Estonian Prime Minister visits Tapa

TAPA, Estonia – Estonian Prime Minister, Tavvi Rõivas, visited Tapa Nov. 11, 2014, to meet with his country’s military leadership and to greet the U.S. Soldiers stationed here as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.The American task force stationed in Estonia consists of platoons from the 1st Cavalry Division, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas; 2nd Cavalry […]

Miliband dynasty: long-lost Russian relative calls Ed on air

It was supposed to be about enlisting Russia’s help on climate change, and possibly sneaking a peak at the Kremlin and other historic sights.But Ed Miliband’s first-ever trip to Russia ended with the cabinet minister discovering that he had a long-lost relative – an 87-year-old second cousin twice removed called Sofia. Milband, the climate change […]

Uganda jails five over FGM

Five men and women in Uganda have been jailed over female genital mutilation, a rare conviction in a countrytrying to stamp out the practice.The five, including those who carried out the mutilation – which can range from cutting off the clitoris to the removal of the entire female genitalia – were arrested in eastern Uganda’s […]

Catalan town fears bullfighting ban will extinguish its fire bulls

The bull was pulled off a small lorry in the makeshift ring in this southern Catalan town with a rope already around its head. A group of men pulled the rope through a wooden post and heaved hard, immobilising the half-tonne beast.Two blazing torches on iron rods were clamped to its horns as a crowd […]

News Corp’s Will Lewis to talk about journalistic ethics

The final session of the world editors’ forum in Vienna next month is entitled “Profit, public interest, ethics – where to draw the line?”Here’s part of the pre-conference blurb for the event on 15 October…I’m chairing the panel, which should be fun given that one of the participants will be none other than Will Lewis, […]

Much to gain from expanding Dad’s role

When the Equal Opportunities Commission funded a research project to find out the reasons behind the gender pay gap, the answer was that the unequal sharing of childcare responsibilities between mothers and fathers was the biggest single driver. So, it is good news that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that men are spending more […]

Motorcyclists participate in ASYMCA fundraiser

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Motorcyclists participated in the second annual Poker Run hosted by the Armed Services YMCA at New River Harley Davidson Buell motorcycle shop in Jacksonville, N.C., May 5.As motorcyclists rolled in, the thundering rumble that accompanied them shook the ground as the polished paint and chrome of the steel steeds shone in the […]

US closes Syrian embassy and orders diplomatic staff back to Damascus

The United States announced the closure of Syria’s embassy in Washington on Tuesday and ordered its diplomatic staff to return to Damascus.Daniel Rubinstein, the special envoy for Syria, said the embassy had already suspended consular services.“This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Syrian revolution. For three years, Bashar al-Assad has refused to heed the […]

The Middle East greets Barack Obama’s re-election with a shrug

What a difference four years can make. In 2008, Barack Obama’s victory turned into a worldwide celebration. Just as many Americans took to the streets to express their joy, around the world the relief was palpable: there would be no extension of the policies of the George W Bush era. Nowhere was this felt more […]

James Cameron succeeds in Mariana Trench dive

The Hollywood director James Cameron has completed his submarine journey to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of Earth’s oceans.The director of Titanic and Avatar used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly seven miles (11km). He spent time exploring and filming the trench, about 200 miles south-west of the Pacific island of Guam, according […]

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