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Thursday, June 4th, 2015


HRW urges UN to add Israel to “List of Shame”

NEW YORK: Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to add Israel to annual “List of Shame” of children’s rights violators, after more than 500 children were killed in the war in Gaza last year. The US-based rights group called on Ban to resist pressure from Israel and the United States to keep the Israeli Defense Forces off the list due to be released next week. “Secretary-General Ban can strengthen child protection in war by compiling his list based on facts, not political pressure,” said PhilippeRead More

More than 90 people killed in Ghana petrol station fire

ACCRA: More than  90 people were killed in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana’s capital, Accra, as they sought shelter from heavy rains that caused widespread flooding, emergency services said on Thursday. The fire broke out at the filling station in the Kwame Nkrumah Circle area of the city late on Wednesday night and is thought to have spread from a nearby residence. Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama described the loss of life as “catastrophic and almost unprecedented”, as he toured the scene of the disaster on ThursdayRead More

PM Nawaz inaugurates Metro Bus project

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Islamabad’s new Metro Bus Project, with a speech to a packed Convention Centre on Thursday. Nawaz was elated at the completion of the million-rupee transport project, as he smiled and made light-hearted jokes aimed at his brother — Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. “People are saying this [project] looks like we are in another country… this is not another country. This is a changing Pakistan!” the premier said. Referring to the sophistication of the project, he joked that commuters may use it “just forRead More