Archive for May, 2013

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

Boko Haram denies losing Nigeria battle

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The Boko Haram armed group has claimed that a military offensive launched against it by the Nigerian military is failing. “My fellow brethren from all over the world I assure you that we are strong, hale and hearty since they launched this assault on us following the state of emergency declaration,” Abubakar Shekau, the group’s […]

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

Syrian opposition sets conditions for talks

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Syrian opposition members meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul have set preconditions on entering international peace talks scheduled for next month in Geneva. The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) will meet for a final day on Thursday to see how they can take part in peace talks being brokered by Russia – a key Syria […]

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 7:09pm

Foreign envoys join Syria opposition talks

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu joined a meeting of Syria’s divided opposition in Istanbul, in what was seen as an effort to break the deadlock in talks to push the movement forward. US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and a top French diplomat on Syria attended the meeting of the main opposition National Coalition on Wednesday. […]

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 7:09pm

Blast kills guard at Afghan Red Cross office

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A guard at the gate of a humanitarian charity in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad has been killed after attackers hit the compound. A large explosion was heard on Wednesday near the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Officials said the attack began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up. Afghan security […]

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 7:09pm

Top Pakistan Taliban leader ‘killed by drone’

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A US drone strike has killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban, Wali ur-Rehman, in the North Waziristan region, according to security officials in Pakistan. Rehman, who had a $5m US government bounty on his head, reportedly died along with at least five others when two missiles were fired on a house early on Wednesday. […]

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 6:57am

Nepal marks milestone of Everest climb

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Nepal is marking 60 years since the first ascent of Everest, celebrating the summiteers whose success has bred an industry that many climbers now fear is ruining the world’s highest peak. Four days of ceremonies which have been dubbed the Everest Diamond Jubilee conclude on Wednesday with a gala at the former royal palace in the […]

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 6:57am

Religious violence erupts in Myanmar

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Myanmar’s government has called for calm after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the northeastern Shan state. Authorities imposed a curfew late on Tuesday in Lashio, about 700km northeast of Yangon, after a mob of 200 local residents surrounded the city police station […]

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 6:57am

Russia: Iran must join Syria peace conference

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Russia has said that it is imperative for Iran to join a proposed peace conference on Syria despite reservations from some Western nations. “The issue of Iran is key for us,” said Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, while on a visit to Paris on Tuesday. “Iran, without question, is one of the most important nations.” […]

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 6:51pm

Libya assembly head quits after ex-regime ban

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The president of Libya’s top political body, Mohamed al-Megaryef, has resigned his post to comply with a new law banning officials who served under Muammar Gaddafi from holding government jobs. Megaryef, who heads Libya’s General National Congress, announced his decision on Tuesday, despite having played a part in toppling the now slain Libyan leader, saying that […]

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 6:51pm

Syrian rebels divided in fight against Assad

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For the first time, Al Jazeera has gained access to a frontline view of the stand-off outside al-Raqqa city in northern Syria. Opposition snipers from the Ahrar al-Sham Brigade, a group that has a reputation for some of the fiercest combat fighters in Syria’s war, are in the forefront of the fight against President Bashar […]

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