Uber sued by family of six-year-old killed in San Francisco crash

Ride-sharing service firm Uber is being sued by the family of a six-year-old girl who was struck and killed by one of its drivers in San Francisco.Uber driver Syed Muzzafar hit Sofia Liu and her family at a green light on New Year’s Eve, killing the girl and seriously injuring her mother and younger brother.Muzzafar […]

Gaza ceasefire: Syria’s shrinking influence now exposed

No one is taking bets on how solid the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians will prove to be. But the Gaza conflict has highlighted one apparently permanent change in the Middle East – the shrinking influence of Syria, stuck in a bloody and unstoppable war.If Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian president, is now basking in […]

Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501: Australia offers more search resources

Australia stands ready to provide Indonesia with more material support after sending two military aircraft to aid in the search effort for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, Julie Bishop has confirmed.“Australia does have more resources on standby,” the foreign affairs minister told reporters on Tuesday. “At this stage we’ve been asked to provide aircraft. Yesterday one […]

Who is on the Iraq war inquiry committee?

Sir John ChilcotA former Whitehall mandarin, Chilcot is a Cambridge graduate who retired from the civil service at the end of 1997 after seven years as the permanent undersecretary of state at the Northern Ireland Office.A career civil servant, he had previously served in a variety of posts in the Home Office, the Civil Service […]

Irene Clennell tells of ‘deeply humiliating’ deportation from UK

A woman who was separated from her family over an immigration technicality has spoken of her humiliation when border guards restrained her in public as she was removed from the UK.Writing for the Guardian, Irene Clennell describes how security staff wrote down every word she said – and guarded the door while she went to […]

Afghan special forces capture Taliban leaders in Herat

HERAT PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army special forces soldiers from the 9th Special Operations Kandak detained two Taliban leaders Sept. 26 in Herat province’s Guzarah district.Afghan Special Forces assaulted Mohham Daud and Mohham Shafiq’s hideaway near Herat city hours before dawn. Tactical ground teams began the complex operation by closing off any escape routes […]

China’s economic stimulus offers Europe a lesson

With world economic growth waning sharply, China is launching a new multibillion-dollar stimulus programme. In the first four months of 2012 its national development and reform commission approved 868 new investment projects. It speeded up this month, with more than 100 approved on 21 May alone. Simultaneously on the consumer side, subsidies for purchasing energy-saving […]

Pakistan’s spy agency ISI faces court over disappearances

Pakistan’s all-powerful military will this week face a rare challenge by the courts over the case of 11 men who were allegedly abducted and tortured by the Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency .The case, due to be heard on Friday, will offer a window into the workings of the ISI and its sister agency, Military Intelligence, […]

Disgraced US cardinal Bernard Law quits Rome post

Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as Boston’s archbishop in 2002 after the priest sex abuse scandal exploded in the US, has left his subsequent job as head of a Roman basilica.The Vatican said on Monday that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the 80-year-old’s resignation as head of St Mary Major basilica, and had named as […]

Tower of London poppies shortlisted for museum of the year award

The sea of ceramic poppies installed at the Tower of London last year to commemorate the outbreak of the first world war has led to the castle being shortlisted for the 2015 museum of the year award.The Tower, looked after by Historic Royal Palaces, is one of six organisations which will compete for the top […]

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