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Shooting incident: Acting Police Commissioner should give clear explanation - Opposition leader

22 November 2014 14:54:56 timesofmalta.com

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said this afternoon he “expected and demanded” a clear explanation from the Police Commissioner as to why a car shot at by a minister’s driver on Wednesday night was moved before the arrival of the magistrate. Dr Busuttil was addressing a news conference in Triq Wied tal-Kappara, situated in a small residential road in Gzira, where, according to witnesses, the shooting took place. He said it was unacceptable that the Prime Minister was waiting for the results of the inquiry to take action when he should immediately remove minister Manuel Mallia. Dr Busuttil said that the removal of the car before the arrival of the magistrate was a clear attempt at covering up what happened and it seemed the car was moved on the order of the acting Police Commissioner. This was apart from the fact that an official government statement on Wednesday night said warning shots in the air were fired, when the shots were in fact fired at the car. This was a clear attempt at a cover-up, Dr Busuttil said. Witnesses said that just before 9pm on the night of the incident they heard a horn honking and went out to see what was happening. They saw two men arguing and some 10...

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Islamic State kills 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

22 November 2014 14:52:42 Gulf times - TopNewsList

Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad ...

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Strong quake strikes Nagano city in central Japan; no immediate reports of injuries or damage

22 November 2014 14:51:35 FOX News

A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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West wants regime change in Russia over Ukraine, says Kremlin

22 November 2014 14:49:16 South China Morning Post - World feed

Russia has accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

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Tunisian Woman Wins Muslims Beauty Pageant

22 November 2014 14:46:17 Morocco World News

PRAMBANAN (Indonesia) – A Tunisian woman called for a free Palestine as she won a pageant exclusively for Muslims in Indonesia Friday, seen as a riposte to Western beauty contests. Eighteen finalists, who include a doctor and a computer scientist, paraded in glittering dresses against the backdrop of world-renowned ancient temples for the contest in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Computer scientist Fatma Ben Guefrache was announced the winner and received a prize which includes a gold watch, a gold dinar, and mini pilgrimage to Mecca. “May almighty Allah help me in this mission, and free Palestine, please, please, free Palestine and the Syrian people,” the tearful 25-year-old woman said. The 18 finalists were required to wear the Muslim headscarf and judged not only on their appearance, but also on how well they recite verses from the Koran and their views on Islam in the modern world. “We want to see that they understand everything about the Islamic way of life — from what they eat, what they wear, how they live their lives,” said Jameyah Sheriff, one of the organizers. The World Muslimah Award first drew global attention in 2013 when organizers presented it as a peaceful protest to Miss World, which was taking place around the same time on the resort island of Bali. While it remains popular in some countries, British-run Miss World has faced frequent accusations that it is degrading to women, and a round in which contestants pose in bikinis has been a lightning rod for criticism. In an effort to appease hardliners, Miss World organizers axed the bikini round for the Bali edition, but the event still sparked demonstrations from Islamic radicals who dubbed it a “whore contest”. ‘Headscarves not scary’ British contestant Dina Torkia said she hoped this year’s World Muslimah Award would not only provide a contrast to Western beauty pageants, but would also dispel prejudices against Islam. “I think the most important thing is to show that we are really normal girls, we are not married to terrorists. This scarf on my head isn’t scary,” she told AFP. However the 2014 pageant has faced challenges, with seven finalists dropping out and others struggling with Indonesia’s complex bureaucracy to obtain visas. Most who pulled out did so because their families did not want them to travel alone, Sheriff said. The Indian contestant missed her initial flight as she was being questioned by officials who were suspicious of a woman traveling alone and wearing a headscarf, although she managed to get on a plane later. Others have gone to great lengths to take part in the fourth edition of the event, with Masturah Binte Jamil quitting her teaching job in Singapore after her employer would not give her time off to participate. Organizers hope to present positive role models for Islamic women around the world and the contestants, who are aged between 18 and 27, include a newly qualified doctor from Bangladesh. But not everyone was enjoying the final rounds, with Britain’s Torkia saying her initial optimism had turned into disappointment. “I came into this competition hoping that I would leave with my faith increased, but so far it’s been a lot about promotion and media and looking nice,” she said. Friday’s finale caps a lengthy process, which included an online audition followed by two weeks of events in Indonesia. During their time in Indonesia, contestants have visited orphanages and nursing homes, and had their pictures taken at Borobudur, a famous Buddhist temple close to Yogyakarta, Java’s cultural heartland. The finale takes place on a stage against the backdrop of Prambanan, a ninth-century complex of Hindu temples on the island of Java that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hosting the event at a Hindu site was a conscious decision to show that Muslims are accepting of other religions, organizers said.

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Album zooms in on Macao's fascinating culture

22 November 2014 14:43:27 China Daily

China Daily's latest photo album highlights the intricate creativity of Chinese photographers as they capture Macao's unique culture.

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Heavy casualties of Sichuan quake 'not likely': ministry

22 November 2014 14:43:13 China Daily

China's Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) on Saturday said the quake in southwestern province of Sichuan are not likely to cause heavy casualties.

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Judge who imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists now 'terrorizing' attorneys

22 November 2014 14:41:00 WN.com - World News

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Northeast Ohio overdoses linked to pain-killer

22 November 2014 14:41:00 WN.com - World News

Authorities in Cleveland are warning people of a deadly drug circulating that has caused at least four overdose deaths...

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Davis Cup Final Live Blog: Day 1 as it happened (Davis Cup)

22 November 2014 14:41:00 WN.com - World News

(Source: Davis Cup) The score up in lights The lights are going out inside and out at Lille&s Stade Pierre Mauroy, and as we wrap up...

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The Week in Quotes (FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association)

22 November 2014 14:41:00 WN.com - World News

(Source: FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association) "I&m not the sort of person who poses in their underwear. I hate the red carpet. I prefer the green grass. After the games the highlights show mostly the goals, scoring chances, assists. The spectator tends not to remember that as a goalkeeper I make difficult saves at great risk and start moves with my efforts." Manuel Neuer on...

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Bammou: We're improving all the time (FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association)

22 November 2014 14:41:00 WN.com - World News

(Source: FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Nantes forward Yacine Bammou believes Les Canaris can keep on surprising people and stay among the French Ligue 1 pace-setters. Few expected Michel Der Zakarian&s side to be doing so well this season but Nantes have lost only two of their 13 league games and lie in fifth ahead of sixth-placed St Etienne&s visit to Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday afternoon. "We all want to stay in the top five and we all want to carry on our good run, to not...

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A global day of oceanic solidarity (Greenpeace International)

22 November 2014 14:41:00 WN.com - World News

(Source: Greenpeace International) Exactly one year ago I had the privilege to attended the congress of European fishers using fishing gear with a low impact on marine life. At this congress, their brand new association L.I.F.E. (Low Impact Fishers of Europe) was officially established. It was a special moment of solidarity between fishers in Europe who put healthy seas before quick profits. Today, the acts of solidarity continue as people in 20 countries on five continents send a powerful message supporting low impact fishers and a sustainable future for our oceans. Holding signs saying, "Overfishing affects me too", fish mongers,...

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FBI arrests 2 would-be Ferguson bomb suspects ahead of jury decision

22 November 2014 14:41:00 WN.com - World News

Police and protest organizers have laid the groundwork for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August....

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Activist group says US-led airstrikes in Syria kill over 900 people, including 52 civilians

22 November 2014 14:40:59 WN.com - World News

Published November 22, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Email Print BEIRUT – A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that the U.S.-led airstrikes have killed 785...

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Tessa Jowell Planning To Run For London Mayor

22 November 2014 14:40:59 WN.com - World News

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What if all cops wore cameras? California town's success echoes to Ferguson

22 November 2014 14:40:59 WN.com - World News

When five police cruisers entered a mini-mall parking lot earlier this week in Rialto, Calif., it might have signaled trouble. Three men were handcuffed – two Latinos and an African-American. For about 20 minutes, the police questioned the three men as a crowd gathered. At last, everyone was let go. There could be a number of reasons why the tension-filled exchange did not descend into violence. But Vernon Tucker, the head of security at the mini-mall, is convinced that the body cameras the police were wearing were a factor. Recommended: Policing America “I do think it was the cameras that kept this from going south,” says Mr. Tucker, who has worked at the mini-mall for five years and says...

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US-led strikes have killed 910 people in Syria - monitor

22 November 2014 14:40:59 WN.com - World News

The majority of the deaths, 785, were Islamic State fighters....

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Kenya bus militants shoot dead 28

22 November 2014 14:40:59 WN.com - World News

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, have claimed responsibility for an attack on a bus in Kenya in which 28 non-Muslims were singled out and killed. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the dawn attack through its radio station in Somalia today saying it was in retaliation for raids by Kenyan security forces earlier this week on four mosques on the Kenyan coast. Nineteen men and nine women were killed in the bus attack, said Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo. The bus travelling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the town of Mandera near Kenya's border with Somalia, said two police officers. They said the bus was first waved...

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Family of NYC man killed by police seek answers

22 November 2014 14:40:59 WN.com - World News

Travel Deals $139 -- 4-Star Midtown Manhattan Hotel, 60% Off   See all travel deals » TOM HAYS, The Associated Press Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:04 AM NEW YORK (AP) - The sister of an unarmed man fatally shot by a rookie New York City police officer is scheduled to appear with civil rights advocate the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton's National Action Organization says Akai Gurley's sister and the mother of his daughter will appear at a Saturday morning event. Authorities say the 28-year-old Gurley was killed late Thursday in a darkened stairwell in a public housing building....

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Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

22 November 2014 14:40:58 WN.com - World News

Ukraine has said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and has vowed to boost its own...

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US releases Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo Bay

22 November 2014 14:40:58 WN.com - World News

MIAMI (AP) — A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released as the U.S....

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Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State

22 November 2014 14:40:58 WN.com - World News

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance...

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One killed in 6.3 quake in China

22 November 2014 14:40:58 WN.com - World News

At least one woman was killed today when a 6.3-magnitude strong earthquake jolted a...

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75-year-old grandmother thwarts would-be robbers

22 November 2014 14:40:57 WN.com - World News

When Nancy Stowe saw robbers beating her grandson and son at the gas station, she jumped into action, just as she had many times before. The 75-year-old woman is being credited for scaring the robbers off before they could do additional damage during an attempted robbery that happened...

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One dead after strong China quake

22 November 2014 14:40:57 WN.com - World News

At least one person has died after a strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, officials said. The US Geological Survey said the 5.9-magnitude quake had a depth of nine miles. It struck in the late afternoon on Saturday about 20 miles from the town of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's seismological agency gave the magnitude as 6.3. A woman in her 70s died after being struck by a falling window pane, state media said. A duty officer at the Kangding county government said the quake lasted only a few seconds, and that there had been some reports of cracks in buildings and toppled walls. The area is frequently struck by earthquakes, and the government...

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Drone pilots scour battlefield from comforts of home

22 November 2014 14:40:57 WN.com - World News

Dozens of men and women look for suspected Iraqi and Syrian jihadists while using computer screens in the US....

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Bynes has real medical issue: Ribeiro

22 November 2014 14:40:57 WN.com - World News

November 22: Bynes has real medical issue: Ribeiro (18:38) Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Actor Alfonso Ribeiro says actress Amanda Bynes, who grabbed headlines recently for her erratic behaviour, acted strangely on the set of the film “Love Wrecked” in 2005. In an interview with InTouch magazine,...

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Nagorno-Karabkah says it killed 2 Azeri soldiers

22 November 2014 14:40:57 WN.com - World News

Travel Deals $139 -- 4-Star Midtown Manhattan Hotel, 60% Off   See all travel deals » The Associated Press Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:21 AM YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Nagorno-Karabakh says its forces have killed two Azerbaijani soldiers in an operation to recover the bodies of three helicopter crew members whose craft was shot down by Azerbaijan this month. The separatist region's army revealed the overnight operation in a statement Saturday. The Azerbaijani region and some adjacent territory have been under the control of Armenian soldiers and ethnic Armenian local troops since the...

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N. Korean student escaped kidnap attempt in Paris

22 November 2014 14:40:57 WN.com - World News

Travel Deals $139 -- 4-Star Midtown Manhattan Hotel, 60% Off   See all travel deals » ELAINE GANLEY, The Associated Press Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:34 AM PARIS (AP) - A North Korean student with family ties to the regime has escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding. A French source said Saturday that the student, identified only as Han, escaped a kidnapping attempt at a Paris airport where he was to be put on a plane for the North Korean capital Pyongyang. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't...

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