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Day: January 13, 2016

UK weather: Ice, sleet and lows of 8C possible as Arctic air blows through UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK weather: Ice, sleet and lows of 8C possible as Arctic air blows through UK

    Ice, sleet and lows of 8C possible as Arctic air blows through UK. Ice, sleet and snow is expected in the north of England and in Scotland as fresh Arctic air blows through the UK this week, bringing down temperatures to as low as 8 degrees Celsius. Car owners have been warned of hazardous driving conditions after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for ice across much of Scotland, the north west of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and the West Midlands for Wednesday morning. Heavy showery rain moving through the west of England with the risk of hail and thunder is expected to bring snow to parts of the north of England on Wednesday, and to high ground in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and the hills of Wales. But temperatures across are set to fall in gener...
1971 war hero Lieutenant Genera J.F.R. Jacob dies
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

1971 war hero Lieutenant Genera J.F.R. Jacob dies

    Lieutenant General J.F.R. Jacob (retd), who played a key role in the 1971 war which broke up Pakistan and created Bangladesh, died in New Delhi on Wednesday, a hospital said. The 93-year-old passed away Indian time at about 8.30am at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) due to pneumonia, a hospital official said. He had been admitted on 1 January. Jacob was the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command during the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to Pakistan’s eastern wing seceding and becoming an independent Bangladesh. Jacob also served as the governor of Goa and Punjab.
Denmark to force refugees to give up valuables under proposed asylum law
ENGLISH, Europe

Denmark to force refugees to give up valuables under proposed asylum law

    Denmark will force refugees to hand over their valuables in order to pay for their accommodation while applying for asylum, in a move the UN has warned may fuel fear and xenophobia. The Danish government has secured a parliamentary majority in favour of legislation that will severely curb the rights of refugees, and is expected to pass the legislation in parliament on Wednesday. The bill states that asylum seekers who arrive with more than 10,000 kronas in cash “will have to [use] the surplus above 10,000 kronas to pay for their stay”, Danish government spokesman Marcus Knuth told the Guardian. After criticism of an earlier draft of the law, refugees will no longer have to give up items of sentimental value, such as wedding rings or items deemed as essential, such as watch...
Turkey arrests Russian suspects after Istanbul attack
ENGLISH, Europe

Turkey arrests Russian suspects after Istanbul attack

    Police in Antalya have arrested three Russians accused of having connections with the terror group Islamic State. An anti-terror squad conducted the raid a day after a suicide bomber killed 10 people in Istanbul. Russia's Consulate General in Turkey's Mediterranean city, Antalya, confirmed that three of its na-tionals had been detained over suspected connections with the Islamic State (IS). Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said that an anti-terrorism squad conducted the raids on Wednesday. The suspects were allegedly in contact with IS fighters in conflict areas and had provided logistical support to the group, Anadolu said. Moscow says thousands of Russians have left the country to join the IS in Syria. The arrests come in the wake of a terror attack in Istanbul a d...
Iran: 10 US sailors detained by revolutionary guard released after Persian Gulf incursion
Arab world, ENGLISH

Iran: 10 US sailors detained by revolutionary guard released after Persian Gulf incursion

    Iranian naval authorities have released 10 US sailors who unwittingly strayed into the Islamic Republic's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf . Officials in both the US and Iran have worked speedily to head off a serious international incident over the loss of the two patrol boats, which has been blamed on a navigational error. The US and its allies are on the cusp of lifting sanctions on Iran following an agreement on the country's nuclear programme in July. Iran's Republic Guard's broadcast a statement on Iranian State Television saying it had freed the the US sailors and explaining they had been released into international waters. Iranian naval authorities had promised the swift release of the sailors on state television, Admiral Ali Fadavi, the naval commander of Ir...