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Day: February 3, 2016

Taliban Gun Down 10 Years Old Militia Hero in Afghanistan
Asia, ENGLISH

Taliban Gun Down 10 Years Old Militia Hero in Afghanistan

    The Afghan government declared Wasil Ahmad a hero for leading a militia’s defense against a Taliban siege last year, parading him in front of cameras in a borrowed police uniform too big for him. On Monday, the Taliban triumphantly announced that they had assassinated him with two bullets to the head. Wasil Ahmad was 10 years old. He was gunned down in Tirin Kot city, the capital of southern Oruzgan Province, just a few months after leaving militia life and enrolling in school as a fourth grader. Wasil’s story is a painful example of how child combatants continue to be a part of life in Afghanistan, both in the ranks of pro-government forces and among the Taliban insurgents. Rafiullah Baidar, a spokesman for the Afghan independent human rights commission, said that despite...
Irish general election to take place on 26 February
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Irish general election to take place on 26 February

    The Irish general election will take place on 26 February, the country’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, has said, as he dissolved the Dáil and kicked off one of the shortest election battles in Irish political history. Political scientists, election number crunchers and bookmakers are predicting that Kenny will make history by being returned as Taoiseach. If the experts and recent opinion polls are correct, Kenny will become the first ever Fine Gael Taoiseach to be elected for a second term since Ireland became independent from Britain in 1922. While the odds are in favour of Kenny becoming Taoiseach again and thus taking the salute at the military parade on Easter Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rising in Dublin against British rule, opinion polls indicate his pa...
Pensioner bleeds to death during operation after spelling mistake on blood supply
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Pensioner bleeds to death during operation after spelling mistake on blood supply

    Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, north-west London A pensioner bled to death after a spelling mistake meant blood intended for her during an operation was sent back. Irmgard Cooper, 85, died at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, north-west London, as blood supplies were severely delayed. An inquest at North London Coroner's Court heard that her name had been spelt as Irngard instead of Irmgard, which resulted in the delay. In addition, the surgeon had not been told no blood supplies were available during the operation until he was carrying out the procedure on May 7 last year. By the time replacement supplies arrived, Mrs Cooper, who lived in Hayling Island, Hampshire, had lost all her blood and she died on the operating table, the Brent and Kilburn Times reported. The G...
Vulnerable Asia fears Zika outbreak
ENGLISH, Extras

Vulnerable Asia fears Zika outbreak

    Densely packed slums, rampant mosquitoes and a history of rapidly spreading infections make Asia particularly vulnerable to the devastating Zika virus, posing a massive challenge for the region, health experts warn. Thailand confirmed Tuesday that a man contracted the mosquito-borne infection, blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies in South America, while Indonesia has also reported a domestic case. The cases in Asia come as top US health authorities confirmed this week a patient in Texas contracted the Zika virus through sexual transmission, fuelling fears the disease may spread rapidly. Officials in India worry it could be next, noting that the Zika and dengue fever-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives in the high-density communities of its teeming c...
Two Injured As Explosion Blows Hole In Jet
Arab world, ENGLISH

Two Injured As Explosion Blows Hole In Jet

    A passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing after an explosion blew a gaping hole in its fuselage. The pilot of the plane, which was forced to land minutes after taking off from Somalia's Mogadishu airport, said he thought a bomb was the cause. An aviation expert who examined pictures of the hole in the fuselage said the damage was consistent with an explosive device. Two people suffered minor injuries as 74 passengers and crew of the airliner were evacuated after the plane made a safe landing, Somali aviation official Ali Mohamoud said. There are unverified reports that a male passenger fell out of the hole caused by the blast. Mohamed Hassan, a police officer in Balad town - 30km north of Mogadishu - said residents had found the dead body of an old man who mi...