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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 »

Death toll reaches 75 Toll as violent clashes continue in Libyan city

Nine people have been killed in new violence in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi where pro-government militias have launched an offensive against rival armed groups. According to medics, the death toll has now reached 75 in five days. In the latest violence, a woman was killed in a bomb ... Read More »

The Unbelievable case of the ‘bird’ woman in Nigeria

A crowd has formed, jeering at her and filming her anguish on their mobiles. At least two police officers patrol the mob, swatting at their mobile phones with branches in an attempt to stop them from filming. According to witnesses, the middle-aged woman was a bird moments earlier. The bird ... Read More »

Pro-gay groups slam Vatican for backtracking over gays and divorcees rights

Activists and human rights groups have lashed out at the Catholic Church’s failure to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront “taboos.” The spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics had called for the Church to take a more accepting approach ... Read More »

At least 21 people killed after deadly suicide blast hits Baghdad funeral

A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people at a funeral in the Iraqi capital, while an ambush has halted the government forces’ advance on a key northern city controlled by ISIL fighters. Sunday’s attack, which also wounded 35 people, occurred outside a Shia house of worship in the ... Read More »

Hong Kong leader blames mass protests on ‘external forces’

Hong Kong’s leader has said that the “external forces” have been involved in pro-democracy protests which have been going on in the country for more than three weeks. In the past week, Hong Kong police have repeatedly clashed with protesters, who are demanding fully democratic elections for the city. “There ... Read More »

Widodo sworn in as Indonesia’s President

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been inaugurated as Indonesia’s new president, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some blows against him. Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country’s established political, business ... Read More »

Germany openly accuses pro-Russia rebels for MH17 crash

Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency has concluded that pro-Russian rebels are to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airline MH17 in Ukraine in July, making it the first European agency to say so. Gerhard Schindler, president of the BND, told a secret parliamentary committee on security affairs held on October ... Read More »

Spanish nurse’s immune system eliminates Ebola infection from her body

A Spanish nurse who became the first person outside of West Africa to test positive for the deadly Ebola virus, is now clear of all traces of the disease, according to authorities in Spain. A blood test on Sunday revealed that Teresa Romero’s immune system had eliminated the virus from ... Read More »

US Planes dropped supplies to fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobane

The US military has airdropped weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobane against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, despite its ally Turkey’s declarations opposing such a move. The airdrops on Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks ... Read More »

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