Month: December 2014

More than 17,000 people have marched on the German city of Dresden protesting the “Islamification of Europe” as a wave of xenophobia sweeps the country. The rally, by a fast-growing grass-roots movement calling itself PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, was its tenth and largest so far. “Germany is not a […]

North Korea has threatened military strikes against the White House, the Pentagon, and the “whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism”, over allegations it was directly involved in the Sony hacking scandal.  The stern but vague warnings come after Sony Pictures decided last week to cancel the release of The Interview following cyber-attacks and threats […]

CIA Director John Brennan, responding to the scathing government torture report, defended his agency’s use of extreme tactics to obtain information from detainees held abroad after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. With his agency under fire in the aftermath of a U.S. Senate report detailing the CIA’s use of torture on detainees […]

More than 17,000 people have been left without power as a “weather bomb” bringing storm-force winds and giant waves hits the UK.  The Met Office has issued an amber “be prepared” warning for the west coast of Scotland, the Highlands and Islands, Orkney, Shetland and Northern Ireland as a so-called “weather bomb” batters the country.  […]

A judge is delivering her ruling on whether the case against Shrien Dewani, who is accused of plotting to murder his wife Anni on their honeymoon, should be dropped. Dewani’s lawyers applied for his discharge at the end of the state’s case, arguing that the evidence against him was so weak he should be acquitted […]