Eleven Quebec locations to be renamed to remove raci...
The Quebec Toponomy Commission, a Quebec public body which is responsible for naming places, cataloguing place names, a...

Gilbert Diendéré in 2010. (Image: Jeremiah Erickson, USAF.)Civilian government restored as Burkina Faso coup ends
The week-long coup d'état in Burkina Faso ended on Wednesday with the restoration of interim President Michel Kafando and the civilian government. By Friday the government announced that the presidential guard unit involved in the coup, the Regiment of Presidential Security, would be dissolved. This follows the intercession of regional leaders and the regular...

Cliff Hanger ride, shown arriving at fairgrounds for setup. (Image: Paul Budd.)100th annual East Texas State Fair opens
The 100th annual East Texas State Fair opened in the city of Tyler, Texas yesterday. Equipment for rides and attractions for the fair began arriving at the fairgrounds earlier in the week. Several food vendors and artisans were also setting up their displays as early as Monday. The event is a highly publicised mainstay in the city of Tyler. Several days are ...

 ()Mecca stampede kills hundreds
ss="published">Thursday, September 24, 2015  Saudi Arabia Related articles 24 September 2015: Mecca stampede kills hundreds 16 September 2015: Kuwaiti court sentences seven to death for June mosque bombing 12 September 2015: At least 107 killed in Mecca crane collapse 2 September 2015: Fire kills eleven at oil worker housing in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia 11 Se...

File photo of Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen. Winterkorn resigned as CEO on Wednesday due to a scandal over the company's rigging of emissions tests for its diesel vehicles. (Image: Volkswagen Sweden.)Volkswagen CEO resigns after emissions scandal
Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen AG’s CEO, resigned yesterday after it was discovered the German motor vehicle company has been rigging emissions tests for their diesel vehicles. The company has not announced who his successor will be, but plans to discuss the issue tomorrow. Winterkorn has said that he was "shocked" by the rigging of the emissions tests. "Above...

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US President Barack Obama tweet to student Ahmed Mohamed)Texas student Ahmed Mohamed inspires social movement
Mohamed brought the digital clock he made to school on September 14, and a teacher mistakenly thought it resembled a bomb. Police arrested and questioned the student. Images of the boy wearing a NASA T-shirt and handcuffed by the police were quickly posted and reposted online. Hoping that the #istandwithahmed movement translates into a substantive national...

 ()Volkswagen engulfed by diesel emissions scandal
Chief Executive of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn issued on Sunday a public apology and announced an outside inquiry would be carried out, after the company became engulfed in a scandal about diesel emissions tests. Volkswagen logo Over the weekend there were damaging revelations that the car manufacturer has been using illegal software to enable diesel c...

Illustration of ricin's chemical structure. (Image: AzaToth.)London court jails man after Dark Web ricin sting
The powder, which Ali paid for in BitCoin, was actually harmless. Hidden inside a toy car, the package was treated with markers and his face glowed under ultraviolet light, indicating he had handled it. The judge said today there was "real risk" involved. Ali told his trial he had discovered drugs and guns for sale. Computer analysis showed he had looked up r...

Ponta speaks in a file photo from last year. (Image: Social Democratic Party.)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 conflict of interest. He is set to become the nation's first Prime Minister to face trial while in power. His party, the left-wing Social Democrats, support him. Ponta denies the accusations which emerged months ago, and has refused to resign...

Motorcycles and a truck on a dirt road in South Sudan. The country has few paved roads. (Image: JennaCB123.)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 authorities". Charles Kisagna of the local government said at least 100 died. County commissioner Wilson Thomas Yanga in remarks to the BBC put the toll at a minimum of 176. The Red Cross said it had sent two burn kits to local rescuers in Maridi wit...

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...

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