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Imam Murdered In China After Morning Prayers

China Xiajiang

The government-appointed head of China’s largest mosque has been murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in the far western region of Xinjiang has said. State media report on Thursday that Jume Tahir, the Uighur imam of the 600-year-old Id Kah mosque in the city of Kashgar, was killed ... Read More »

Sierra Leone Declares State Of Emergency Over Ebola Outbreak

Ebola death

Sierra Leone began quarantining areas of Ebola infection, as international health officials announced an international $100m plan to combat an epidemic which has already killed more than 700 people in West Africa. Security forces set up quarantines on Thursday, hours after Sierra Leone’s President, Ernest Bai Koroma, ordered a state ... Read More »

US Slams Israel’s Bombing Of UN Shelter In Gaza


The United States has slammed ally, Israel for bombs that killed 19 people at a UN shelter in Gaza, in its strongest condemnation yet of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Palestinian enclave. Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said on Thursday that the shelling of the school in Jabaliya ... Read More »

Apostasy: Sudanese Woman Who Beat Death Sentence Migrates To US


A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home. Meriam Ibrahim, her husband and their children were due to arrive in Philadelphia on ... Read More »

Ebola: Infected American Missionary Doctor Shows Signs Of Improvement

Kent Ebola

An American doctor who contracted Ebola virus while working in Liberia is showing slight signs of improvement, according to reports. Dr Kent Brantly remains in a serious condition while he undergoes intensive treatment at an isolation centre, the Samaritan’s Purse charity reports. Dr Brantly is medical director for Christian aid group’s care ... Read More »

Monarch Threatens To Sue Enugu Govt Over Dethronement


Suspended Chairman of Enugu West Traditional Rulers Council and Traditional Ruler of Amadim-Olo, Ezeagu council of Enugu State, His Majesty, Hayford Agana, has threatened to drag Enugu State government to court over the withdrawal of his certificate of recognition. The monarch said he would demand N20 million as damages from ... Read More »

American Missionary With Ebola Fighting To Stay Alive

Kent Ebola

An American missionary who has contracted the Ebola virus in Africa is fighting for her life, her son says. Missionary Nancy Writebol, 60, remains in quarantine after contracting Ebola in Liberia, where she and her husband David have been working with aid group Serving in Mission. She is one of ... Read More »

Hamas Co-founder’s Son Speaks In Support Of Israel

Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder and leader,

Son of a Hamas founder has spoken out against the terrorist organisation, throwing his support behind Israel which he says is “fighting on behalf of the free world.” Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder and leader Hassan Yousef, rejected Hamas and converted to Christianity after being raised to become ... Read More »

150 Killed In India Monsoon


The death toll from a major landslide in western India is expected to exceed 150, a health official says, after heavy monsoon rains sent mud and rocks tumbling onto homes. Emergency forces rushed to a remote village in the state of Maharashtra, where a hill collapsed in the morning as ... Read More »

34 Killed In Stampede At Guinea Beach Concert


As Guinea battles Ebola virus which first broke out in the country in February and had since killed 319 people out of 427 cases recorded, at least 34 people, including several children have been killed in a stampede. The stampede happened at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of ... Read More »

US Expands Sanctions On “Undeterred” Russia

Vladimir Putin

U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that the U.S. is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on Russia as a consequence for its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. The new sanctions, which target the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy. “The major sanctions we’re ... Read More »

EU Agrees Tougher Sanctions On Russia

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

The EU has reached an agreement on the first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation with Moscow since the Cold War. The measures agreed on Tuesday would shut state-owned Russian banks out of European markets and ... Read More »

Ebola Doctor Dies In Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor has died from Ebola disease, medical officials have said. Sheik Umar Khan was infected earlier this month and died on Tuesday at a ward run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders in the far north of the country. Miatta Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s health minister, called ... Read More »

Hamas Armed Wing Says No To Truce Until Siege Stops


The leader of the military wing of Hamas has said there will be no truce in Gaza unless Israel lifts its siege, in comments broadcast hours after an attempt at a 24-hour ceasefire stalled with disagreements. In an audio statement on Tuesday, Qassam Brigades commander Mohammed Deif said the ceasefire ... Read More »

Ebola: Australia Warns Citizens To Stay Away From Nigeria, Liberia, Others


Australia has warned its citizens to steer clear of parts of West Africa as the deadly Ebola virus claims more victims. Nearly 700 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since March in what has been described as the most serious recorded outbreak yet of the virus. One ... Read More »

MH17: Investigators Unable To Assess Crash Site As Fighting Intensifies


Dutch investigators have failed for a third consecutive day to enter the MH17 crash site amid a risky and deteriorating security situation in the eastern Ukraine. The Australian Federal Police and their Dutch colleagues in the separatist-held city of Donetsk – having been twice repelled by heavy fighting on the ... Read More »

Kenyan Orthdox Church Cleric In $6.8m Embezzlement Claim


The top leadership of the Orthodox Church is embroiled in a bitter dispute that has seen a senior cleric accuse the archbishop in Kenya of illegally taking possession of about Sh600 million ($6.8 million) through a privately registered company. The Very Reverend Father Silouanos Samuel Mwangi Gichanga claims that Archbishop ... Read More »

New York Times Urges US To Legalise Marijuana


The New York Times has called for the legalisation of marijuana, comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition, AP reports. In an editorial on Saturday, the New York Times said marijuana laws disproportionately impacting young black men and that addiction and dependence are “relatively minor problems’’ especially compared with ... Read More »

Prisoner Exchange A Big Taliban Win – Supreme Leader


A recent controversial exchange of five Taliban commanders for one US soldier was “a spectacular achievement”, said Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar in his annual Eid festival message. “Exchange of the detainees with America as a result of the efforts of the representatives of the political Office of the Islamic ... Read More »

Hamas Renews Rocket Fire Into Israel During Ceasefire Extension


Hamas has resumed firing rockets at Israel from Gaza after a 12-hour humanitarian window which the world had said should pave the way for a longer-term truce. The rocket fire came shortly after Israel announced it would extend the humanitarian ceasefire for another four hours, as its security cabinet debated ... Read More »

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