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ISRAEL: Hamas leader targeted
The tensions between Israel and Palestine have continued to escalate after the heaviest night of strikes since renewed conflict began three weeks ago. The home of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh was among the locations targeted in last night's attacks, however Mr Haniyeh issued a defiant statement after his home was hit, saying: "My house is not more valuable than the houses of other people. Destroying stones will not break our determination." The aim of the prolonged attack by Israel is allegedly to quash a network of tunnels which allow Hamas to enter Israel at will. In a speech on Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israelis to be prepared for a 'prolonged' military flight which will only cease once he is certain these tunnels are destroyed." " LT
UK: Tougher on EU migrants
Under new plans laid out by the Tory government migrants from within the EU will no longer be able to access benefits for more than three months. Currently EU migrants can claim out of work benefits after 3 months residence in the country and then only for a period of six months. However, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, today announced the claim period would soon be halved to three months, saying, “[We are] saying very clearly: you cannot expect to come to Britain and get something for nothing.” Criticism has come from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, who have labelled the move as, “Essentially a distraction exercise. Once again the Prime Minister is announcing measures to deal with something that isn’t very much of a problem." " LT
Eid al-Fitr 2014: Celebrations amid catastrophes
Muslims around the world are today beginning to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a three-day feast that marks the close of the holy month of Ramadan. The festival sees Muslims break fasting and celebrate with special prayers, family gatherings, presents, feasts and sweets. In the spirit of altruism money is often donated to charities with the festive season also traditionally seen as a time to forgive and reconcile differences with friends and relatives. However, in spite of the celebrations there has been no let-up in fighting in some Islamic nations as conflict continues in the many part of the Muslim world, while women's role in Eid prayer and celebrations often remains confined to the family home. On this day of celebration we wish a Happy Eid to our friends, colleagues and readers and encourage the true spirit of Eid, that of compassion, equality and forgiveness, to resound around the world." " LZ
Ebola Virus: escaped patient dies
The Ebola virus outbreaked in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and have killed hundreads Ebola positive patients. A Sierra Leone woman who fled hospital after testing positive for the Ebola virus has died after turning herself in as her family had forcibly removed her from a public hospital on Thursday. Saudatu Koroma's is the first case of Ebola to be confirmed in the country's capital Freetown, where there are no facilities to treat the virus. About 660 people have died of Ebola in West Africa - the world's deadliest outbreak to date since February. It kills up to 90% of those infected, spreads through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids." " PR
Ukraine Crisis: EU sends advisers bringing law and order
Kremlin accuses Brussels of believing in 'fairytales' as more Russians face travel ban and asset freeze. The EU has parachuted a team of security advisers into Kiev to assist the Ukrainian government in imposing the rule of law in rebel districts, in a provocative move likely to further inflame relations with Moscow. The decision is likely to provoke an uncompromising response from the Kremlin, which on Saturday accused the EU of aiding terrorists through its most recent extension of sanctions. EU ambassadors reached a preliminary deal on further sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defence sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies earlier on Friday." " PR
AVIATION: Death toll hits 450
UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has demanded urgent inspections of chicken factories after an investigation revealed strict hygiene regulations were not being implemented. The health secretary has insisted that the Food Standards Agency launch an urgent investigation into the processing factories within the poultry industry. A resulting safety audit will be carried out within days at 2 specific factories that have come to light through photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers. In a statement the FSA has said, "We don't think there was a risk to public health from the evidence we've seen, but we want to do a full safety audit." " ET
HEALTH: Urgent chicken factory inspections
UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has demanded urgent inspections of chicken factories after an investigation revealed strict hygiene regulations were not being implemented. The health secretary has insisted that the Food Standards Agency launch an urgent investigation into the processing factories within the poultry industry. A resulting safety audit will be carried out within days at 2 specific factories that have come to light through photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers. In a statement the FSA has said, "We don't think there was a risk to public health from the evidence we've seen, but we want to do a full safety audit.’ ET
Plane Crash: 48 dead in Taiwan
Few days after the tragedy of MH17, the world has seen TransAsia Airways plane crash in Taiwan causing 48 dead and 10 injured during landing attempt on one of Penghu islands as typhoon Matmo hit region. TransAsia Airways flight GE222 had been attempting emergency landing due to bad weather. The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said conditions on Penghu, an island between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, had been suitable for incoming flights. Yeh Kuang-shih, Taiwanese transport minister said,Two people aboard the plane were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese. Ma Ying-jeou, The Taiwanese president said via a spokesman that it was "a very sad day in the history of Taiwanese aviation PR
COLORADO: Ban on Gay Marriage is Unconstitutional
A federal judge declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday (23/07). It is the third ruling in the past week to declare a state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, following similar decisions in Florida and Oklahoma. Attorney Mari Newman said, “Obviously we’re ecstatic that the court came to the obviously correct conclusion that marriage is a fundamental constitutional right which is violated by Colorado’s discriminatory laws.” Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional though they had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the US Supreme Court. JM
Booker Prize:Anglo American authors dominate
Man Booker Prize longlist of 13 writers has been announced on Wednesday (23/07). For more than 40 years the $90,000 prize has rewarded only Commonwealth and Irish writers. The rules changed last year, this year the six judges picked up 13 English language novels includes writings from UK, US, Australia and Ireland, though the resulting line-up is unsurprisingly Anglo-American in flavour with no African or Indian authors. Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell, David Nicholls and Ali Smith are among the British heavyweight writers, four Americans Joshua Ferris, Siri Hustvedt, Karen Joy Fowler and Richard Powers and two Irish Joseph O'Neill Niall Williams. The list is completed by the Australian writer Richard Flanagan. This year's chair of judges, the philosopher AC Grayling, said “it had been a vintage year.”The shortlist will be announced on 9 September and the winner on 14 October. JM
Paracetamol: Not helpful for back pain
Research in the Lancet suggests Paracetamol used to treat acute lower back pain is no better than a dummy pill. The largest trial to date suggests the drug does not improve recovery time or provide greater pain relief than a placebo. The study questions whether paracetamol should remain a first-choice drug on most national guidelines. But experts caution anyone considering a change of medication should seek medical advice. About 26 million people suffer from lower back pain each year in the UK, and it remains a leading cause of disability worldwide. Researchers studied more than 1,650 people across several primary care centers in Australia, who had experienced back pain for six weeks or less.RK
US: Killer dies after two hour execution
US death row inmate Joseph Wood has died after an execution in Arizona took nearly two hours to kill him. Wood, a double murderer, was executed by lethal injection. His lawyers filed an appeal for an emergency stay of execution, after he had been "gasping and snorting for more than an hour" in the death chamber. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says she has ordered a full review of the execution, although she said that Wood "died in a lawful manner". Wood's lawyers argued the extended execution process violated his right to be executed in the absence of cruel and unusual punishment. RK
Queen’s Horse: Tests positive for morphine
Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that the Queen’s racehorse, that won the Ascot Gold Cup last year, has tested positive for morphine. This is one of the five horses that is understood to have recorded a positive test for the banned substance. But the palace announced the morphine had come by the consumption of a contaminated feed product. John Warren, the Queen's bloodstock and racing adviser, said, "Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product. There will be no further comment until the BHA announces it’s considered findings. Her Majesty has been informed of the situation. PR
Indian Rape Case: School Chairman arrested
Within the continuous incidents of rape claims in India, police have arrested a Bangalore school chairman, Mr Rustom Kerawala, after a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped. He was taken to police custody. The incident took place on 2 July but her parents noticed it few days later when she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital. Bangalore police commissioner MN Reddi told a press conference on Wednesday morning that Rustom Kerawala, chairman of Vibgyor High School was arrested under various sections of Indian Penal Code. Previously, he apologised to the angry parents offering his full co-operation with the police investigation. Scrutiny of sexual violence has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a Delhi bus. PR
Toronto Film Festival 2014: British films receive world premieres
The 39th Toronto Film Festival, running September 4-14, will close with the world premiere of Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos which sees Kate Winslet play a landscaper invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles. The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as the celebrated physicist, has also been given a gala premiere. Oxford University-set thriller The Riot Club, a big screen adaptation of the hit play Posh, will also debut at the event. Rickman also stars as King Louis XIV, with support from The Devil Wears Prada actor Stanley Tucci. The movies were the first of a host of titles announced by festival organisers on Tuesday, which include 13 galas and 46 special presentations. Major British films are to receive their world premieres at this year.RK
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