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Kajita, McDonald win nobel physics prize for neutrino work
STOCKHOLM, Oct 6 (Agencies): Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the Nobel Prize in physics today for discovering the "chameleon-like" nature of neutrinos, work that yielded the crucial insight that the tiny particles have mass. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities as they whiz through the universe at nearly the speed of light. Neutrinos are miniscule particles created in nuclear reactions, such as in the sun and the stars, or in nuclear power plants. There are three kinds of neutrinos and the laureates showed they oscillate from one kind to another, dispelling the long-held notion that they were massless. "The discovery has changed our understanding of the...
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Israel Demolishes Palestinian Attackers' Homes in Crackdown
Jerusalem, Oct 6 (Agencies): Israel today demolished the homes of two Palestinians behind attacks and sealed off a room in another, the army said, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged an iron fist against mounting unrest. The houses knocked were the former homes of Ghassan Abu Jamal and Mohammed Jaabis, a military statement said, and were placed under demolition orders after the men attacked Israelis last year. Armed with meat cleavers and a pistol, Abu Jamal and his cousin Uday Abu Jamal killed four rabbis and a policeman before being shot dead in November 2014. Jaabis rammed an earthmover into a bus on August 4, killing an Israeli and wounding several others. He was shot dead by police at the scene. An AFP journalist saw the gutted inside of a house in east Jerusalem that...
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Car bombs across Iraq kill 56, wound dozens: Iraqi Officials
BAGHDAD, Oct 6 (Agencies): A series of car bombings across Iraq today killed at least 56 people and wounded dozens as the government continued its efforts to combat extremism across the country. The largest bombing took place in the Shiite-majority town of al-Khales in Iraq's eastern Diyala province. At least 32 people were killed in the attack and 58 were wounded when the car bomb tore through a commercial street, a police official said. In July, Diyala was the scene of one of the deadliest attacks on Iraqi soil in almost a decade when a suicide bomber with the Islamic State group attacked a crowded marketplace, killing 115 people, including women and children. The province, parts of which were previously under the Islamic State group's rule, has been the scene of multiple attacks in ...
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ISIS blows up arch of triumph in Syria's Palmyra
BEIRUTI, Oct 5 (Agencies): Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's head of antiquities said today, as the jihadists press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site. The militants have carried out a sustained campaign of destruction against heritage sites in areas under their control in Syria and Iraq, and in mid-August beheaded Palmyra's 82-year-old former antiquities chief. Syrian antiquities director Maamun Abdulkarim warned of impending catastrophe in the UNESCO-listed world heritage site, which the jihadists have been dismantling since capturing the ruins in May. "This is a systematic destruction of the city. They want to raze it completely," Abdulkarim told AFP. "They want to destroy the ...
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7 killed, dozens injured in letter bombs in China
BEIJING, Sep 30 (Agencies): Six people were killed and dozens injured in 15 letter bombs which caused extensive damage in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region today. Five victims died on the spot while one died in hospital. State-run Xinhua news agency said the multiple explosions were caused by 15 letter bombs. The blasts were reported in several locations, including at a shopping mall, prison, a county government office, supermarket, transport station, hospital, animal husbandry, vegetable market and diseases control centre, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said quoting reports from the social media site Weibo. The blasts occurred at the seat of Liucheng county and the surrounding areas, with the first heard at about 15:50. Pictures online showed a building half-c...
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France probes assad regime for crimes against humanity
PARIS, Sep 30 (Agencies): France has launched a probe into Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for alleged crimes against humanity, a judicial source said today, after world powers sparred at the United Nations over the embattled leader's fate. Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary inquiry on September 15 into alleged crimes committed by the Syrian government between 2011 and 2013, the source told agencies. The French investigation is largely based on evidence from a former Syrian army photographer known by the codename "Caesar," who defected and fled the country in 2013, bringing with him some 55,000 graphic photographs. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France had a "responsibility" to take action. "Faced with these crimes that offend the human conscience, this bureaucracy...
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Convicted Al-Jazeera journalists appeal to Egypt for pardons
NEW YORK, Sep 30 (Agencies): Three journalists convicted of aiding a terrorist organization while covering Egyptian unrest for Al-Jazeera are appealing to Egypt's president to pardon them. Australian Peter Greste said today in New York City that they're also seeking support from world leaders attending the UN General Assembly. Last week, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi pardoned other journalists still in Egypt who were found guilty of broadcasting what authorities said were false reports. Greste was not on the list, nor were the two others with him in New York: Dominic Kane, an Al Jazeera producer, and Sue Turton, a former Al-Jazeera correspondent....
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Lanka court jails 2 for attempt on life of former president
COLOMBO, Sep 30 (Agencies): A Sri Lankan court today jailed two persons for the attempted assassination of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1999. Kumaratunga suffered severe eye injuries when an LTTE suicide female bomber exploded herself at Colombo Town Hall when the former president was leaving the final public rally of the 1999 presidential election. Riding a wave of sympathy after the blast, Kumaratunga won the election over her rival, current Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. High Court Judge Padmini Ranawaka sentenced the accused Valayudan Vardarajah to 290 years in prison while Chandra Iyar alias Ragupathi Sharma was jailed for 300 years. Kumaratunga was president from 1994 until 2005 before being replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the current government of national...
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Italian aid worker killed in B'desh, ISIS claims responsibility
DHAKA, Sep 29 (Agencies): An Italian aid worker has been killed in the high security diplomatic area here, the first attack claimed by the dreaded jihadist group Islamic State in Bangladesh. Cesare Tavella, 50, was shot thrice from a close proximity last evening in market Gulshan diplomatic zone while he was jogging, police said. The attackers fled the scene after Tavella fell to the ground. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared him dead, police said. Tavella was working for the Netherlands-based ICCO Cooperation as manager of its Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (PROOFS) project, a police spokesman said. "We are not clear who killed him but we think it was a preplanned murder," Dhaka's police commissioner Ohiduzzaman Mian told reporters. A fello...
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3 Muslim brotherhood members sentenced to death
CAIRO, Sep 29 (Agencies): An Egyptian court has sentenced three members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to death and awarded life imprisonment to 25 others for committing violence. The court also sentenced 21 people to 15 years in jail and 22 others were awarded a 10-year prison term in connection with the violence in Alexandria in August 2013 following security forces' efforts to clear sit-ins. The defendants were convicted of killing a police officer and a conscript and injuring many others. They were found guilty of demolishing the People's council building and a police station and possessing unlicensed weapons. Since Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi's ouster, the Egyptian government has been cracking down on the banned Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters. Morsi himself and ...
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Rescuers save 1,151 migrants off Libya coast: Italy
ROME, Sep 29 (Agencies): The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of 1,151 migrants in 11 separate operations off the Libyan coast. In the biggest operation yesterday, a coastguard ship picked up 441 people from four inflatable boats, it said in a statement. Separately, the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) said its ship Dignity 1 had saved 373 people, including 62 women and 10 children. "Many are suffering from shock," MSF said on Twitter, showing a picture of a distressed six-year-old boy in the arms of a rescuer. The survivors were transferred to Italy, said an MSF spokesman who asked not to be named On September 19, more than 4,500 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya were rescued in joint operations by European ship...
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China tries 2 activists attempting to form independent party
BEIJING, Sep 29 (Agencies): The wives of two Chinese activists involved in attempts to organise an independent political party say their husbands have stood trial on the charge of subverting state power. If convicted by the court in the eastern city of Hangzhou, Lu Gengsong and Chen Shuqing could face up to life in prison. Lu's wife, Wang Xue'e, and Chen's wife, Zhang Donghong, said the men pleaded not guilty to the charge when standing trial in Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court today. They said the men, who were tried separately, argued that they were exercising their rights to speech and organization as granted by Chinese law....
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