March 17, 2018

Turkey earthquake rescuers in race against time

Rescue teams in Turkey are continuing to search for people trapped under rubble after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the eastern Van region on Sunday. Some 265 people died and 1,140 have been injured according to Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin, and the death toll is expected to rise after … [Read more...]

Massive suicide truck bomb kills 70 in Somalia

At least 70 people have been killed by a huge suicide blast near a government compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Eyewitnesses said a truck carrying explosives was driven up to a checkpoint at the entrance to a government ministry and detonated. A spokesman for the Islamist militant … [Read more...]

Turkey recognises Libya Rebel Transitional Council

Turkey has recognised the rebel Transitional National Council in Libya as the true representative of Libya's people, with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu saying it was time for the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to go. Turkey has pledged a further $200m in aid for the rebels in … [Read more...]

“Eurozone will collapse” – Jack Straw

Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has predicted the collapse of the eurozone and urged the United Kingdom to consider the "alternatives" as the Greek debt crisis worsens. Straw speaking inthe UK parliament as MP's discussed the latest bailout of Greece, said the euro was facing a "slow … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie to visit Syrian refugees

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, is heading to Turkey this week to visit Syrian refugees who have fled from the Assad governments crackdown on civil unrest. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has announced that Jolie wil be visiting in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' … [Read more...]

President Assad announces ‘general amnesty’ in Syria

State television in Syria has announced that President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting a general amnesty for 'crimes' committed by protesters before 31st May. The amnesty covers all political opposition movements, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. There have been weeks of … [Read more...]

Teen hitman kills young woman for $300

Gulistan Subasi opened the door of her London flat hoping her son was coming to visit her. Instead 15 year-old schoolboy Santre Sanchez Gayle was there and blasted her at point blank range with a sawn-off shotgun. As Ms Subasi lay dying in her mothers arms, Gayle calmly got in a taxi and left. … [Read more...]

Sea Shepherd entering Libya waters to stop tuna poachers

Two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will enter the waters off the coast of Libya, next month with the goal of intercepting bluefin tuna poachers and freeing any illegally caught fish in attempt to save the species from nearing extinction. The territorial waters off Libya are a declared a … [Read more...]

Turkey peace monument being demolished

The Turkish government ordered demolition of a huge statue devoted to reconciliation with Armenia has started. In January Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a visit to the area described the Statue of Humanity monument as a "freak", and an affront to a nearby 11th Century shrine. The … [Read more...]

NATO asks for more planes for Libya mission

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told a foreign ministers' summit in Berlin that the alliance needs "a few more" aircraft for its mission in Libya. Mr Rasmussen had no joy getting any pledges of extra warplanes at the meeting but he remained hopeful. Nato would continue "day … [Read more...]

Aircraft Carrier for sale online – Aircraft not included

The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal has been put up for sale on the Ministry of Defence's auction website Interested bidders are being invited to view Ark Royal at her home port, Portsmouth Naval Base, on 3 and 4 May, and final bids in by 13th June 2011. Before they can … [Read more...]

French fighter jet destroys Libyan plane in Misrata

A French warplane has destroyed a Libyan aircraft that had been flying in breach of the United Nations no-fly zone. The small trainer aircraft had just landed in the besieged city of Misrata when it was attacked and destroyed by a French Rafale jetfighter. This is the first time an aircraft has … [Read more...]

Obama says US backing out of Libya command role

US President Barack Obama says the United States will transfer out of its command role in the UN operation in Libya "within days". Mr Obama, speaking in Chile where he is on a hand shaking mission, was quick to point out past events in Iraq and Afgahnistan when the US had acted "unilaterally and … [Read more...]

Obama labels WikiLeaks “deplorable”

US President Barack Obama has called WikiLeaks action in publishing US State Department documents "deplorable" during a phone call to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The contents of the call were leaked to the media by the White House. As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in custody … [Read more...]

New Zealand exit FIBA World Basketball Champs – Oh those Russians

The New Zealand Tall Blacks have bowed out of the FIBA World basketball championships in Turkey today, going down 78-56 to Russia in their round of 16 clash. It was the land of the giants as 2 metre plus Sergey Monya, Timofey Mozgov and Sasha Kaun shut down the kiwis offence. The Russians had … [Read more...]