Long island bus burst into flames

LONG ISLAND BUS WITH WHEELCHAIR PASSENGER BURSTS INTO FLAMES A bus transporting a disabled passenger goes up in flames on Long Island. The Nassau Inter County Express bus caught on fire Thursday in Plainview while transporting a passenger in a wheelchair and her aide. The driver was able to safely evacuate the two passengers and …

Spotlight on China’s Cultural Revolution

Spotlight on China’s  Cultural Revolution Tucked away in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, a private collector stands virtually alone in exhibiting relics from the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution. Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the political movement, with no official commemorations planned. Official records whitewash the details of both periods, but admit that Mao …

African rhinos to be flown to Australia to escape poachers

African rhinos to be flown to Australia to escape poachers A retired South African sales executive who emigrated to Australia 30 years ago is hatching a daring plan to airlift 80 rhinos to his adopted country in a bid to save the species from poachers. Flying each animal on the 11,000-kilometre journey will cost about …

Greece’s migrants turn to business to survive

Greece’s migrants turn to business to survive Within sight of a razor wire fence guarded by Macedonian police, 35-year-old Iraqi migrant Saima Hodep rolls dough with an old steel water pipe outside her tent, in preparation for customers for her unleavened bread. Saima is one of a small but growing number of migrants eking out …

Migrants freed from Greek detention, trapped in limbo on islands

Migrants freed from Greek detention, trapped in limbo on islands Migrants and refugees are being freed from detention centres in Greece but remain trapped on its islands until their asylum requests are processed, exposing them to dire living conditions and even the risk of people smugglers, human rights groups say. At least 1,100 people have …

A generation of Syrian children who don’t count

A generation of Syrian children who don’t count BAALBEK, Lebanon – Seven-month-old Nour lives in a tarpaulin tent pitched on a muddy patch of earth in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. The tent, one of a dozen in a small refugee camp, contains a metal stove, a prayer mat and worn rugs on the floor. A leather …

Russia launches first rocket from new spaceport at second attempt

Russia launches first rocket from new spaceport at second attempt MOSCOW: Russia launched its inaugural rocket from a new cosmodrome on Thursday, a day after a technical glitch thwarted the much-publicised event in a sign of continued crisis in the nation’s space industry. An unmanned Soyuz-2.1A rocket carrying three satellites roared off into a clear …