francis said while making the appeal at the end of his general ...
BOSTON, Massachusetts - The Kenyan-born uncle of President Barack Obama has been allowed to stay put in the United States more than two decades after he ignored deportation order. Federal immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro ruled Tuesday that Onyango "Omar" Obama is allowed to stay in the country he's called home since 1963 and the "land of opportunities". The judge thus spared deportation ...
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The artistic bankruptcy of mining old television shows for big-budget movies is so firmly entrenched at this point that one of the best jokes in 21 Jump Streetyes, another movie mined from an old television showdirectly references it. Were reviving a cancelled undercover polic ... ...
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On Tuesday afternoon Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stepped in front of the cameras and reflected on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's reporting of the Indonesian phone tapping revelations. "I think the ABC were guilty of poor judgment in broadcasting that material which was obviously difficult for Australia's national security and long-term best interests," he said. It was ...
Chances are dim that elections will be held in Yemen next February. Yet without elections, the push for reforms and change that were inspired by the Yemeni revolution would become devoid of any real value. Yemenis might find themselves back on the street, repeating the original demands that echoed in the country's many impoverished cities, streets and at every corner. It is not easy to ...
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has denied of naming the three former cricketers, who are being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over alleged corruption charges. The ICC's anti-corruption unit has been working closely with domestic anti-corruption units of member boards around the world to investigate match fixing over the past few months, Stuff.co.nz reports. NZC boss David ...
German international Lewis Holtby's late strike has given the Spurs a tight 2-1 victory over Fulham in the English Premier League at Craven Cottage. Two late goals, first from Vlad Chiriches and then by Holtby ended Tottenham's four match winless run, and eased the pressure on under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas, Sport24 reports. The result has left Fulham in the 18th place, three points ...
Brazil is reportedly planning to set up special 'World Cup courts' to tackle the country's high crime rates and gear up for the possible return of mass demonstrations prior to the tournament in 2014. This summer, the Confederations Cup was marred by mass demonstrations and rallies, which brought more than a million people on to the streets. The host nation has said that it will establish ...
Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has reportedly warned that England fans may expect being held at knife-points or raped on the streets during the World Cup 2014. Rebelo's warnings about such attacks came as the English fans are waiting for tomorrow's Finals draw before confirming their travel plans. The minister said that as a country they want to be scrutinised and are sure that it will ...
An upcoming documentary on the 16-December fatal gang-rape case titled 'The Fearless One' is being presented under CNN's series 'World Untold Stories'. The documentary is an in-depth report which explores the tragic event that has been a watershed moment for India and led to a mass awakening, and recounts the victim's courageous struggle for life before succumbing to injuries that her attendant ...
Legendary comic book writer Stan Lee has caused a storm in the comic book world by creating a new Indian superhero Chakra. The story revolves around Raju Rai, a 14-year-old tech whizz in Mumbai, who gets his powers from a special suit created for him by his scientist mentor. The suit activates the centres of life force in his body known as chakras in Hinduism allowing him to fight crime, ...
Indian men have beaten Spain 55-27 in the Kabaddi World Cup while the women's team got over Kenya in an easy 56-21 victory. The men's team has their next match with Kenya on December 5 while the women's team would take on United States on December 7. While the men's section has twelve nations participating in, the women's section has eight teams in the draw. The event was inaugurated by ...
Ajman's tourism development department has set a new Guinness World Record by creating the largest greeting card mosaic to mark UAE's 42nd National Day. According to Gulf News, the 121-square metre mosaic is made up of 5,500 postcards and spells out the slogan "Union Spirit". Four thousand volunteers took part in the event that was overseen by officials from Guinness World Records. Samer ...
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On Wednesday Ireland's first national Missing Persons Day was inaugurated at Farmleigh House in Dublin.
Each year around 4,000 people are reported missing in Ireland. Missing Persons Day will take place each year on the first Wednesday in December.
The ceremony at Farmleigh saw musicians mark the national day, with soprano Celine Byrne performing "A Candle For You" by Marie Dunne, and young singer-songwriter Olivia Burke performing her song "Missing".
The Garda Band and the Penston Vocal Academy, an Arklow-based youth choir, also performed.
Dermot Browne, Chairperson of Missing In Ireland Support Services, and Helen Grealis of Search for the Missing, spoke at the ceremony.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the gathering he wanted to see a similar concept extended into Europe.
"It is important at a national level that we do not forget those who are missing and that we do not ignore the devastating impact of such a traumatic event on immediate and extended family and friendsI have proposed to my EU Justice and Home Affairs ministerial colleagues that consideration be give to developing a 'European Missing Persons Day,'" Shatter told the gathering. "It would also promote additional collaboration between Member States, in particular in the vital exchange of good practice and experience in this area and increase the possibility of reconnecting with individuals who, without explanation, chose to reside elsewhere in the European Union without forewarning to family and friends. ...
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