3rd May 2013

US: Egyptian activist faces pro-Israel backlash after award nomination

Al-Akhbar: The nomination of an Egyptian activist to receive a human rights award has led to uproar by pro-Israeli media over her comments supporting resistance against Israeli occupation. The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, also known as “the … Continued

2nd May 2013

US: Three suspects charged for obstructing justice in Boston bombing case

Three additional suspects have been taken into custody in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings and have been charged with obstructing justice. The April 15 attack killed three and injured more than 200. According to documents filed in a … Continued

2nd May 2013

US: UN calls Guantanamo force-feeding “torture”

Force-feeding hunger strikers is a breach of international law, the UN’s human rights office said Wednesday, as US authorities tried to stem a protest by inmates at the controversial Guantanamo Bay jail. The statement came a day after US President … Continued

30th Apr 2013

US: Arab countries concede Palestinian land for peace

After meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Arab states appear to have softened conditions for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A land swap could now form part of any deal. Speaking on behalf of an Arab League delegation, Sheikh Hamad bin … Continued

28th Apr 2013

Mexico: 13 killed, dozens injured in Mexico prison riot

MEXICO CITY, (Xinhua):  Thirteen inmates were killed and 65 others injured in a prison riot Saturday in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, local authorities said.   A clash erupted when a group of inmates, fed up with … Continued

28th Apr 2013

US: FBI charges new suspect in ricin letter investigation

A 41-year-old Mississippi man has been charged with sending ricin-poisoned letters to US officials, including President Barack Obama. Investigators are probing whether he had links to an original suspect in the case. The suspect, Everett Dutschke, was arrested early Saturday … Continued

27th Apr 2013

US: Part of 9/11 plane’s landing gear found in NYC

NEW YORK, (Xinhua): A piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has been discovered wedged between two lower Manhattan buildings, police said Friday. … Continued

25th Apr 2013

US: Number of hunger strikers in Guantanamo at 92

  A US military spokesman said the number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay has been raised to 92 based on evaluations by medical personnel at the American base in Cuba.   The new figure is up by … Continued

24th Apr 2013

US: Two killed, one injured in Louisiana shooting

HOUSTON,  (Xinhua): Two men were killed and a children injured Tuesday in a shooting in the U.S. state of Louisiana, officials said.   The shooting happened in New Orleans, Louisiana, according to local TV channel FOX8.   Police received a … Continued

24th Apr 2013

US: Authorities drop charges against ricin suspect

The US federal government has dropped charges against a man suspected of sending ricin-laced letters to several officials, including President Obama. “New information” convinced investigators to follow other leads. The Mississippi resident, Paul Kevin Curtis, was acquitted of charges on … Continued

24th Apr 2013

Canada terror accused appear in court

Two men charged over an al Qaeda plot in Canada to derail a passenger train have appeared in court. One of the suspects has labeled the allegations unfair, saying they were made on appearances. Thirty-five-year-old Raed Jaser, and his suspected … Continued

23rd Apr 2013

US: Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged by federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON,  (Xinhua):  US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged by federal prosecutors, seven days after the bombings killed three people and injured over 200.   According to the statement by … Continued

23rd Apr 2013

Canada thwarts alleged al Qa’ida terrorist plot

Canadian authorities have said they arrested terror suspects planning an attack on a commuter train. The arrests are unrelated to the Boston Marathon bombings. Monday’s press conference, held by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Toronto, revealed that an … Continued

21st Apr 2013

US: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘serious but stable’

The moment of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arrest aftera   dramatic shootout with police. Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has remained in serious condition in hospital and is currently unable to communicate, officials say. When able, a top US interrogation group will question … Continued

19th Apr 2013

On Instagram, Chechnya’s president criticizes America’s handling of the Boston manhunt

By Gideon Lichfield@glichfield1 hour ago Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the republic of Chechnya in southern Russia, has issued a statement on Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service where he frequently posts casual photos of himself and has over 116,000 followers. … Continued

19th Apr 2013

US: One suspect in custody, another remains on the loose

Closeups of the two suspects in Bosotn marathon bombings (FBI)   By Wesley Lowery, Akilah Johnson, Eric Moskowitz and Lisa Wangsness WATERTOWN, (Boston Globe): One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has been captured, according to an official with knowledge … Continued

19th Apr 2013

US: California State University LA evacuated due to bomb threat

LOS ANGELES, (Xinhua): The campus of California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) was evacuated Thursday due to a bomb threat.   CSULA spokesman Paul Browning said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the Police Department in the nearby city … Continued

19th Apr 2013

US: Police officer at MIT shot dead

Police have converged on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after the fatal shooting of a police officer. It is unclear whether the incident is linked to Monday’s bombing in Boston. An MIT police officer, whose name … Continued

US: FBI releases photos, video of Boston bomb suspects
18th Apr 2013

US: FBI releases photos, video of Boston bomb suspects

By Matt Smith and Thom Patterson, CNN (CNN): The FBI on Thursday released photos and video of two men it called suspects in the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon and pleaded for public help in identifying them. The two … Continued

18th Apr 2013

US: Five to 15 people killed in Texas fertilizer plant blast

WEST Texas,  (Xinhua): Between five and 15 people were killed and more than 160 were hurt in a fertilizer factory blast in the U.S. state of Texas on Wednesday, local police said Thursday. The explosion happened around 7:50 p.m. local … Continued


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