As they say, ‘water is life’, with its shortage continuing to fuel conflicts around the world. Since the mid-20th century, the planet has seen nearly 180 disputes connected to water resources, and among the latest is the problem in Egypt.
With the leopard selected as one of the mascots of the upcoming Sochi Olympics, a program to restore the big cats’ population has been launched in the Caucasus mountains. Zoologists already have some successes to boast about.
After a suicide bomber struck at Volgograd’s railway station, Yury Frisler rushed out of the building with 9-year-old Olya in his arms, desperately looking for an ambulance for the badly-injured girl who was losing consciousness.
The residents of Russia’s Volgograd Friday buried 6 more victims of the twin blasts that killed 34 and injured over 100. Doctors are still fighting for the lives of others, including 3-month-old Vika, who was severely injured in one of the attacks
Britain has confirmed the death of one of its nationals in Libya but has not given details about the circumstances in which he died. The New Zealand Foreign Ministry has also said it was aware of the death of a New Zealander.
With one in five mortgage payments being overdue in Ireland and families across the country having their homes repossessed, some of the debtors are hoping for bankruptcy to do away with their endless fear of losing their properties.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned massacre in the town of Adra, 20 kilometers north of Damascus. Survivors say jihadist rebel groups executed dozens of civilians, including children, beheading them or burning them alive.
The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has appeared in court over charges of hacking into Danish government databases. Since Sweden extradited him to Denmark he has been kept in solitary confinement his mother describes as “torture.”
Ukraine’s president voiced irritation at the European Union over its push to get his country sign a trade deal, calling the pressure ‘humiliating’. Kiev postponed the move citing vulnerability of its economy and triggering massive pro-EU protests.
The 34-year anniversary of the US Embassy takeover in Tehran drew tens of thousands to the largest anti-American rally in years. The size of the demonstration, however, belies the fact that Iranian society is deeply divided over rapprochement with the US.
Thousands of Russian nationalists have rallied in Russia’s capital on National Unity Day, annually celebrated on November 4. The march was peaceful, though some 30 people were detained “for minor violations.”
A Cairo court has adjourned the trial of ousted President Morsi over refusing his prison uniform and the defendants' chanting "Down with the military rule". Morsi and 14 others face charges of inciting the killing of protesters in clashes.