Archive for April, 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 2:03pm

Pro-Russians tighten grip on Ukraine town

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Pro-Kremlin rebels in military fatigues have stormed a regional police building and the town hall in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka, local officials said as the separatists tightened their grip on the country’s east. Igor Demin, Horlivka’s police chief, told AFP news agency on Wednesday the rebels had taken control of the police headquarters […]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 2:03pm

Third election win at Maliki’s fingertips

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Baghdad, Iraq – Such was Saddam Hussein’s charisma that Iraqi men were known to style their moustaches like his, and families named their children as he had his own. He was admired by many in Iraq for his sharp suits and his flamboyant nature. Every Iraqi knew stories about Saddam. But ask them about their current […]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 2:02pm

Iraqis vote amid looming threat of violence

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Baghdad, Iraq – Iraqis have begun voting in parliamentary elections that are expected to result in a period of difficult coalition-building, as violence across the country soars close to its worst levels seen in several years. Wednesday’s election is the first since US troops pulled out in December 2011 and represents the biggest test the country’s often under-equipped […]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 1:56am

Israeli army demolishes mosque in West Bank

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A mosque was among several Palestinian structures destroyed by the Israeli army in the West Bank village of Khirbet al-Tawil for having been built without permits. Tuesday’s demolitions came a day after the Israeli supreme court gave the state 90 days to propose “ways to facilitate participation of local Palestinians… in planning processes” in Area […]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 1:56am

Iraq to vote amid spiralling violence

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Baghdad, Iraq – With violence targeting civilians on the rise and the government battling rebels just 65kms from the capital, Iraqis will vote in parliamentary elections on Wednesday and, lacking any obvious challenger, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to stay in power. The first elections since US troops pulled out in December 2011, the […]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 1:56am

US ‘to react’ if Russia crosses into Ukraine

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The US ambassador to Ukraine says an “inevitable, sharp reaction” should be expected from the United States if Russian troops were to cross the border into Ukraine. Geoffrey Pyatt, speaking at a news conference in Kiev on Tuesday, said such a move would be “a major escalation”. Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops […]

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 1:45pm

S Korea leader apologises over ferry disaster

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South Korea’s president has apologised for her government’s failure to prevent a ferry disaster that left up to 300 people dead or missing and for the inadequate emergency response. Park Geun-hye’s apology, and the earlier resignation of her prime minister, comes amid rising indignation over claims by the victims’ relatives that the government did not do enough to […]

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 1:44pm

Egyptians reel from mass death sentence

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Minya, Egypt – Five months ago, 30-year-old Abu Bakr Ismail, a pharmacist and father of two, was arrested and taken to jail. The move stunned his family, who say Ismail was an observant, traditional Muslim. “My brother is an innocent man,” 29-year-old Amr Ismail said. “He was arrested because he was bearded and memorised the Quran.” […]

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 1:44pm

Israel ‘set settler record’ amid peace talks

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Israel promoted plans or approved tenders for nearly 14,000 new settler homes on occupied Palestinian land during the nine months of peace talks, an Israeli monitor group said as the negotiation period formally ended. The Peace Now group said on Tuesday that the scale of the plans for East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank […]

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 1:35am

Violence mars build-up to Iraq election

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At least 36 people have been killed and 60 injured in a suicide bombing in eastern Iraq, two days before the country heads to the polls in the first nationwide elections since the 2011 withdrawal of US forces. Polling stations across the country was targeted on Monday, killing at least 62 people, including 19 security […]

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