Archive for December, 2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 4:51pm

Dozens of Iraqi MPs quit over Anbar violence

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Forty-four Iraqi MPs have announced their resignation over violence in Anbar province, just days after a deadly raid on the home of a Sunni lawmaker in the area. Fighting erupted when police broke up a Sunni Muslim protest camp on Monday, leaving at least 13 people dead, police and medical sources said. Four people died […]

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 4:51pm

Deaths reported in Syria shelling

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At least 14 people have been killed in two separate shellings near the Syrian capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo. In one incident, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said, a tank shell hit a bus in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including two children. The Britain-based watchdog […]

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 4:51pm

South Sudan rebels recapture key town of Bor

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Rebels in South Sudan have recaptured the key town of Bor after fierce fighting with government forces. The rebels as well as the UN have confirmed that the capital of Jonglei state, which lies 200km north of Juba, was retaken by the rebels on Tuesday.   “Bor is under our control … we are now in Bor town,” rebel […]

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 4:40am

DR Congo army regains control of capital

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Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have killed at least 46 fighters and returned calm to the capital, after armed men opened fire on multiple sites across Kinshasa, government officials say. The assailants launched a coordinated attack on the city’s airport, a military camp and the state television station RTNC on Monday in what […]

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 4:40am

Al Jazeera demands Egypt release Cairo team

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Al Jazeera has condemned the arrest of four of its journalists held by Egyptian authorities since Sunday night and demanded their immediate release. Award-winning Nairobi-based correspondent Peter Greste, Al Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo-based producer Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy have been held in custody since their arrest by security forces on […]

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 4:40am

Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners

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Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners have been released from Israeli jails, as part of a US-brokered deal to restart Middle East negotiations. Tuesday’s release comes a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to the region in a bid to boost the faltering negotiations. It is the third of four stages to free 104 inmates that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 4:29pm

Protesters in deadly clash with Iraqi police

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Several people have been killed in fighting that broke out when Iraqi police moved to dismantle a Sunni Muslim protest camp in Anbar province, according to police and medical sources. Police sources said the clashes broke out on Monday when armed men opened fire on police special forces trying to enter Ramadi, the western Iraqi […]

Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 4:29pm

Congolese army regains control of capital

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Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed gunmen who opened fire on sites across the capital Kinshasa. Armed men attacked Kinshasa airport and the state television station RTNC on Monday in what appeared to be an attempt to seize power by supporters of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila. Congolese troops killed 16 […]

Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 4:29pm

Second deadly attack hits Russia’s Volgograd

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At least 14 people have been killed and 28 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a packed trolley-bus in Volgograd, according to a Russian Health Ministry spokesman. The city was on high alert on Monday following the latest attack, which came a day after a suicide bombing at a train station there killed 17 people. […]

Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 4:21am

US report predicts chaos in Afghanistan

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Progress in Afghanistan over the past three years is likely to be seriously eroded by 2017 even if Western powers continue to support Kabul financially, the Washington Post has reported, citing an intelligence assessment. A new National Intelligence Estimate, which includes input from 16 US intelligence agencies, predicts that the Taliban and other powerbrokers will increase […]

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