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Hamas bars Gaza youths bereaved in war from visiting Israel

Dec 28, 2014

Hamas bars Gaza youths bereaved in war from visiting Israel

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER (Reuters) - Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented on Sunday a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state, organisers of the trip said. Gaza's Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, citing the children's "suspicious" itinerary, confirmed they were barred from crossing the border. Israeli peace activists said they had secured permission from the military to admit the 37 children and five accompanying adults for a week-long tour of Israel and the occupied West Bank, seat of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's government. #facebook #India #France #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #Israel #United Kingdom #Latin America #author #opinion
AirAsia faces biggest crisis as jet goes missing

Dec 28, 2014

AirAsia faces biggest crisis as jet goes missing

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - AirAsia was built up from two planes in 2001 to an airline industry titan that operates more than 180 jets in just over a decade but now faces its biggest ever challenge. #China #Brazil #Technology #France #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #markets #Italy #Argentina #Latin America #AirAsia Flight QZ8501
Missing AirAsia flight had asked to fly higher to avoid cloud - official

Dec 28, 2014

Missing AirAsia flight had asked to fly higher to avoid cloud - official

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesia AirAsia flight went missing on Sunday about half way between its origin of Surabaya in Indonesia and its destination of Singapore, an Indonesian transport official said. The aircraft was between the Indonesian port of Tanjung Pandan and the town of Pontianak, in West Kalimantan on Borneo island, when it went missing, Joko Muryo Atmodjo, air transportation director at the Transport Ministry, told a news conference. The aircraft had been flying at 32,000 feet and had asked to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid clouds, he said #United States #Technology #France #Middle East #Russia #North Korea #United Kingdom #Latin America #author #opinion
Greek PM urges lawmakers to avoid snap election

Dec 28, 2014

Greek PM urges lawmakers to avoid snap election

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned lawmakers on Saturday against the snap election that will be called if he loses a key presidential vote in parliament next week, but said he was confident of winning if Greeks did go to the polls. Recent opinion polls show Samaras' conservative New Democracy party is narrowing the gap with the left-wing Syriza party, which wants to renegotiate Greece's international bailout and roll back austerity measures, but still trails by around three points. #Business #Technology #Arabic #Middle East #markets #Argentina #Latin America #opinion
Flight from Indonesia to Singapore loses contact - media

Dec 28, 2014

Flight from Indonesia to Singapore loses contact - media

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing a Transport Ministry official. Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17 a.m local time. (2317 GMT). #Business #facebook #United States #India #China #Brazil #Middle East #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #author
Egypt reduces sentence for eight men over gay marriage video

Dec 28, 2014

Egypt reduces sentence for eight men over gay marriage video

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian appeals court reduced the jail terms on Saturday for eight men sentenced last month on charges relating to their appearance in an online video purporting to show the country's first gay marriage ceremony. The court cut the sentences - on charges of spreading indecent images and inciting debauchery - from three years each to one year, judicial sources said. The verdict drew tears and shouts from family members in the courtroom, according to a Reuters witness #India #Brazil #France #Middle East #Russia #North Korea #United Kingdom #Mexico
Somali Islamist with $3 mln U.S. bounty on head surrenders - govt source

Dec 27, 2014

Somali Islamist with $3 mln U.S. bounty on head surrenders - govt source

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, who has a $3 million U.S. #Business #United States #India #Japan #Brazil #Technology #Middle East #opinion
Islamic State targeted in 39 strikes by U.S., allies - Task Force

Dec 27, 2014

Islamic State targeted in 39 strikes by U.S., allies - Task Force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces and their allies staged 39 air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria over the past two days, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Friday. Fighters, bombers and remotely controlled aircraft hit 19 targets in Syria while 20 strikes were carried out in Iraq, a task force statement said #Business #facebook #India #China #Japan #Brazil #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #Latin America