Nuclear weapons hazard greater than in cold war, says ex-Pentagon chief

William Perry listings a series of factors that he says mean the chance of a cataclysm is higher today than in the 1970 s and 80 s The risks of a nuclear catastrophe in a regional war, terrorist attack, by accident or miscalculation is greater than it was during the cold war and rising, a…

Uzbekistan plunged into uncertainty by death of despot Islam Karimov

Strongman leader of central Asias most populous country has no official successor Uzbekistans veteran despot, Islam Karimov, has died, leaving central Asias most populous country in a state of commotion and political uncertainty. Turkeys prime minister, Binali Yldrm, announced the news in a televised meeting with his cabinet, declaring: May Gods mercy be upon him.…

MSF Afghanistan hospital airstrike death toll reaches 42

Increase from previous total of 30 demises comes after two months of investigations into US airstrikes on Kunduz facility The death toll from the US airstrikes on a MA( c) decins Sans FrontiA” res hospital in northern Afghanistan in early October has risen to 42, the aid organisation has said. The increase from the previous…

Real patient or suicide bomber? The perils of being a Kabul ambulance driver

Afghan police have increased searches of emergency vehicles since recent attack a deadly delay in an already dangerous city Afghanistan Real patient or suicide bomber? The perils of being a Kabul ambulance driver Afghan police have increased searches of emergency vehicles since recent assault- a deadly delay in an already dangerous city Memphis Barker in…

Bangladeshi man pleads for mercy killing of terminally ill sons, grandson

Tofazzal Hossain builds headlines in the conservative Muslim country by saying he wants to help put an end to the suffering of trio struck by rare disease An impoverished Bangladeshi father has implored permission to kill three terminally ill members of his family, sparking a rare debate about euthanasia in a profoundly conservative society. Tofazzal…

‘But what about the railways …? ‘ The myth of Britain’s gifts to India

Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought republic, the rule of law and trains to India. Isnt it a bit rich to oppress, torturing and jail a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental? Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no longer contest…

Indian women still unprotected five years after gang-rape that rocked nation

Report detects willingness to report sexual offences has grown but women often harassed by police or bullied into silence Complaining to police about her gang-rape was the beginning of a new nightmare for Kajal. Officers incarcerated the young woman from Madhya Pradesh state in central India. They beat her with a stick, she says, until…

Indian carmaker Tata to change Zica car name after Zika virus spread

Name change of Tatas heavily promoted zippy auto Zica comes too late for Auto Expo in New Delhi The Indian carmaker Tata Motors has decided to change the name of its heavily promoted new vehicle, the Zica, to avoid association with alarm about the spread of the Zika virus. Tata announced it would choose a…

Frank Terpil: merchant of demise, friend of Idi Amin and confidant of dictators

The remarkable tale of Frank Terpil, former intelligence agent, fugitive from US justice and a 53 -year jail term, who has died in Havana To those not in the know, he would introduce himself as Robert Hunter. An Australian retiree, he said, whiling away his latter years with his notably younger Cuban wife, in a…