Romanian PM Victor Ponta indicted in fraud case
The move follows a previous charging, which sees Ponta accused of forgery, tax evasion, money laundering, and having a ...
South Sudan fuel tanker explosion kills dozens
The death toll is unclear. At least 85 died according to presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny, citing "local authorit...

A file photo of the mosque. (Image: Abza.)Kuwaiti court sentences seven to death for June mosq...
A court in Kuwait yesterday sentenced fifteen people for involvement in June's bombing of the Imam Sadiq Mosque. Seven were sentenced to death. The suicide attack in Kuwait City killed 26 and injured 227. The trial of seven women and 22 men before Judge Mohammad al-Duaij produced fourteen acquittals. All those sentenced to death were men; prison terms from tw...

Malcolm Turnbull is Prime Minister-designate of Australia. (Image: Eva Rinaldi.)Australian Liberal party change leader, Prime Minist...
The federal party room of the Liberal Party of Australia has voted to change its leader this evening local time (UTC+10). Malcolm Turnbull has been elected over incumbent Prime Minister Tony Abbott 54 votes to 44. "This has been a very important sobering event", Turnbull told the media an hour after the ballot. Turnbull had requested a leadership ballot at ab...

File photo of pilgrims at Mecca's Grand Mosque in 2008. (Image: Al Jazeera English.)At least 107 killed in Mecca crane collapse
A storm yesterday caused a crane to fall into Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing 107 or more and wounding 238, according to Saudi Arabia's Civil Defense Authority. Civil Defense Authority director General Suleiman al-Amr, in remarks to al-Ikhbariya television, said "All those who were wounded and the dead have been taken to hospital. There are no casualties left a...

 ()Typhoon Etau causes more leakage at Fukushima
Friday, September 11, 2015  Radioactive water has been leaking from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant following damage caused by Typhoon Etau. The plant's drainage system has been inundated by a surge of sea water brought in by the typhoon, which reached Japan on Wednesday. A spokesperson for TEPCO, the company that runs the plant, yesterday said they were ...

A US Government Gulstream IV, from file. (Image: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)Investigators blame pilot error for deadly jet crash...
The US federal National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday concluded a "series of errors" by flight crew caused a business jet crash near Boston, Massachusetts last year. Seven were killed when the Gulfstream IV overran a runway. I can't stop it —Pilot de Vries, seconds from impact The NTSB found the pilots failed to conduct preflight che...

Queen Elizabeth on August 10. (Image: Mark Owens/Ministry of Defence.)Elizabeth surpasses Victoria as longest-serving UK s...
Yesterday, Elizabeth II officially surpassed her great-great-grandmother Victoria, to become the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom. Victoria was queen for much of the 18th century, with a grand total of 23,226 days, 16 hours, and 23 minutes. However, the precise moment in time when Elizabeth reached her milestone remains a mystery because it isn't...

President Kagame last year. (Image: Veni Markovski.)Rwandan Supreme Court agrees to hear case on allowin...
The Rwandan Supreme Court today agreed to hear a case opposing a constitutional amendment allowing President Paul Kagame to run for a third term. President Kagame last year. Image: Veni Markovski. The government attorney had asked the court to throw the case, brought by the opposition Democratic Green Party, out. An eight-judge panel rejected that move....

File photo of lightning striking the ground. (Image: Kószó József.)Lightning strikes kill 22 in Andhra Padesh, India
22 people have been killed in the Indian province of Andhra Pradesh and a women's cricket match has been interrupted due to lightning strikes during thunderstorms on Sunday. Most of the casualties were farmers, who worked in their fields despite the thunderstorms. Officials blamed a low pressure system over the Bay of Bengal for causing the heavy thunderstorm...

File photo of waves crashing into the Jejudo coastline during high winds. (Image: Yoo Chung.)South Korean fishing boat flips over, kills several ...
A fishing boat has capsized off of South Korea's southern coast, killing at least ten passengers. At least three people survived the accident. The vessel lost contact with another boat on Saturday, and was found yesterday near the island of Jejudo. The capsized vessel, the 9.8 tonne Dolphin, had 22 people on its passenger list. The actual number of passengers...

File photo of the United States Military Academy, where the pillow fight took place. (Image: USMA Public Affairs Office.)Violent pillow fight injures 30 at United States Mil...
30 cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) have been injured after a pillow fight became violent on August 20, officially confirmed late last week. 24 of the injured cadets suffered concussions. The pillow fight in question was a scheduled event, and freshmen cadets at the USMA participate in the pillow fight every year as a celebr...

File phto of F-15E aircraft flying over Iraq. The Netherlands has agreed to send six fighter jets (not as pictured) to fight ISIS. (Image: US Department of Defense.)Dutch sergeant may have gone to Syria to join ISIS, ...
Jeanie Hennis Plasschaer, Dutch Defence Minister, called the act of leaving one's country to join ISIS "irresponsible" and "punishable". "Every case of radicalisation is one too many. It is disappointing if it appears that someone joins evil while colleagues risk their lives for the freedom of another." The United Nations has imposed sanctions on ISIS under a...

 ()Dedicated domestic violence court opens on Australia...
Queensland, Australia on Tuesday opened a specialist court dedicated to dealing with domestic violence cases. The Southport Court on the Gold Coast is to undergo a six-month trial, after which domestic violence courts may be opened across the rest of the state. The court's motto is "timeliness, access and resolution"; it aims to see domestic violence cases lod...

Alkhobar, from file. (Image: Francisco Anzola.)Fire kills eleven at oil worker housing in Alkhobar,...
A fire in the eastern Saudi city of Alkhobar tore through a housing complex for oil workers yesterday, killing eleven, according to civil officials. Alkhobar, from file. Image: Francisco Anzola. The Radium complex is rented by oil firm Aramco for their employees. According to nearby resident Mohammed Siddique the fire broke out early in the morning. Sid...

 ()Cairo court retrial: Al Jazeera journalists sentence...
ss="published">Sunday, August 30, 2015  Egypt Related articles 30 August 2015: Cairo court retrial: Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years’ jail 16 February 2015: Islamic State execute 21 Coptic Christians held in Libya 27 January 2015: Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68 23 December 2014: Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for additional day 1...

Today's hearing took place at the Palace of Justice in Kecskemet, pictured here from file. (Image: Tothsandor92.)Four men go before Hungarian court after 71 found de...
Four foreign men have today gone before a court in Hungary on suspicion of people smuggling. Their detention relates to Thursday's discovery of a lorry full of corpses in Austria. The death toll was yesterday finalised at 71. Today's hearing took place at the Palace of Justice in Kecskemet, pictured here from file. Image: Tothsandor92. The lorry had bee...

Some of the flags, including Israel's, at the UN's New York headquarters. (Image: Damzow.)Vatican to Palestinians: Remove us from your Draft R...
The draft Palestinian resolution, intended for presentation to the UN General Assembly, refers to the Vatican but reports suggest no approval was sought beforehand. The Vatican stated it would not object to the Palestinian proposal, but asks not to be included in it. A message from the Vatican delegation to several members of the UN, quoted by Reuters, says "...

 ()Gujarat quota protests turn violent
fobox noprint" style="margin-left: 5px; float: right; width: 200px; background: #edf7ff; border: solid #666666 1px; padding: 0px; font-size: x-small; clear:right;"> India Related articles 28 August 2015: Gujarat quota protests turn violent 28 July 2015: Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam dies at age 83 29 June 2015: Dozens dead in Mumbai after consuming...

Salva Kiir in the United States last year. (Image: U.S. Department of State.)South Sudanese President Salva Kiir signs peace deal
Salva Kiir, the President of South Sudan, yesterday signed a deal designed to end a civil ethnic conflict that has killed thousands and displaced over two million. Under the deal Kiir will share power with Riek Machar. Machar was Vice President but Kiir sacked him in 2013. December that year saw the dispute turn to war. Kiir is a Dinka while Machar is a Nuer....

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