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  • UN Security Council Condemns Deadly Fighting in Mali

    21 May 2014 4:58 PM 10

    The United Nations Security Council has "strongly condemned" deadly fighting in northern Mali between government forces and separatists. At least 36 people were killed in clashes after troops were sent in to respond to Tuareg rebels who attacked government offices in Kidal last week. The rebels on Monday released over 30 civil servants they had taken

  • Israel issues restraining orders against three Jewish youths ahead of Pope visit

    21 May 2014 4:17 PM 12

    Move aims at preempting possible provocations during Pope Francis' upcoming two-day visit. The Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security services have restricted the movement of three Jewish youths until the end of Pope Francis' upcoming visit, in an attempt to preempt any possible provocations. The pope is scheduled to commence his two-day visit

  • Japanese School Says It Won't Be Kinki Anymore

    21 May 2014 2:58 PM 7

    In an effort to broaden its international appeal, a Japanese college is phasing out its titter-inducing name. Osaka's Kinki University is named for its home region in south-central Japan. But school officials say the name is distracting; they note that foreigners who attend conferences there often make jokes about their visit to the Kinki school. Kinki

  • Study: Diaspora Jews say occupation, Orthodoxy threaten Israel

    21 May 2014 2:33 PM 13

    Research by a Jerusalem think-tank shows that many Jews abroad criticize Israel's treatment of Arabs and other minorities, and believe the country's democratic and Jewish identity is at risk. For Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, Diaspora Jews believe it must end the occupation, treat its Arab citizens more fairly and eliminate the Orthodox

  • Kinki University to ditch pervy name

    21 May 2014 1:24 PM 10

    Move over Fukuppy, Japan's Kinki University has decided it's time for a name change after years of foreigners sniggering about its pervy nomenclature. Like Fukuppy, the mascot for Fukushima Industries, the name “Kinki University” doesn't even raise an eyebrow in Japan, coming as it does from the Kinki area - the country's mid-western region in and around

  • Cuban dissident Yoani Sanchez launches online newspaper

    21 May 2014 1:17 PM 12

    An online newspaper by Cuba's best-known dissident blogger, Yoani Sanchez, has gone live. Sanchez said the website would provide daily news about the communist-run country, but insisted it would not be a platform against the government. The paper is produced in Cuba, but is only available online; it does not have a print version. Cuban media, including

  • 'Narendra Modi exploring breakup of Coal India'

    21 May 2014 11:24 AM 16

    Reuters | New Delhi | Updated: May 21 2014, 16:47 IST Newly elected Indian premier Narendra Modi is exploring breaking up state behemoth Coal India and opening up the sector to foreign investment to boost output and cut imports, said two sources with knowledge of the matter. Red tape, strikes, protests against land acquisition and delays in obtaining

  • Regional Leaders Target Terrorism At Asia Security Summit

    21 May 2014 9:24 AM 11

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on Asia to cooperate more closely in fighting terrorism and to build "sustainable" and "durable" security. Xi was speaking at the opening of the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai on May 21. For his part, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev

  • MPs to be sworn-in as new Parliament kicks off

    21 May 2014 4:49 AM 19

    Wednesday 21 May 2014 05:37 The new National Assembly is to begin its work by electing the president and other key office-bearers on Wednesday. The 400 new members of parliament representing 13 political parties will be sworn in at Parliament in Cape Town. The swearing in ceremony will be conducted by the Chief Justice. Parliament says MPs will be sworn-in

  • Jose Mario Vaz wins Guinea-Bissau poll

    21 May 2014 1:33 AM 22

    Published: 11:28 am, Wednesday, 21 May 2014 The front-runner in Guinea-Bissau's presidential race, Jose Mario Vaz, has won the decisive run-off, according to preliminary results released by election officials. The candidate of the west African nation's largest party won an overwhelming 62 per cent of the vote against independent rival Nuno Gomes Nabiam