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Malaysia plane ‘shot down’ over Ukraine

Malaysia plane ‘shot down’ over Ukraine

A Malaysian passenger airliner has reportedly been ‘shot down’ over Ukraine near the border with Russia, with all the 295 people on board dead. The Boeing plane was en route from the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday when it crashed at an altitude of 10 kilometers above eastern Ukraine. Itar-Tass news agency said [&hellip

UN urges US to stop hounding Snowden

UN urges US to stop hounding Snowden

The United Nations human rights chief has called on the United States to stop hounding surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying the world owes a great deal to him for his revelations. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay made the remarks at a news conference on Wednesday in Geneva after issuing a new hard-hitting [&hellip

Israel attack on Gaza claims more lives

Israel attack on Gaza claims more lives

Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes have pushed deeper into the besieged Gaza Strip, killing more Palestinians. Thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday after days of air and sea-based strikes against Gaza. Israeli tanks have pounded different parts of the blockaded sliver on the 11th day of Tel [&hellip

Gunmen raid Kabul International Airport

Gunmen raid Kabul International Airport

Gunmen have attacked the international airport in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, with no casualties reported as of yet. The militants occupied two buildings, which were under construction, 700 meters north of the airport on Thursday, using them as a base to fire shots with automatic weapons and launch rocket-propelled grenades toward the airport, said Afzal Aman, [&hellip

Nigerian president seeks foreign loan

Nigerian president seeks foreign loan

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has sought parliament’s approval to borrow $1 billion from abroad to help the country’s army fight against the Boko Haram Takfiri militants. There is an “urgent need” to help the armed forces and upgrade their equipment, training and logistics in order to be able to tackle the security threat posed by [&hellip

‘S Sudan conflict may cause famine’

‘S Sudan conflict may cause famine’

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan could soon lead to a famine, the United Nations (UN) humanitarian chief has warned. After a Security Council briefing on South Sudan on Wednesday, Valerie Amos said the intensified bombing and violence in the country may have seriously affected the planting season and “is likely to have an impact [&hellip

Scientists developing natural pacemaker

Scientists developing natural pacemaker

Experimenting on pigs, scientists have injected the animals’ hearts with a gene, which goes on to develop some of heart’s muscles into a natural pacemaker. The trials are being attempted with an eye on the development of biological pacemaker, hoped to eventually supplant electrical pacemakers. The natural entity in the body, which regulates the heart’s [&hellip

Demba Ba to join Besiktas

Demba Ba to join Besiktas

Chelsea striker Demba Ba has confirmed he is on the cusp of joining Turkish giants Besiktas. The Senegal international will become the second forward to leave the club this summer, following the departure of Samuel Eto’o, as Jose Mourinho revamps his striking force. The 29-year-old revealed his excitement at the prospect of the reported £8m [&hellip

Van Gaal set to face media

Van Gaal set to face media

​Louis van Gaal will take his first full training session with the Manchester United players today before facing the media at around 3pm this afternoon. The Dutchman flew into the country on Wednesday and travelled straight to the club’s Carrington training complex to meet members of the squad not still on a post-World Cup break. [&hellip

Aids can be ‘under control by 2030′

Aids can be ‘under control by 2030′

​There is a chance the Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency. It said the number of new HIV infections and deaths from Aids were both falling. However, it called for far more international effort as the “current pace cannot end the epidemic”. [&hellip