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  • Missing Iranian-British man: Three arrested in Dubai

    January 10, 2014 1:27 PM 97

    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 111

    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 97

    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 121

    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 104

    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

  • Protests off limits for Greek presidency kick-off

    January 8, 2014 3:02 PM 97

    A similar protest ban was imposed last year during a visit to Athens by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Greece is hoping to emerge from a grueling, six-year recession during its presidency, and negotiate a landmark deal with bailout creditors to make its massive national debt sustainable. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said Greece could

  • 'Polar vortex' brings record low temperatures

    January 8, 2014 10:47 AM 111

    More than 2,600 flights are canceled across the U.S. amid record lows in the East and South. Temperatures begin moving above zero in Chicago. The so-called polar vortex continued its frigid march across the U.S. on Tuesday, bringing record lows to the East Coast and parts of the South. Fountains froze in typically balmier states like South Carolina

  • Palestinians briefly hold group of Jewish settlers

    January 7, 2014 10:07 PM 95

    By the time Israeli soldiers arrived, the crowd surrounding the settlers had grown to about 200 people, an AP photographer said. People kicked and spit at the settlers as they were led away by soldiers. Human rights groups have reported an increase in attacks by militant settlers on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank in recent years. However

  • Monster waves slam into UK after US storm

    January 6, 2014 10:40 PM 97

    In Aberystwyth in Wales, seafront homes, businesses and student residence halls were evacuated as high tides hit the Welsh coast. The Met Office, Britain’s weather forecasting body, warned of wind gusts up to 70 mph (113 kph) and exceptionally large waves along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland. It said the storm is loosely

  • Romania: Ex-prime minister jailed for 2nd time

    January 6, 2014 7:10 PM 90

    BUCHAREST, Romania — A former prime minister who shocked Romanians when he shot himself in the neck as police came to bring him to prison was sentenced to jail for corruption for the second time on Monday. The High Court of Cassation and Justice found on Monday that Adrian Nastase illegally received 630,000 euros worth of imported goods between 2002 and 2004 and had work done on his house