Briefly World: 11,000 civilians flee Syria in past 24 hours, says UN
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11,000 civilians flee Syria in past 24 hours, says UN
GENEVA: Senior UN officials said 11,000 Syrians have fled the country in the past 24 hours in what they call an unusual spike in the number of refugees. Panos Moumtzis, the UN refugee agency's coordinator for the region, told reporters Friday in Geneva that 9,000 Syrians fled to Turkey, while 1,000 went into Jordan and 1,000 into Lebanon in one day.
Bangla jails editor ahead of Khar visit
Dhaka: A controversial editor of a Bangladeshi online magazine, who had created a stir by alleging a romantic link between PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, has been jailed on charges of money embezzlement. "We arrested Salahuddin Shoeb Chowdhury two days ago and subsequently sent him to jail in line with a court directive," police said.
New archbishop of Canterbury named
LONDON: The bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, a former oil company executive, was named on Friday as the new archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the world's estimated 77 million Anglicans. He said he would support elevation of women as priests to the senior clergy and warned against homophobia.
UK campaigners call for Nobel for Malala
LONDON: Tens of thousands of Britons called on the government on Friday to nominate Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Provisional ballots to decide Bera's fate
Washington: The electoral fate of Indian-American Ami Bera, who has a slender lead of 184 votes over his Republican rival in California, now depends on counting of tens and thousands of provisional and absentee ballots, which might take days or even weeks. Republican stalwart Dan Lungren has refused to concede the election to Bera.