Archive for April, 2014

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

New US sanctions target Putin aides

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The United States has imposed sanctions on seven Russian government officials and 17 companies linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a fresh attempt to force Moscow to back down from its intervention in Ukraine. The White House on Monday said the third round of sanctions in response to the Ukraine crisis was prompted by […]

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

Al Jazeera demands $150m damages from Egypt

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Al Jazeera Media Network has served Egypt with a $150m compensation claim on the grounds that its investments in the country have been damaged since July 2013. On Monday, the network lodged a formal “notification of dispute” with the interim government of Egypt. The “notification of dispute” is based on a 1999 bilateral investment treaty […]

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 12:58pm

Mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city shot

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The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city has been shot in the back and pro-Russia separatists have seized yet another government building as tensions rise in eastern Ukraine ahead of a new round of US sanctions. Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back on Monday morning, his office said. Kernes was said […]

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 12:58pm

Philippines defence pact boosts US influence

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Manila – US President Barack Obama has arrived in the Philippines in a visit widely seen as of a part of Washington’s “pivot to Asia strategy.” Obama landed just hours after Philippine Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg signed a new military agreement allowing more troops in the country. The Philippine […]

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 12:58pm

Egyptian court sentences 683 people to death

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Minya, Egypt – An Egyptian judge has sentenced 683 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death, including the group’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, and confirmed the death sentences of 37 of 529 alleged supporters previously condemned. Outside the courtroom on Monday, when news of the sentences broke, families of the accused began to scream and several […]

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 12:56am

Kerry: Israel risks becoming apartheid state

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” if there is no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Kerry’s comments were published on Sunday by The Daily Beast news website, which obtained a recording of his remarks on Friday to the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental organisation which includes senior […]

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 12:56am

Egypt to rule in mass death sentence case

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An Egyptian court is to pass its final judgment on 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death last month, in a case that has provoked outrage among Western governments and rights groups. On Monday, the court will also issue verdicts on another 683 people accused of violence last year in Minya, including Mohamed Badie, the […]

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 12:56am

Ukraine separatists parade seized observers

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A group of eight European military observers being held prisoner by pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine have appeared in public for the first time since their capture and gave assurances that they were not being mistreated. Seven officers from the observer team and their translator were brought into a room of waiting journalists in the separatist-held […]

Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 12:54pm

Obama raises rights concerns with Malaysia PM

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Barack Obama, the US president, has said that he raised the issue of human rights with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak during his visit to the country. Human rights groups have been urging the US leader to meet with opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, during his two-day trip. Ibrahim was recently convicted on sodomy charges that the US and human […]

Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 12:54pm

South Korea’s PM resigns over ferry disaster

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South Korea’s prime minister has announced his resignation over the widespread criticism over the government’s response to the April 16 ferry disaster. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation early on Sunday at an emergency news conference in Seoul, the capital. “I offer my apology for having been unable to prevent this accident from happening and unable […]

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