HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014


Pak anti-govt protests continue amidst deadlock

Pakistan march
The anti-government protests in Pakistan entered the ninth day on Friday amidst serious differences between the negotiators and the protest leaders, who are demanding nothing less than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as a pre-condition for talks.

Iran denies report linking Iraq cooperation to nuclear talks

Bushehr nuclear power station
Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme.

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Russian aid trucks move in, Ukraine cries invasion

Crimea, Ukraine, Army
Ukraine on Friday accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks.

Kurds launch attack to retake Jalawla from IS

Islamic State militants
Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces on Friday launched an operation to retake the flashpoint town of Jalawla from Islamic State jihadist fighters, Kurdish officials said. The battle to reclaim the town on August 11 already left several dead on both sides.

Malaysia falls silent in honour of returning MH17 dead

Malaysian Airliner, MH17, Kuala Lumpur
Black-clad Malaysians observed a minute of silence and a nationwide day of mourning on Friday as the first remains of the country's 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster returned home.

At least 33 dead, more than 40 injured in Egypt bus crash

At least 33 people died and dozens were injured when two buses collided before dawn on Friday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the state news agency and security sources reported.

Death toll could double to over 80 in Japan landslide

Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seriously injures firefighters in US

Ice Bucket 2
Local media said that two firefighters were moving the apparatus after the Ice Bucket Challenge when a power arc occurred near the power lines, striking and seriously injuring them.

Monkey doesn't own his selfie: US regulator over Wikipedia row

Monkey selfie
A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has become a tug of war between Wikipedia and the photographer who claims he is the owner of the selfie.

Japan landslide death toll feared to double

The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse halted the search for 51 people still missing.

'Israel air strikes kill 4 Palestinians in Gaza'

Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Friday, two in Deir al-Balah and two in Nusseirat, an emergency services spokesman said.

US: Troops exit, orderly protests unfold in Missouri

Protests in Ferguson
Protests unfolded peacefully Thursday in a Missouri town, and National Guard troops withdrew, 12 days after the fatal police shooting of a black teenager that led to racially-charged unrest.

Violence against Iraqis worst in this century: UN

Iraqi children
The violence against children, women and minority communities in Iraq in the past few weeks is one of the worst seen in this century, a UN spokesperson said on Thursday, citing information from Unicef.

US judge rules against Florida gay marriage ban

Indian Judiciary
A US federal judge struck down a Florida ban on gay marriage Thursday, but stayed the ruling pending further appeals.
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