Archive for March, 2014

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

Ebola scare forces Senegal to close borders

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Health officials are racing to contain a deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea, with one neighbouring state closing its borders and two others reporting cases amid warnings of a “serious threat” to the region. Senegal on Saturday said its border crossings to Guinea would be closed “until further notice”, while neighbours Liberia and Sierra Leone have reported […]

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

Turkish AKP faces key test in local elections

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Over 50 million eligible voters cast their ballots in Turkey’s local elections, amid corruption allegations and damaging security leaks that have shaken the 12-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.   The municipal elections have become a crisis referendum on the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, and his religiously conservative […]

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 7:54pm

Kerry seeks Ukraine talks with Lavrov

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has made a last-minute change of plans to fly to Paris with the aim of setting up talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the Ukraine crisis. Kerry is due to meet his counterpart on Sunday, Reuters news agency reported, to seek a common ground between the Kremlin […]

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 7:54pm

Egypt sentences Morsi supporters to death

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An Egyptian court has sentenced two people to death for throwing people off a roof during violence in Alexandria last year, the country’s state news agency said. The court handed down the sentences to two supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday, according to AFP news agency, adding to the 529 people sentenced to […]

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 7:54pm

Car bomb hits Lebanese army checkpoint

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A suicide bomber killed himself and three soldiers when he detonated a car bomb at a Lebanese army checkpoint in the border town of Arsal, a security official said. The Lebanese army said in a statement that four other soldiers were wounded in Saturday’s attack on the checkpoint at Aqabet al-Jurd in the Arsal area.  The attack […]

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 7:46am

Protesters return to Bangkok streets

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Thousands of anti-government protesters have returned to the streets of Bangkok, reviving their whistle-blowing, traffic-blocking campaign to force the resignation of the country’s prime minister. Protesters are marching from the Thai capital’s main Lumpini Park, taking six different routes through the city centre, news agency AP has reported. They have reiterated demands for Yingluck Shinawatra’s […]

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 7:46am

Obama reassures Saudis over Mideast policies

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United States President Barack Obama has sought to reassure Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah that he will support moderate Syrian rebels and reject a bad nuclear deal with Iran, during a visit designed to allay the kingdom’s concerns. Flying by helicopter to the king’s desert camp on Friday, Obama underscored the importance of Washington’s relationship with […]

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 7:46am

US urges Russia to leave Crimea border area

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Barack Omaba, the US president, has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to withdraw troops from near the Ukraine border, in the first direct contact between the leaders since the takeover of Crimea. The White House said on Saturday that Obama had urged Putin in a “frank and direct” telephone conversation to ease tensions by […]

Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 7:45pm

New objects spotted in MH370 search

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An air and sea search for a missing Malaysian passenger jet in the southern Indian Ocean has moved 1,100km north, where a New Zealand air force plane has spotted “objects” that could be related to Flight MH370, Australian authorities said. The sightings would need to be confirmed by ship, which was not expected until Saturday, the […]

Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 7:45pm

Egypt police clash with anti-Sisi protesters

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Four people, including an Egyptian female journalist, were killed in Cairo as police clashed with protesters demonstrating against ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s presidency bid, a security official said. The violence erupted as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities on Friday to vent their anger […]

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