HindustanTimes Sat,26 Jul 2014


12-hour Gaza ceasefire takes effect between Israel, Palestinian militants

Gaza City
A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after  Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a UN request for a pause in fighting and efforts proceeded to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead.

Jihadists kill 50 Syria troops in ambush: monitor

Jihadists from the Islamic State group killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush on Friday, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.

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Losing Indonesia prez candidate challenges results

Indonesia's losing presidential candidate filed complaints to the Constitutional Court on Friday, alleging that widespread irregularities at the polls damaged his chances of victory in the country that is Southeast Asia's largest economy.

'Told my son the plane won't crash': Mother who lost two children in MH17

Samira Calehr, MH17 crash victim
A grieving mother of two boys who died aboard MH17 recounts her youngest son's eerie premonition before getting on the plane, and the last time she would hug them goodbye.

Pak govt to hand over security of capital to army from Aug 1

Pakistan army
The Pakistan government will hand over security of the capital Islamabad to the army from the beginning of next month, it was announced on Friday.

S Korea police arrest son of sunken ferry owner

Ferry capsizes off South Korea coast
South Korean police arrested Friday the fugitive son of a business tycoon who owned the Sewol ferry which sank in April with the loss of around 300 lives, officials said.

Female circumcision: A cruel practice that numbs women’s sexual pleasure

International Women's Day
This strong belief of the villagers is behind FGM, a cruel and harmful practice that affects more than 125 million girls and women world-wide. Despite being banned by several governments, the practice continues to threaten the safety of women around the world.

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to mainland: govt source

Tony Abbott
Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, a government source told Reuters on Friday, in a setback for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's tough refugee policies.

New archives shine light on history of black Britons

Black Cultural Archives
The first archive dedicated to the culture and experiences of black people in Britain is now open, with the aim of shining a light on a long overlooked history.

Malaysian cyclist reprimanded for Gaza protest

A Malaysian cyclist at the Commonwealth Games who wore gloves with 'Save Gaza' written on them has been reprimanded by his team and warned he will be expelled if he does it again.

Bad weather seen as probable cause of fatal Air Algerie crash

Air Algerie
Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

Hezbollah chief makes rare public appearance for Gaza

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance on Friday to show solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration, an AFP correspondent reported.

Wikipedia blocks 'disruptive' edits from US Congress

The Wikipedia logo
Wikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives ins response to "disruptive" revisions of the online encyclopedia.

Scientists to excavate Wyoming cave with trove of Ice Age fossils

Natural Trap Cave
Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday.
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