Archive for May, 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7:32pm

Syrian rebels bolster Qusayr forces

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Rebel fighters have broken through army lines to enter Qusayr in Western Syria as the battle for the beset city near the Lebanese border intensifies, opposition activists have said.  Leader of the opposition, George Sabra, said about 1,000 extra fighters from across Syria had penetrated the city near the Lebanese border. Syrian state media said […]

Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7:32pm

Civilians among dead in Nigeria offensive

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Al Jazeera has obtained the first images of the Nigerian army’s battle against Boko Haram fighters in the northern state of Borno. The pictures appear to show the bodies of Boko Haram rebels and many civilians, including women and children. One soldier told Al Jazeera he had seen almost 3,000 corpses. The Nigerian army have been […]

Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7:32pm

Turkey arrests anti-government protesters

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Turkish authorities have arrested dozens of people protesting in the fiercest anti-government demonstrations the country has witnessed in years, with riot police firing tear gas on demonstrators in Istanbul and Ankara. At least 60 people were detained on Friday as they protested in Istanbul at a rally which began over the demolition of a park, but […]

Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7:20am

Pakistan Taliban withdraws peace talks offer

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The Pakistani Taliban have withdrawn their offer of peace talks, following the death of the group’s deputy leader in US drone attack, a spokesman for the group said. Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, had made the offer of talks to the government in December but imposed demanding conditions and said his men would never lay […]

Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7:20am

UN blacklists Syria’s al Nusra Front

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The UN Security Council has blacklisted Syria’s al Nusra Front as an alias of al-Qaeda in Iraq, a move that will subject the group to sanctions including an arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze, diplomats said. The US mission to the United Nations said none of the 15 council members objected to adding al-Nusra as an alias of […]

Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7:20am

Assad warns Israel as ‘rebels flood Qusayr’

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has threatened Israel with retaliation over future military aggression, as more than 1000 rebels rushed to the besieged city of Qusayr, near the border with Lebanon. George Sabra, the interim president of the Syrian National Coalition said on Friday that opposition fighters were flooding into Qusayr, which had been under rebel […]

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 7:13pm

Father says FBI ‘executed unarmed son’

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The father of a Chechen immigrant to the US, who died while being interrogated by the FBI about ties to a Boston Marathon bombings suspect, has said that agents killed his son “execution style”. At a news conference on Thursday in Moscow, Abdulbaki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs he said were of his son, Ibragim, in a […]

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 7:13pm

UN court acquits Serb officials of war crimes

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A UN tribunal in The Hague has acquitted two former Serbian security officials who were accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1990s Bosnian War. Judges said on Thursday that there was insufficient evidence to show that either man had assisted soldiers who allegedly were responsible for murder and other crimes. The verdict at the International Criminal […]

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 7:13pm

Syrian opposition to boycott Geneva talks

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Syria’s opposition will not participate in proposed international peace talks in Geneva next month, its leader has said. George Sabra, the head of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), on Thursday said the opposition was suspending their participation until the international community intervened to end the siege in Qusayr, a town in Homs province near the […]

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 7:11am

Sandwich narrowly misses Australian PM

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has had another sandwich thrown at her during a school visit. Gillard was greeting children at Lyneham High School in Canberra on Thursday when someone aimed the salami at her. Photos showed the sandwich bypassing her left arm and lying on the ground in front of her as she shook […]

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