Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ
24 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality. Two of the detainees are Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper the Nation, the CPJ said in a statement. "We call on Iranian authorities to immediately explain why Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi, and two other journalists have been detained, and we call for their immediate release," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour.
Jet with 116 aboard 'probably crashed' in Mali
24 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over restive northern Mali, and French officials say it has probably crashed — the third major international aviation disaster in a week.
Beaten Sudan editor out of hospital
24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
With his arm in a sling and a deep gash on the bridge of his nose, a Sudanese newspaper editor has left hospital five days after an unusual physical attack. Several men stormed the offices of the Al-Tayar daily on Saturday evening, seized reporters' equipment and severed computer connections before turning on chief editor Osman Mirghani. "I can recognise them," because only one attacker had covered his face during the beating, Mirghani said at his home on Thursday. It was a rare assault on a journalist in Sudan, although reporters regularly complain of censorship by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).
Brothers go 1-2 in Commonwealth Games triathlon
24 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya
24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State Department said Thursday.
Health, agriculture key to Africa's development: Bill Gates
24 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia. "By getting things right in these two areas, the gains can be exceptional," Gates said, calling health and agriculture "enabling factors for all the other things that need to be done." "This Boko Haram disruption is the one real cloud on the horizon, where it means there are groups of children that we're not able to get to," he told reporters after receiving his award. Gates -- the world's richest man -- and his wife are the co-founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which tackles health and poverty in Africa.
Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death
24 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.
South African race track lives on; Porsche buys
24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith
24 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.
Ton-up Jayawardene shows class against South Africa
24 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
The retiring Mahela Jayawardene showed what Sri Lanka would be missing as he smashed an unbeaten 140 on the first day of the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Thursday. Jayawardene, 37, came in to bat when Sri Lanka were reeling at 16-2 but the stylish right-hander batted through for more that six hours to take his side to 305-5 at stumps. This was Jayawardene's 11th century at the ground, the most by any batsman at a single venue. He also joined India's Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara of the West Indies at tied fifth on the list of highest Test century makers, becoming the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka in the process with 11,646 runs.
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