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Day: October 28, 2016

IS kills 232 and abducts 8,000 families near Mosul
Arab world, ENGLISH

IS kills 232 and abducts 8,000 families near Mosul

    It has been confirmed that the Islamic State killed 232 people near Mosul on Wednesday. Those killed included civilians as well as former Iraqi forces who refused to comply with orders. A UN spokesperson has said that the IS has abducted nearly 8,000 families or "tens of thousands" of people from around around the city. The civilians are understood to have been brought into Mosul and used as human shields nearby to military installations. Earlier in the week UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville spoke about information his officials were receiving which described IS "deliberately using civilians as human shields, forcing them to move to sites where ISIL (another name for IS) fighters are based, or preventing them from leaving other places for strategic reasons". Islami...
Oil hits year high as Putin backs plans to limit supply
ENGLISH, Europe

Oil hits year high as Putin backs plans to limit supply

    The price of Brent crude rose to a one-year high of $53.58 a barrel yesterday after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his support for OPEC's plan to cap oil production. Ministers from the world's largest oil-producing countries are meeting at a conference in Istanbul this week to discuss ways to restrict the record output levels seen over the past two years. Oil jumps 6% as OPEC surprises with production cut Speaking at the World Energy Conference, the president of Russia (which is not a member of OPEC) said: "We believe freezing or even reducing oil production is the only way to save the stability of the energy sector." It looks like we can’t show you adverts on this page, which may be caused by ad blocker software on your device. Because we rely on advertising to fun...
Voters must have chance to change their minds on Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Voters must have chance to change their minds on Brexit

    Voters must be given the chance to change their minds on Brexit, Labour former prime minister Tony Blair has insisted. Mr Blair said people need to be allowed to give their view on any Brexit divorce deal with the EU, either through a referendum, or general election. "There is absolutely no reason why we should close off any options. You can't change this decision, unless it becomes clear in one way or another, that the British people have had a change of mind because they have seen the reality of the alternative. "We are entitled to carry on scrutinising, and, yes, if necessary, to change our minds, because it seems sensible to us to do so. This is not about an elite over-ruling the people. "If it becomes clear that this is either a deal that doesn't make it worth our whi...
Power naps and eating on the wing en route from Britain to southern Africa
Africa world, ENGLISH

Power naps and eating on the wing en route from Britain to southern Africa

    The common swift stays constantly airborne for up to ten months at a time, new research reveals. The bird, ubiquitous in the UK and Europe, conserves energy by riding currents of hot air and taking power naps as it slowly glides from high altitudes. Scientists tracked 19 of the creatures as they completed two of their annual migratory cycles to Central Africa via West Africa and found three did not once touch the ground. It’s mind-boggling that they can stair airborne for 10 months without needing to come downProfessor Anders Hendenstrom The others spent all but half a percent of their cumulative flight time in the air, only landing due to emergencies such as violent weather. While there have been other examples of birds remaining in flight for periods of months, the evide...
Desperate neighbours carried children out of arson hit house in Hamstead Birmingham
ENGLISH, Featured, United Kingdom

Desperate neighbours carried children out of arson hit house in Hamstead Birmingham

    Two children have been killed in a suspected arson attack at a Birmingham home. The young boy and girl died after the blaze which broke out at Holland Road in Hamstead at 3.40am. The area has been cordoned off by police and Hamstead Hill has been closed in both directions, between Cherry Orchard Road and Selborne Road. Witnesses told how desperate neighbours helped to carry the two children out of the house and on to the front lawn. Lashman Sehmar’s son owns the house next to the property where two children died in a suspected arson attack. He currently rents it out to a female tenant who told him how neighbours helped pull the boy and girl out of the house and placed them on the lawn. He said: "She rang us and she said there was a fire next door and her alarm went off. Th...