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Somali PM Names New 20-minister Cabinet

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The new prime minister of Somalia on Tuesday chose a 20-strong cabinet made up mainly of political novices who had no previous ministerial experience to speed up the fraught recovery process in a country battered by more than two decades of war. Reuters report: Lawmakers had in December approved the appointment ... Read More »

Death Toll In Mozambique Rises After Heavy Flooding

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Not less than 100 people have been killed and 150,000 others displaced by floods in Mozambique, as southern Africa counts the human and economic costs of this month’s torrential rains, a senior government official said on Wednesday while speaking with Reuters: The United Nations said last week the rains in early ... Read More »

Jordan Says It Is Ready To Free Iraqi Militant If Pilot Is Released

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Jordan said on Wednesday that it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman it detained for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman if the Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released. Reuters report: “Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot ... Read More »

U.S. Signs $2 Billion Loan Agreement With Ukraine, Offers To Increase Pressure On Russia

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The United States signed an agreement providing war-torn Ukraine with $2 billion in loan guarantees on Wednesday to help it with “near-term social spending” in 2015 and said it the loan was prepared to step up sanctions against Russia if necessary. Read more from Reuters: After signing the loan agreement ... Read More »

Japan, Jordan Race To Save ISIS Hostages Threatened With Death

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and demanded Wednesday that Islamic State extremists release a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the Japanese and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage. AP reports: The effort to free Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian ... Read More »

Top Malian Army Officer Survives Assassination Attempt In Capital – Sources

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One of Mali’s top military officers has survived an assassination attempt in the capital, Bamako, on Monday, three sources told Reuters. General Mohamed Ould Meydou, adviser to the chief of staff of Mali’s army and the most senior Arab officer in the military, was shot by unknown gunmen, but was only ... Read More »

AirAsia Recovery Operation Suspended

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The Indonesian military has suspended the recovery operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea in December. BBC has more: Search teams failed to retrieve the fuselage after three days of attempts using a lifting bag. Officials initially thought bodies were inside, but now say recovering the ... Read More »

Two Rockets From Syria Strike Israeli-occupied Golan – Israeli Military

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At least two rockets allegedly from Syria on Tuesday hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Israel returned fire, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, the military has said. Reuters report: An Israeli military spokesman said the army “responded ... Read More »

At Least 5 Foreigners And 3 Guards Were Killed In Libyan Luxury Hotel Attack

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Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital on Tuesday, killing not less than five foreigners and three guards, authorities has said. AP covered the incidence: The attack, which included a car bombing, struck the Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea. Mahmoud Hamza, commander of the so-called Special ... Read More »

Kurdish Officials Say They’ve Pushed ISIS Out Of Kobani

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Jubilant Kurdish fighters successfully ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition. AP reports: The Kurds raised their flag on a hill that once flew the Islamic State group’s black ... Read More »

Corruption Protest In Kenya’s Maasai Mara Region Turns Violent

An elderly woman is assisted after riot policemen fired teargas cannisters to disperse protests to oust the Narok county Governor Samuel Tunai in Narok, Kenya

Not less than seven people were injured on Monday in clashes between the Kenyan police and protesters from the Maasai ethnic group who accused a local governor of corrupt handling of tourism funds from the Maasai Mara game reserve, the Kenya Red Cross has said. Read more from Reuters: Kenya television ... Read More »

Sons Of Ousted Egyptian President, Freed From Prison

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The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have on Monday been released from prison, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said. AP reports: Security officials said the pair, wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal, walked free from Torah ... Read More »

Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills Al Qaeda Men In Yemen

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A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in eastern Yemen have killed three men who were believed to be al Qaeda militants on Monday, officials said while suggesting U.S. security operations are continuing despite a political crisis in the volatile Arab country. Read more from Reuters: President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and ... Read More »

Pro-Russian Rebels Advance In Eastern Ukraine, Fighting Intensifies

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Russian-backed rebels on Monday  pushed forward with a new offensive that has brought an all-out war back to eastern Ukraine after a five-month ceasefire, bringing U.S. and European threats of tighter Western financial sanctions against Moscow. Reuters report: Washington and Brussels are both considering new measures after accusing Russia of ... Read More »

Malaysia Airlines Website Hacked By Lizard Squad

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Malaysia Airlines officials struggled on Monday to restore the embattled carrier’s website after it was allegedly hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group. Associated Press reports: The airline’s site was changed, at first with a message saying “404 – Plane Not Found” and that it was “Hacked by ... Read More »

Central African Republic Minister Kidnapped In Bangui – Official

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Central African Republic’s minister for youth and sports was kidnapped on Sunday by gunmen in the capital, Bangui, as he was returning from church, an official has said.Reuters report: The seizure of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the brief kidnapping earlier this week of a U.N. staff member and a French ... Read More »

Obama Defends U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategy In Yemen

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US President Barack Obama, defended his administration’s drone-based counter-terrorism strategy against al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Sunday , saying the alternative would be to deploy United States troops, which was not sustainable. Reuters was there: “It is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best option that ... Read More »

Japan Condemns IS Execution, Demands Remaining Hostage Release

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous” on Sunday  and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are currently holding. Reuters covered the story: Abe, speaking to public broadcaster NHK, said chances were high that a recording ... Read More »

Two Protesters Killed On Anniversary Of Egypt Uprising As Tension Grows

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Two protesters were killed in Egypt and a bomb explosion wounded two policemen on Sunday, while marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said. Reuters report: The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists facing one of Egypt’s toughest security ... Read More »

Greeks Vote In Make Or Break Poll

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Greeks are voting in a general election which might likely result in Greece trying to renegotiate the terms of its bailout with international lenders.  BBC reports: The leader of the left-wing Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, has pledged to write off Greece’s huge debt and revoke austerity measures. However, the current ... Read More »