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At least 30 people killed in fresh violence in CAR

Gunmen have killed at least 30 people in fresh attacks this week in the strife-torn Central African Republic, UN peacekeepers said. Several dozen people were also wounded in the attacks on the central village of Yamale on Tuesday and Wednesday, UN force MINUSCA said on Thursday. “A group of armed ... Read More »

Governor resigns from position over missing Mexico students

The governor of Guerrero, the Mexican state where 43 students vanished last month in the city of Iguala, has said he is stepping aside from his position, in a move he hoped would help the investigation into the disappearances. “I have decided to take my leave from the state parliament,” Angel Aguirre told a news conference on Thursday, saying ... Read More »

Two-year-old girl tests positive for Ebola in Mali

Mali has reported that one of its citizens contracted the Ebola virus, the first case reported in the landlocked West African state. Mali’s health ministry in the capital Bamako confirmed the case on Thursday. A medical source revealed that the patient is a two-year old child, who tested positive for the virus after arriving ... Read More »

Tunisian forces kill at least 5 women in deadly raid

Five women and a man have been killed after Tunisian security forces stormed a house near Tunis after a day-long standoff, the interior ministry has said. Other adults and two children inside the house were taken to hospital after the raid in Oued Ellil, said interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali ... Read More »

Iraqi government claim ISIL used chlorine gas during attacks

Iraqi government officials have said ISIL used chlorine gas during fighting with Iraqi soldiers and Shia militia north of Baghdad. A senior security official, a local official from the town of Duluiya and an official from the town of Balad said the group used bombs with chlorine-filled cylinders during clashes in September. They told ... Read More »

WHO hopes for Ebola vaccines to be ready by end of this year

Mass trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine could start in West Africa in December and several hundred thousand doses could be available by the first half of next year, the World Health Organisation has said. The WHO’s assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny said on Friday that two potential vaccines were undergoing clinical ... Read More »

Suicide bomber kills over 20 soldiers at Sinai army checkpoint

At least 26 soldiers have been killed in an attack on an army checkpoint in Egypt’s North Sinai, state media has reported. The attack on Friday afternoon hit an army checkpoint at Karm al-Qawadeis, southwest of Sheikh Zuweid. Egyptian sources revealed that a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near ... Read More »

Kurdish fighter gain some ground in Kobane

Kurdish fighters have retaken a hill near Kobane from ISIL fighters that could prove essential if further supply airdrops are made by the US and its allies. The hill to the west of the town was retaken overnight on Thursday with the help of an air attack, said a reporter reporting ... Read More »

Al Jazeera marks 300 days since 3 of it’s reporters were jailed in Egypt

Today sadly marks 300 days since three Al Jazeera journalist have been jailed in Egypt. Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste were arrested in Cairo on December 29, 2013 under false charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news. Al Jazeera aired a 300-second montage that ... Read More »

Two female cabinet ministers resign over cash scandals

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suffered a double setback after two female cabinet ministers resigned over claims they misused political funds. Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima quit on Monday after days of allegations that they had misspent money in what opponents insisted was an attempt to buy ... Read More »

Pistorius gets five-year sentence for killing girlfriend

Olympic and paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African court found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide on Tuesday following a seven-month trial that received extensive media coverage in the country and around the ... Read More »

Rebel leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui pleads innocence at ICC

Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui has protested his innocence at an appeal hearing before the International Criminal Court, where he was acquitted nearly two years ago of war crimes charges. “From the beginning I pleaded not guilty. I never planned the attack on Bogoro,” Ngudjolo told the ICC appeals chamber ... Read More »

Islamabad protest ended by Pakistan cleric Qadri

An anti-government cleric who has been campaigning in Islamabad, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ended his 65-day-long protest. Tahir ul-Qadri – who leads both the Pakistan Awami Tehreek party and the Minhaj-ul-Quran international network of religious schools – announced on Tuesday that he would now tour major ... Read More »

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US nationals arrested by North Korea freed

North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, according to the White House. After departing from Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Tuesday, the US plane carrying Fowle flew to the Pacific island of ... Read More »

Twenty five-year-old woman arrested north of London for terrorism charges

British police have taken a 25-year-old woman into custody on suspicion of terrorism offences related to the ongoing civil war in Syria, officials have said. London’s counter terrorism command said on Wednesday that officers had arrested the woman in Bedfordshire, north of the capital, on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts. The police said she ... Read More »

Kurdish authorities agree to send Peshmerga fighters to northern Syrian town to fight ISIL

Iraqi Kurds have agreed to send fighters to help defend the northern Syrian city of Kobane from ISIL forces, after Turkey said it would allow them to cross Turkish territory. The parliament of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region approved the move on Wednesday, days after it sent weapons and ammunition to ... Read More »

Face veil rule reversed by Australia parliament

Australia’s parliament has abandoned amid an outcry a controversial plan to make women wearing the niqab or the face veil sit in separate glassed public enclosure in the building due to security concerns. The backdown on Monday followed a decision on October 2 to seat people wearing face coverings in ... Read More »

Shooting Near Canadian Parliament Causes Fear

Police in Ottawa say they are searching for more than one gunman after a Canadian soldier was shot and wounded at the national war memorial before an apparent exchange of fire inside nearby parliament buildings. Police said they were called at 9:52am local time on Wednesday with a report of shots ... Read More »

10 Wounded From Blast Outside Cairo University

A bomb has exploded outside the gates of Cairo University, wounding ten people including policemen stationed outside the campus to quell student protests that have become customary in the politically unstable country. Police cordoned off the area and scoured it with sniffer dogs, state-run Ahram news outlet reported on Wednesday, ... Read More »

Shia Houthi group takes over new town in Yemen

Yemen’s Shia Houthi fighters continue to push south in Ibb province, taking over the town of Yarim after dismantling a protest camp blocking the country’s main airport in the capital Sanaa. Sunday’s developments came amid reports that the governor of Sanaa province had resigned after his headquarters were stormed by ... Read More »

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