A NEW court case against the Bank of Cyprus and six of its former board members has been filed by the Legal Service in connection with the purchase of high-risk Greek government bonds by the bank.

According to sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency, the hearing will start on October 29.

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Maryam Namazie, who campaigns against Sharia law, was invited to make a speech to the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanist Society.

She is renowned for her work with refugees and as a secular activist since she fled Iran with her family in the 1980s after the country’s revolution.

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After the Russians and Iranians, Chinese troops reportedly are teaming up with the Syrian regime forces in what is being termed as the deal that will allow President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power.

A report claims that a Chinese naval vessel carrying dozens of “military advisers” is on its way to Syria and the Chinese troops will then join with the “hundreds” of Russian soldiers.

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The sister of the boy who brought a suspected hoax-bomb to his Texas high school said she was suspended from a school in a prior bomb scare. Her suspension occurred in 2009 while she was attending middle school in the same district.

Lesley Weaver, a spokeswoman for the district, said school officials can’t release any information about the 18-year-old sister’s episode because the Sudanese parents won’t sign the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The school has already sent the form to the immigrant Sudanese parents, but they won’t sign it, she said.

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The International Monetary Fund has approved the disbursement of another 126 million euros ($140.5 million) for bailed-out Cyprus, saying that the island nation’s reform program continues to be “a success.”

The IMF said Wednesday total disbursements so far amount to around 882 million euros ($983.4 million) from a contribution of around 1 billion euros. Another 9 billion euros is being provided by the European Union’s bailout fund.

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