US must play nice with China to put astronauts on Mars

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in International News, News, Science News | No Comments

via New Scientist Securing the survival of humanity is just one of several reasons why NASA should focus on sending people to Mars. The trouble is, the space agency will find it tough to afford the trip. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping review of the value of the US human space flight programme released […]

Hundreds killed in northeast Nigeria attack

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in International News, News | No Comments

via Al Jazeera Boko Haram fighters dressed as soldiers have killed at least 200 civilians in three communities in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses have said. A community leader, who witnessed the killings three days earlier, said on Thursday that residents of the Gwoza local government district in Borno state had pleaded for the military to send soldiers […]

NSA whistleblower Snowden seeks Brazil asylum

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News | No Comments

via Al Jazeera Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower, has said he has requested asylum in Brazil, in an interview with journalists from the country. Appearing on Brazil’s Globo TV channel on Sunday, Snowden said he would not exchange information in return for asylum. “I already sent a petition to the Brazilian government requesting […]

Nigeria: Fifteen military officers said to have been found guilty of helping Boko Haram

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News | No Comments

via Euronews There have been unconfirmed reports that 15 senior Nigerian military officers have been court martialed and found guilty of providing information and ammunition to Boko Haram militants. The news comes as protesters demanding the release of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by rebels in April took to the streets of Abuja just one day after […]

Libya protesters clash over renegade general

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News | No Comments

via Al Jazeera Several people have been injured as opponents and supporters of a renegade ex-general clashed in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Witnesses told Al Jazeera that Friday’s skirmishes in Martyrs’ Square started with verbal insults and protesters throwing water bottles and sticks at each other. After a tense stand-off, gunshots were heard, and protesters started […]

Sexual harassment made a crime in Egypt

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News | No Comments

via Al Jazeera Egypt has criminalised sexual harassment and introduced penalties including prison terms and fines, as the country attempts to control a rise in attacks on women. Adly Mansour, the outgoing president, on Thursday approved a decree to make sexual harassment an offence punishable by up to five years’ jail, or fines of between $400 […]

Syrian Regime: Assad Wins Election By Landslide

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via TPM News DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s parliament speaker says President Bashar Assad has been re-elected by a landslide, capturing 88.7 percent of the vote. Jihad Laham said Wednesday that Assad’s two challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, won 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. The Supreme Constitutional Court says turnout was 73.42 percent. Tuesday’s vote was […]

Egypt's Ex-Army Chief Declared New President

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News | No Comments

via TPM News CAIRO (AP) — The Election Commission says former army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won Egypt’spresidential elections by a landslide victory of 96.9 percent of the vote, with turnout 47.45 percent. Anwar el-Assi, the commission’s president, said el-Sissi received 23.78 million votes, while his sole rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, got 3 percent […]

Russia and Ukraine discuss ceasefire

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News | No Comments

via Al Jazeera The American, Russian and incoming Ukrainian leaders have discussed, in separate meetings in France, a ceasefire and other possible steps to de-escalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, reports said. Russian President Vladimir Putin held brief one-on-one talks on Friday with his US counterpart Barack Obama and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, in a possible diplomatic […]

Israeli PM 'Troubled' By US Decision On Palestinian Gov't

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via TPM News JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister said Wednesday he is “deeply troubled” by the United States’ decision to maintain relations with the new Palestinian unity government, urging Washington to tell the Palestinian president that his alliance with the Hamas militant group is unacceptable. The blunt language used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reflected […]

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