Thursday, January 20

Day: February 12, 2016

British tourist refused entry to Thailand after using passport as loo roll
Asia, ENGLISH

British tourist refused entry to Thailand after using passport as loo roll

    UK British tourist refused entry to Thailand after using passport as loo roll A British tourist has been refused entry into Thailand because she ripped pages out of her passport to use as toilet paper on a night out. Faye Wilson, 28, a hairdresser from the Lake District, was escorted all the way back to the UK by a security guard after being turned back at the airport by immigration. She said that she and a friend had used the passport pages as toilet paper when they'd got caught short a few years earlier. Faye, who had been planning on spending a month in Thailand before working in Australia for a year, had caught a connecting flight to Bangkok from Dubai. She said she didn't even have the chance to explain why her passport pages were missing before she was turned away. S...
Arrest After Company Boss Shot Dead In Digbeth
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Arrest After Company Boss Shot Dead In Digbeth

    Akhtar Javeed An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a business owner who was shot dead in Birmingham last week. Married father-of-four Akhtar Javeed died in hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck during an attempted robbery at his warehouse. Police believe two men were involved in a "targeted" raid at the premises in Rea Street South, Digbeth, on 3 February. Three of Mr Javeed's colleagues were reportedly tied up by robbers who demanded keys to a safe. West Midlands Police made the arrest in Derby on Thursday night. Man shot dead in warehouse robbery bid Mr Javeed has been described by his family as a "loving grandfather" and "honest man". The 56-year-old lived in east London and helped run the Birmingham-based food and drink f...
Unesco to assess Rampal power plant’s impacts on Sundarbans
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Unesco to assess Rampal power plant’s impacts on Sundarbans

    A high-profile Unesco delegation will visit the Sundarbans soon to assess the possible impacts of the proposed coal-based Rampal power plant on the world's largest mangrove forest. "Unesco wants to send its team this month (February) but we've requested them to be here in March next," Chief Conservator of Forests Yunus Ali told UNB. He said the Unesco team is going to visit the Sundarbans as it is a Unesco world heritage site. "The del-egation will assess the potential impacts of the proposed Rampal power plant and see what remedial measures have been taken to address the possible impacts." An official at Unesco Dhaka office said the delegation is coming in late February or early March this year. On December 9, 2014, there had been huge oil spill at the Shela River in the ...
Partial Syria ceasefire agreed at Munich talks
Arab world, ENGLISH

Partial Syria ceasefire agreed at Munich talks

    A cessation of hostilities is to come into force in Syria within a week and humanitarian aid is to be delivered to besieged areas across the country in the next few days, the US, Russia and other powers said late on Thursday night at talks in Munich. There was no clear commitment to end Russian airstrikes, however. Galvanised by mounting international concern over the war, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said progress had been made towards implementing a nationwide cessation of hostilities, although it was not clear how this could happen unless Russia stops bombing civilians and mainstream rebels who are fighting the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. Action against Islamic State would continue. Western diplomats confirmed that there had been no agreement by Moscow ...
Passenger travelling with wife and child dies on flight to Singapore
Asia, ENGLISH

Passenger travelling with wife and child dies on flight to Singapore

    The passenger, believed to be a man who was travelling with his wife and child, passed away while flying from New Delhi to Singapore on Wednesday. The incident is reportedly being investigated by police, according to The Straits Times. The passenger, believed to be a 34-year-old Indian national, was pronounced dead on the flight by doctors, the website reported. A source speaking to Channel NewsAsia said the passenger was a male and had been with wife and child. But a Singapore Airlines spokesperson did not confirm whether the passenger had been travelling with their family and said further details regarding the incident could not be shared “for privacy purposes”. The spokesperson told the website: “We can confirm with regret that a passenger had passed away on flight SQ40...