Syria drops cluster bombs on civilians
MAREA: Syria is reported to have used cluster bombs over this Syrian town on December 12, killing at least four civilians and wounding 23. The attack, activists said, marked a deliberate targeting of civilians by President Bashar al-Assad’s military.
Toll from cold snap in Europe rises to 200
Moscow: A vicious cold snap across Russia and eastern Europe has claimed nearly 200 lives in the past week, officials figures showed on Friday. In Russia, the cold has killed two people in the past 24 hours, the Ria-Novosti agency reported. Thermometers have been stuck below minus 20 degrees Celsius for a week.
Malala against college being named after her
MINGORA: Malala Yousufzai, 15, who became a symbol of resistance against the Taliban after being shot at by militants, urged Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a college in her honour to avert militant attacks on students, an official said Friday.
Russia House passes anti-US adoption bill
MOSCOW: The lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma, on Friday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban adoption of Russian children by Americans, sending the controversial legislation a step closer to President Vladimir Putin’s desk.
Sri Lankan court stops vote to impeach CJ
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s appeal court on Friday blocked parliament from voting to impeach the chief justice, the latest step in a clash between President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government and the judiciary. Shirani Bandaranayake was found guilty by a parliamentary panel this month of financial irregularities.