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  • Romania ex-PM Adrian Nastase jailed in bribery case

    January 6, 2014 6:09 PM 93

    Romania's supreme court has sentenced former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase to four years in prison for taking bribes. He was also given three years for blackmail, to run concurrently. The court found that two Romanian officials had helped Nastase to get Chinese goods for private properties in 2001-2004. Adrian Nastase survived a suicide attempt in 2012, just after

  • Bombings kill 15 in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad

    January 5, 2014 1:07 PM 95

    Associated Press - Mourners and Sunni gunmen chant slogans against Iraq’s Shiite-led government during the funeral of a man killed when clashes erupted between al-Qaida gunmen and Iraqi army soldiers on Friday, his family said, in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Provincial spokesman Dhari al-Rishawi said Iraqi

  • Several die in Goa building collapse

    January 4, 2014 2:03 PM 87

    A building under construction has collapsed in the southern Indian state of Goa, killing at least six people. Dozens are feared trapped after the three-storey structure collapsed in the town of Canacona, according to Indian media reports. They say about 40 people had been on the site at the time of the incident. Rescuers are digging through the rubble

  • Strong blast heard in south Beirut

    January 2, 2014 2:19 PM 90

    A strong explosion has been heard in a southern suburb of Lebanese capital Beirut, local media and residents say. Smoke was seen rising from the area. The suburb is said to be a stronghold of the Shia militant group Hezbollah. Hezbollah's own TV station said the blast occurred in a densely populated area of Haret Hreik district. The city has been recently

  • Bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 27 people

    January 2, 2014 9:22 AM 96

    MUMBAI, India — The death toll from a bus that collided with a truck and plunged into a 120-meter (400-feet) deep gorge in western India has risen to 27. Police officer Raghunath Yadav says the driver lost control of the bus after it collided with a truck on Thursday near Malshej Ghat, a tourist spot about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northeast of Mumbai

  • Balloonist Crash-Lands Into The Sea

    January 2, 2014 8:26 AM 91

    A Chinese chef tried to land on uninhabited islands currently subject to a fierce territorial dispute between China and Japan. A Chinese chef has crash-landed into the sea while trying to fly a hot-air balloon to a tiny group of islands that are claimed by both China and Japan. Xu Shuaijun, 35, was fished out of the water by Japanese coastguards after

  • Putin Visits Volgograd, Site of Two Suicide Attacks

    January 1, 2014 6:58 PM 96

    “No matter what motivated these criminals, there is no justification for crimes against civilians, particularly against women and children,” he said in televised remarks at the beginning the meeting. On Tuesday, Mr. Putin broke two days of silence on the bombings, calling them “inhumane terrorist acts” and vowing that Russia would continue to fight terrorists

  • France's Hollande offers tax-cutting 'pact' to companies

    January 1, 2014 10:39 AM 95

    PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande on Tuesday offered French companies what he called "a responsibility pact" to tackle unemployment under which they would reap the benefit of lower labour taxes in return for hiring more workers. "It is based on a simple principle: lower labour charges and fewer restrictions on their activity in return for more hires

  • Lebanon 'arrests head of Abdullah Azzam Brigades'

    January 1, 2014 10:13 AM 92

    The Lebanese authorities are reported to have arrested the head of a jihadist group that claimed the suicide bomb attack on Iran's embassy in November. Defence Minister Fayez Ghosn told AFP that Majid al-Majid, the Saudi "emir" of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was being held by Lebanese army intelligence in Beirut. The embassy attack killed

  • Romania and Bulgaria EU restrictions lifted

    January 1, 2014 4:17 AM 81

    Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria can work without restrictions across the European Union from Wednesday. Transitional controls were imposed by some member states on nationals of the two countries - the poorest in the bloc - when they joined the EU in 2007. Their rights to work and claim benefits were limited for the first seven years of EU membership