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Italian ferry with 466 people aboard on fire

Evacuation is being carried out in tough conditions, with rescued passengers saying strong winds lashing the vessel.

Air Asia Plane Carrying 162 People from Indonesia to Singapore Reported Missing

Indonesian authorities are focusing on the Bangka Belitung islands off the east coast of South Sumatra to find the missing plane.

Sri Lanka Muslim party quits government

Main Muslim party pledges to support opposition in protest over president's sweeping powers and "religious intolerance".

More rain forecast for flood-hit SE Asia

Forecasters say more rain could worsen flooding in Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, where 200,000 have been displaced.

Top 6 Iran Developments in 2014

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) — In 2014, Iran made news on a number of important fronts. 1. Although there was no decisive breakthrough in its relationship with the United States…

NATO in ceremony marking end of Afghan war

Event arranged in secret due to threat of Taliban strikes in Afghan capital, which has been hit by repeated bombings.

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

By James M. Dorsey 2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in...Show More Summary

AirAsia Jet Missing With 161 Aboard

An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control today while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore. Search and rescue operations were underway. AirAsia, a regional low-cost carrier with presence in several Southeast Asian countries, said...

5-year-old Palestinian Boy shot in face by Israeli Police

RT | — “Israeli police have fired a rubber bullet at a five-year-old Palestinian boy’s face as he was getting out of a school bus on his way home, the child’s family…

Germany Accepts 200,000 Asylum seekers in 2014; Thousands of Bigots Protest ‘Islamization’

BBC News | — “A record 17,500 people turn out for the latest “anti-Islamisation” rally in the German city of Dresden, according to police estimates.” BBC from Tuesday: “Anti-Islam ‘Pegida’ rally in…

Saudi Women who dared Drive to be tried in Terrorism Court

DeutscheWelle English | — “Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Two women who did just that have been in custody for nearly a month…

Top 5 Five reasons 2014 was a game-changer for Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud | (Ma’an News Agency) — In terms of losses in human lives, 2014 has been a horrific year for Palestinians, surpassing the horrors of both 2008 and 2009, when…

AirAsia Plane Missing With 161 Aboard

"At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service"

Air Asia Flight QZ8501Missing with 162 people on board over Indonesia airspace

According to the airline, Air Asia flight QZ8501 traveling from Surabaya Indonesia to Singapore has gone missing. The aircraft involved is an Airbus A320-216 registered PK-AXC. Air Asia has released the following statement via their Facebook: AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control […]

Air Asia flight with 162 people missing

Plane loses contact with air traffic control after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore.

Reports: AirAsia Plane Missing With 162 Aboard

(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — TV: AirAsia plane with 162 on board reported missing on the way from Indonesia to Singapore.

Myanmar city holds first poll in 60 years

Critics say municipal election in country's biggest city, Yangon, is flawed, with only one vote per household allowed.

Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to Be Cheerful in 2015

It seems that things have not been ideal in Algeria, France and Madagascar, yet the Happy Planet Index ranked them quite high on their happiness list.

Egypt jails Muslim Brotherhood leader

Mohamed el-Beltagy handed six-year prison term and $2,800 fine for offending judges during jailbreak trial.

Right-Wing Attempt to Outlaw Election Fails

Right-wing favorite, Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, just vetoed an effort to outlaw an election of Delegates to an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the US Constitution. Over the last 50 years there have been efforts to start and resist state applications for an Article V Convention, which requires the states to cross a [...]

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