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Burundi Ruling Party Nominates President For Third Term, Defies Possible Unrest

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Burundi’s ruling party chose President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term on Saturday, a move critics say is unconstitutional and may trigger unrest in the east African country. Reuters was there: Opposition groups promised protests if Nkurunziza ran, saying it would undermine a peace deal that has ... Read More »

Three Islamic State Car Bombs Hit Iraq-Jordan Border, Four Dead

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Three suicide car bombs exploded at a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Saturday, killing four soldiers, a witness and an Iraqi border police source said, in an attack claimed shortly afterwards by Islamic State. Reuters have more: The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in ... Read More »

Syria Conflict Continues As Islamists Capture Jisr Al-Shughur

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Islamist rebels in Syria have taken over the key north-western town of Jisr al-Shughur, activists say. It was the last major town under government control in Idlib province. Correspondents say it may give rebels a route to the ruling elite’s heartland. BBC reports: The Islamist forces, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, ... Read More »

Bali Nine: Indonesia Issues Execution Orders

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Two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, and a Philippines woman, Mary Jane Veloso were notified by Indonesian officials on Saturday. Under Indonesian law, convicts must be given 72 hours’ notice of execution, but no formal date has yet been set. BBC was there: The appeals process for a French national ... Read More »

Nepal Earthquake: Hundreds Die, Many Feared Trapped

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At least 970 people are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say. BBC was there: The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt ... Read More »

Ten Militants, Two Soldiers Killed In Tunisia Clashes – Official

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At least 10 militants and two Tunisian soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central Kasserine region near the Tunisian border with Algeria, a government official said on Friday. Tunisia’s military has been carrying out operations in the area since last month’s Islamist militant attack on ... Read More »

Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Arrested In Italy Over Plots To Attack The Vatican

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Italian police were arresting 18 people on Friday suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who were plotting attacks on the Vatican as well as in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Reuters have more: Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested in early ... Read More »

Yemen Conflict: Over 115 Children Killed In One Month – UN

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At least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed in a month of fighting and air strikes in Yemen, the UN children’s agency Unicef says. BBC was there: About half were killed by coalition bombing, the agency said, and others by mines, gunshots, and shelling. The Saudi-led coalition has continued ... Read More »

‘Al-Shabab’ Abducts, Kills Kenyan Traditional Chief Near Mandera

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Suspected al-Shabab militants have abducted and killed a traditional chief in northern Kenya, a local elder says. BBC has more: Chief Muktar Otieno was seized early on Thursday morning on the road to Mandera town, close to the border between Kenya and Somalia. Assistant chief Abdinoor Dakane told the BBC ... Read More »

TRAGIC!!! Child Star Of US Show, Everybody Loves Raymond Kills Himself

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Sawyer Sweeten, the child star of hit US show, Everybody Loves Raymond, has killed himself. His family confirmed in a statement that the 19-year-old “took his own life” on Thursday morning. BBC has more: He is reported by US media to have shot himself on the front porch of the family ... Read More »

Crude Oil Prices Rises Due To Middle East Civil War Tension

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Brent crude oil rose above $63 per barrel on Thursday on heightened concerns over the security of Middle East supplies as civil war escalates in Yemen. Read more from Reuters: Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck targets in and around the Yemeni cities of Aden and Ibb despite indications from ... Read More »

Somalia’s Al Shabaab Kills Senior Military Officer In Mogadishu

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A senior military officer was shot dead in the Somali capital on Thursday, and al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility. Reuters report: The al Qaeda-linked group has stepped up gun and bomb attacks in the Horn of Africa nation. Six people were killed in an attack on a vehicle carrying U.N. ... Read More »

China Official, Li Chuncheng On Trial For Corruption

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Li Chuncheng, an ally of China’s former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has gone on trial for corruption, say officials. Mr Li is the former deputy party boss of Sichuan province, and is charged with bribery and abuse of power. Read more from the BBC: He is among several men linked to ... Read More »

France ‘Foils Five Terror Attacks’ – PM Valls

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French police have foiled five terror attacks in recent months, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. He said the latest was a planned attack on churches in Villejuif outside Paris. BBC reports: An Algerian man was arrested on Sunday over the alleged plan, after he apparently shot himself by accident and ... Read More »

Funerals Held In Malta For Mediterranean Migrants Sinking Victims

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Funerals for 24 people killed in the worst ever recorded capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean have been held in Malta. More than 800 people died in Sunday’s disaster. Italian police say the captain crashed the boat by mistake against a merchant rescue ship. BBC was there: The number ... Read More »

Eleven Held In South Africa As Crackdown Continues On Anti-foreigner Violence

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South African authorities arrested 11 men in Johannesburg late on Tuesday suspected of involvement in violence against immigrants, local television news reported. According to Reuters, the men were held during a joint raid by the police and army on a Johannesburg hostel, it said on Wednesday. A wave of anti-immigrant ... Read More »

Ethiopians Mourn Libya Killings As Rally Scuffles Erupt

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Demonstrators hurled stones and police fired teargas as emotions ran high at a mass rally in Ethiopia’s capital on Wednesday commemorating 30 compatriots shot and beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya, witnesses said. Reuters was there: Protesters started gathering at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square at dawn to denounce Islamic ... Read More »

Taliban Announce Plans To Ramp Up Attacks In Afghanistan

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The Afghan Taliban announced on Wednesday the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as well as military targets, starting on Friday. Reuters have more: The Islamist militant group has been fighting the Afghan government and its foreign backers ... Read More »

Yemen Conflict: Saudi-led Coalition Resumes Air Strikes

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Saudi-led coalition jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them. BBC was there: The strikes followed the fall of the base outside Taiz of an army unit loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Fighting was also reported ... Read More »

French Police Arrest Man ‘Planning To Attack Churches’

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French police have arrested a man suspected of planning an attack on “one or two churches” in a Paris suburb, the country’s interior minister has said. BBC reports: The man, a 24-year-old Algerian national, was detained on Sunday in Paris after he apparently shot himself by accident and called an ... Read More »