Wednesday, July 23, 2014

International

Bells, sirens sound as shipwrecked Concordia liner leaves Italian isle, towed on final voyage

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.

Plane crashes in emergency landing at Taiwan airport, 47 people trapped, feared dead

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Malaysian jet, cancelled Tel Aviv flights illustrate dangers of flying over unstable territory

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country’s main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defence systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

Agency tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv airport after Hamas rocket explodes nearby

In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

Freedom or freedoom?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this.
Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in the former South African president’s honour wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word “freedom.”
The T-shirt read: “The purpose of freedoom is to create it for others.”

Police concoct phony terrorism plots: report

WASHINGTON—A new report suggests American law-enforcement doesn’t just stop terrorism suspects—it creates them, too.
The study by Human Rights Watch bemoans an over-aggressive approach where the FBI will identify someone who fits a possible terrorist profile; urge that person to participate in an attack; provide the necessary materials; then, finally, make an arrest.

George turns 1: Big milestone for Britain’s little prince

LONDON—The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.
What’s all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king.
Prince George turned one today. While he may be too young to appreciate it, the milestone has caused a nationwide frenzy.

Freedom or freedoom? Spelling off course on Mandela T-shirts worn by Johannesburg cyclists

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this.
Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in the former South African president’s honour wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word “freedom.”
The T-shirt read: “The purpose of freedoom is to create it for others.”

Remains of Malaysia Airlines bodies reach Ukraine-held city; Europe mulls more sanctions

KHARKIV, Ukraine — The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.

Evacuations, injuries after trains collide

SLINGER, Wis.—A CN Rail freight train collided with a Wisconsin Southern train last night causing a derailment that left two crew members injured and triggered the evacuation of more than 100 homes.
CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said the accident happened at a rail intersection in the town of Slinger, Wisconsin, about 56 kilometres northwest of Milwaukee.

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