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Pilgrims throng Makkah for hajj

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Pilgrims throng Makkah for hajj

Pilgrims throng Makkah for hajj

MAKKAH: Their backs hunched, elderly Muslim pilgrims lean on walking sticks as others in wheelchairs nudge their way into Makkah’s Grand Mosque where scores of people are encircling the holy Kaaba. “Allahu Akbar” (God is greater), they chant in unison. Most are Asian and African, among the hundreds of thousands of faithful who have descended […]

IS close in on Syria border town – US underestimated IS: Obama

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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IS close in on Syria border town – US underestimated IS: Obama

IS close in on Syria border town – US underestimated IS: Obama

DAMASCUS: Islamic State group fighters closed in yesterday to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria’s border with Turkey, despite continued air strikes by the US-led coalition. NATO member Turkey’s government meanwhile said it would ask parliament to debate joining the coalition against the jihadists operating on the country’s doorstep […]

Turkey deploys tanks to consider anti-IS action

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Turkey deploys tanks to consider anti-IS action

Turkey deploys tanks to consider anti-IS action

MURSITPINAR: Turkey yesterday deployed tanks and armored vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria amid escalating violence by the Islamic State group, as parliament was set to consider whether to authorize military action against the jihadists. The army moved tanks and armored vehicles to the border town of Mursitpinar, which lies across from the key […]

Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

WASHINGTON: The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities […]

Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 killed

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 killed

Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 killed

KIEV: The shaky truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged yesterday when 12 soldiers and civilians were reported killed in a surge of fighting across the separatist east. A week after talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk yielded an agreement for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons and troops from […]

Vote-buying, intimidation rife in Bulgarian election

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Vote-buying, intimidation rife in Bulgarian election

Vote-buying, intimidation rife in Bulgarian election

BOBOV DOL: Forced to survive on the minimum wage in Bulgaria of 340 leva (174 euros, $222) a month, Maya Ivanova is more than ready to sell her vote in Sunday’s general election, even for food. “Who would not take 50 leva nowadays when the misery is dire? Even if they offer me 20 leva […]

Bangladesh arrests Briton for suspected IS recruitment

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Bangladesh arrests Briton for suspected IS recruitment

Bangladesh arrests Briton for suspected IS recruitment

DHAKA: A 24-year-old British citizen has been arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of recruiting people to fight alongside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, police said yesterday. Samiun Rahman, a resident of London, arrived in Bangladesh in February to recruit for both IS and the al Qaedalinked Nusra Front, Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the […]

HK protesters defy Beijing with calls for democracy – China warns against foreign interference

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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HK protesters defy Beijing with calls for democracy – China warns against foreign interference

HK protesters defy Beijing with calls for democracy – China warns against foreign interference

HONG KONG: Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub yesterday, one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago. The Communist government in Beijing made clear it would not tolerate dissent, […]

Baghdad steps up propaganda fightback with jihadist TV satire

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Baghdad steps up propaganda fightback with jihadist TV satire

Baghdad steps up propaganda fightback with jihadist TV satire

As Iraqi forces struggle to pin back the Islamic State group on the ground, Baghdad is taking its war against the jihadists to the airwaves with a television comedy series. The usually elusive Abu Bakr Al- Baghdadi features prominently in the show, whose promoters argue that ridiculing the jihadist supremo can help dent his aura […]

Japan’s volcanoes: Could Fuji be next? – 80% of volcano-prone areas have no evacuation plan

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Japan’s volcanoes: Could Fuji be next? – 80% of volcano-prone areas have no evacuation plan

Japan’s volcanoes: Could Fuji be next? – 80% of volcano-prone areas have no evacuation plan

TOKYO: The sudden eruption of Mount Ontake over the weekend, which is believed to have killed at least 31 people, was a reminder of Japan’s vulnerability to its many active volcanoes. Gas continued to pour from the ruptured crater yesterday, as emergency workers tried to reach the bodies of hikers trapped on the peak when […]

Aid workers learning to fight Ebola as they go

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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Aid workers learning to fight Ebola as they go

Aid workers learning to fight Ebola as they go

MONROVIA: Jean-Pierre Veyrenche, in charge of building Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia for the World Health Organization, says fear is keeping international aid experts from joining the battle against the west African outbreak. “No one knows what to do” to handle the wildfire spread of Ebola in Liberia’s densely populated capital, Veyrenche told AFP in […]

N Korean leader health mystery fuels rumors

Posted by on 29/09/2014
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N Korean leader health mystery fuels rumors

N Korean leader health mystery fuels rumors

  SEOUL: North Korea’s authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. An official documentary shows him limping and overweight and mentions his “discomfort.” What follows is a smorgasbord of media speculation about what’s eating Kim Jong Un. Maybe its gout, unidentified sources tell South Korean reporters, […]

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