Archive for September, 2012

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 2:42pm

African Union troops ‘to move into Kismayo’

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Kenyan and Somali troops are preparing to move into Kismayo following the withdrawal of rebel fighters from the southern port city, Hussein Arab Isse, Somalia’s deputy prime minister, has told Al Jazeera. Isse, who is also in charge of the country’s defence ministry, said on Sunday that troops would enter the key commercial city later […]

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 2:42pm

Many killed in string of Iraq attacks

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A wave of shooting and bombings in Iraq has killed at least 30 people and wounded 104, security and medical officials said. Four car bombs in the Taji neighbourhood in the north of the city killed at least six and injured eight others, police sources told Al Jazeera on Sunday. The back-to-back blasts began at […]

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 2:42pm

Several killed in Afghan ‘insider’ attack

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A NATO soldier and a civilian contractor have been killed following a suspected insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says. There were also a number of Afghan National Army casualties in Saturday’s attack, an ISAF statement said, without specifying how many Afghans were killed or wounded. Abdul Wali, a […]

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 2:41am

Vatican judges reject butler trial evidence

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Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler Paolo Gabriele has gone on trial, accused of leaking confidential Vatican memos that revealed cloak-and-dagger politics among the pontiff’s closest aides. Gabriele sat quietly on Saturday for the start of a closely-watched case which could see him receive up to four years in prison for aggravated theft if convicted. In […]

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 2:41am

Anti-austerity rallies hit Spain and Portugal

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Thousands of protesters have again rallied in Spain, where the government submitted an austerity budget and said the public debt and deficit are set to rise far above earlier forecasts. Chanting that politicians must resign, the demonstrators surrounded parliament in Madrid on Saturday evening, facing off with riot police and denouncing the conservative government’s deep […]

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 2:41am

Youngest prisoner leaves Guantanamo

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The youngest Guantanamo prisoner, Omar Khadr, who was a 15-year-old fighting in Afghanistan when captured in 2002, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada. A military plane carrying Khadr, who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier and admitted links to al-Qaeda, left the US naval base on Saturday morning, the Toronto […]

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 2:40pm

Ancient souk burns as fighting rages in Syria

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Hundreds of shops were burning in the ancient covered market of the Old City of Aleppo as deadly fighting between rebels and government forces in Syria’s largest city threatened to destroy the UNESCO world heritage site. Syria’s Local Co-ordination Committee, an opposition group, said that at least 41 people were killed in fighting across Syria […]

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 2:40pm

Trial of papal butler adjourned

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The trial of Paolo Gabriele, a former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, has been adjourned until Tuesday. Gabriel appeared in court on Saturday to face charges of leaking confidential Vatican memos that revealed clandestine politics among the closest aides of the Roman Catholic Pope. Gabriele faces up to four years in prison for aggravated theft […]

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 2:39pm

Al-Shabab rebels pull out of key Somali town

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Rebel al-Shabab fighters have pulled out of the southern port city of Kismayo, their last stronghold in the country, after a military assault by Kenyan and Somali troops, the rebels have said. “The military command of al-Shabab mujahedeen ordered a tactical retreat at midnight,” Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the rebel group, said on […]

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 2:38am

Fierce fighting reported in Syria’s Aleppo

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Syrian rebels have unleashed an unprecedented barrage of mortar fire against government troops in Aleppo after announcing a “decisive” battle for Syria’s second city, residents and activists say. Shells crashed down at a steady rate and clashes were widespread on Friday, leaving layers of dust and smoke over Aleppo, according to the residents and the […]

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