Archive for January, 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 3:48am

S Sudan frees seven detainees accused of coup

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South Sudan has freed seven political figures who had been arrested on suspicion of plotting a coup, partially meeting a rebel demand made at peace talks focused on ending weeks of fighting. The seven, who were handed over to neighbouring Kenya, were among a group of 11 detained after fighting broke out in Juma, the capital, in mid-December and […]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 3:48am

Ukraine parliament passes amnesty law

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Ukraine’s parliament has adopted a law that offers amnesty to dozens of arrested anti-government protesters, but only if opposition demonstrators vacate most of the government buildings they occupy and demolish their barricades. The legislation, supported by 232 members of parliament on Wednesday night, gave protesters 15 days to meet the conditions of the authorities. Two […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:42pm

Peter Greste appeal denied in Egypt

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Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste’s appeal against his ongoing detention without charge has been denied in a Cairo court. Greste and four other Al Jazeera Media Network employees remain in detention in the Egyptian capital. None of them have been charged. Earlier on Wednesday, Al Jazeera English, for whom Greste is a correspondent, held a news conference in London calling on Egyptian […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:42pm

Libya deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

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Libya’s state news agency has said that the country’s deputy prime minister, has escaped an assassination attempt in Tripoli, the capital. LANA said that Al-Sadik Abdel-Karim was heading to a meeting of the interim parliament on Wednesday when he came under fire from unidentified gunmen. The car was damaged but he survived, the agency said. Officials told the Reuters […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:41pm

‘Cashgate’ trial begins in Malawi

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A trial looking into the biggest financial scandal in Malawi’s history has begun in the capital, Lilongwe. At least 68 prominent figures stand accused of stealing funds in what has been dubbed “Cashgate” by the media. It is estimated that as much as $550m over a 10-year period has been lost. A senior Malawian civil […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:25am

UN approves use of force by EU troops in CAR

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The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution allowing European Union troops to use force in the Central African Republic and threatening sanctions against those blamed for the country’s strife. The EU has pledged 500 troops to help African and French forces already in the country trying to end clashes between rival Christian and Muslim […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:25am

Tunisia parliament approves cabinet line-up

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Tunisia’s parliament has approved a technocratic caretaker government tasked with leading the country out of a bruising political crisis and to fresh elections. After a marathon session broadcast live on national television early on Wednesday, the line-up proposed by Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa was approved by 149 politicians, with 20 voting against and 24 abstaining. […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:25am

Obama lays out go-it-alone approach

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President Barack Obama will lay out his strategy for getting around a divided Congress starting with a wage hike for federal contract workers in a State of the Union speech on Tuesday that reflects scaled-back legislative ambitions after a tough year. Obama will make clear in his 9pm EST (02:00 GMT) address that he is […]

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 3:18pm

Mladic refuses to testify in war crimes trial

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The former Bosnian-Serb army commander, Ratko Mladic, has described as “satanic” a UN court trying his former political master Radovan Karadzic, and said he would not give evidence at the trial. His refusal on Tuesday is despite a subpoena issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in the Dutch city of The Hague. […]

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 3:18pm

Morsi faces court over Egypt prison break

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Egypt’s toppled president, Mohamed Morsi, has appeared in court in Cairo to face charges linked to his escape from prison in 2011. Morsi was shown on state television on Tuesday dressed in a white jumpsuit and inside a metal cage in the court, being held in Cairo’s police academy complex. Morsi, referred to as defendant 83, shouted at […]

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