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Burkina president ousted

Posted by on 31/10/2014
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Burkina president ousted

Burkina president ousted

OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso’s embattled President Blaise Compaore announced yesterday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with protesters storming and setting […]

Clashes after Israel reopens Aqsa mosque – Abbas says closure ‘declaration of war’

Posted by on 31/10/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Clashes after Israel reopens Aqsa mosque – Abbas says closure ‘declaration of war’

Clashes after Israel reopens Aqsa mosque – Abbas says closure ‘declaration of war’

JERUSALEM: Clashes erupted in the West Bank yesterday after weekly prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police. Al-Aqsa, in the Old City, and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, and the mosque compound has been a rallying point for Palestinian […]

Alawites paying heavy price as they bury sons – Assad regime desperate for soldiers

Posted by on 31/10/2014
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Alawites paying heavy price as they bury sons – Assad regime desperate for soldiers

Alawites paying heavy price as they bury sons – Assad regime desperate for soldiers

DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria: The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Al-Assad are paying to defend his rule. The […]

Bloody independence war defines modern Algeria – Revolutionaries remember 60 year on

Posted by on 31/10/2014
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Bloody independence war defines modern Algeria – Revolutionaries remember 60 year on

Bloody independence war defines modern Algeria – Revolutionaries remember 60 year on

ALGIERS: Sixty years on, the war of independence from France remains a defining moment for Algeria and its elite, like 79-year-old Zohra Drif, a senator who once set off a bomb that left three people dead. On the night of Nov 1, 1954, known as “Toussaint Rouge” (Red All Saints Day) because it coincided with […]

Jerusalem youths ready for intifada – Reasons for anger are deep-seated

Posted by on 31/10/2014
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Jerusalem youths ready for intifada – Reasons for anger are deep-seated

Jerusalem youths ready for intifada – Reasons for anger are deep-seated

JERUSALEM: Fourteen-year-old Hisham, who was born around the start of the second Palestinian intifada, dreams of a new uprising so he can play his part in “defending” Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. Al-Aqsa, situated in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, is the buzzword for Hisham and his contemporaries – most of whom refuse to give their […]

New Afghan president invites Taleban to join peace process

Posted by on 31/10/2014
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New Afghan president invites Taleban to join peace process

New Afghan president invites Taleban to join peace process

BEIJING: Afghanistan’s new president invited the Taleban to join in a peace process backed by the international community yesterday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government. Speaking at a conference on Afghan peace and reconstruction in Beijing, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai made no […]

Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt

Posted by on 31/10/2014
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Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt

Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt

MILFORD, Pasadena: A suspect who led police on a seven-week manhunt after a fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks appeared gaunt and battered at his arraignment. Eric Frein answered yes or no questions but was not asked to enter a plea yesterday to first-degree murder and other charges. He did not have a […]

Saudi finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows

Posted by on 30/10/2014
Filed under Health & Science, Middle East, Top Stories, World

Saudi finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows

Saudi finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said late on Wednesday it had detected six new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 24 hours, the biggest daily jump for months with officials blaming lax hospital procedures. The recent surge in cases, now numbering 32 since the start of October, has been focused in Riyadh and […]

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state – Israel fumes as Palestinians hail ‘historic’ move

Posted by on 30/10/2014
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Sweden recognizes Palestinian state – Israel fumes as Palestinians hail ‘historic’ move

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state – Israel fumes as Palestinians hail ‘historic’ move

STOCKHOLM: Sweden yesterday officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as “historic” by Palestinians but denounced by Israel. “Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine,” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less […]

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

Posted by on 30/10/2014
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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC: A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane yesterday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobane, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 […]

‘Burkina Faso’s Black Spring’ – Rampaging protesters set parliament ablaze

Posted by on 30/10/2014
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‘Burkina Faso’s Black Spring’ – Rampaging protesters set parliament ablaze

‘Burkina Faso’s Black Spring’ – Rampaging protesters set parliament ablaze

OUAGADOUGOU: Angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso went on the rampage yesterday in protest at plans to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule, setting parliament on fire and wreaking havoc across the capital. Crowds of people broke through a heavy security cordon and stormed the National Assembly building in Ouagadougou, ransacking offices and […]

Girls’ jihadi quest stirs Muslim communities’ fear

Posted by on 30/10/2014
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Girls’ jihadi quest stirs Muslim communities’ fear

Girls’ jihadi quest stirs Muslim communities’ fear

AURORA: The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria has many in their close-knit east African community worried about whether their own children will be the next to be lured to terror. The girls’ voyage has mystified many in the US, and has been […]

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