Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bangladesh sentences Islamic party leader to death

By Associated Press, DHAKA A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Thursday sentenced a leader of an Islamic political party to death for crimes during the nation’s 1971 war for independence, a politically charged decision that sparked violent protests that left at least 12 people dead across the nation. Delwar Hossain Sayedee, one of the top

China claims most cyber-attacks on its military websites have US origin

Beijing says defence ministry and another site subjected to 1.7m attacks last year, two-thirds of which came from within America By Reuters in Beijing Two Chinese military websites were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, almost two-thirds of which came from the US, China’s defence ministry has said. Earlier this month

Rockets fired at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

Helmand province base comes under attack, but Ministry of Defence says no casualties reported by Press Association in Helmand Insurgents have launched a rocket attack on the main coalition military base in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The heavily fortified Camp Bastion, which accommodates up to 4,000 UK, American, Danish and Estonian troops, was targeted at about

Syria humanitarian crisis worsening day by day, warns Oxfam

UN ‘worst case’ of more than a million Syrian refugees displaced to neighbouring nations could be reached in weeks, says charity By Associated Press in Amman Syria’s humanitarian crisis is spinning out of control as refugee numbers spike and funding to help ease the suffering has yet to materialise, Oxfam has said. Oxfam’s Syria crisis

Egyptian hot air ballooning safety standards criticised

British ballooning industry figure says UK pilots may have been replaced with less experienced local staff By Haroon Siddique UK operators and pilots were the pioneers of the Egyptian hot air ballooning industry about 20 years ago but then were “forced out” about 10 years later as the Egyptians decided to do it themselves, according

Egypt opposition divided over whether to boycott elections

Egypt’s opposition is divided over whether to boycott new parliamentary elections, Amr Moussa, one of its leaders admitted, as it faces a decision that would pitch the country into political and economic chaos. In an interview with Amr Moussa, said that pressure was growing for a boycott to be announced after Tuesday’s meeting of the

Syrian opposition withdraws from talks over ‘shameful’ international silence on Aleppo

The main Syrian opposition grouping has said it turned down invitations to visit Washington and Moscow to protest what it described as the “shameful” international silence over destruction of the ancient city of Aleppo by Syrian missile strikes. A statement late on Friday by the Syrian National Coalition, an umbrella group of opposition political forces,