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Gunmen Murder 15 People In Yemeni Senior Home

Gunmen Murder 15 people in YemenGunmen attacked an old people's home in the Yemeni port of Aden on Friday, killing at least 15 people, including four Christian nuns from India, local officials and medical sources said.

The four attackers told a guard they were on a visit to their mother, then stormed into the home and opened fire with rifles, an official said. As well as the nuns, the dead included two Yemeni women staff, eight elderly residents and a guard.


Thousands may have starved to death in Syria: UN

Syrians starved to deathResidents work on fixing a house in the town of Darat Izza, province of Aleppo on Sunday [Reuters]

The United Nations human rights chief warned on Monday that thousands of people may have died of starvation during sieges affecting nearly half a million people in war-torn Syria.

The comments by Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein came as the first major ceasefire in the five-year conflict entered its third day, and as the UN prepared to deploy lorries loaded with humanitarian aid into the country during the lull in fighting.


Spain seizes 20,000 uniforms meant for IS, Nusra Front

ISIS uniforms found in SpainSpain's Interior Ministry has announced the seizure of 20,000 military-style uniforms being sent to fighters from the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front.

The ministry says that police conducted a counterterrorism operation last month in the port cities of Valencia and Algeciras, where officers opened three shipping containers. Authorities found the uniforms and other military accessories.


Jewish or democratic? A textbook battle for Israel's soul.

Textbook battle in IsarelQuestion: Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?

For generations of Jewish Israelis, the answer was presumed to be “yes,” but it’s no longer so simple.

The issue has already brought down one national government and has deep implications for Israel’s ability to accommodate Palestinians’ political aspirations.

For Israeli high school students, the path to the answer was supposed to start in Israel’s official civics textbook.


Germany takes on Facebook in competition probe

Facebook challenged by GermanyGermany's cartel office is investigating Facebook (FB.O) for suspected abuse of market power over breaches of data protection laws in the first formal probe of the social network for violating competition rules.

The watchdog said it suspected Facebook's terms of service regarding how the company makes use of users' data may abuse its possibly dominant position in the social networking market. It planned to examine whether users were properly informed about how their personal data would be obtained by the company.


UN approves toughest sanctions on North Korea in 20 years

UN sanctions N KoreaThe U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades on Wednesday, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity.

The United States and North Korea's traditional ally China spent seven weeks negotiating the new sanctions, which include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by land, sea or air; a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang; and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in "illicit activities."


Osama Bin Laden's Will: $29 Million That Should Be Spent On 'Jihad'

Osama bin LadenA handwritten will by Osama bin Laden said he had a fortune of "about 29 million dollars" and that most of it should be spent "on Jihad," according to documents released by the U.S. government on Tuesday.

The will was among more than 100 documents made public by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The materials were captured when Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida leader in a May 1, 2011, raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This is the second batch of documents that has been made public. The first was released last May.


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