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Japan poverty rate hits all-time high

Japan poverty rate hits all-time high

A new report shows that child poverty in Japan is at its highest level in the last three decades as critics rap Tokyo for failing to address the crisis. The child poverty rate increased to over 16 percent in 2012, Japan’s Welfare Ministry said in a report published on Tuesday. The figure marks the worst [&hellip

Putin offers condolences to Netherlands

Putin offers condolences to Netherlands

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to the Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte over the death of Dutch passengers in a Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine. The Boeing airliner, which was carrying 298 people, was en route from the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday when it was reportedly shot down [&hellip

Libya militants agree to launch truce

Libya militants agree to launch truce

Rival militant groups in Libya have reached an agreement to begin observing a truce amid a surge of violence in the North African country. In the capital, Tripoli, clashes between rival militias seeking to gain control over the country’s biggest airport sparked fears of an all-out civil war. The Tripoli International Airport has been under [&hellip

Ferdinand completes move to QPR

Ferdinand completes move to QPR

​Ex-England defender Rio Ferdinand has joined Queens Park Rangers as a free agent after leaving Manchester United. The 35-year-old held talks with manager Harry Redknapp earlier this week following his return from Brazil, where he was as an analyst for BBC Sport. Ferdinand, who previously played under Redknapp at West Ham, has signed a one-year [&hellip

40 injured in train collision in France

40 injured in train collision in France

A high-speed train has crashed into a regular train near the southwest French city of Pau, injuring 40 people, with several of them reported to be in serious condition. The collision took place between a high-speed TGV passenger carrier bound for Paris and a regional TER train near the village of Denguin on the line [&hellip

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