Red Cross wants more foreign-background blood donors
The Finnish Red Cross’ blood bank service wants to see more donors with foreign backgrounds rolling up their sleeves to give blood. They say that while suitable donors can be found in emergency situations, rare blood types can create complications in cases where patients require repeated or major transfusions.
Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91
Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired worldwide for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations while in power for 31 years, died Monday. He was 91.
Somali pirates shifting location towards India: Manohar Parrikar
Beaten back in their usual area of operations, Somali pirates are “shifting their location” towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said.
Africa's first public-private water fund launched in Kenya
In a first for Africa, a public-private water fund was launched in Kenya on Friday, bringing together businesses, utilities, conservation groups, government and farmers to fund upstream water conservation through activities such as watershed protection and reforestation.
Nine British medics enter ISIS stronghold to work in hospitals
Nine young British medical students have travelled illegally to Syria and are believed to be working in hospitals in Islamic State-controlled areas, the Observer can reveal. Their families were mounting a desperate effort on Saturday at the Turkish-Syrian border to persuade them to come home.
Somalis upset as racial unrest builds at St. Cloud Tech High
ST. CLOUD – Dozens of Somali students poured out of Tech High School here Friday for the second time in a week, saying they were outraged that the administration had not done enough to stop classmates who taunted them for being terrorists, tried to pull off their hijabs and regularly hounded them.
Saudi Arabia plans a $100 billion mega-city to help end its oil dependence
The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city on its western coast the size of Washington, DC — at a cost of about $100 billion. It's not imaginatively named — it's known as the King Abdullah Economic City, pronouned "cake" (KAEC) for short — but Saudi rulers hope it will become a powerful new economic engine for the kingdom.