Archive for October, 2012

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 5:17pm

Israel and Gazans in tit-for-tat attacks

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Israel has killed one Palestinian fighter in its second round of air strikes in as many days on the Gaza Strip. According to the Israeli military, Wednesday’s attacks were in response to a rocket fire, which wounded three people. According  to the Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, two of the three injured by the rocket fire into Israel […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 5:17pm

Brahimi: Syria government agrees to Eid truce

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International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has said the Syrian government had agreed to a ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. “After the visit I made to Damascus, there is an agreement from the Syrian government for a ceasefire during the Eid,” Brahimi told a news conference at the Cairo-based Arab League on Wednesday. He […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 5:17pm

Khartoum fire blamed on Israeli bombing

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Sudan has accused Israel of bombing a military arms factory, threatening retaliation after a resulting fire killed two people and injured a third. “We think Israel did the bombing,” Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told a news conference. “We reserve the right to react at a place and time we choose.” The minister […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 5:16am

Third-party candidates spar in US debate

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Four third-party candidates, who were not invited to the presidential debates between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, have faced eachother in Chicago. Tuesday’s debate was hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, a group promoting a more open electoral process, and moderated by talk show host Larry King. “It’s a two-party system, but […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 5:15am

Syrian forces continue to shell Aleppo

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Syrian government forces have reportedly killed at least 20 people, including women and children, when they shelled a bakery in a neighbourhood under rebel control in the contested northern city of Aleppo, opposition activists said. Video footage uploaded to the internet, which could not be immediately verified, appeared to show decapitated bodies amid scattered bread loaves on Tuesday. […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 5:15am

US candidates hit swing states in final push

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US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have entered the final stretch of the neck-and-neck presidential race by taking to the nation’s battleground states as the election campaign enters its final fortnight. With the election two weeks away, the former Massachusetts governor Romney is seeking to harness momentum from his strong performances in three televised […]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 5:13pm

Eid truce hopes fade as clashes rage in Syria

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Syrian government forces have reportedly killed at least 20 people, including women and children, when they shelled a bakery in a neighbourhood under rebel control in the contested northern city of Aleppo, opposition activists said. Video footage uploaded to the internet, which could not be immediately verified, appeared to show decapitated bodies amid scattered bread loaves on Tuesday. […]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 5:13pm

Qatari emir in historic Gaza visit

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Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, has arrived in the Gaza Strip to inaugurate a Qatari investment project worth hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild the impoverished and overcrowded coastal enclave. The leader of the Gulf nation is the first head of state to visit Gaza since the imposition of a widespread international […]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 5:13pm

US candidates spar over foreign policy

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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have clashed over US military strength and how to deal with crises in the Middle East in a third and final debate, as polls showed them deadlocked two weeks before the November 6 election. With one last chance for both men to appeal to millions of voters watching on television, Obama […]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 5:11am

Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles

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Cycling’s governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), has agreed to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life. UCI President Pat McQuaid announced on Monday that the federation accepted the US Anti-Doping Agency’s report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. McQuaid said: “Lance Armstrong has […]

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