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  • Man dies in Australian wildfire, 46 houses lost

    January 13, 2014 6:28 AM 29

    Erractic winds whipped up 20-meter (65-foot) flames. The fire destroyed 46 houses and badly damaged another home in a picturesque region known as the Perth Hills, where homes are scattered through eucalyptus and jarrah forests, Gale said. Four people remained unaccounted for at Parkerville, the village where the fire started and four homes were burnt

  • Iraq: Deadly blast at Baghdad bus station

    January 12, 2014 3:27 PM 24

    A car bomb has killed at least nine people and wounded others at a bus station in central Baghdad. The bomb went off on Sunday morning outside the station in the Allawi area, local police said. Last Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up among army recruits in the same area, killing 23 people. Political tensions and violence have escalated in Iraq. The UN says 2013 was the deadliest

  • Ukraine's ex-minister hurt in clashes

    January 11, 2014 1:51 PM 37

    January 11 2014 at 04:08pm Ukraine's ex-interior minister and current opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko was under intensive care in hospital Saturday after being beaten in fresh clashes that erupted between pro-EU demonstrators and club-wielding police. Dozens of nationalist demonstrators protested late Friday outside a Kiev court that had earlier in the day sentenced

  • Ariel Sharon's mark on history

    January 11, 2014 12:34 PM 36

    Ariel Sharon's life was intimately entwined with the life of the country he loved from the moment of its birth. He fought in its war of independence in 1948 and from that point until he slipped into a coma in 2006 it seemed there was hardly a moment of national drama in which he did not play a role. He was always a controversial figure in Israeli politics

  • Iraqis seek political solution to avert army attack on Falluja

    January 10, 2014 7:02 PM 39

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The prospect of an imminent Iraqi army assault on Falluja receded on Friday as negotiators tried to work out a deal under which al Qaeda militants who seized the city 10 days ago would give way to Sunni Muslim tribal leaders. Military and local officials said the tanks, artillery and troops around the city 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad

  • Missing Iranian-British man: Three arrested in Dubai

    January 10, 2014 1:27 PM 38

    Three men have been arrested in Dubai over the disappearance of a British businessman of Iranian origin feared to have been abducted and murdered. The whereabouts of Abbas Yazdi, last seen on 25 June, remain unknown but the emirate's authorities said they had forensic evidence linking the suspects with his kidnapping "beyond doubt". Mr Yazdi, who has dual British-Iranian

  • French Comic's Tour In Doubt After Court Ban

    January 10, 2014 8:04 AM 47

    Authorities in France claim a victory in the legal battle to stop a controversial comedian from performing across the country. Riot police had to be brought in to contain furious fans of a controversial French comedian after he was banned from performing by a court just hours before he was due on stage. The 47-year-old comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala

  • Explosion at Japanese chemical factory causes multiple causalities

    January 9, 2014 12:56 PM 35

    An ambulance (C) parks at a plant of Japanese chemical company Mitsubishi Materials in Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture, central Japan on January 9, 2014 following an explosion that killed at least five people and injured a dozen more (AFP Photo / Jiji Press) A powerful blast has struck a chemical factory in central Japan, killing at least five and leaving

  • 1 dead after Navy helicopter crash off Va. Beach

    January 8, 2014 6:18 PM 55

    Posted to: Military Virginia Beach One crew member has died and the Coast Guard and Navy are continuing to search for another sailor and the wreckage of the Navy helicopter that made an emergency landing in the Atlantic this morning about 20 miles east of Cape Henry. Four of the five crew members were rescued, and Navy spokesman Cmdr. Mike Kafka said they were taken

  • Greece assumes EU presidency amid lingering crisis

    January 8, 2014 4:37 PM 39

    Recession-stricken state promises to keep costs of leadership low A worker carries poles inside the peristyle of the Zappeion a day before a ceremony inaugurating Greece’s presidency of the European Union in Athens on January 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis) London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Greece will officially open its six-month presidency of the European