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UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Friday, 22 August 2014.

GENEVA: The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported today.

Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil

Friday, 22 August 2014.

DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING: Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine today apparently without Kiev’s permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels.

US warns Islamic State ‘beyond anything’ it has seen

Friday, 22 August 2014.

WASHINGTON: The United States said Thursday that the Islamic State was “beyond anything” it has seen, as US warplanes pressed on with airstrikes against it despite death threats against an American hostage.

Ukraine claims wins over rebels but progress slow

Friday, 22 August 2014.

DONETSK: Ukraine’s armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.

Japan survivor search halted over landslide fears

Friday, 22 August 2014.

TOKYO: The search for more than 50 people still missing after catastrophic landslides in Japan was halted today because of fears for the safety of rescuers.

Fasting India activist forced to take medical test

Friday, 22 August 2014.

NEW DELHI: India’s most famous prisoner of conscience has been forcibly taken for a medical test by police Friday, days after she was freed after nearly 14 years in prison for fasting to protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict, activists said.

India minister sparks fury over ‘small’ gang-rape comment

Friday, 22 August 2014.

NEW DELHI: The father of a student who died after being gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi spoke of his anger today after a senior minister referred to the infamous attack as a “small incident.”

Mexico nabs suspects with 10,000 sea turtle eggs

Friday, 22 August 2014.

MEXICO CITY: Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.

Haemorrhagic fever killed 13 in DR Congo in 10 days

Friday, 22 August 2014.

KINSHASA: A haemorrhagic fever of unknown origin has killed 13 people in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo since August 11, a health ministry official said.

Airlines to charge for solo 12-14 year olds flyers

Friday, 22 August 2014.

FORT WORTH, Texas: American Airlines says it will charge a $150 fee each way for minors between 12 and 14 who fly alone.