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Saudi Arabia 'to execute more than 50 convicted of terrorism'

Amnesty International has expressed alarm at reports that the authorities in Saudi Arabia are planning to execute dozens of people in a single day. The newspaper Okaz said 55 people were awaiting execution for terrorist crimes, while a now-deleted report by al-Riyadh said 52 would die soon. They are thought to include Shia who took part in anti-government protests. Amnesty said that given...


COP21: Public support for tough climate deal 'declines'
Source: BBC

COP21: Public support for tough climate deal 'declines'

Public support for a strong global deal on climate change has declined, according to a poll carried out in 20 countries. Only four now have majorities in favour of their governments setting ambitious targets at a global conference in Paris. In a similar poll before the Copenhagen meeting in 2009, eight countries had majorities favouring tough action. The poll has been provided to the BBC ...


Florida court convicts Derek Medina over Facebook photo murder

A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the body on Facebook has been found guilty of murder. Derek Medina admitted taking the picture on his phone and uploading it onto the social media site. He failed to convince the jury that he had shot Jennifer Alfonso eight times in self-defence after years of abuse. He said his wife was threatening him with a knife when he shot her in the...


Petrobras scandal: Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested
Source: BBC Brazil

Petrobras scandal: Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested

One of Brazils richest businessmen and a top senator have been arrested as part of the sweeping corruption probe into state oil giant Petrobras. Andre Esteves was arrested at his home in Rio de Janeiro. Documents were seized both from there and from the bank he heads in Sao Paulo. At the same time, the leader of the governing Workers Party in the Senate, Delcidio Amaral, was also arrested. Bo...


India's Bihar plans to ban alcohol
Source: BBC

India's Bihar plans to ban alcohol

The chief minister of the Indian state of Bihar, Nitish Kumar has announced plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state. Mr Kumar had earlier promised voters to restrict the opening of liquor shops in villages. The move can cost Bihar more than $500 (327m) in tax revenues, a spokesperson of Bihars ruling Janata Dal (United) party said. Alcohol is banned in a number of In...


Ronda Rousey knocked out by Holly Holm in UFC history
Source: Reuters

Ronda Rousey knocked out by Holly Holm in UFC history

In possibly the biggest upset in UFC history, Holly Holm has knocked out Ronda Rousey, the woman who claimed to be the best fighter in the whole world. The fight-ending kick came 57 seconds into the second round, striking reigning womens bantamweight champion Rousey in the neck and sending her tumbling to the floor. Rouseys early exit saw Holm, a former professional boxer turned mixed martia...


Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate after Paris attacks
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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate after Paris attacks

The Democratic presidential hopefuls have gathered in Iowa for a televised debate, with national security looming large after the Paris attacks. The frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, was challenged by rival Bernie Sanders to explain her role in backing the Iraq War, which he says led to the rise of militants like Islamic State (IS). CBS News has made counter-terrorism and foreign policy the key ...


Williamson century leads NZ to 249-2 at lunch on day 3
Source: BBC

Williamson century leads NZ to 249-2 at lunch on day 3

PERTH, Australia, Nov 15: Kane Williamson scored his second century of the series Sunday as New Zealand took the fight to Australia on the third day in the second cricket test at the WACA ground. New Zealand was 249-2 at the lunch break with Williamson, 120 not out, combining with Ross Taylor, unbeaten on 82 in a 162-run unfinished third wicket stand. Williamson continued from where he left of...


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