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18th Jan 2014

US: Two students get shot at Philadelphia high school

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Two students were shot at a high school Friday in Philadelphia, the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, local media reported. The shooting happened at around 3:20 p.m. local time at the Delaware Valley Charter School. The injured boy and … Continued

18th Jan 2014

US: Obama NSA reform proposals receive mixed reaction in Berlin

Senior political leaders in Berlin have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s NSA speech as an important first step. But many have expressed scepticism that Washington will follow through with broad surveillance reform. President Obama’s proposals to reform US surveillance operations … Continued

15th Jan 2014

US: Two injured in New Mexico school shooting, student suspect arrested

HOUSTON,  (Xinhua): A 12-year-old boy opened fire on two classmates at a middle school in the U.S. state of New Mexico Tuesday, leaving both injured before he dropped the shotgun and was taken into custody, local media reported. Shots rang … Continued

10th Jan 2014

Chilean football club sparks Israeli outrage with pro-Palestinian uniform

A Chilean football club has sparked debate over its new jerseys, in which the number “1” is replaced by an outline of pre-1948 Palestine, angering Israel which demanded the uniform’s removal, local media reported. Club Deportivo Palestino, a first division … Continued

8th Jan 2014

US: Former US defense chief criticizes Obama leadership in Afghan war

    In his new memoir, former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Obama’s leadership during the Afghanistan war. According to Gates, Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy.” A figure who enjoys bipartisan … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Mexico: Mexico prison raid leaves nine dead

    A raid on a Mexican prison has left nine people dead. Authorities have not yet determined the motive behind the attack, which comes amid increased violence in the country’s penitentiary system.  Six unidentified gunmen staged a raid on … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

US: NSA seeking to develop ‘quantum computer’

  The NSA is seeking to build a quantum computer capable of breaking most encryption codes, the Washington Post has reported. Encryption is used to protect sensitive information including banking and emails.  The Washington Post cited documents leaked by former … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

Peru: River flooding leaves 16,000 homeless

LIMA, (Xinhua): Some 16,000 residents of Peru’s southern Andean Cusco region were driven from their homes Wednesday after the Quillabamba River burst its banks following torrential downpours, a local official said. In statements to Peruvian news network Radio Programas del … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Mexico: Bus crash kills 8, injures 23

MEXICO CITY, (Xinhua): At least eight passengers were killed, including a pregnant woman and a toddler, and another 23 were injured in northern Mexico Wednesday, when the bus they were traveling in overturned. The accident occurred at 8:50 a.m. local … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Haiti: 17 Haitians die as boat capsizes in Caribbean

  SANTO DOMINGO, (Xinhua): At least 17 Haitians believed to be undocumented immigrants died Wednesday after their boat capsized off the coast of Turks and Caicos Islands, north of Haiti. “We have recovered the bodies of 17 people,” the islands … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Brazil: 18 killed, 48,000 evacuated due to rains in SE Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): The death toll from heavy rain-caused disasters in Brazil’s southeastern state of Espiritu Santo rose to 18 after authorities confirmed the death of the latest victim, the Regional Civil Defense office said Wednesday. The number of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Brazil: At least 14 people killed in Brazilian bus plunge

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): At least 14 passengers were killed early Sunday morning when a bus fell into a ravine in Sao Lourenco da Serra municipality, the Federal Highway Police said. The bus with 54 passengers on board was en … Continued

19th Dec 2013

US: Obama panel recommends NSA overhaul

    A panel set up by US President Barack Obama to examine the vast surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) has recommended an overhaul. It includes new criteria for surveillance of foreign leaders.  A report on controversial … Continued

18th Dec 2013

US: Two dead, two others injured in hospital shooting

LOS ANGELES, (Xinhua): One gunman and another person were killed in a shooting at a medical center in Reno, Nevada, Tuesday afternoon, said Tom Robinson, deputy chief of the Reno Police Department. Two other people were injured and receiving medical … Continued

18th Dec 2013

India: Arrest of Indian diplomat prompts spat with US

India has reportedly ordered a series of reprisals over claims an Indian diplomat was strip-searched following her arrest in the United States. It has removed all concrete barriers outside the US embassy in New Delhi. The row over the treatment … Continued

17th Dec 2013

Colombian navy searches for 14 people after shipwreck in Caribbean sea

BOGOTA, (Xinhua): Colombia’s navy coastguards began searching for 14 people Monday, who went missing after a shipwreck on the coast of the country’s northwestern Antioqua department, officials said. The shipwreck occurred when a boat, which was sailing from the town … Continued

17th Dec 2013

US academic body votes to boycott Israeli universities

The US-based American Studies Association overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution to sever ties with Israeli universities in solidarity with the pro-Palestinian boycott movement, the group announced on its website Monday. Two-thirds of ASA members who voted, chose to … Continued

16th Dec 2013

US: Five injured in Texas shooting

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): Five people were injured in shooting at a home in the U.S. state of Texas Sunday, local media reported. The shooting took place at a home in northeast Harris County Sunday afternoon, the website of the Houston Chronicle … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Chile: Bachelet returns to presidency with overwhelming win in run-off

Former President Michelle Bachelet has won the run-off election in Chile to make her return to power. She plans to launch ambitious reforms aimed at redressing steep income inequality. With 90 percent of the votes counted after Sunday’s poll, Bachelet … Continued

15th Dec 2013

US keeps quiet on CIA man missing in Iran

  The White House claimed Friday that a US man reportedly working for the CIA when he went missing in Iran six years ago was not a US government employee, but refused to provide more details on the case. Reports … Continued

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