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Uganda Begins Sending Ex-Congo Rebels Back Home


Uganda has began sending home more than 1,000 fighters of a rebel group from Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) on Tuesday after Kinshasa mounted pressure it to return them to prevent them regrouping to fight again. Reuters report: Some 1,430 fighters are believed to have fled into Uganda after Congolese and ... Read More »

EU Court Says Hamas Should Be Removed From Terror List

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades take part in a military parade in Gaza City

An EU court ruled on Wednesday that the Palestinian Islamist terrorist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union’s terrorist list, saying that the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis. Reuters reports: However, in its ruling, the bloc’s second highest tribunal said member ... Read More »

First Female Bishop Named In England


The first female bishop for the Church of England has been announced as Reverend Libby Lane, just a month after a historic change to canon law. BBC reports: She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May. Mrs Lane has been the vicar at ... Read More »

Russia’s Economy In Big Trouble


The President of Russia Vladimir Putin faces a new major challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hits a new low Tuesday despite the desperate efforts of the Central Bank to halt the selling. AP reports: On the streets of Moscow, panicky consumers rushed out ... Read More »

Pakistan In Mourning As Parents Bury Children After School Attack


The Pakistani city of Peshawar has started burying its dead after a Taliban attack at a school killed at least 132 children and nine staff on Tuesday. BBC reports: New images from the school show the brutality of the attack, with pools of blood on the ground and walls covered ... Read More »

France Urges Closer Regional Collaboration Against Boko Haram


France’s defense minister called on Nigeria and its neighbours on Monday to set up a military liaison committee so as to better coordinate their response to the growing regional threat posed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Reuters report: Nigeria’s Boko Haram fighters have stepped up their attacks across ... Read More »

100 Soldiers And 80 Militants Have Been Killed In Battle For Syrian Base


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group has said about 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were feared killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents took the Wadi al-Deif military base. Reuters report: The Britain-based group said Islamist insurgents including al Qaeda’s Syria wing, the Nusra Front, on Monday ... Read More »

Kenya Shuts Down 500 Groups In Anti-terrorism Crackdown


Kenya has shut down not  less than 500 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including 15 groups it posits had links to financing terrorism, though critics opined that the government was silencing critics under the guise of security. Reuters report: Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks by Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab, including ... Read More »

Gunman In Sydney Siege Had Troubled Past But Wasn’t On Terror Watch List

(FILE) In Profile: Man Haron Monis

Horror over a deadly siege morphed into anger on Tuesday as leaders of a grieving nation demanded to know how a man with a violent criminal history was able to slip through the cracks and ended up in the downtown Sydney cafe where he took 17 people hostage. AP reports: ... Read More »

Pakistan In Shock As Taliban Slaughters 130 School Children

A man carries a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, after he received treatment at a hospital in Peshawar

It began like any other average morning in Pakistan’s Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Teachers ruffled through their notes and gave lectures. Students pored over their books, but suddenly, something happened. Reuters report: In an instant, the peace was shattered – gunfire, smoke and dead bodies ... Read More »

Kabila Says Congo Won’t Bow To Foreign ‘Injunctions’

Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York

The president of Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila,  told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country’s sovereignty after they severally urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election. Reuters was there: Though Joseph Kabila has yet to publicly declare his intentions, Congo is ... Read More »

Islamist Rebels Kill 10 Somali Soldiers In Attack On Base


Rebels from the Islamist al Shabaab group reportedly attacked a military base in southern Somalia on Monday morning, killing not less than 10 soldiers and burning two military vehicles, officials said. Reuters report: African Union and Somali troops launched an offensive this year that has driven al Shabaab out of its ... Read More »

More Air Strikes Near Eastern Libyan Oil Port And Border To Tunisia

Black smoke billows from a warehouse after an airstrike in Zawura

Libya’s recognized government conducted multiple air strikes against rival government forces who were trying to seize major oil ports in the east and targets in the west on Monday, but the rival government continually held control of the main crossing to Tunisia, witnesses said. Reuters report: The oil producer has ... Read More »

Police Storm Sydney Cafe To End Hostage Siege, Three Dead

Video grab shows armed police taking up position near Sydney's Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held

Police say three people – including the gunman –  are dead after authorities stormed a Sydney cafe early Tuesday, thereby bringing to a dramatic end a 16-hour standoff in which a murder suspect and jihadist had held 17 hostages in a scene much of the world watched on television. Fox News ... Read More »

North Korea Wants UN To Discuss CIA Torture


North Korea asked the United Nations Security Council on Monday to add the issue of torture by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to its agenda and to establish an investigation in order to ensure those responsible are held to account for human rights abuses. Reuters report: The request by ... Read More »

Haiti PM Resigns Amid Political Protests


Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe announced early on Sunday that he was resigning along with several other ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to step down. AP covers the story: In a speech that was delayed past midnight, Lamothe said he was leaving ... Read More »

DR Congo: Many Dead After Ferry Sinks On Lake Tanganyika


Not less than 129 bodies have been recovered from Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a ferry capsized on Friday. BBC reports: Local transport minister Laurent Sumba Kahozi said the search for survivors was continuing. Rescue workers found passengers in the water on Sunday, clinging on to petrol ... Read More »

Islamic State Storms Town In Western Iraq, Kills 19 Police


Islamic State fighters were reported to have stormed a town in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Saturday, and killed about 19 policemen and trapping others inside their headquarters, which is the latest attack in the desert region where it controls large amounts of territory, officials said. Reuters covers the story: ... Read More »

South Sudan Children Survive On Waterlilies As Crisis Escalates


Not less than 1 million children in South Sudan have been forced to flee their homes since conflict started a year ago, while some of them are surviving on waterlily roots, the U.N. children’s agency warned on Friday, saying there may be famine next year. Reuters was there: Some 12,000 children are ... Read More »

Russia Says It Will React if U.S. Imposes New Sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov looks on at the start of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva

Russia promises it will take counter measures if Washington dare impose new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Saturday. Reuters was there: The U.S. Congress has readied new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and investors in the country’s high-tech oil projects, but ... Read More »