Archive for April 18th, 2016

Who are Pakistan's Chhotu bandits?

Monday, April 18th, 2016:

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security forces have been battling the bandits for days Pakistani troops have been using helicopter gunships to try to dislodge a group of bandits from their hideouts in Punjab province. The offensive comes after more than 20 police officers were taken hostage by the gang. Who are the Chhotu gang? They are a gang of bandits operating along a stretch of Indus river in the remote south of Punjab province. Led by Ghulam Rasool, nicknamed Chhotu, they have been active in the region for more than a decade. The gang’s members run into hundreds – […] Read More →

Treasury Brexit dossier sparks Tory fury

Monday, April 18th, 2016:

©PA Justice secretary and leading Out campaigner Michael Gove George Osborne’s attempt to conquer the economic battlefield on Brexit with dire Treasury predictions of the damage leaving the EU would inflict on the country has brought the deep split on Europe within the Conservative party right to the heart of government. Justice secretary Michael Gove, the cabinet’s leading Leave campaigner, will on Tuesday accuse the pro-EU campaign of treating voters “like children” in a furious response to Mr Osborne’s declaration that pro-Brexit advocates were “economically illiterate”. In the most significant day of the EU referendum campaign so far, Mr Osborne […] Read More →

Yemen Peace Effort Falters as Houthis Refuse to Attend Talks

Monday, April 18th, 2016:

Photo Protesters demanding an independent state for southern Yemen rallied on Monday in Aden, a southern port city. Credit Fawaz Salman/Reuters AL MUKALLA, Yemen — Peace talks aimed at ending Yemen’s civil war that were set to begin on Monday faltered before they could start, when delegates representing Yemen’s Houthi rebels refused to attend. The setback followed several aborted cease-fires and a previous round of failed negotiations to end Yemen’s 14-month conflict. The latest talks, in the Persian Gulf state of Kuwait, were supposed to bring together the Houthis and delegates from Yemen’s government, which was driven from power by […] Read More →

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