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Iraq Army And Shi’ite Militias Launch Attacks On North Of Baghdad

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters gesture from the top of an armoured vehicle as they gather at Udhaim dam

Iraq’s armed forces, supported by the Shi’ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday at the start of a campaign which was aimed at driving them out of the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. Reuters report: The offensive is the biggest military operation in the province since ... Read More »

Hong Kong Arrests 38 As Anti-China Protesters Scuffle With Police

A protester is detained by a policeman during a demonstration against mainland traders, at Yuen Long district near the border with mainland China in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police have arrested not less than 38 people after a group of about 400 demonstrators clashed with police, in the latest sign of tension caused by China’s influence in the city. Reuters report: Protesters in Yuen Long, in the New Territories just a stone’s throw from mainland China, ... Read More »

US Police Shoot Homeless Man Dead In Los Angeles


US police officers have shot and killed a homeless civilian during an altercation in central Los Angeles, in an incident caught on video. The graphic film shows a violent struggle between the homeless man and several officers in the city’s Skid Row area. BBC has more: Police say that three officers opened ... Read More »

Iraq Moves Against Islamic State In Tikrit


The Iraqi military has launched an operation to recapture former leader Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS). Troops and militia were said to be attacking on different fronts, backed by airstrikes from Iraqi fighter jets. BBC reports: The government says that its forces are advancing into the city but ... Read More »

Mo Ibrahim Prize: Namibia President Pohamba Gets $5m Award For Being Africa’s Best Leader


The outgoing president of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the world’s most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership. BBC was there: The $5m (£3.2m) award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office. But the previous award ... Read More »

Mali Signs Peace Deal, Rebels Want More Time For Consultation


Mali’s government signed a preliminary peace deal on Sunday meant to end fighting with northern separatists, but the Tuareg-led rebels asked for more time for consultations before agreeing to the accord. Reuters have more: The United Nations-brokered deal seeks to tackle decades of uprisings and instability in northern Mali, where ... Read More »

CCTV Shows UK Teenagers At Istanbul Bus Station Going To Join ISIS


New CCTV pictures appear to show three UK schoolgirls on the Turkish leg of what is believed to have been that they’re on a journey to join Islamic State in Syria. Read more the BBC: Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, flew from London to ... Read More »

Chilean Girl Appeals To President To Allow Her Die


A video posted online by a 14-year-old girl asking Chile’s president to allow her to die has been viewed by thousands of people. The girl, Valentina Maureira, is suffering from cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disorder that attacks the lungs and other organs.  BBC has more: President Michele Bachelet responded by ... Read More »

Many South Sudan Boys Kidnapped And Turned Into Child Soldiers


Hundreds of boys in South Sudan have reportedly been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the United Nations children’s agency says. BBC reports: The figure is a big increase from the 89 children reported abducted by Unicef last month. Their latest statement blamed a militia group allied to the government. South ... Read More »

Boris Nemtsov Murder: Tens Of Thousands March In Moscow


Tens of thousands of people are marching in central Moscow in honour of opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday. BBC was there: They carried portraits of Mr Nemtsov and banners saying “I am not afraid”. He had been due to lead an opposition march on Sunday but his ... Read More »

Congo Army Drives Rebels From Eastern Hills In Fierce Fighting


Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict. Read more from Reuters: The rebel ranks contain remnants of fighters involved in neighboring ... Read More »

Mexico Captures Most Wanted Drug Kingpin, ‘La Tuta’


Mexican authorities have captured Mexican’s top leader of a major drug cartel, who has been wanted for years, Al Jazeera has learned. Servando Gomez Martinez, also known as “La Tuta”, was reportedly captured on Friday in the city of Morelia, in Michoacan state, according to local media. Al Jazeera’s John Holman, who ... Read More »

Bangladesh Protesters Denounce Killing Of Blogger


Hundreds of protesters have rallied in the capital of Bangladesh to denounce the murder of a prominent Bangladesh-born American blogger, who was hacked to death outside a university in Dhaka. Aljazeera reports: Students, activists and journalists gathered at Dhaka University on Friday to demand quick police action, a day after ... Read More »

Somali Pirates Release Fishermen Held For Five Years

(Front row, fromL) Four Thai fishermen,

Four Thai fishermen who were held hostage by Somali pirates for almost five years have been released, local officials said. Aljazeera reports: “We collected the four Thailand men from a remote area,” Omar Sheikh Ali, an official in Somalia’s central Galmudug administration told the AFP news agency on Friday. The four fishermen ... Read More »

Russian Opposition Leader, Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow


Boris Nemtsov, a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin and charismatic Russian opposition leader, was gunned down near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government. Aljazeera reports: Nemtsov’s death late on Friday ignited a fury among opposition figures who assailed the Kremlin for creating an ... Read More »

Four Charged Over Albino Murder In Tanzania Amid Growing Calls For Action

An albino child sits outside the courtroom in Ruyigi

A Tanzanian court has charged four people over the murder of an albino woman over six years ago as pressure mounts for authorities in the east African country to do more in order to stop the killing of albinos whose body parts are prized in black magic. Reuters have more: ... Read More »

Islamic State Killer, ‘Jihadi John’ Unmasked As Londoner

A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from video

  The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been unmasked and identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was ... Read More »

Eight Killed In Baghdad Bombs And Rocket Fire


Not less than eight people were killed by bombs and rocket fire in Baghdad on Friday, police and medical sources said. Reuters report: They said a bomb exploded in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Al-Saydiya, in southern Baghdad, killing three civilians while two Katyusha rockets hit the nearby neighborhood of al-Shurta, ... Read More »

Hong Kong Woman Jailed For Abusing Indonesian Maid


A woman in Hong Kong who was convicted of abusing her Indonesian maid has been jailed for six years. Law Wan-tung was found guilty earlier this month of causing grievous bodily harm, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages to her maid. BBC was there: The maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, drew global ... Read More »

US-Bangladesh Blogger, Avijit Roy Hacked To Death


A knife-wielding mob has hacked to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger whose writing on religion had brought threats from Islamist hardliners. BBC has the report: Avijit Roy, an atheist who advocated secularism, was attacked in Dhaka as he walked back from a book fair with his wife, who was hurt in the ... Read More »