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Islamic State militants ‘filmed torturing Syrian boy’

A graphic mobile phone video obtained by the BBC appears to show militants from Islamic State (IS) torturing a 14-year-old Syrian boy. The footage, filmed by a defector from the jihadist group, shows the boy being beaten while he hangs by his wrists. The UN has accused IS and other armed groups in Syria and […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

US Senate in urgent surveillance debate as deadline looms

The US Senate is meeting in a rare weekend sitting to try to avert the expiry of anti-terrorist laws that let security services collect phone data. Senators have failed to extend key provisions of the law, known as the Patriot Act, which are set to expire at midnight local time (04:00 GMT). Senators are still […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in America,World | Read More »

Nepal quake: Schools in affected areas start to re-open

Thousands of schools damaged during April’s devastating earthquake in Nepal have begun to re-open. More than 25,000 classrooms in some 8,000 schools were destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake and its aftershocks, and more than 8,000 people died. Many have only been rebuilt on a temporary basis using materials such as bamboo, wood and tarpaulin. […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in Asia,World | Read More »

Sepp Blatter: Europe’s ‘hate’ campaign against Fifa

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has condemned what he described as a “hate” campaign against football’s world governing body by European officials. And he said he was “shocked” by the comments of US prosecutors following the arrests of Fifa officials under an American anti-corruption warrant. The 79-year-old Swiss was re-elected on Friday at a Fifa congress […]

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in Europe,World | Read More »

Russia cries foul: Fifa arrests ‘a conspiracy’ says Moscow

As the rest of the world debates the exposure of corruption at the heart of Fifa, all the talk swirling in Russia is of a conspiracy. President Vladimir Putin argues that the criminal inquiry is aimed at ousting long-time Fifa president Sepp Blatter from his post. He sees it as punishment for continuing to support […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Europe,World | Read More »

Fifa corruption: Congress opens as sponsor concerns grow

Football’s governing body Fifa is due to open its annual congress despite warnings from sponsors that they may review ties over the arrest of senior officials on corruption charges. Visa says it will reassess its sponsorship unless Fifa makes changes. Coca-Cola and Adidas voiced concern. The European football body Uefa will decide whether to boycott […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Fifa corruption inquiries: Officials arrested in Zurich

Two criminal investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body Fifa are under way, with seven senior officials arrested in Zurich on US charges. Separately, Swiss prosecutors have launched a criminal case into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 world cups, to be held in Russia and Qatar respectively. The seven are among 14 […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in Europe,World | Read More »

Malaysia exhumes suspected migrant remains from graves

Malaysia has begun exhuming bodies suspected to be migrants buried in mass grave sites found by the Thai border. Authorities believe migrants were held for ransom in jungle camps, and those who died were buried in 139 graves. Thousands of migrants have left Myanmar and Bangladesh in recent weeks on boats and overland through Thailand […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Asia,World | Read More »

Islamic State crisis: Iraq will take back Ramadi ‘in days’ – PM Abadi

The Iraqi city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State (IS) militants “in days”, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC. But he said more support was needed from international coalition partners. Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the hands of IS over the past year, and fled from […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Malaysia finds ‘migrant’ mass graves near Thai border

Several mass graves thought to contain bodies of migrants have been found in Malaysia, authorities say. Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted by Malayia’s Star newspaper as saying the graves were found in 17 abandoned trafficking camps near the Thai border. He did not know how many bodies had been recovered. Several mass graves have […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Asia,World | Read More »