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UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura proposes Syria ‘fighting freeze’

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has presented an “action plan” for Syria, proposing to “freeze” fighting in local areas to allow for aid deliveries and to lay the groundwork for talks. De Mistura told reporters after meeting with the UN Security Council on Thursday that he did not have ... Read More »

Two peacekeepers are in a critical condition after gunmen open fire in Darfur – Sudan

Two South African peacekeepers were wounded when gunmen opened fire on their patrol in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. The soldiers were injured when unidentified attackers shot at them as they collected water in the Kutum district of North Darfur state on Wednesday, the joint United Nations African Union mission said. ... Read More »

Humanitarian group says US Ebola quarantines is causing “stress” for doctors and will impact activities in field

Quarantines ordered by some US states for doctors and nurses returning from West African countries hit by Ebola have a “chilling effect” on aid work in those countries, aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said. MSF told the Reuters news agency on Friday that the restrictions imposed by several ... Read More »

Israel reopens al-Aqsa with Muslim age limit of 50

Israel has reopened Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound ahead of the Muslim Friday prayers, but restricted entry for Muslim men under the age of 50, following a rare closure due to clashes sparked by the killing of a Palestinian by police. Police spokeswoman, Luba Samri, said on Friday that younger Muslims were barred ... Read More »

ISIL attack Kobane’s border to prevent the arrival peshmerga from Iraq to bolster Kobane defence

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have shelled the border crossing between Syria and Turkey in their latest attempt to stop an expected arrival of Kurdish fighters from Iraq to help defend Kobane. Friday’s bombardment of the Mursitpinar post came a day after a first contingent ... Read More »

Long-time president of Burkina Faso — Blaise Compaore refuses to heed protesters demands to step down

Burkina Faso’s president has refused to resign in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat yet to his 27-year rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament is dissolved. Protesters stormed the parliament building in the capital city of Ougadougou on Thursday and set ... Read More »

Patients in Zimbabwe suffer as about 300 junior doctors stay away from work demanding a salary rise from $283 to $1,200 a month

Patients have been waiting in long queues while others were being turned away at state hospitals in Zimbabwe, as hundreds of doctors staged a strike to press for higher pay. About 300 junior doctors went on strike at the lapse of a two-week ultimatum for the government to address their ... Read More »

Zambia’s President Michael Sata dies at 77

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, the government said. Roland Msiska, secretary to the Zambian cabinet, said in a statement on Wednesday that Sata died late on Tuesday in London, where he was being treated. “As you are ... Read More »

Hundreds of homes to be demolished as authorities move to prevent infiltration and arms smuggling from Gaza

Bulldozers began destroying several abandoned houses along the frontier on Wednesday, just days after armed men attacked an army post killing 31 soldiers in the area. Egypt has declared a state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula and indefinitely closed the Rafah crossing, the only non-Israeli passage for Gazans. It also ... Read More »

At least 60 people reportedly dead after regime forces drop bombs on Idlib camp housing refugees

At least 60 people have been killed and dozens injured, activists say, after a Syrian government helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a camp for people displaced by fighting in the country’s north, charring some bodies beyond recognition. The bombs were dropped on a camp near al-Habeet in the northern province ... Read More »

WHO: “Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia”

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with falls in the number of burials and new admissions as well as a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. “Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the ... Read More »

NATO reports high spike in Russian jets activity over the past two days

NATO has reported an “unusual” spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean over the past two days. Alliance military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jay Janzen said on Wednesday that four groups made up of Tu-95 Bear H strategic bombers, MiG-31 fighters and ... Read More »

Yemen Shia rebels capture a key city along the Sanaa-Aden highway

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have captured a key city linking the capital to the south as they push to control more territory of the country. The Shia fighters captured the strategic central city of Radmah in Ibb province on Wednesday, a city that links Sanaa with the main southern city of ... Read More »

Nidaa Tounes win parliament elections in Tunisia

Tunisia’s leading secular party Nidaa Tounes has won 85 seats in the new 217-member parliament after Sunday’s election, while Islamist party Ennahda secured 69 seats, according to results released by electoral authorities on Thursday. Tunisians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary elections that was one of the last steps in ... Read More »

UN political chief tells Security Council that Israeli plans to build new homes in Jerusalem could ignite more violence

A UN official has warned that Israel’s plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman called on Israel on Wednesday “to rescind” its plan to build 1,000 new homes, which he said was in ... Read More »

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem shut down after shooting of rabbi

Clashes have erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem a day after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded a prominent right-wing Jewish activist. Israel announced shutting down of the al-Aqsa mosque following Wednesday’s shooting of Yehuda Glick, who has advocated for greater Jewish ... Read More »

June Steenkamp: “Reeva Steenkamp was set to leave Oscar Pistorius before he shot her”

Mother of Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend believes that her daughter was about to leave the disgraced athlete when he shot her dead in what a South African judge ruled to be culpable homicide. June Steenkamp — mother of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp — also told Britain’s newspaper The Times that she ... Read More »

Bafana Bafana team captain shot dead in his house

South Africa’s soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead by armed men in a town near Johannesburg, underlining a spike in the country’s crime rate. The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot after two men stormed into a house in Vosloorus, which Meyiwa was visiting on Sunday evening, South Africa ... Read More »

More than 2,800 have signed an online petition seeking an end to the ban on women driving in the Saudi kingdom.

Activists pushing for women’s right-to-drive in Saudi Arabia have declared their online campaign a success, in the world’s only country where women are not allowed to operate cars. The campaign that began last year and revved up again since the beginning of the month encouraged women to post online images ... Read More »

Coalition talks wiil begin soon says Ukrainian president

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he will start talks on forging a coalition in parliament next week following an election that exit polls showed was dominated by his own political bloc and other pro-Western forces. Poroshenko said the final result of Sunday’s election was expected in 10 days and this ... Read More »

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