Category: International News

5,900 gas leaks found in Washington

5,900 gas leaks found in Washington

Nearly 5,900 leaks from aging natural gas pipelines were found beneath the streets of Washington, researchers from Duke and Boston universities said Thursday. A dozen of the 5,893 leaks found during the survey conducted in January and February 2013 could have posed explosion risks, the researchers said in a report made public Thursday. Some manholes [&hellip

UN warns of genocide in CAR

UN warns of genocide in CAR

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned of genocide in the violence-hit Central African Republic. The violence “has all the elements that we have seen elsewhere in places like Rwanda [and] Bosnia. The elements are there for a genocide, there is no question about that,” John Ging, director of [&hellip

‘Mass executions in Syria, war crimes’

‘Mass executions in Syria, war crimes’

The United Nations human rights office says a “soaring” number of executions in Syria’s north could amount to war crimes. In a statement on Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned militants and armed opposition groups that such executions violate international humanitarian law. Pillay said her office had recently received reports of [&hellip

UK schools investigated for child abuse

UK schools investigated for child abuse

Dozens of private schools in Britain are under investigation over child sex abuse allegations, spanning from the 1950s to the 1990s. Lawyers representing former pupils are demanding up to £400,000 compensation from some 20 of the UK’s fee-paying schools and institutions for the abuse the victims suffered. The schools include Ashdown House in East Sussex [&hellip

Zarif meets Sayyed Nasrallah & top Lebanese officials

Zarif meets Sayyed Nasrallah & top Lebanese officials

From the Martyrs’ graveyard in Beirut, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif started his visit to Lebanon by laying wreath at the tombs of the Resistance Leader Martyr, Imad Moughnieh and the martyrs of the Iranian embassy. He further called Middle East countries to work together to combat the rising phenomenon of terrorism and takfirism. [&hellip

‘Syria plagued by Saudi-backed crisis’

‘Syria plagued by Saudi-backed crisis’

A political commentator says the Al Saud regime has been using its assets to fund nearly three years of bloody violence plaguing the Syrian nation, Press TV reports. Webster Griffin Tarpley, a US-based author and historian, told Press TV on Wednesday that Syria has been grappling with an influx of “foreign fighters, terrorists and adventurists [&hellip

‘Half of Syrians need urgent help’

‘Half of Syrians need urgent help’

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says about half of Syria’s population needs urgent humanitarian help as the situation worsens due to the foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country. “Half of the total population of Syrian people, nearly 9.3 million individuals urgently need humanitarian aid,” Ban told the Syria donors conference in the Persian Gulf [&hellip

ICC judges excuse Kenya vice president

ICC judges excuse Kenya vice president

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have excused Kenyan Vice President William Ruto from major parts of his trial on charges of crimes against humanity. Presiding judge Chile Oboe-Osuji said on Wednesday that based on new rules of procedure agreed in 2013 by the court’s state backers, Ruto could be conditionally excused from attending [&hellip

62 US organizations oppose Iran bill

62 US organizations oppose Iran bill

As an anti-Iran bill is gaining support in the US Senate, more than 60 US organizations have delivered a joint letter to the upper chamber urging senators to oppose the new Iran sanctions legislation. The letter comes just two days after Iran, the United States and other members of the P5+1 agreed to implement the terms [&hellip

South Sudan peace talks hit deadlock

South Sudan peace talks hit deadlock

Talks between South Sudan’s clashing factions have hit a deadlock after the government rejected calls to release political prisoners, Press TV reports. The rebels, led by former vice president and opposition leader Riek Machar, demanded the release of 11 high-profile detainees, but President Salva Kiir had said that the prisoners would be released after going [&hellip