Archive for October, 2011

British merchant ships allowed to carry armed guards to protect from Somali pirates

Monday, October 31st, 2011

British merchant vessels sailing round the coast of Somalia are to be allowed to carry armed guards to protect themselves against pirate attacks, David Cameron has announced.

The prime minister – who has been attending the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Perth, Australia – said on Sunday that piracy was one of the “common interests” uniting the 54 states, and that he was taking action to ensure British commercial fleets were better-defended.

Mystery Bomb attack on Government building in Tibet

Monday, October 31st, 2011

An overnight bomb blast has ripped through a government building in Tibet, causing damage but no injuries, a leading campaign group told AFP on Thursday, citing two sources.

Afghan soldier opens fire on Australians killing 3

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Hundreds of Afghan soldiers have been stripped of their weapons and confined to their barracks after one opened fire on Australian soldiers, killing three and wounding seven.

The Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier gunned down the Australian members of Mentoring Task Force 3 as they were on morning parade at a forward operating base at Shah Wali Kot in Kandahar province on Saturday morning local time.

Suicide bomber kills 17 in Kabul

Monday, October 31st, 2011

A Taleban suicide bomber has rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an armoured Nato bus on a busy road in Kabul, killing 17 people including a dozen Americans in the deadliest strike against the Western coalition in the Afghan capital since the war began

Union leader arrested in Fiji

Monday, October 31st, 2011

A Fijian union leader has been seized by the country’s military regime and is being held in custody in an unknown location, trade unionists claim.

Fiji Trade Union Congress president Daniel Urai Manufolau was believed to have been arrested at Nadi International Airport after returning from a Commonwealth meeting in Perth, Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney said.

Welsh police support fingerprinting nightclubbers

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Police are encouraging nightclubs to use digital technology such as scanning people’s fingerprints to help tackle problems with revellers.

One Cardiff nightspot uses such a system already and police will host a demonstration next week to persuade more licensed premises to sign up.

China considers new terror legislation in face of “real threat”

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

China is considering new legislation to define terrorism more precisely, in the face of what an official described as a “real threat”.

Laser aimed at cokckpits 10 times more often than 2005

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The number of dangerous laser assaults on aircraft cockpits continues to grow at an alarming rate despite increased penalties for anyone caught doing it.

Floods close Bangkok’s second airport

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Advancing Thai floodwaters breached barriers protecting Bangkok’s second largest airport on Tuesday, halting commercial flights, as the prime minister warned that the capital could be swamped by up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water if flood walls fail.

18,000 flee fighting in Pakistan

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

At least 18,000 people have fled their homes in Pakistan’s tribal district of Khyber, fearing a fresh onslaught of fighting between the army and Islamist militants, officials said Tuesday.

Families streamed out of the district, a flashpoint for Taliban and other violent groups on the NATO supply line into neighbouring Afghanistan, after the army ordered them to leave because of military action going on in the area.