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Italy rescues over 6,700 migrants from Mediterranean Sea in past 48 hours

(By Estera Popowska)

A total of 6,771 migrants have been rescued from Mediterranean Sea off Libyan coast over the past 48 hours, Aljazeera reported. The Libyan Coast Guard said on Monday that atleast 6,771 survivors were rescued in the seas north of Libya from overcrowded rubber dinghies and unseaworthy fishing boats sent out by smuggling rings, in a three-day period ending Sunday.

61 journalists killed on job in 2014- United Nations

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 61 journalists were killed while carrying out their work in 2014, Mr. Maher Nasser, the Director of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Public Information said on Sunday.

As media fraternity marked the World Press Freedom Day on Sunday, Mr. Maher Nasser  said as conflicts rage around the world journalists, editors and publishers are increasingly experiencing harassment and sometimes even deadly attacks. World Press Freedom Day is marked annually to celebrate the contribution of media workers to promoting free speech and democracy.

Syria: 2 UN peacekeepers wounded by mortar rounds fired from Syria

(By Estera Popowska)

Israeli army spokesperson has said two UN peacekeepers have been wounded when mortar rounds fired from Syria hit their base in the Israeli-held sector of the Golan Heights, Aljazeera reported Monday.

Sources reported Israel public radio as saying the two were lightly wounded in Monday's incident. “Mortar shells hit the Golan in Ein Zivan and in the Zivanit UNDOF base. Two UN peacekeeping soldiers were evacuated to Israel for medical care,” Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner wrote on his official Twitter account.

U.S: 2 gunmen shot dead after opening fire outside conference on Prophet Muhammad cartoons

(By Estera Popowska)

U.S police have said two unidentified gunmen have been killed after they opened fire outside a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a suburb of Dallas, BBC reported Monday morning.

According to reports, the two gunmen drove to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland as the event was ending, and began shooting at a security officer before being killed by police.

The event, organised by a group critical of Islam, included a contest that offered a $10,000 (£6,600) prize for a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

UK: Chelsea Football Club wins English Premier League title

(By Estera Popowska)

Following a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, Chelsea FC have been crowned Champions for the 2014/15 season, snatching the trophy from Manchester City who lie 13 points behind the leaders, with only 3 games remaining.

Chelsea’s Eden Harzad converted a soft penalty at the second attempt as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to secure the Premier League title.Chelsea’s triumph means, the race for Champions League place next season is between three teams, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Nepal: 101year old man pulled alive from earthquake rubble after 7 days

(By Estera Popowska)

Seven days after earthquake rubble buried a 101 year old man in his house in Nepal, rescue team pulled him alive, police said Sunday.

Local police officer Arun Kumar Singh reportedly told AFP that the 101 year old Funchu Tamang was rescued on Saturday with only minor injuries and airlifted to a district hospital.

U.S: Mayweather beats Pacquiao in boxing to go record 48 unbeaten

(By Estera Popowska)

In what had been promoted as the latest “fight of the century,” American boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated rival Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight unification title fight on Saturday local time.

The victory means  Mayweather  Jr. 38,  remains unbeaten in 48 professional bouts after earning a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao. Sources say Mayweather was able to frustrate the 36-year-old Pacquiao, while peppering in several effective jabs and punches of his own.

Nepal: Over 7,000 death counts from earth quake disaster as hopes of more survivors dwindle

(By Estera Popowska)

Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center has said as of about 8:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. ET) Saturday, the death toll from last week’s deadly earth quake had reached 7,040 with 14,398 injured, according to CNN report.

The Nepalese government reportedly said Saturday that chances of finding survivors buried in rubble are "extremely slim." Nepal’s Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal reportedly said “It will be a miracle if anyone is found alive,” adding that “but we have not completely given up yet and are continuing to look.”

U.S officials say Ebola survivors can spread Ebola through sex

(By Estera Popowska)

Months after being declared free of Ebola, survivors can still spread the disease through unprotected sex, U.S. health officials have said. According to VOA, this was revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a detailed report of  the case of a 44-year-old Liberian woman who is believed to have contracted Ebola through sexual intercourse with an Ebola survivor. 

In one case, a man reportedly developed Ebola last September and was discharged a month later.  The woman fell sick in March, a week after having sex with him, and died.

Breaking news: UK Royal baby is born and it is a girl! - Kensington Palace anounced

(By Estera Popowska)

Kensington Palace has announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl, weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg). "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, " the palace tweeted.

BBC says the princess - who is fourth in line to the throne - was "safely delivered" at 08:34 BST, the palace said in a statement. The baby who is the Queen's fifth great-grandchild, will be given a name  in due course.