Archive for December, 2013

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

Saudi Arabia pledges $3bn to Lebanese army

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Saudi Arabia has pledged $3bn for the Lebanese army, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman announced, calling it the largest grant ever given to the country’s armed forces. The pledge comes just as Lebanon held a funeral for Mohamad Chatah, the former finance minister, amid rising tensions over who might have killed him.   “The king of the brotherly Kingdom of […]

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

Syrian government evacuates embattled town

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The Syrian government has evacuated about 5,000 people from an embattled industrial town near the capital Damascus, where rebels linked to al-Qaeda have been battling government troops for more than two weeks. The evacuation on Sunday comes as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 500 people, including 151 children, have been […]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 4:19pm

Thousands of Cambodians call on PM to quit

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Tens of thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters, backed by striking garment-factory workers, have gathered to demand long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call an election. The garment workers have in recent days joined the opposition protests to press their demand that the government raise the minimum wage to $160 a month from $95, as recommended […]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 4:19pm

Lebanon holds funeral for slain ex-minister

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Lebanon has held the funeral of Mohamad Chatah, the former finance minister, amid rising tensions over who might have killed him.   Security was tightened on Sunday around a mosque in the centre of Beirut where prominent figures attended the burial of Chatah, a close aide of ex-prime minister Saad Hariri. Chatah, a Sunni Muslim who was a vocal […]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 4:19pm

Deadly blast hits Russian train station

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A female suicide bomber has set off a blast in a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd killing at least 15 people and injuring at least 34, news reports and officials said. Regional Interior Ministry spokeswoman Svetlana Smolyaninova told the ITAR-TASS news agency on Sunday that the blast occurred inside the city’s […]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 4:16am

Thousands flee violence in CAR

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Hundreds of people have tried to flee inter-religious violence in Central African Republic on board emergency flights to neighbouring Chad, while nearby countries appealed for help to rescue their citizens from the mounting humanitarian crisis. The exodus on Saturday is a result of tit-for-tat violence between Seleka rebels, who seized power in March, and armed […]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 4:16am

Israelis protest Palestinian prisoner release

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Dozens of Israelis gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home to protest against the planned release of Palestinian prisoners. The demonstration on Saturday came as Israel released a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed next week amid US-sponsored peace talks. Netanyahu’s office said the release of the prisoners was authorised on Saturday evening, […]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 4:16am

Pressure mounts for South Sudan ceasefire

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International pressure is bearing down on the two sides in South Sudan’s bloody conflict to launch peace talks, in an effort to keep the young nation from sliding into civil war. The push comes as 25,000 young men comprising a tribal armed group known as the White Army were reportedly marching on Saturday towards a […]

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 3:56pm

Deadly ‘barrel bombs’ hit Aleppo market

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Syrian government helicopters have dropped TNT-packed barrels on a vegetable market and next to a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 25 civilians, including children, activists reported. The Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of activists on the ground, described the bombing in Tareeq al-Bab district on Saturday as a “massacre”. […]

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 3:56pm

China loosens grip on one-child policy

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China’s top legislative committee has formally approved a loosening of the country’s hugely controversial one-child policy and abolished “re-education through labour” camps, state media has reported. The decisions were taken by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber-stamp parliament, on Saturday at the conclusion of a six-day meeting, according to Xinhua […]

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