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Day: February 14, 2016

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo: monitor
Arab world, ENGLISH

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo: monitor

    Turkish artillery on Saturday bombarded areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The monitoring group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said Turkish shelling struck areas of Aleppo, including Minnigh, recently taken by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia from Islamist rebels. Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG militia to be branches of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state. The shelling came shortly after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara would, if necessary, take military action against the PYD. A YPG source told AFP that the Turkish shelling targeted the strategic ...
Kim Jong un builds a visitor centre to improve tourism infrastructure in North Korea
Asia, ENGLISH

Kim Jong un builds a visitor centre to improve tourism infrastructure in North Korea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets North Korea's female soccer team as they arrive at Pyongyang International Airport on Monday after winning the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup. The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has built a visitors centre in an attempt to attract more tourists. The repressive state currently receives around 100,000 leisure visitors every year; most of them Chinese in tour groups. However, to try and increase the number of visitors, Kim Jong-un has invested £7 million in a hub for tourists, according to the Mirror. In addition, border controls are to be relaxed for day trips between Dandong in China and Sinuiji in the north-west North Korea. At a cost of £83 per person, the day trips also come with numerous rules for their conduct while inside the secr...
UK weather: Snow, floods and ice forecast for Valentine’s Day as temperatures plunge to -15
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK weather: Snow, floods and ice forecast for Valentine’s Day as temperatures plunge to -15

    Parts of the UK are set to plummet to temperatures as low as -15C over the next few days, with some expecting considerable amounts of snow and flooding. Britain is set for up to four inches of snow over a freezing Valentine's Day weekend, as cold showers are set to hit both the north and south of the country. The Met Office has issued yellow warning for snow and ice in the north of England and Scotland, and said that are a lot colder than normal for the time of year. Severe weather warnings have been issued for large parts of northern Scotland warning drivers to take care in potentially hazardous conditions and to expect travel disruption. The Thames even burst its banks yesterday as heavy rain hit the UK, and there are still 16 flood alerts put in place on the river by th...
British Band Feared Dead In Car Bridge Plunge
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British Band Feared Dead In Car Bridge Plunge

    Their Nissan Qashqai was travelling along the E4 highway in Stockholm when it careered off an 82ft-high bridge into the Sodertalje canal. Police divers recovered the bodies of five men - aged between 19 and 32 - from the water. Their names have not been released, but they are understood to be four-piece band Viola Beach. The fifth man killed was their manager, say reports. The Warrington-based group had played a gig in Sweden on Friday, according to their Facebook page. They were due to play in Guildford, Surrey, on Saturday night, but the venue said the gig had been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances". Fans have been paying tribute to Viola Beach on social media. Ibiza Rocks ‏tweeted: "Saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of @Viola_Beach. Lovely guys & ...
3 dead in US vehicle pile up
America, ENGLISH

3 dead in US vehicle pile up

    At least three people have been killed and scores injured in a motorway pile-up involving more than 50 vehicles in Pennsylvania, authorities say. The crash, 120km (75miles) north-west of Philadelphia, left trucks and cars strewn across three lanes of traffic and the central reservation. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said 40 people had been taken to hospital and 70 to a temporary shelter. Drivers have been urged to use caution during the icy weather. A spokeswoman for Penn State Hershey Medical Center said three patients had been brought in in a critical condition, three more with moderate to severe injuries and four with minor injuries. Agency spokesman Cory Angell said drifting snow had been reported in the area of the crash, which took place in strong wind...