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July 05, 2014

23:06  'Eleven parachutists feared killed in Polish plane crash':  Eleven people were feared dead on Saturday after a plane taking them on a parachute jump crashed in southern Poland shortly after take off, the Polish Medical Air Rescue said. 

One person on the plane survived the crash and was taken to hospital in the city of Czestochowa, 207 kilometers (129 miles) south west of Warsaw. 
21:40  Egypt's Sisi slashes fuel subsidies in risky move:  Egypt has drastically raised fuel prices overnight to tackle a bloated subsidy system, in a potentially unpopular move that might blow back on newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. 

With the economy battered by three years of unrest, successive governments have said the subsidies that allowed Egyptians to buy gasoline at some of the world's cheapest prices must be lifted.
21:35  32 injured in bus fire in China:  Thirty-two people were injured after a bus caught fire in east China today. The fire broke out when the bus was on the Qingchun Road in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, at 5 pm today.
21:13  Muslim Brotherhood leader sentenced to life in prison:  An Egyptian court has sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Badie, and 36 other Islamists to life in prison, and confirmed death sentences for 10 others, most of them on the run.

Badie '" convicted of involvement in deadly protests '" had already received death sentences in two other cases in a crackdown on Islamist opposition after last year's military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi.

Of the 10 defendants condemned to death last month in the same case, whose sentences were confirmed, an Islamic cleric has since been arrested. Another defendant was sentenced to three years.
19:36  Fresh Pak airstrikes kill scores of militants:  Pakistani air force jets today pounded militant hideouts in the restive North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, killing scores of insurgents, mostly Uzbeks, as part of the military offensive against the Taliban.
19:00  Ukraine hoists flag over pro-Russian bastion:  Resurgent government forces today hoisted the Ukrainian flag over pro-Russian rebels' main stronghold after a devastating shelling assault that levelled much of the city but delivered Kiev its biggest success of the campaign. 

The self-proclaimed mayor of Slavyansk confirmed to AFP that insurgents had abandoned the rustbelt city of 120,000. A local resident said by phone that barricades once manned by the camouflage-clad gunmen stood abandoned since the early morning.
18:59  Slain Palestinian teen 'burned alive', post-mortem suggests:  A Palestinian teenager, whose abduction and murder sparked three days of violent protests, was burned alive, according to initial post-mortem findings reported by Palestinian media today. 

Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, was kidnapped from the Shuafat neighbourhood of Arab east Jerusalem on Wednesday and his burnt body was found hours later in a west Jerusalem forest, in an attack Palestinians believe was carried out by Jewish extremists.
18:58  No decision yet on LoP status to Congress:  Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday steered clear of the issue of grant of Leader of Opposition status in the House to the Congress despite the party appearing to raise the pitch for it.

"The meeting of leaders of political parties was convened to discuss the business of the House,' was the refrain of the Speaker after the luncheon meeting to repeated questions on what was her decision on the issue.

The Speaker had earlier said she will take a decision on the issue before the budget session after consulting constitutional experts and "experienced' persons.
17:58  'Palestinian teenager killed in Jerusalem died from being hit on head':  CNN reports:

A Palestinian teenager who was abducted and killed in Jerusalem this week died from being burned alive and hit with a blunt object to the head, according to Palestinian General Prosecutor Mohammed al-Auwewy, sourcing the medical autopsy. 

The official said the autopsy discovered traces of smoke inside the lungs of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khedair, meaning that it was inhaled during the burning.
17:51  Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul:  A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said today. 

The tankers were set ablaze as they sat in a parking lot waiting to enter the Afghan capital, which is currently gripped by a fraud dispute over presidential elections last month.
17:49  Now Mira Nair's bags go missing on flight:  After Indian classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's sarod went missing on a British Airways flight, it is now filmmaker Mira Nair's bags that have gone untraceable in its flight. 

The 56-year-old 'Salaam Bombay' director said that her bags have been missing for the last eight days and the airline is yet to respond to her complaint.
17:48  'Snake' found in mid-day meal, 54 children take ill:   A total of 54 students of a government middle school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district fell ill today after eating mid-day meal in which a 'snake' was found. Sursand block development officer Vinod Kumar said the children Meghpur Middle School at Sursand developed symptoms of nausea and fell unconsciousness after eating the meal.

They were rushed to a nearby pubic heath centre, given medicines and kept under observation. None of them were in critical condition, he said. "We have seized the khichdi that was given to the students. A long, black object was found in it and we suspect that it could be a snake that got cooked with the meal. We will send the samples for tests," said Kumar.

Sursand Inspector Bimar Kumar Singh said the school students ate the meal and then noticed the snake-like object in the large utensil in which it was cooked.

They then reported feeling sick and began vomiting soon after. A year ago 23 children of a primary school at Dharmasati Gandaman village in Bihar's Saran district had died after eating a mid-day meal laced with pesticides.
17:48  UK Foreign minister on two-day visit from Monday:  In its first engagement with the new government here, UK's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague will embark on a two-day visit to India from Monday to hold talks with top leadership on key areas including trade and defence. 

Hague will come along with UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and some more senior ministers from British government.
14:02  Curfew imposed in MP town after clash:  Curfew was last night imposed in this town in Madhya Pradesh after a clash between members of two communities which left seven persons injured, three of them with gunshot wounds, and saw a number of shops and vehicles being torched, the police said today.

The police lathi-charged the rioters and lobbed teargas shells before being forced to fire in the air as the situation got out of control, Additional Superintendent of Police, Mukesh Vaishya, told reporters.

So far, 33 persons have been arrested for the violence which left seven persons injured. Three of those suffered bullet injuries but it was not clear whether they were wounded in firing by the clashing mob or in police firing, he added.

The clash took place after two youths from separate communities got into a heated argument over a seat on a Raisen -bound bus. After the bus reached the town, which is situated about 50km away from state capital Bhopal, the two youths called their respective supporters and the matter then soon got out of control
13:02  Rs 100-cr defamation suit against Jiah Khan's mother:  Actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, whose son Suraj is facing charges of abetting the suicide of actress Jiah Khan, have filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit in the Bombay high court against Rabia Khan, the mother of the deceased.

Two days back, the high court, hearing Rabia's plea, had transferred the probe from Mumbai police to the CBI, asking the agency to find out whether it was a case of suicide or homicide. The suit, filed by the Pancholis, was heard by Justice S C Gupte who yesterday asked the plaintiffs to serve a notice on Rabia and posted the matter for further hearing on July 9.

"So far, we have not got any notice but we know that the suit has been filed and would be heard on Wednesday (July 9)," said Rabia's lawyer Dinesh Tiwari.
12:32  Indian nurses back in Kochi:   According to media reports, the special Air India flight carrying Indian nurses who were freed by Sunni militant group ISIS yesterday evening has landed in Kochi.
12:04  The flight will then carry on to Hyderabad, where around 70 passengers will disembark.
11:46  A visibly relieved Chandy expressed his gratitude for the Centre, especially External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, for bringing the matter to a happy conclusion.

"The Centre has acted in complete understanding of the deep anxieties of Kerala. The ministry of external affairs and the Indian embassy in Iraq have made sincere efforts in securing the release of the nurses," Chandy told media persons.

Even his political rivals at home admitted that persistent efforts by Chandy, who had camped in Delhi for the last two days, saw the Centre making all out efforts to secure the return from Iraq of the 46 nurses, one of whom hails from Tamil Nadu.
11:39  Chandy to receive nurses in Kochi:  Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is at the Kochi airport to receive
the 46 Indian nurses who are on their way there from Mumbai.  The flight, which took off from Erbil in Iraq, had made a 'technical halt' in Mumbai for refuelling and catering supplies this Morning

"I am relieved. Not only me, but everyone in Kerala," Chandy said.

The nurses were freed by Sunni militant group ISIS yesterday evening.The aircraft was initially denied permission to land. This could be due to an 'information deficit' or because of security concerns in the troubled region, said sources.
10:52  Special aircraft with 46 Indian nurses takes off for Kochi:   The special Air India flight carrying 46 Indian nurses and 137 others has taken off from Mumabi for Kochi.

The flight had made a 'technical halt' in Mumbai for refuelling and catering supplies.

The nurses were freed by Sunni militant group ISIS yesterday evening.The aircraft was initially denied permission to land. This could be due to an 'information deficit' or because of security concerns in the troubled region, said sources.
10:33   1 militant killed, jawan injured in encounter in Kashmir:  Mukhtar Ahmad reports: One militant was killed and an army trooper wounded in an ongoing encounter in south Kashmir Tral area of Pulwama district this morning.

More details are awaited.
09:49  Besides the nurses, the plane is also carrying 137 other Indian nationals, including 70 from Kirkuk in the northern part of Iraq.

An Air India spokesperson in Kochi said there are 183 passengers, including 23 crew members and three government officials, including a joint-secretary level IFS officer and an IAS woman officer from Kerala on board the flight.

According to information provided by Air India from Erbil, forty-six nurses will get down at Kochi and around 100 other passengers are bound for Hyderabad.
09:45  The flight carrying 183 Indian nationals from Erbil landed in Mumbai at 8:43 AM. The flight has made a 'technical halt' in Mumbai for refuelling and catering supplies.

The flight would leave for Kochi at 9:55 am and reach the city at 11:55 am, Air India officials said. The flight would then leave for Hyderabad at 12:55 pm and arrive in the city at s:25 pm.

The flight's last destination would be Delhi where it would arrive at 5:40 pm, the officials said.
02:54  US seen as biggest oil producer after overtaking Saudi Arabia:  
The US will remain the world's biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nations economic recovery, Bank of America Corp said.

US production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report today. 

The country became the world's largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the US was the biggest producer of oil and natural gas liquids.

"The US increase in supply is a very meaningful chunk of oil," Francisco Blanch, the bank's head of commodities research, said by phone from New York. "The shale boom is playing a key role in the US recovery. If the US didn't have this energy supply, prices at the pump would be completely unaffordable."

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02:50  India bans foie gras:  
India has banned the import of foie gras, a government notice said, after animal rights activists complained that the method used to produce the duck liver delicacy was cruel.

"Import policy of the item 'foie gras'... is revised from 'free' to 'prohibited'," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in the notice on its website.

An Indian government official could not immediately say Friday how much of the gourmet food the country imported.

But animal rights groups said the delicacy was being increasingly promoted by upscale restaurants in the country.

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02:42  Would you go on a blind date with ISIS?:  
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says it nabbed a would-be jihadist teenage girl trying to join her ISIS boyfriend in Syria. 

Another case of the crazy things we do for love? Maybe not. 

Women in terror groups arent the helpless, hopeless romantics the media makes them out to be. 

Often, jihad-watchers tell The Daily Beast, its the radical women dragging their reluctant male partners into the fight.

The FBI arrested a 19 year-old woman back in April for attempting to attempting to join the notorious group Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham. 

According to a criminal complaint (PDF), the FBI arrested Shannon Maureen Conley at Denver International Airport as she was allegedly en route to meet a 32 year-old Tunisian man fighting for ISIS. The two had met online.

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02:32  Immigration in America's DNA: Obama:  
President Barack Obama today called America's legacy as a country of immigrants part of the nation's "DNA," as members of the military community were sworn in as citizens at the White House.

At a Fourth of July event marking the 238th anniversary of American independence, Obama praised the newly minted citizens -- some two dozen active duty military, their spouses, veterans, and reservists -- who "remind us that America is and always has been a nation of immigrants."

The president's remarks came with the country embroiled in a tense debate over how to stanch an influx of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America, among them thousands of minors, who have flooded across the border into the US in recent months. 

"Throughout our history, immigrants have come to our shores in wave after wave, from every corner of the globe. Every one of us -- unless we're Native American -- has an ancestor who was born somewhere else," Obama said. 

"That's what makes America special. That's what makes us strong. The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life, it is in our DNA," the president said.
02:30  Bosnia floods unearth war graves:  
The remains of 24 people, believed to be Muslims killed during Bosnia's 1990s war, were exhumed from several graves unearthed by May's devastating floods, an official said today. 

Floodwaters removed a three-metre layer of ground exposing several small graves on the left bank of the Bosna river in southern Bosnia, Lejla Cengic, spokeswoman for the Institute for Missing People, told AFP. 

During a month-long operation to exhume bodies uncovered by flooding, the remains of 24 people were found in the area between the towns of Maglaj and Doboj, some of the hardest hit by flooding, she said. 

"Most of the victims had their hands tied around their backs, while several were killed by a bullet fired at a close range to the neck," Cengic added. 

The remains are thought to belong to Muslim men from the village of Jablanica, near Maglaj, killed by Serb forces in June 1992, at the start of the war. 
00:15  American Apparel sorry for using Challenger disaster photo:  
American Apparel issued a public apology Thursday after the company posted a stylized picture to its Tumblr page of the space shuttle Challenger disaster thinking it was fireworks.

The company was immediately hammered with negative feedback.

In its apology, the company said it was an honest mistake by the social media manager, who was born after the 1986 explosion that killed all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

We sincerely regret the insensitivity of that selection and the post has been deleted, the company said.

American Apparel has been the focus of media attention in recent weeks after the board voted to replace Dov Charney as chairman and announced its intention to remove him as president and chief executive for cause, according to the company. 

Charney has been dogged by lawsuits and allegations of misconduct for years.
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