About 2,500 Syrian refugees die trying to cross the Mediterranean from Turkey according to the UN Human Commission on Refugees.
On Wednesday a boat from Turkey heading to Europe capsized. Two young brothers, Galip and Aylan, died trying to swim to Greek Islands. Turkish authorities discovered their bodies washed-up in a Turkish tourist resort.
The image spread in Turkish social networks and the rest of the world. The little boy, Aylan, was wearing a bright red t-shirt and shorts lying face down in a beach surf. A Turkish policeman sadly carried his tiny body away. The boy was three-years-old.
the hashtag “#KivivaVuranInsanlik” or ‘Humanity Washed Ashore’ became a top trending topic on Twitter as people retweeted the image.
The boat the two boys were riding capsized. It was carrying 23 people and had set off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula in Turkey, according to Turkish naval officers. Aside from the two children, one woman and five other children had died. Seven had survived and two more had reached the Turkish shore in lifejackets. There are two people yet to be found.
Many debated the ethics of spreading the photo of a dead child in publications reasoning it left no dignity for the dead.
Tony Abbott has stopped seven people in Australia before they could travel to the Middle East. The individuals were allegedly trying to contact terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, on their journey.
Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said an incident occurred but would not go into specifics:
“We are concerned about the number of people presenting at airports, particularly younger people, who might be seeking to travel overseas for reasons that would horrify Australians and their parents and family and community no doubt as well.”
Abbott also didn’t provide details about the reported operation. However, he said it showed the increasing influence of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in the Middle East.
The Australian Border Force had stopped the individuals. Their units have been working at all international airports.
According to Dutton, the details of the incident might be available by Friday.
“It wouldn’t be appropriate for us to respond and I don’t think, as a responsible journalist, you would expect us to say anything beyond that,” he said.
“We have provided the detail that we reasonably can at this point in time.”
Australians, Europeans and Americans have been part of the increasing numbers of Middle East terrorist groups, including the Islamic State. Britain had also issued its own safeguards to block anybody heading to the Middle East under suspicion of joining a terrorist network.
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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) may put a time limit on Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims, which consumers have been making since January 2011.
Over the past four years, banks have already compensated customers who were miss-sold PPI with a staggering £18bn. However, thousands of PPI complaints are still being made each week and many individuals across the country have yet to claim their insurance refund. In December 2014, £339.1m was paid out, proving that a huge number of people are still coming forward and being compensated.
Now increasing pressure from the British Bankers Association to put a time limit on PPI claims, means the Financial Conduct Authority could set a ‘claim by’ date. It’s important to remember that in many cases, people were not even aware they had been sold PPI. It doesn’t cost anything to check whether you were miss-sold this useless insurance by your bank. It’s worth looking into and it could net you a very welcome cheque.
CBI Director General John Cridland states that the money spent for compensation is much more useful if it was put to more economic use. Cridland and the banks criticized claims management companies (CMCs) for taking advantage of the situation and earning profits, with banks stating that the claims of CMCs cost them more than what they expected.
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About 435 people have died in six Asian countries after heavy monsoon rains and a tropical cyclone had hit parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Flooding, landslides, rough seas and double train derailment had caused the increase of the death toll.
The tropical cyclone Komen had hit parts of Bangladesh, Myanmar and India. Extreme rainfall had also added to the cyclone’s destructive strength. At least 166 deaths and some 55,000 houses around the bay of Bengal were wiped out after the rain and the cyclone passed. As the rain evolved into a slow-moving monsoon depression, it had reached Bangladesh. Komen had also picked up tropical storm strength and hit Bangladesh.
The storm and heavy monsoon rains had caused flash floods that Indian authorities said to be the cause of the derailment of two passenger trains on the same bridge near Harda in the central Indian state of Madhra Pradesh last Wednesday.
The Indian National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) said that at least 20 people died after a landslide hit the village of Joumol in the Manipur state of northeast India. Flooding, lightning strikes and snakebites have killed 48 lives in West Bengal and Odisha.
About 38,000 houses have been destroyed according to the report and 205,000 structures were damaged in West Bengal alone.
Federal prosecutors opened an investigation into the life of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for increasing lobby powers for a Brazilian construction giant. Officials are trying to determine if the popular president had used his influence to help convince international leaders to award contracts to Odebrecht SA and the financing from BNDES, Brazil’s development bank.
Lula’s acts are considered criminal influences as influence peddling is punishable up to five years imprisonment. Lula, who used his influence post-presidency in 2011 to 2014, involved Odebrecth winning numerous big infrastructure deals for nations including Ghana, Angola, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Lula da Silva denied all allegations by local newspaper Epoca, which highlighted the case. Instituto Lula, da Silva’s private foundation, intends to prove that Lula da Silva is innocent from all allegations.
Odebrecht had also denied any wrongdoing and said that it only has an institutional relationship with the ex-president.
It is the first time da Silva’s name had been involved in a criminal investigation. The Workers’ Party, which is the ruling party of Brazil, is further shaken after probes earlier and continue to investigate a corruption scandal involving state-owned oil company Patróleo Brasilieiro SA, which is known as Petrobas.
In light of the scandals, many opposition politicians had called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, da Silva’s political protégé.
The Kurdish Peshmerga Forces, the probably champions against the Islamic State as seen by most Middle East forces, cannot receive aid from the latter. One of the most direct ways to win the war, the US has blocked aid. The US has refused to allow supplying heavy weapons directly to the Kurdish YPG Militia.
The US-allied Middle East countries had criticised Obama and Cameron for providing a clear strategy and basically a reason to help them beat the IS, who had clearly outgunned and outclassed the Iraqi government.
A Senior Arab official said to a local newspaper that Arab nations may need to find a new way to deal with the threat if the United States is unwilling to make a move.
In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing to win votes to have the RAF participate in bombing runs in Syria to defeat the Islamic State. This comes after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon suggested that IS militants in Syria planned the Tunisian massacre of 29 British tourists.
The United States, Canada and Arab Allies had led bombing runs in Iraq and Syria over the past year, destroying crucial IS headquarters in different territories.
According to research spearheaded by the Hospital Universitari Quiron-Dexeus in Barcelona, the chances of women over 44-years-old to have an IVF baby was only 1.3%. This was a drastic drop from the 24% for those aged 38 to 39.
Research lead Dr. Marta Devesa said the decline was hormonal and biological. She advises that women over 44 who wish to have children should freeze their eggs by the time they’ve reached 35. They may also use donor eggs.
The research came from a 12-year study of live birth rates which involved 4,000 women in the Barcelona hospital.
For 40 to 41 year olds, the success rate of bearing a child was 15.6%. For those aged 42 to 43, the decline was steep with 6.6%.
The research debunks myths regarding bearing children over the age of 40.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority had published very similar success rates using information collected from its UK clinics. The HFEA’s research indicates that women who want to have children through IVF stand at 32% at the age of 35 and it falls to 1.9% once she is over 45%
Chinese President Xi Jinping called all to “not spare anything” for the rescue of the passengers of an Eastern Star liner carrying 500 people with 458 passengers aged 60-80 years old.
Rescuers have found 14 to be alive and seven dead. About 27 individuals were able to swim to shore post-sinking of the carrier.
Authorities claim it to be China’s worst maritime disaster in decades.
Footage showed rescue workers tapping the inverted hull of the ship for signs of life before they cut a hole to rescue those who are inside. Divers pulled out a 65-year-old woman from fast-flowing currents around the sunken ship.
Chinese Premier Li Kequiang flew to the site and marshalled a response team of 4000 personally to the site.
Most of the survivors saved themselves. The Tour-Guide leader Zhang Hui grabbed life jackets before they climbed out a window. Zhang floated away as people screamed for help. He remained in water invisible to ships and reached the shore during the morning.
The Eastern Star was to go to Chongqing. After 177-km winds toppled the ship during the heavy storm it encountered, the entire boat capsized.
No foreigners were listed aboard the ship.
Beijing is still playing its charm offensive on South America despite the controversies on the Amazonian Railroad deal that would reduce costs in transporting essential material out of Brazil’s inaccessible agricultural and mining regions.
The railway faces fierce opposition from South American Environmentalists and indigenous activists who had utterly faced defeat after the construction of the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam near Altamira, the amazon city.
The dam is claimed to have robbed indigenous communities their lands and has fuelled violence and prostitution in the area.
Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff intends to sign 30 agreements with China to help develop its infrastructure and logistics for her country embattled with economic troubles.
The new deals will help avert the £14.8 billion equivalent of a budget cut in Brazil, which would be finalised this week.
According to an opinion section from newspaper China Daily, Brazil is in a precarious situation where it wants to be taken out of its troubles caused by environmental, political and economic crises and that China’s wants into Brazil is timely for both countries.
Xinhua, China’s Official News Agency, said that it is “natural for China and Latin America” to partner up. It also highlighted that the US heightened alert with Beijing’s presence in South America shouldn’t be seen as so because the partnership is not directed against any third party.
For slapping a journalist, Saudi Arabian King Salman had sacked one senior aide who had followed right behind him.
The incident, caught on camera as King Salman greeted Morocco’s King Mohammed at Riyadh airport, Senior Aide Mohammed al-Tobayshi, who is the head of the Royal Protocol, turned to a photographer and slapped him.
Tobayshi was immediately removed as senior aide and was replaced by Khalid al-Abad, a 56-year-old official. However, Saudi Arabian journalists, including prominent journalist Abdullah al-Bergawi said that it was “a great day for journalists and the media.”
Al-Bergawi said that King Salman is showing that no-one, not even those closest to him is above the law. His actions also show that people, including officials, will hold their actions as their responsibilities and will pay for not respecting a person’s right to dignity.
One past incident had the King sanction a senior member of the Saudi Royal Family Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman after making racist comments in an Arabian TV Show.