Archive for July, 2014

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:53am

Israel mulls charges over police teen beating

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Israeli authorities say they are considering launching criminal charges against a police officer who allegedly used “excessive force without any justification” after arresting US-Palestinian teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir. The Israeli Justice Department said in a statement on Wednesday that evidence from an investigation into the beating of the 15-year-old last week supports suspicions that the […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:53am

Scores killed as Israeli jets bombard Gaza

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At least 72 people, including many children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in two days of Israeli air raids, as Israel’s army mobilised on the border for a possible ground invasion. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said 550 people had been wounded since Israel launched its campaign in Gaza this week, which it said targeted Palestinians […]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:48pm

Jokowi’s victory claim disputed in Indonesia

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Ex-general Prabowo Subianto has refused to accept a victory claim from his rival, Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, after a closely-fought presidential race in Indonesia. Mohammed Mahfud, head of Prabowo’s campaign, said the campaign had won in many regions, saying: “We ask our people to watch the counting in the voting booth.” “We have at […]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:47pm

Iraq PM calls Kurd city ‘base for terrorism’

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Iraq’s prime minister has said the semi-autonomous Kurdish capital of Erbil is becoming an operations base for the Islamic State group that has seized areas of northern and western Iraq. Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday: “We will never be silent about Erbil becoming a base for the operations of the Islamic State and Baathists and al-Qaeda […]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:47pm

Israel kills dozens in two days of Gaza raids

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Tel Aviv – Israeli air raids have killed at least 41 people in the Gaza Strip as its operations inside the Palestinian enclave entered its third day. Palestinian officials on Wednesday said the Israeli attacks, which number in their hundreds, had also wounded more than 300 people. Palestinian fighters have continued to fire mortar bombs and rockets […]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:38am

Voters face stark choice in Indonesia polls

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Voters in this sprawling archipelago nation face a choice between stark opposites in Wednesday’s presidential elections. Indonesia’s two presidential hopefuls are a study in contrasts: Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the soft-spoken governor of Jakarta and an outsider to the country’s political elite, is facing off against Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general and wealthy businessman […]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:38am

Somali troops retake presidential palace

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Somali troops have retaken the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu after al-Shabab fighters forced their way in and exchanged heavy gunfire with soldiers and guards. Al Jazeera’s correspondent said loud explosions and gunfire could be heard as troops tried to repel the intruders on Tuesday evening. After more than two hours of fighting, Somalia’s presidency said on […]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:38am

Israel steps up deadly Gaza Strip offensive

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Israel’s intense bombardment of the Gaza Strip has killed at least 27 people and wounded 130 others, Palestinian officials have said. Israel on Tuesday said it was ready for a long-term offensive against Hamas in the Palestinian territory after a surge in rocket attacks on Israeli towns. “We are preparing for a battle against Hamas which will not end within […]

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 3:32pm

Japan urges evacuation as typhoon moves in

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One person has died in Japan, while 500,000 residents were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were cancelled, as a powerful typhoon brought heavy rains and strong winds to its southwestern islands. Typhoon Neoguri, which is forecast to reach Tokyo later this week, has been dowgraded from its original status as a super typhoon but […]

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 3:32pm

Abdullah calls Afghanistan run-off ‘rigged’

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Afghan politician Abdullah Abdullah has rejected the results of June’s presidential run-off, calling the vote that put his arch-rival Ashraf Ghani ahead “rigged”. Speaking on Tuesday to a crowded gathering, known as a  Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Abdullah told his followers that the results of the vote were fabricated and that he had won both […]

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