Daily Headlines Around The World for January 31, 2014

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5 reasons why Sochi's Olympics may be the most controversial Games yet
On 7 February, the Sochi Winter Olympics will start. It is estimated that the Games will cost at least $51bn – the most expensive in history. Russia will spend more than the $40bn China spent on the 2008 summer Olympics. The UK spent some $15bn on the summer Olympics in 2012.  

India Says FAA Downgrades Aviation Safety Rating
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded India's air safety rating over concerns about pilot training and other issues, Indian officials said Friday. The downgrade to the lower of two safety categories means Indian airlines cannot increase the number of flights they operate to the United States or enter into any new code-sharing arrangements with American carriers, said Uday Moray, India's Civil Aviation Ministry spokesman. He said the move will not affect current flights.  

Mexico official says some vigilante arms supplied by drug cartel
Mexico's attorney general said Thursday that he has proof that some of the arms being used by the vigilante “self-defense” groups of Michoacan state were supplied by a drug cartel, the Jalisco New Generation, according to news reports.

Residents block roads in Cape Town service delivery protest
Residents of the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Milnerton blocked roads in a service delivery protest on Friday, Western Cape police said.  

Beijing eyeing South China Sea ADIZ: Asahi Shimbun
China is considering declaring a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, according to a Japanese report on Friday, a move likely to fan tensions in an area riven by territorial disputes.

Romanian Payment Card Fraud Ring Dismantled by Romanian and French Authorities
On January 17, 2014, a total of 11 individuals were arrested on suspicion of taking part in an international network of Romanian payment card fraudsters. The suspects were detained just as they were preparing to go to Italy, presumably to conduct skimming attacks.

HRW slams Ukraine police for targeting journalists, medics
An international advocacy group has accused riot police in Ukraine’s capital of deliberately targeting journalists and medics while aggressively dispersing anti-government rioters.

Russia halts EU pork imports over virus outbreak
Russia has stopped imports of pork from EU countries following an outbreak of African swine fever virus in Lithuania, Prime business news agency reported Thursday. On Saturday Russia restricted pork imports from the Baltic state due to the ASFV outbreak there.  

Popular Indian cars fail crash tests
Five of India's most popular small cars have failed crash tests conducted by a UK-based car safety watchdog. The tests by Global NCAP showed that if involved in a crash, fatalities or serious injuries could result. Among the cars tested was India's talismanic Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car, as well as models made in India by Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai.

 

 


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