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  • Yemeni soldiers killed in Aden suicide car bombing

    December 31, 2013 10:34 AM 94

    At least four soldiers have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack on the security forces' headquarters in Yemen's southern city of Aden. Three officers were also wounded in the attack, which happened early on Tuesday morning in the Khormaksar district, a security source told the BBC. The blast caused heavy damage to the compound, and blew out doors

  • PM condemns terror attack in Russia as 'ghastly', writes to Putin

    December 31, 2013 1:15 AM 85

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday strongly condemned the "ghastly" terrorist attacks in the southern Russian city of Volgograd and conveyed to Russian President Vladimir Putin condolences for the victims. In a letter to Putin, Singh termed the attacks as "unconscionable" crime against humanity and said he was "outraged and pained" to know about

  • Bangladesh activists clash with police at polls protest

    December 29, 2013 2:26 PM 100

    Supporters of Bangladesh's opposition parties have clashed with security forces in Dhaka ahead of the country's general election next week. The opposition is demanding that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina steps down and a neutral government is installed before the election. The government has rejected the demand, saying the elections are a constitutional

  • Bahrain Shia opposition leader ‘arrested’ over anti-govt comments

    December 28, 2013 9:49 PM 98

    The leader of Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group Al-Wefaq has been detained for interrogation over comments made during a religious sermon. The move has sparked an anti-government rally, with supporters demanding his release. "Al Wefaq National Islamic Society said its secretary-general, Sheik Ali Salman, is considered arrested after the series of illegal

  • 26 passengers killed as fire sweeps train in India

    December 28, 2013 3:23 PM 118

    Crowds gather around the burnt train coach near Kothacheruvu railway station in Andhra Pradesh state in southern India. (Jagadeesh Nv, EPA / December 28, 2013) KOTHACHERUVU, India — A fire engulfed two coaches of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors

  • Arvind Kejriwal: The roots of India's new leader

    December 28, 2013 5:07 AM 145

    Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of a new anti-corruption party in India, will be sworn in as the chief minister of Delhi on Saturday. BBC Hindi's Zubair Ahmed visited his ancestral village to trace the beginnings of an unconventional politician who has made a spectacular debut. Thousands of people are expected to attend the swearing in ceremony at the sprawling

  • Iran dissidents 'killed in Iraq missile attack'

    December 27, 2013 11:19 AM 113

    A rocket attack has killed three members of an Iranian opposition group in Iraq, the group and its parent organisation say. They say a number of people from the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) group were injured at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. MEK members fought with Iraq against Iran in the 1980s, but have since fallen out with the current Iraqi government

  • Israel plans 1,400 more West Bank settlement homes, official says

    December 27, 2013 8:44 AM 106

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel plans to build a further 1,400 homes in its settlements in the occupied West Bank, and will announce the projects next week after releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners, an Israeli government official said on Friday. The Palestinians have said any further expansion of Israeli settlements on land they seek for a state

  • Rescue vessel close to ice-stranded Antarctic ship

    December 27, 2013 7:27 AM 135

    A rescue ship sent to help an ice-trapped Russian liner with New Zealanders on board is close to its target with only 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) between it and the the stranded ship. But the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon may not be able to reach the stranded vessel if the ice is too thick and the ship's master determines the trip would not be safe. About

  • Profile: Tetyana Chornovol

    December 25, 2013 4:49 PM 122

    Journalist and opposition activist Tetyana Chornovol, who was severely beaten after her car was rammed on a road outside Kiev on the night of 24-25 December, is one of the more colourful figures on the Ukrainian media scene. Ms Chornovol, who was born in Kiev in 1979, is known for her investigative reports on the murky business affairs and conspicuous