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National Guard, Police Curb Ferguson Unrest As Protests Swell Across U.S.

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Some 2,000 National Guard troops has helped ward off a second night of rampant looting and arson in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury refused to indict a white policeman in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August, and sympathy protests spread accross several U.S. cities. Reuters report: President ... Read More »

Israeli President Criticizes Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill

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  Israel’s president said a bill promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which would anchor into law the status of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people runs counter to the vision of its founding fathers of equality for Arab citizens. Huffington Post reports: The bill comes at a time of high ... Read More »

Hong Kong Student Leaders Arrested As Police Move On Protest Site

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Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested Lester Shum and Joshua Wong, two of the student leaders at the heart of pro-democracy protests that has been shaking the Asian giant since August. The police began swiftly clearing a major demonstration site. Reuters report: Riot police scuffled with protesters trying to resist attempts ... Read More »

Cameroon Army Frees 16 Hostages, Including Polish Priest

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A Cameroonian army operation has freed not less than 16 hostages, including Polish Catholic priest Mateusz Dziedzic, who was abducted by rebels from Central African Republic in October, Cameroon’s government said on Wednesday. Reuters was has more: “A special operation of Cameroonian defense and security forces permitted the liberation last ... Read More »

Two FBI Agents Were Shot At A House Near Ferguson Unrest

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Two FBI agents have been shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early Wednesday. Though the incident was “not directly related” to racially charged unrest in and around Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said. Reuters was there: One agent was shot in the shoulder and the other was ... Read More »

Kenya Police Fire Teargas At Protesters Protesting Security At President’s Office

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Kenyan police used teargas to disperse a number of demonstrators who were shouting “President, Stop the killings!” outside President Uhuru Kenyatta’s offices in a protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. Reuters report: The crowd also laid crosses and four coffins outside the building ... Read More »

Priests Arrested For s*x Abuse In Spain After Victim Contacted Vatican

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Spain’s interior minister has announced that Spanish authorities arrested three Catholic priests as well as a lay religion teacher for allegedly abusing a minor sexually. UPI covers the story: According to the Spanish online journal, Religion Digital, an investigation was initiated after the victim, now 24, wrote to the Vatican about ... Read More »

Putin Says He Won’t Be President For Life

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the state-run TASS news agency that, unlike some African leaders, he has no interest in being president “forever.” UPI was there: Putin, who first ascended to the post in 2000, said that an indefinite presidency would be bad for the country. “This ... Read More »

U.S. Military Instructor Among Eight Freed in Yemen

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A U.S. military instructor was among eight hostages that were freed on Tuesday in a raid in Yemen against their al-Qaida kidnappers. UPI covers the story: Yemen’s Supreme Security Committee announced the information, adding seven al-Qaida members were killed, although not disclosing the nationality of the foreign hostage. A Yemeni ... Read More »

North Korea Protests UN Human Rights Rating

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North Korea held a mass rally on Tuesday in its capital for the sole purpose of protesting a United Nations resolution condemning its human rights record. Associated Press reports: Thousands of protesters in Kim Il Sung Square carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States. Such mass rallies ... Read More »

Belgian Mining Firm Illegally ‘Bulldozed Congo Homes’ Since 2009

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Amnesty International has said a Belgian mining firm “consistently lied” about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. BBC news reports: New evidence showed a Groupe Forrest International (GFI) subsidiary supplied bulldozers to destroy homes near a copper and cobalt mine, it said. GFI, which has ... Read More »

Mugabe Tightens Grip On Party, Plans To Choose Successor

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Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe changed the constitution of his ruling ZANU-PF party so as to allow him to directly appoint his deputies, thereby giving him the sole power to anoint his successor, party sources has said. Reuters has more: Until now Mugabe and his two ZANU-PF deputies have been elected by ... Read More »

Iraqi Troops Retake 2 Towns From ISIS Forces

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Iraqi troops in conjunction with Shiite militiamen as well as Kurdish security forces has recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, Iraqi officials said Monday. Associated Press was there to cover the story: Police in Diyala province said Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and ... Read More »

UK Is Facing Its Biggest Terrorism Threat In History – Minister

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Britain is facing its biggest terrorism threat in  history and has foiled about 40 major plots since suicide bombers attacked London in 2005, the United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May has said on Monday. Reuters report: The government would on Wednesday set out new laws to take on the militants, May added, ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Talks To Be Extended After Missing Deadline

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Iran and six other world powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and consequently gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented an historic deal. Read the story from Reuters: Western officials said they ... Read More »

Suicide Bomber Kill 40 At Volleyball Match In Afghanistan

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A suicide bomber reportedly attacked spectators at a very crowded volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 40 people and injuring many other, a provincial official said. Reuters report: Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the ... Read More »

India Tea Workers Kill Owner in West Bengal Over Pay Dispute

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Workers at a tea plantation in eastern India have killed the owner of the plantation during negotiations over a pay dispute. BBC has full detail: The owner of the Sonali tea estate in West Bengal was dragged out of talks on Saturday. He died after being beaten up and stabbed ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Talks: Doubts Over Deal As Deadline Looms

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Doubts are growing daily at talks in Vienna that a deal on the Iran’s controversial nuclear programme will be struck before a Monday deadline. BBC was there: Both the US and Germany said the sides were working to close “big gaps”, with some suggestions that the deadline could be extended. ... Read More »

U.S. Plans To Arm Iraq’s Sunni Tribesmen With AK-47s, RPGs, Mortars

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The United States has revealed plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants (ISIS) in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. Reuters report: The plan to spend $24.1 million ... Read More »

ISIS Is Recruiting And Exploiting Children

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Teenagers carrying weapons stand at busy intersections and checkpoints in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. AP has reported: In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious ... Read More »