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33 Egypt migrant shipwreck survivors plucked from sea

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Fishermen rescued 33 Egyptian would-be migrants after their boat sunk in the Mediterranean sea near the maritime border with Libya, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Seven passengers remain missing following Saturday night's disaster, a statement said. "Libyan authorities informed Egypt's consul general in Benghazi that 33 Egyptians survived the shipwreck and that seven others are still missing," the statement said, adding that fishermen had rescued the survivors. The ministry denied initial reports suggesting that three bodies had been plucked out of...
Published On: 2012-08-28

4 killed‚ police chief injured in Afghan truck blast

KANDAHAR: A "massive" suicide truck bombing in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar killed four civilians and wounded the provincial police chief overnight, authorities said Tuesday. The bombing targeted General Abdul Raziq, the Kandahar provincial police chief, who has a strong anti-Taliban background. Raziq survived the bombing with "minor" injuries to his face, arms and a leg. "His injuries are not serious and he will soon be discharged from the hospital," a statement from the provincial governor's office said. "He suffers from burns on his face, arm...
Published On: 2012-08-28

U.S. troops punished over Koran burning‚ urination video

WASHINGTON: The U.S. military said on Monday it was disciplining U.S. troops over two incidents that provoked outrage in Afghanistan early this year, one involving a video depicting Marines urinating on corpses and another over burned copies of the Koran. The administrative punishments -- which could include things like reduce rank or forfeiture of pay -- fell short of criminal prosecution, and it was unclear whether they would satisfy Afghan demands for justice. Afghan President Hamid Karzai earlier this year branded the Marine's actions in the video as "inhuman," and he initially...
Published On: 2012-08-28

2 Chinese ships hit by typhoon; 5 dead‚ 10 missing

SEOUL: A powerful typhoon pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain Tuesday as it churned up rough seas that smashed two fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors. Rescuers saved 12 fishermen and were still searching for 10 missing from the Chinese ships that hit rocks off South Korea's southern Jeju island. Separately, at least three other people died as Typhoon Bolaven knocked out power to 200,000 South Korean households, canceled flights and temporarily halted joint war games by U.S. and So...
Published On: 2012-08-28

Four dead‚ 12 missing as typhoon pounds S. Korea

SEOUL: Four Chinese crew members were confirmed drowned and 12 were missing after a strong typhoon battering South Korea pushed their ships onto the rocks Tuesday. Officials issued an alert for almost the entire country as Bolaven -- the strongest typhoon for almost a decade to hit the country -- swept towards flood-affected North Korea. Scores of flights were grounded, ferry services were suspended and schools in Seoul and several other areas were shut Tuesday, while almost 200,000 homes lost power. No deaths were immediately reported, apart from at the shipwreck on the southern island of ...
Published On: 2012-08-28

Militants behead 17 villagers in Afghanistan

KABUL: Insurgents beheaded 17 civilians in a Taliban-controlled area of southern Afghanistan, apparently because they attended a dance party that flouted the extreme brand of Islam embraced by the militants, officials said today. The killings, in a district where US Marines have battled the Taliban for years, were a reminder of how much power the insurgent group still wields in the south — particularly as international forces draw down and hand areas over to Afghan forces. The victims were part of a large group that had gathered late Sunday in Helmand province’s Musa Qala district...
Published On: 2012-08-27

Court order to Pak PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top court has given the country’s prime minister three more weeks to decide whether to obey its order to reopen an old corruption case against the president. Monday’s decision was seen as a rare conciliatory gesture by the supreme court towards the government after months of conflict over the issue. Many expected the judges to announce on Monday that they would charge the current PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, with contempt for also refusing to write the letter. But they agreed to adjourn the case until September 18. China crash kills nine BEIJING: A comm...
Published On: 2012-08-27

Syrian chopper downed in Damascus clashes

BEIRUT: A Syrian military helicopter caught fire and crashed today after it was apparently hit during fighting between government forces and rebels in the capital Damascus, an activist group said. State-run media confirmed the crash in Damascus but gave no details. A video posted on the Internet showed the chopper engulfed in flames shortly before it hit the ground. The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified. The official Syrian News Agency, SANA, also reported that authorities on Monday released a total of 378 people detained for their participation in street protes...
Published On: 2012-08-27

Under fire over coal‚ India PM defends govt

NEW DELHI: After being shouted down by opposition politicians in Parliament, India’s prime minister took to Twitter today to defend himself against a coal scandal roiling the country, saying accusations his government lost huge amounts of money were baseless. Parliament has been all but paralysed since the national auditor released a report two weeks ago saying the sale of coal blocks without competitive bidding was expected to net private companies windfall profits of up to $34 billion. The main opposition has demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation. Singh stood up...
Published On: 2012-08-27

Indonesia Muslim mob kills 2‚ burns houses

SAMPANG: A mob attack on Shiites in Indonesia saw two men killed with sickles and dozens of homes torched, police and a human rights group said Monday, in the latest sign of rising intolerance in the world's largest Muslim country. Around 500 villagers, mostly Sunnis and many armed with machetes, attacked a group of Shiite students in the town of Sampang in East Java province Sunday, Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace researcher Ismail Hasani told AFP. "Our sources on the ground said it was an attack by Sunnis on Shiites. There were similar incidents before," he said. "...
Published On: 2012-08-27