Archive for June, 2013

Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 1:49pm

Kerry wraps up trip on Israel-Palestine talks

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has held final meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, wrapping up a fifth peace-brokering visit to the region with little sign of progress. After six hours of overnight talks on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Kerry was scheduled to drive out to see Palestinian President […]

Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 1:49pm

Obama visits Mandela prison in Cape Town

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US President Barack Obama has arrived at Robben Island where he will visit the cell where former South African President Nelson Mandela spent years as a political prisoner to pay homage to the critically ill anti-apartheid hero. Sunday’s trip is part of the US leader’s three-nation Africa tour, which a day earlier saw him meet […]

Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 1:49pm

Thousands gather for rival rallies in Egypt

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Cairo – Thousands of people have converged on Tahrir Square, the focal point of the Egyptian revolution to demand the resignation of Egypt’s first democratically-elected leader, Mohamed Morsi. The scene on Sunday was a far cry from a year ago today, when supporters packed the square to celebrate Morsi’s inauguration as Egypt’s first democratic president. […]

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:17pm

Snowden asylum request ‘could take months’

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A decision on whether or not Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who is facing charges of espionage in the US, will be given asylum in Ecuador could take months, officials say. Richard Patino, the country’s foreign minister, said on Wednesday during a state visit to Malaysia that it took two months for the country to make […]

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:17pm

Obama in Senegal on Africa tour

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US President Barack Obama has arrived in Senegal to begin a long awaited first major tour of Africa. Obama’s arrival in Dakar marks the first leg of a three country tour, that also includes South Africa and Tanzania, on a trip where he is expected to focus on deepening economic cooperation with the continent. Obama’s […]

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:17pm

Daughter says Mandela ‘very critical’

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Nelson Mandela’s condition is “very critical” and “anything is imminent”, his daughter Makaziwe Mandela has said.  “I can reiterate that Tata [father] is very critical, that anything is imminent, but I want to emphasise again that it is only God who knows when the time to go is,” she told broadcaster SAFM on Thursday. She […]

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:17am

Israel approves settlements in East Jerusalem

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An Israeli planning committee has advanced a plan to build 69 housing units in the East Jerusalem settlement of Har Homa, according to Israel Radio, despite US efforts to revive peace talks. The Jerusalem municipality said on Wednesday that the construction project, which was built more than a decade ago and now houses 12,000 Israelis, was not new […]

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:17am

Zuma cancels trip as Mandela still critical

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Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains critically ill with a lung infection, the government has said. South African President Jacob Zuma visited Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night and reported that the hospitalised anti-Apartheid icon was still in “critical condition.” Zuma said he was canceling a planned daytrip on Thursday to Mozambique, where he was to attend […]

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:16am

Morsi: Divisions threaten to paralyse Egypt

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Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi has said that the polarised state of the country’s politics was threatening democracy and could plunge the nation into chaos. In an address to the nation from Cairo on Wednesday, he acknowledged that he made errors but also blamed unspecified “enemies of Egypt” for damaging the democratic system that sprung out of […]

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 12:15pm

Syrian bus passengers stabbed in Beirut

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Several Syrians have been injured in a stabbing attack after their vehicle was targeted by a group of unknown assailants in eastern Beirut, police officials say. Reports on the number of those wounded in the attack varied, with the AFP news agency saying that 20 had been hurt while the Reuters news agency said only […]

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