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Iranian President Urges Islamic Clerics To Embrace Internet


Iran’s president has urged the country’s clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential conservative religious leaders in the Islamic Republic. Hassan Rouhani made the appeal during a meeting with clerics in Tehran on Monday, where he said ... Read More »

3 Americans Held Captive In North Korea Cry For Help


North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said on ... Read More »

33 Tons Of Dead Fishes Evacuated from Mexico River

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Mexican authorities say a mass die-off of fish at a lake in western Mexico was not due to natural causes. Over 33 metric tons of rotting dead fish have been removed from Lake Cajititlan in Jalisco state. The cause of the die-off has not been determined but the state environment ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia Suspends Labour Visas For Nations Worst Hit By Ebola

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Saudi Arabia has stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst-hit by the deadly Ebola virus, the labour ministry announced Monday. The “preventive measure” is based on “directives from the foreign and health ministries to avoid” the spread of Ebola to the kingdom, the ... Read More »

Putin Calls For Independence Of Eastern Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has sharply raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state. Putin’s defiant remarks came on Sunday just hours after the European Union gave Moscow — which the ... Read More »

EU To Impose Further Sanction On Russia

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European Union leaders are poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine’s president warns the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Saturday the EU was prepared to toughen sanctions against Russia but added that the ... Read More »

UN Peacekeepers In Syria Rescued


Thirty-two UN peacekeepers from the Philippines have been rescued from unidentified fighters who had attacked their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the United Nations has said. But another group of peacekeepers, also from the Philippines, remained trapped by the fighters, and a gun battle was ongoing, ... Read More »

Ebola: First Case Confirmed In Senegal


The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people in west Africa has spread to a fifth country with the first confirmed case of the virus in Senegal. Senegal’s health minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck, said on Friday the patient was a man from Guinea. He had visited a ... Read More »

Somali, AU Forces Launch Offensive On Al-Shabab

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Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against al-Shabab fighters aimed at capturing remaining ports from the armed group, army and government officials have said. “Operation Indian Ocean started late last night … the enemy is fleeing and the forces are making successful advances so far,” ... Read More »

Gulf Monarchies Condemn Islamic State

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The six-member Gulf Co-operation Council has strongly condemned Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria and their extreme interpretation of Islam as it opened a meeting in Saudi Arabia. “We denounce vehemently the practices of those who use Islam as a pretext to kill and displace en masse Iraqis and ... Read More »

Rebel-held Ukrainian City In Ruins After Shelling

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Heavy strikes were carried out in the centre of Donetsk city on Friday, as pro-Russian separatists in control of the city traded fire with government forces. The video, released by a Ukraine militia group and verified by video agency Storyful, shows the aftermath of a shelling at Donetsk’s railway station. ... Read More »

Putin Tells Ukraine To Talk To Pro-Russia Rebels


Vladimir Putin insists that Kiev must enter substantial talks with pro-Russian rebels amid a dramatic escalation of the fighting in Ukraine. “It is necessary to make the Ukrainian authorities start substantial talks,” the Russian President told youths at a pro-Kremlin summer camp in central Russia on Friday. “It is necessary ... Read More »

Islamic State: UK Says Terror Threat Severe As Jihadists May Return Home


Britain has raised its terror threat risk level to “severe” because of fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria, meaning an attack is thought to be “highly likely”. Friday’s move follows the killing of US journalist James Foley, apparently by a man speaking with an English accent who belonged ... Read More »

Russia Invades Ukraine


Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed that regular forces have directly invaded the war-torn east part of the country and has called an emergency meeting of Ukraine’s security and defence council. The US ambassador in Kiev also declared Russia was“directly involved” in fighting in the war-torn east of Ukraine. “An ... Read More »

Sister Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Charged Over Bomb Threat


A sister of the Boston bombing suspects has been arrested in New York on suspicion of making a bomb threat against a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend. Ailina Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, made the threat against an upper Manhattan woman via ... Read More »

Hostage Freed By Syrian Rebels Back Home In US


Journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said. Curtis family spokeswoman Betsy Sullivan said in a statement that Curtis arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday ... Read More »

Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Ends 50 Days Of Bloodletting


Celebrations have erupted in Gaza as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians went into effect, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. The agreement, which came into effect late on Tuesday, involves an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza, which began on July ... Read More »

Iraqi TV Host Sobs Over Treatment Of Christians By ISIS


An Iraqi TV host has sobbed on live television over the treatment of Christians by ISIS, saying “they are our own flesh and blood”. Nahi Mahdi, who presents Asia TV, revealed he had cried at home about what was happening in his country, before welling up and having to wipe ... Read More »

ISIS Claims Attack On Sony’s Servers

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Japanese entertainment giant Sony says its online music and gaming sites have come under attack by a hacker group that also claimed there were explosives on a plane carrying a senior company executive. The company said on Monday that a US commercial aircraft carrying the president of Sony Online Entertainment ... Read More »

Suspected R*pists Burnt Alive In Guatemala

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Three suspected r*pists have been killed by an enraged mob in a community in Guatemala’s northwestern province of Huehuetenango. The incident occurred in Yalamciop, a village near the town of San Mateo Ixtatan, where residents burned alive three men whom they had accused of r*pe and kidnapping. The trio – ... Read More »

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