Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Phoenix Rise to Victory in Lebanon

From between the 13th – 18th of April the Lebanese Rugby Union federation hosted the West Asian Rugby Championships at Fouad Chehab Stadium, Jounieh. During the tournament the Lebanese National Rugby team convincingly defeated the national teams of the Kingdom of Jordan and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Lebanon’s National Rugby Team known as the Phoenix, the national bird of ...

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The ninth condemned prisoner, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, was given a last-minute reprieve from execution

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso was saved from the firing squad in Indonesia at the eleventh hour after her alleged human trafficker surrendered on the day of her execution. Veloso, who was escaping a desperately poor life in the Philippines, was arrested in 2010 in Yogyakarta with 2.6 kilograms of heroin in the lining of her suitcase. The mother of two ...

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Relationship between Australia and Indonesia has suffered as a result of executions

Eight prisoners, including Bali nine organisers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, have been executed in Indonesia. The ninth condemned prisoner, Filipina maid Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, was given a last-minute reprieve from the firing squad. The executions were carried out at 12.35am local time (3.35am AEST) on Nusakambangan prison island. But it took up to 27 minutes for all the prisoners to die, ...

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New UN Yemen envoy looks to revive talks as fighting rages

A new UN envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks inYemen as battles raged Sunday between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes. The Shiite Houthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi to flee abroad, have demanded an end to the air strikes ...

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Iraqi army claims progress in Anbar, bombings hit Baghdad

Iraq’s army announced it was making progress in the battle against ISIS militants in Anbar province Sunday even as it struggled to retake territory lost over the weekend and a string of bombings rocked the capital. After driving militants out of Tikrit earlier this month, Iraqi forces have turned their attention to Anbar, large parts of which have been under ...

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Chelsea’s title bid on hold, Everton overpower United

Chelsea will have to keep the champagne on ice for at least a week after their seemingly inevitable progress towards thePremier League title was checked by a goalless draw away toArsenal Sunday. Had they beaten their London rivals at the Emirates Stadium, Jose Mourinho’s men would have traveled to Leicester Wednesday knowing that victory over the resurgent Foxes would have ...

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Champville stun Riyadi to level series

Champville silenced the critics as they defeated reigning champions Riyadi Beirut 96-88 to level the best-of-seven semifinal series 1-1 Sunday at Dik al-Mehde. Champville were on the receivingend of local critics after slumping to a 44-point opening loss last Friday, but they had the perfect reaction by wrapping up an impressive victory over the defending champions. The hosts began the ...

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New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was closer to forming a new coalition Sunday after the head of the far-right Jewish Home party relinquished his demand for the foreign ministry, political sources said. Netanyahu, whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election, has until May 6 to piece together a new government, after receiving a 14-day extension ...

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Egyptians should stand behind their president, says Hosni Mubarak

In a rare talk, Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak said on Sunday that there are “fateful decisions” that need to be taken by current president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and that Egyptians should stand behind him. Mubarak, who was ousted on 11 Feburary 2011 following an 18-day uprising, spoke briefly on the phone with TV host Ahmed Moussa on Sada El-Balad private ...

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Underground metro goes off rail, crashes in wall in Egypt

An underground train came off the rails on Sunday and crashed into a wall, seriously injuring the driver. The metro line, which links El-Ataba square near downtown Cairo to the upscale district of Heliopolis, had no passengers at the time of the crash, the company running the metro said. The train was coming out of maintenance on a branch line ...

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