HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014


IS closes in on Syria border town as thousands flee

Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

UK hostage’s wife, imams appeal to ISIS for his release

The wife of a British hostage, Alan Henning, has appealed to the ISIS for his release, pointing out that when he was kidnapped in December last in Syria, his purpose there ‘was no more and no less’ than helping those most in need in the country.

Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result.

Britain hires dyslexic spies in anti-terror campaign

Britain's main surveillance agency is employing over 100 afflicted with dyslexia and dyspraxia as spies in the country's fight against terror. While dyslexics find it hard to read, write or interpret words, they often have an extraordinary aptitude for deciphering facts from patterns or events.

Nepal’s former king suffers heart attack, stable

The 67-year-old former royal complained of pain in both his arms on Saturday afternoon but there was no chest pain. His blood reports were normal and an ECG didn’t show anything alarming.

Overwhelmed west Africa escalates Ebola response

West Africa intensified its response to the deadly Ebola epidemic on Sunday, with Sierra Leone uncovering scores of dead bodies during a 72-hour shutdown and Liberia announcing 1,000 hospital beds.

4 killed in bomb blast near Egypt foreign ministry

State television reported that a police officer and a conscript were killed in the blast in the crowded area on the Nile River which houses the foreign ministry and state television headquarters.

Iran prosecutor gives govt 30 days to block social media

Iran's hardline judiciary has given the government one month to block WhatsApp and other popular instant messaging services, as pressure mounts on reformist President Hassan Rouhani to scale back his social and political liberalisation.

Man arrested for charging White House had knife

Omar Gonzalez, the man arrested on Friday after climbing the fence at the White House and making his way into the executive mansion while President Barack Obama was away, was armed with a knife, the US attorney's Office said on Saturday.

British PM targets 'unfairness' left by Scot vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on Sunday that further devolution promised to Scotland could not leave England 'overridden', as initial relief over the Scottish people's decision to reject independence gave way to squabbling over powers.

Scotland fears loss of new powers in referendum hangover

Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future Saturday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment.

Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown

Sierra Leone began the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on Saturday amid criticism that the action was a poorly planned publicity stunt.

Qaeda affiliate executes Lebanese soldier: govt

The soldier 'was killed by terrorist groups who threatened to kill other hero soldiers in captivity', defence minister Samir Moqbel said after meeting security officials.

300 Turkish Kurds cross to Syria to fight jihadists

At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State group trying to seize a strategic border town, a monitor said Saturday.

Kiev, rebels ink deal creating buffer zone

Kiev and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday signed a deal creating a demilitarised zone in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after fresh talks aimed at ending a brutal five-month war.
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