Archive for August, 2013

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:23pm

Yemen PM escapes assassination attempt

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Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa has escaped an assassination attempt when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his motorcade in Sanaa, officials say. The officials said no one was injured in the attack, which happened on Saturday evening while Basindwa was returning home after a cabinet meeting. The prime minister’s security chief told Al Jazeera that men in […]

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:23pm

Analysis of Syria gas attack could take weeks

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Fully assessing the evidence collected by UN weapons inspectors investigating last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria could take up to three weeks, the organisation in charge of the investigation said. The team, which included nine experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and three from the World Health Organisation, arrived at the OPCW’s Hague headquarters […]

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:23pm

Obama delays military action against Syria

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US President Barack Obama said he has decided to take military action against Syria, but will seek authorisation from Congress before he does.   Obama said on Saturday that the US had presented a “powerful case” linking the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs last […]

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:07am

Juvenile found guilty in Delhi gang-rape case

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A court in India has found a juvenile guilty of rape and murder in connection with the gang-rape of a physiotherapy student in December last year, a crime that caused angry protests. “He has been held guilty for rape and murder and sentenced to three years subject to review,” Anil Sharma, the chief investigating officer […]

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:07am

Obama mulls limited military action in Syria

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The United States has made it clear that it would punish the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, for the “brutal and flagrant” chemical weapons attack that it said killed 1,429 people near Damascus last week. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said on Friday that the dead included 426 children. In a speech at the […]

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:06am

UN weapons inspectors leave Syrian capital

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UN chemical weapons inspectors, in Syria to probe an alleged poison gas attack that killed hundreds, have left Damascus for Beirut, having completed four days of site visits and evidence-gathering, witnesses and officials say. The experts departed their hotel in the Syrian capital on Saturday morning, after having carried out a final day of inspections on Friday. […]

Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 11:06pm

Bosnian Serbs welcome freed war criminal

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Singing Serbian national songs and waving flags, more than 2,000 people have welcomed convicted war criminal Momcilo Krajisnik home as a national hero. He returned to Bosnia on Friday after being granted early release from a British prison where he had served two thirds of his 20-year sentence. “It’s like a dream. You have no idea how beautiful […]

Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 11:06pm

Anti-military protesters rally across Egypt

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Thousands of Egyptians opposed to military rule have marched through districts of Cairo and other cities to demand the reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, ignoring warnings that security forces would open fire if protests turned violent. After a relative lull following the arrests of many Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the Friday rallies were the movement’s biggest show of defiance since […]

Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 11:06pm

US outlines case for military strike on Syria

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the United States will not wait for UN weapons inspectors to finish their work before deciding whether or not to launch military strikes against Syria. Hours later, however, US President Barack Obama stressed that he “has not made a final decision” about whether to launch an […]

Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 11:02am

Egypt braces for protests despite crackdown

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has called for nationwide protests against military-backed interim government despite severe crackdown on its leadership. The Brotherhood’s call for mass protests and sit-ins on Friday will test how much the security crackdown has crippled the group and if they can still mobilise their base. Egypt’s security forces have increased their presence in […]

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