Archive for March, 2014

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:06pm

MSF: Guinea Ebola outbreak ‘unprecedented’

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An aid organisation has described the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea as an “unprecedented epidemic” with a “worrisome” geographical spread. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Monday that the Zaire strain of Ebola virus was the most aggressive and deadly, killing more than nine out of 10 patients. “We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude […]

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:06pm

Kerry in critical bid for Middle East peace

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has rushed to the Middle East for a surprise visit aimed at rescuing his diplomatic efforts, as peace talks approached a critical point. The State Department said Kerry was flying from Paris to Tel Aviv on Monday for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders that may be held in […]

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:06pm

Russia partly withdraws from Ukraine border

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Russia has pulled out a motorised infantry battalion from a region near Ukraine’s eastern border, the Russian defence ministry said. Monday’s announcement pointed out that the battalion was heading back to its permanent base in Russia’s Samara region after completing trainings, but did not make clear whether other Russian troops near the border would pull […]

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:04am

Israel offers Palestinians new talks proposal

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Israel has handed the Palestinians a proposal aimed at extending peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline in efforts to salvage negotiations. According to a Palestinian official, Israel presented Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a draft agreement on Sunday to push forward with the talks. Abbas was to examine the proposal, he said. An Israeli […]

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:04am

Rival Koreas trade fire across sea border

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South Korea has returned fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary. Officials on the South Korean border islands of Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong said residents were being evacuated to shelters as a precaution following the incident on Monday. “Some of the shells fired by North Korea dropped in our area […]

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:04am

Erdogan: Poll win a blow to immoral politics

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Turkey’s prime minister has declared victory in local elections that had become a referendum on his rule, calling the results a blow to the “immoral, aimless politics” of his rivals.   Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned his rivals would “pay the price” for their loss as preliminary results on Sunday showed his Justice and Development party, known as […]

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 7:56pm

Israel not sure on fate of peace talks

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that it will be clear within “days” whether the crisis-hit peace talks would be extended beyond an April 29 deadline. His remarks, which were reported by several Israeli news websites on Sunday, come as US officials work around the clock to prevent a collapse of the negotiations over […]

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 7:56pm

Egypt presidential poll set for late May

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Egypt is to hold a presidential election on May 26 and 27, 10 months after the army turfed out Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi from the presidency, the electoral commission announced. Retired army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled Morsi, is expected to win the vote, riding on a wave of popularity for having removed the […]

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 7:56pm

Turkey awaits results of local elections

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Turkey was awaiting results as polls closed in local elections in which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had a central role, even though his name was not on the ballot paper. Erdogan, who cast his vote at a polling station in Istanbul earlier on Sunday, has acknowledged that the local elections taking place across […]

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 7:55am

Tensions rise as Myanmar holds census

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Tens of thousands of census-takers have fanned out across Myanmar to gather data for a rare snapshot of the former junta-ruled nation that is already stoking sectarian tensions. Groups of school teachers and local officials began on Sunday the 12-day population survey — the first since 1983 — travelling from house to house in an […]

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