Monthly archives: October 2013


Trending: No Woman, No Drive

This weekend a handful of women in Saudi Arabia defied a ban on driving and took to the wheel – many posted videos of themselves on YouTube – but what got the biggest response on social media was a video made by a Saudi comedian. Who is he, and what does the video mean? Hisham Fageeh Saudi comedian based in the capital Riyadh Fresh back in Saudi Arabia after courses […]


Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows

As terrorism increasingly becomes a tactic of warfare, the number of attacks and fatalities soared to a record high in 2012, according to a new report obtained exclusively by CNN. More than 8,500 terrorist attacks killed nearly 15,500 people last year as violence tore through Africa, Asia and the Middle East, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. That’s a 69% rise in […]


A fiery Italian! Europe's most active volcano Mount Etna erupts sending lava and ash clouds billowing into the air

The latest eruption in a series since 2007 closed airspace on Saturday It is believed to be one of the volcano’s biggest eruptions, experts claim Almost 1m years old, it is currently standing at 10,925 feet tall and growing Europe’s most active volcano Mount Etna has erupted, spewing lava into the air and sending a vast plume of smoke over Sicily. The eruption did not require any of the villages […]

SHUTDOWN! Trains suspended, flights cancelled and road bridges shut as 110mph St Jude's Storm brings travel chaos for millions

Amendments and cancellations on First Capital Connect, Southeastern, Greater Anglia and Stansted Express Also disruption on East Coast, c2c, First Great Western, Southern, Gatwick Express and South West Trains Ferries from Poole and Weymouth to Guernsey & Jersey cancelled and hovercrafts to Isle of Wight suspended About 60 flights cancelled at London Heathrow Airport today – but none yet at Gatwick, Stansted and Luton Forecasters warn houses face damage, trees […]

Obama 'not told of Merkel phone bugging'

The chief of the US spy agency NSA has not discussed the alleged bugging of German chancellor’s phone with President Barack Obama, officials say. Gen Keith Alexander never discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Angela Merkel, an NSA spokeswoman said. German media say the US has been tapping the chancellor’s phone since 2002, and Mr Obama was told in 2010. The row has led to the worst diplomatic crisis between the […]


Are Western sanctions against Iran to blame for playwright's death?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Iranians say access to life-saving drugs is difficult because of Western sanctions West has imposed harsh economic sanctions for Iran’s failure to suspend nuclear program Economic sanctions targeting Iranian banks and energy sector have crippled Iran’s economy U.S. officials say Western sanctions are designed to target government, not citizens In July, Iran lost one of its most acclaimed playwrights and directors when Mahmoud Ostad-Mohammad passed away in Tehran […]


Serial blasts rock Patna; 1 dead, 20 injured

PATNA: One person was killed and at least 20 others injured as serial blasts ripped through Patna just hours before Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was to address the Hunkar Rally in the city on Sunday. Some reports said that as many as five low-intensity blasts took place in Bihar’s capital, while others reports suggested that there were three explosions: one at a toilet at the Patna […]

Why Saudi Arabia can't ban women from driving forever

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Saudi women are preparing to defy a ban in the kingdom on women driving Mohammed Jamjoom, who grew up in Jeddah, recalls women dressing up as men to drive Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system means women can’t legally be responsible for own affairs October 26 Women’s Driving Campaign has garnered more than 16,000 petition signatures There’s something extraordinary happening in Saudi Arabia right now. I should know — you […]

Orangutan tied up and taunted by cruel mob which made her climb up a pole is rescued by a British charity

Alone with no water, orangutan was surrounded by jeering humans Rescued by International Animal Rescue after villager became concerned Taunted and tormented, a female orangutan is cruelly mocked by villagers who have captured her and turned her into an afternoon’s entertainment. Alone with no water or food, she is surrounded by a circle of jeering humans. When she tries to break free, to run back to the jungle in western […]