Incidence & Issues

2 murderers escaped from New York prison in a “Shawshank Redemption” style

A frantic manhunt was underway on Sunday for two convicted murderers who busted out of New York state’s biggest maximum security prison by cutting through cell walls with power tools and escaping along tunnels, in a “Shawshank Redemption”-style prison break. Killers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, sneaked out of the all-male Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora sometime between ...

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45 Iraqi police officers killed in IS attack

At least 45 Iraqi police officers have been killed in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar province, security officials say. Suicide bombers rammed three vehicles packed with explosives into a base in the Tharthar area, on a road connecting the cities of Falluja and Samarra. Several high-ranking officers were among the casualties, one source said. Anbar has ...

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Clashes in southern Yemen, Peace talks postponed

There have been fierce clashes in southern Yemen, reportedly leaving dozens of people dead and wounded. In the city of Dhalea, militiamen allied to the exiled government have retaken positions from Houthi rebels. But in Taiz, to the west, the rebels are reported to have pushed back their opponents in heavy street fighting. Earlier, Yemeni officials said UN-sponsored peace talks ...

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Vietnamese asylum seekers held at sea secretly for more than a month

A group of Vietnamese asylum seekers were held secretly at sea for more than a month before being sent back to their home country, the commander in charge of Australia’s border operations has revealed. Operation Sovereign Borders head Major General Andrew Bottrell told a Senate estimates hearing the group of 46 asylum seekers was intercepted on March 20, 2015. The ...

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One killed, seven wounded in suicide bombing in Libya: Security Official

One person was killed and seven were wounded on Tuesday in a suicide bombing in the eastern Libyan town of Qubbah, a security official said. Islamic State militants, exploiting a power vacuum amid conflict between two rival governments, have built up a presence in Derna, a city to the east of Qubbah. But there was no mmediate claim of responsibility. ...

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Judge, lawyers rule out death sentence against Morsi

Verdicts are due on Saturday in the espionage and jailbreak cases brought against of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood president A Cairo criminal court set to rule on Saturday in the espionage and jailbreak trials of deposed president Mohamed Morsi will likely hand out jail terms to some defendants and exonerate others, a judge has said, ruling out death sentences against ...

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8 killed, 7 of them children, in rocket strike in Libya’s Benghazi

Eight people were killed, including seven children, when a rocket hit a residential building in the city of Benghazi in eastern Libya on Thursday, medics said, two days after a similar attack claimed by Islamic State militants. A Reuters reporter saw several dead children in a hospital in the city, the oil-producing North African state’s second largest, where army forces ...

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Moroccan warplane has crashed on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen

A Moroccan F-16 warplane has crashed while on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, a Saudi military spokesman said on Monday, and Yemen’s dominant Houthi militia said tribesmen shot down the aircraft. The loss of the Moroccan military jet and intensifying volleys of heavy-weapons fire across the border between the Iran-allied Houthis and Saudi forces could endanger a ...

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At least 7, including 4 children were killed in Syria barrel bomb attack

Children were killed and wounded in Aleppo on Sunday in a barrel bomb attack that destroyed a building where students were sitting exams, residents and rights groups said. At least seven people were killed, including four children and a school teacher, and dozens were wounded in the air strike that targeted the Seif al-Dawla teaching centre. Rebel authorities accused the ...

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Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Yemen airports

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen even as the kingdom’s foreign minister said that officials were considering a cease-fire to allow aid into the Arab world’s poorest country. In the southern city of Aden, more than 150 airstrikes hit the city’s airport, witnesses and security officials said. Houthi rebels and their allies are locked in fierce fighting there against ...

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