Category: International News

550 Palestinians abducted in West Bank

550 Palestinians abducted in West Bank

​Israeli forces have detained 550 Palestinians, including women and children, in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of 2015. The detainees, who were arrested in the southern city of al-Khalil (Hebron), included seven women and 105 teenagers, Amjad Najjar, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) in al-Khalil, said on Thursday. The Palestinian [&hellip

Ex-Merkel aide defends himself over NSA claims

Ex-Merkel aide defends himself over NSA claims

The former head of Angela Merkel’s chancellery, Ronald Pofalla, has blamed the media for misinterpreting the ongoing NSA affair. Finding no fault in his behavior, he instead voiced concern about Germany’s security. Just before 6:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, Ronald Pofalla addressed the NSA investigative committee in German parliament. He spent an hour defending [&hellip

IMF warns of worsening Greek finances

IMF warns of worsening Greek finances

​The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Greece cannot afford to go it alone. A draft report by the fund criticized Greek coalition leaders Syriza for Greece’s deteriorating prospects. The warnings being issued about Greece late on Thursday arose from an IMF report that showed Greece needed an extra 50 billion euros ($55 billion) [&hellip

BP to pay $18.7bn to US over oil spill

BP to pay $18.7bn to US over oil spill

Five US states and the federal government will receive $18.7 billion in fines from BP over the damage caused by the great spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. BP agreed on Thursday to pay the fines to settle legal actions brought by the US over the fatal Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP [&hellip

Robot crushes German VW worker to death

Robot crushes German VW worker to death

A robot has killed a factory technician at a Volkswagen plant in Germany, the automaker says. The 22-year-old external contractor died of injuries on Monday in a Volkswagen production plant in Baunatal, AFP quoted VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig as saying on Wednesday He “was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot [&hellip

BBC rejects calls to drop ‘Islamic State’

BBC rejects calls to drop ‘Islamic State’

​The BBC has rejected government requests to label the terrorist group operating in Syria and Iraq as ‘Daesh’, it has emerged. The request, written in a letter by MPs including Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond to stop using the term Islamic State was rejected by the director general, Tony Hall, despite being signed by 120 [&hellip

US spied on German ministers: Report

US spied on German ministers: Report

​New WikiLeaks documents show that the United States not only spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel but also on several ministers of the country. Relations between Germany and the United States were strained after US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed extensive US foreign spying. Snowden also revealed that the United States had monitored [&hellip

‘British Schindler’ Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

‘British Schindler’ Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

​Nicholas Winton, who helped rescue more than 650 schoolchildren from being sent to Nazi concentration camps, has died. His Second World War heroism wasn’t revealed until almost half a century later. The death of the 106-year-old was announced via the website of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead on Wednesday, of which Winton was a former [&hellip

Facebook opens first Africa office

Facebook opens first Africa office

Facebook has opened its first African office in Johannesburg as part of its efforts “to help people and businesses connect” on the continent.​ The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, a former executive at the advertising agency Ogilvy. “This office will support the significant growth in businesses and people using Facebook,” said a statement [&hellip

137k crossed Mediterranean in 2015

137k crossed Mediterranean in 2015

​Some 137,000 people have made the death-defying journey across the Mediterranean Sea to land in Europe in the first half of the current year, the United Nations says. “Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres said in Wednesday statement. The number of people [&hellip