283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

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South Korea coast guard police officers work to rescue passengers from a South Korean passenger ship, at Mokpo Coast Guard in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A government office said the passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side. (AP Photo/Cho ... Read More »

UN representative says UK has ‘sexist culture’


The UK has a “boys’ club sexist culture”, the UN’s spokeswoman on violence against women has said. Rashida Manjoo is on a visit to the UK, studying its approach to the issue. She described the over-sexualisation of females as “pervasive” and raised fears that sexual bullying and harassment in schools was routine. The Home Office said the government was committed ... Read More »

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps 200 Girls from Borno State School


Members of the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group have allegedly kidnapped at least 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state, according to reports. Parents of the girls told the BBC that attackers arrived at the school in Chibok and forced the teenagers at gunpoint on to four lorries. Boko Haram, which has been conducting an armed campaign ... Read More »

Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave


Father-of-two’s family told them about his situation while in departure lounge – and they took the only action they could A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts. A Kurd fearing persecution in his home country ... Read More »

Syrian government blocking aid to millions of refugees

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I recently traveled to the Bab Al-Salam camp in northwestern Syria, so why couldn’t the aid trucks? My journey from the Turkish border to this makeshift site housing more than 16,000 displaced Syrians took only 10 minutes on foot. Yet, when I arrived at the camp, the absence of basic assistance couldn’t have been clearer. Children were playing in and ... Read More »

Pictured: Eerie scenes of long-abandoned airport, empty buildings and streets criss-crossed with barbed wire in Cypriot no-man’s land where nobody has been since 1970s


Intimidating barbed wire curls across the landscape, as a watchtower commands the surroundings from high ground. Businesses, cars and buildings lay idle, as they have done for decades. A few miles away, an airport stands, thick with dust while old aircraft decay by the landing strips outside. No commercial flights have run from Nicosia International Airport since 1977, once Cyprus’s ... Read More »

Tory councillor Barbara Driver apologises for ‘when rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it’ comment


A Cheltenham Borough Councillor and former mayor has said she will not stand for re-election after telling a borough council meeting that “when rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.” Barbara Driver’s comments, which came during the meeting about plans to build 30,000 homes in Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester, prompted outrage on Wednesday and were described as “repulsive” and ... Read More »

Angus Campbell warns asylum seekers not to travel to Australia by boat


Critics say the Abbott government is politicising the military over its border protection strategies  The commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, Angus Campbell Australian customs and border protection has launched a series of advertisements on YouTube featuring the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders Angus Campbell warning asylum seekers, including unaccompanied minors, “you will not make Australia home”, drawing further criticism the ... Read More »