Category: International News

Certain bacteria may trigger premature birth

Certain bacteria may trigger premature birth

New study suggests that specific bacteria are associated with early rupturing of the membranes that causes waters break and premature birth. Researchers say the certain bacteria make the membranes around the baby thinner and develop their tearing risk, according to the study report published in the journal PLOSE ONE. If a mother’s waters break before [&hellip

9 FARC rebels killed in clash with Colombia military

9 FARC rebels killed in clash with Colombia military

At least nine rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been killed in a clash with the country’s military, the army says. The fighting occurred in the northern town of Tame, near the border with Venezuela, an army spokeswoman in Bogota said on Sunday, AFP reported. “At least nine FARC guerrillas were [&hellip

S Sudan army fighting to retake oil town of Malakal

S Sudan army fighting to retake oil town of Malakal

The South Sudanese army says its troops were launching an offensive to regain control of a key oil town from rebels loyal to the country’s former vice-president, Riek Machar. The army said on Sunday the troops were fighting to recapture the northeastern town of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state and one of the [&hellip

SNC says won’t attend Geneva II with Iran invited

SNC says won’t attend Geneva II with Iran invited

The so-called Syrian National Council (SNC) says it will not take part in the upcoming Geneva II conference unless Iran’s invitation, announced earlier by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, is retracted. “The Syrian Coalition announces that they will withdraw their attendance in Geneva 2 unless Ban Ki-moon retracts Iran’s invitation,” Reuters quoted SNC spokesman Louay [&hellip

UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II confab on Syria

UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II confab on Syria

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Islamic Republic of Iran has been invited to the Geneva II conference on the crisis in Syria. On Sunday, the UN chief made the announcement at the UN headquarters in New York. “As I have said repeatedly, I believe strongly that Iran needs to be part of [&hellip

Obama: US won’t apologize for spying

Obama: US won’t apologize for spying

President Barack Obama says the United States will not apologize for the National Security Agency’s controversial spying programs at home and abroad, but promises modest changes. During a major policy speech on Friday, Obama ordered changes to US intelligence-gathering practices, but the changes fall short of the drastic cutbacks demanded by privacy activists. “Now let [&hellip

Mostly foreigners killed in Kabul attack

Mostly foreigners killed in Kabul attack

At least 16 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a popular restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on the La Taverna du Liban restaurant owned by Lebanese national Kamal Hamade, who also lost his life in the offensive. According to Afghan [&hellip

Ex-Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests

Ex-Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests

Close to 400 priests were defrocked in only two years by the former Pope Benedict XVI over claims of child abuse, the Vatican has confirmed. The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase compared to previous years, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press (AP). The file was part of Vatican [&hellip

US states seek firing squad executions

US states seek firing squad executions

Lawmakers in at least two US states say executions can be carried out by firing squads if manufacturers refuse to sell state officials a previously used lethal drug for execution purposes. Following the “agonizing” execution of a man in Ohio on Thursday which was carried out using a combination of drugs never before tried in [&hellip

Blast kills 1, injures 52 in Colombia

Blast kills 1, injures 52 in Colombia

A bomb has exploded in front of the mayor’s office in the western Colombian town of Pradera, killing at least one person and injuring 52 others. The blast took place on Thursday after explosives placed on a parked motorcycle detonated outside Mayor Adolfo Leon Escobar’s office in the city, located in the Department of Valle [&hellip