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Day: September 29, 2015

Labour promises to renationalise English Railways
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Labour promises to renationalise English Railways

    The Labour conference has formally committed itself to the renationalisation of the English rail network as it pledged to oppose another round of unneeded, unwanted and ill-thought-through privatisation. In a significant boost for the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who has suffered a series of setbacks over the EU and Trident, Labour’s national executive committee agreed a statement that paves the way for the rolling renationalisation of the rail network. Conference opposes another round of unneeded, unwanted and ill-thought-through privatisation,” it said. “We believe there is a better way. Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), welcomed the move. Opening the debate on the NEC statement in a speech from the Labour conferen...
Stranger than fiction: America’s Muslim obsession
America, ENGLISH

Stranger than fiction: America’s Muslim obsession

Taj Hashmi: Recently, yet another Arab Muslim faced racial and religious discrimination in America. After being tipped off by a school teacher, the police arrested Ahmed Mohamed. A 14-year old school student at Irving, Texas for bringing a device to school, which he claimed was a clock he made to impress his science teacher. Although the device did not look like a bomb, the police arrested and detained the boy for several hours on charges of bringing a hoax-bomb to school. Meanwhile, Ahmed Mohamed has become a celebrity. Millions of Americans condemned the way his teachers and police treated him. President Obama formally invited him to the White House which was an exceptional gesture of goodwill towards Muslims, and a unique way of saying sorry to someone unnecessarily traumatised and hu...
British IS Fighters Hit With UN Sanctions
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British IS Fighters Hit With UN Sanctions

    Four British jihadis who have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State have been hit with UN sanctions. They are: Omar Hussain from High Wycombe, Nasser Muthana from Cardiff, Aqsa Mahmood from Glasgow and Sally Jones from Chatham, in Kent. Under the UN's al Qaeda sanctions regime, the jihadists will face a global asset freeze and travel ban. It means if they try to cross into another country they are likely to be arrested on the spot. Jones went to Syria in 2013 with husband Junaid Hussain, who was killed in a US airstrike in August. She uses social media as a recruitment tool to get women to join IS. Mahmood also went to Syria two years ago, and is believed to be a key figure in the al Khanssaa brigade, a female brigade in Raqqa which was established by the militants to e...
Militant attack fear: UK, US, Canada alert citizens in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Militant attack fear: UK, US, Canada alert citizens in Bangladesh

    The United States and Canada have warned their citizens of militant attacks in Bangladesh, asking them to remain alert. The directives came today, a day after the United Kingdom issued travel alert where it claimed militants may be targeting western interests in Bangladesh. Also yesterday, an Italian national, Cesare Tavella was shot dead in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic zone. The 50-year-old Italian was working as the project manager of Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (Proofs), a project of Netherlands-based organisation ICCO Cooperation since May. The fear of militant attack was first expressed by Australia on Thursday when the Australia national cricket team delayed its start for Bangladesh. According to Australian government alert, Australian interests can be t...
Lots of Screams As Woman Falls Four Floors In Debenhams
London

Lots of Screams As Woman Falls Four Floors In Debenhams

    The woman, who has been taken to hospital, fell at the store's flagship branch in Oxford Street on Sunday afternoon. Police are said to be treating the incident as non-suspicious. Customers have spoken of their shock at witnessing the woman's fall. One 19-year-old shopper, who asked not to be named, told the Evening Standard: “We were on the ground floor as it happened, and she landed on the basement floor. “There was a very loud bang and lots of screams. It was really awful – no one really knew what to do. It was very, very busy and there were a few kids. I witnessed a lot of people walking from the escalator where they saw the incident running outside crying and covering their eyes. Everyone was just in shock. A police spokesman said officers were called to the store at ...