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Day: January 30, 2016

Up To 40 Migrants Drown After Boat Sinks
ENGLISH, Europe

Up To 40 Migrants Drown After Boat Sinks

    Up to 40 migrants, including at least five children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea after their boat capsized off the Turkish coast. The vessel, which was en route to the Greek island of Lesbos, sank near the resort of Ayvacik - and Turkish officials have said they expect the death toll to rise, as more bodies are believed to be inside the boat. According to the Anadolu agency, 75 passengers survived and were rescued - including people from Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar. Some of the survivors have been hospitalised with symptoms of hypothermia, and divers are continuing to search the area. It is believed the boat hit rocks soon after leaving Canakkale, which lies about five miles north of Lesbos. Distressing pictures from the scene showed the bodies of women and children ...
Why do British Bangladeshi women join IS in Syria?
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Why do British Bangladeshi women join IS in Syria?

    Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abasi, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16 of Bethnal Green Academy school living in east London, ran off to Syria on February 17, 2015 to join the terror group under the influence of another female British member of the group. Photo: BBC Bangla Islamic State (IS) has been successful in recruiting quite a few British-Bangladeshi women, reports BBC Bangla. The women are being recruited online, only to serve as sex slaves to the IS men, the BBC report said on January 30. It investigates the reasons behind these women for running off to war stricken Syria to join the clan. It has almost been a year since the three British-Bangladeshi teenage girls fled from their homes in UK to join the extremist group. Their unsuspecting friends and family were baffled by the...
German govt agrees tighter asylum rules
ENGLISH, Europe

German govt agrees tighter asylum rules

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their left-leaning Social Democrat (SPD) coali-tion partners agreed on Thursday to tighten asylum rules, reaching a compromise on how to stem an influx of migrants that topped one million last year. The new measures include a two-year ban on family reunions for asylum seekers who are granted lim-ited refugee protection and speeding up the deportations of failed applicants, said Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, announcing the deal. A dispute over tighter immigration rules has been straining the ruling coalition, which includes Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party, as well Gabriel's SPD. All three parties are eager to show voters that, despite deep divisions, t...
Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: I Bailed You Out Twice
Arab world, ENGLISH

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: I Bailed You Out Twice

    A Saudi prince may have just beaten Donald Trump at a game of Twitter trolling. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Twitter that he's bailed the billionaire out twice -- and suggested the GOP presidential frontrunner might need his help a third time. The exchange was initiated by Trump, who had retweeted a badly Photoshopped image showing the prince with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, calling him a co-owner of the network: The reply from bin Talal: The prince's tweet included news stories showing that he bought Trump's yacht in 1991, which had been turned over to creditors when he was $900 million in debt, according to Buzzfeed. He also included a link to a story showing that he was part of the group that bought New York City's Plaza Hotel from Trump in 1995. As part of the deal...
Russian Raids Kill 1,400 Syrian Civilians
ENGLISH, Europe

Russian Raids Kill 1,400 Syrian Civilians

    Almost 1,400 civilians have died in Russian air strikes in Syria since the bombing raids began last September, it has been reported. The aerial attacks have also killed at least 965 Islamic State fighters and 1,233 others from different insurgent groups, according to UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It comes as UN-brokered peace talks are being held in Geneva, Switzerland, to try to end Syria's five-year-old civil war, which has claimed the lives of over 260,000 people and displaced more than half the population. The main Syrian opposition group heading to the discussions, the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC), has demanded a halt to Moscow's bombing campaign, which is aimed at helping Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Moscow says it is targeting ...