Archive for August, 2013

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

DR Congo rebels announce troop withdrawal

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The M23 rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be withdrawing troops from the frontline of fighting with Congolese and UN forces, according to the group’s chief. Bertrand Bisimwa, the civilian president of M23, told Al Jazeera on Friday that his troops were withdrawing in order to allow what he called independent verifiers […]

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

US to continue to seek Syria strike support

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The United States is continuing to seek an “international coalition” for action against Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, after the UK parliament rejected a resolution endorsing such action, the US Defence Secretary has said. Chuck Hagel said on Friday that his country would continue to seek international partners who would “act together” […]

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 10:53pm

Top Brotherhood leader arrested in Egypt

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Egyptian police have arrested Mohamed el-Beltagy, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latest arrest in a widening campaign against the group. Beltagy, a former member of parliament and head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was arrested in Giza governorate, just outside of the Egyptian capital, state television reported on Thursday. Beltagy […]

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 10:53pm

UN Security Council members discuss Syria

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The permanent members of the United Nations Security Council made no comment after meeting to discuss a British resolution calling for international military action in Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack. Envoys from the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China gathered on Thursday afternoon at UN headquarters in New York. The meeting was called by […]

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 10:53pm

UK MPs reject military action against Syria

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has lost a vital parliamentary vote endorsing military action against Syria. In a humiliating and unexpected development, Cameron and his coalition government failed to pass a motion that would have authorised military action against Syria in principle by 285 to 272 votes. Thursday evening’s vote was nonbinding, but in practice […]

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 10:40am

Fort Hood shooter sentenced to death

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A military jury has sentenced Major Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan, 42, never denied being the gunman and has said the attack on unarmed soldiers was motivated by a desire to protect Muslim fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because he did not dispute the allegations, the trial […]

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 10:40am

UN chief wants time for Syria investigation

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The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has announced that the UN inspectors investigating an alleged chemical weapons attack will be leaving Syria on Saturday, and has asked for time for them to be able to complete their investigation. Speaking in Vienna on Thursday, Ban said the inspectors would complete their investigations by Friday, and leave the […]

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 10:40am

Obama advocates limited strikes in Syria

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The US President, Barack Obama, says the United States has “concluded” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against civilians, and advocated the use of a “tailored, limited” military strike in response. Obama was referring to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta last week that aid agencies say killed […]

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 10:38pm

Scores killed in attacks across Baghdad

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At least 80 people have been killed and more than 250 others wounded in a series of bombings and other attacks across Baghdad, police and medical sources said. The northern neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah, home to a prominent, gold-domed Shia shrine, was the worst hit. Two bombs went off in a parking lot, followed by a suicide car bomber who struck […]

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 10:38pm

US marks 50 years since King ‘Dream’ speech

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A speech by US President Barack Obama, and bell-ringing around the country, marked 50 years since civil rights leader Martin Luther King ended his landmark “I have a dream” speech. Capping a week-long celebration of King’s historic call for racial and economic justice, Obama spoke on Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial, the site of King’s address on August 28, […]

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