Thousands of people including women and children are being held illegally and tortured by rebels who helped oust Colonel Gaddafi, according to a UN report.
Around 7,000, many of them foreigners, are behind bars in private prisons and makeshift detention centres, beyond the control of the new Libyan government and without access to any legal redress.
The report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be embarrassing for Britain and other governments which supported the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime despite concerns about who would… Continue reading
Net migration reached a record high last year despite the Government’s promise to slash numbers.
The figure climbed to 252,000 in 2010, as emigration dropped and the number of those coming into the country remained at unsustainable levels.
The recession has been blamed for fewer Britons leaving the country, with many who wish to move abroad struggling to land a job overseas.
Generous offers of working abroad – the main reason… Continue reading
A teenager blew off his fingertips and was left with horrific burns after a bomb he bought on the internet exploded in his hands.
Luke Stillman, 16, lost the top of his thumb when a Spanish 81mm mortar that he ordered from a collectors’ website turned out to be live.
The Northamptonshire teenager was dismantling the device – which he believed was inert – when part of the metal detonator, about the size of a Malteser, exploded in his hands.
Luke Stillman, 16, from Northamptonshire, had to… Continue reading
The BBC has apologised to a local council after it complained about a One Show report on the travellers’ site at Dale Farm.
Basildon Council said the popular early evening show – presented by Matt Baker and Alex Jones – was ‘inaccurate, misleading and biased in favour of the travellers’ after it broadcast a piece about the proposed clearance of the site on February 14.
An investigation by the BBC Trust’s editorial standards committee found the five-minute report was… Continue reading
|Some 45,000 people have died in the conflict since President Calderon took office in 2006 [Reuters]|
Mexican authorities have found more than 20 bodies in vehicles left around a major traffic intersection in the western city of Guadalajara, local media and officials say.
The bodies were found early on Thursday in several vehicles around a major traffic intersection in Mexico’s second city alongside a message from drug cartels, according to several local media.
Mexican drug cartels frequently leave threatening messages with the bodies of their victims as a way of sowing fear and taking credit… Continue reading
France has agreed to Germany’s efforts to change European Union treaties to improve governance of the eurozone.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday that proposals for modifying the treaties would come in the next few days.
The announcement came after he and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel held their first talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti since he took over the job from media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi.
France and Germany also agreed to stop arguing in public over whether the European Central Bank should do more to rescue the eurozone from a deepening sovereign debt crisis.… Continue reading
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the Army, and the Basij forces are completely vigilant and will respond to the slightest mistake by the enemy in the severest manner, Fars News Agency quoted Brig. Gen. Vahidi as saying on Thursday.
The Israeli and US authorities have in recent weeks stepped up their aggressive war rhetoric against Iran.
On November 6, Israeli President Shimon Peres threatened that an attack against… Continue reading
Thousands of people on Thursday took to the streets of Eastern Province, shouting slogans against the Al Saud ruling family.
The protesters also called for the execution of the soldiers who killed protesters in the oil-rich east region.
Activists said more demonstrations were held in several towns and cities including Qatif and Awamiya, where protesters… Continue reading
Calls to introduce Eurobonds to help debt-ridden EU countries raise capital are growing louder, but also causing friction within the union. Fiscally-responsible countries strongly oppose the idea, saying it would lead to a rise in borrowing costs.
European Commission president José Manuel Barroso has supported the creation of a new Eurobond, saying that it would be “an example of reinforced governance, of a strong will to live together in the euro area, and a good example of discipline and convergence.”
Barroso, however, admitted that Eurobonds would not solve the immediate fiscal problems of the EU.
Germany, the largest economy in… Continue reading
Serbs protesters have thwarted attempts by NATO to dismantle a barricade in Northern Kosovo. And while NATO claims their decision to fire teargas came as 21 of their soldiers were injured, Belgrade has warned Pristina against any further violence.
The Serbian Minister of Internal Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has called on the Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci to restrain his NATO led forces from attacking Serbian civilians.
“The red line for Belgrade would be Hashim Thaci’s decision to initiate an armed attack on Serbs in Kosovo. Thaci must know that any attack against Kosovar Serbs means… Continue reading