Archive for February, 2014

Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 12:03pm

Hollande visits French troops in CAR

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France’s president has arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) to meet the French troops deployed there and hold talks with the interim president of the troubled former colony. Apart from holding talks with the CAR president Catherine Samba Panza, Francois Hollande will also meet religious leaders during a brief stopover in the capital Bangui […]

Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 12:03pm

Venezuela protests continue despite holiday

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Anti-government protesters have hit the streets of Venezuela’s capital and other cities, protesting over food shortages and rising inflation, as well as against the government’s crackdown on demonstrators. Thursday’s protests in Caracas saw fewer numbers, as revellers prepared for carnival celebrations. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people gathered in the wealthy Caracas neighbourhood of Chacao, an […]

Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 12:03pm

Ukraine: Russia behind airport takeovers

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Ukraine’s interim government has accused Russia of staging an armed invasion in southeastern Crimea after pro-Kremlin armed men seized two airports and government buildings in the region known to back ousted president Viktor Yanukovich. Two Crimean airports – the main international airport of Simferapol and a military airfield in Sevastopol – have been taken over by what […]

Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 12:01am

Al Jazeera launches global push to free staff

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Al Jazeera staff have joined journalist protests around the world as part of a Global Day of Action calling for the release of four Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt for months without trial. Journalists in 40 locations staged vigils in solidarity with the jailed Al Jazeera staff, highlighting the need for press freedom. All Al […]

Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 12:01am

Doha gas blast kills and injures dozens

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At least 12 people including two children were killed and dozens of others were wounded in an apparent gas cylinder explosion at a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital of Doha. The blast happened on Thursday at about lunchtime, and caused extensive damage to the Istanbul Restuarant, which is next to a petrol station near the Landmark […]

Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 12:01am

Ukraine tense as Crimea buildings are seized

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Ukraine has warned Russia against “military aggression” after armed men seized government buildings in the Crimea region and raised a Russian flag, with reports also emerging that Viktor Yanukovich, the deposed Ukrainian president, was being sheltered by Russia. Oleksander Turchynov, acting Ukraine president, told parliament on Thursday he had ordered troops and police to take “all measures” […]

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 11:59am

Deadly car bomb hits Somali capital

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At least 10 people were killed in an explosion when a suicide bomber drove his car into a tea shop near the national security headquarters in Somalia’s capital, a senior police officer said to the Reuters news agency. The al-Qaeda linked group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday and threaten more according to the group’s spokesman. […]

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 11:59am

Deaths in Doha gas cylinder blast

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Nine people were killed when gas canisters exploded in a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital Doha, the official Qatar New Agency (QNA) reported, citing ambulance sources. Qatari state television aired footage of serious damage after Thursday’s explosion that tore through the restaurant near the popular Landmark Mall. It was not immediately clear whether the […]

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 11:59am

Ukraine on alert after gunmen seize buildings

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Ukrainian troops and police officers are on high alert, after armed men seized government buildings in the Crimea region of the country and raised a Russian flag over a barricade. Acting president Oleksander Turchinov told parliament on Thursday he had given an order for security structures to take “all measures” needed to protect citizens. Part […]

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 11:42pm

Lee Rigby killers handed life sentences

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Two men convicted of murdering the British soldier Lee Rigby in a London street and then boasting on camera have been handed life sentences. Michael Adebelajo, 29, was handed a full life sentence on Wednesday, while Michael Adebowale, 22, his accomplice, received life with a minimum term of 45 years. They were not present for […]

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