Archive for 2015

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 4:16pm

Iraq: 80 percent of Ramadi in ruins after fighting

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Months of fighting and the recent pitched battle to take Iraq’s Ramadi from ISIL have levelled most of the key city as officials warned it was too soon for civilians to return after it was recaptured. Local official Eid Amash said 80 percent of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, has been destroyed in the battles […]

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 4:16pm

Two sentenced to death for murdering Bangladesh blogger

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Two students have been sentenced to death for the 2013 murder of an atheist blogger in Bangladesh, the first convictions in a series of killings targeting secular writers. Faisal bin Nayem alias Dweep and Rezwanul Azad Rana were found guilty on Thursday of murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, a blogger and activist known by his pen […]

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 4:16pm

Iran denies firing rockets near US warships in the Gulf

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Iran has denied American accusations that it conducted “provocative” rocket tests near US Navy vessels patrolling the Strait of Hormuz.  Ramezan Shariff, a military spokesman, said on Thursday that Iranian forces didn’t carry out any drills or fire rockets near the key route for oil exports out of the Gulf. Shariff dismissed the US claims […]

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 4:07am

US sued over donations for illegal Israeli settlements

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A lawsuit has been filed in a US court seeking to stop non-profit groups from sending billions of dollars worth of tax-exempt donations to support illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli army. A group of American citizens filed the suit on December 21 against the US Department of Treasury, claiming about 150 non-profits have sent an estimated $280bn to Israel […]

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 4:07am

India police to troll sex offenders on New Year’s Eve

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On New Year’s Eve police in India will troll nearly 600,000 men previously reported for sexual harassment, warning them via text message to be on their best behaviour around the ladies – or face the consequences. “You and your phone are still under observation. Hope your conduct is upright now. We wish you a Happy […]

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 4:07am

E-cigarette bans in Malaysia spark debate

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Malaysian state of Kedah is set to become the latest in the country to ban the sale of e-cigarettes or “vapes” in a widening crackdown on the smoking alternative. Kedah joins Negeri Sembilan, Johor, and Kelantan states where sales will be prohibited starting January 1. Negeri Sembilan brought down the […]

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 3:58pm

Turkey detains two over New Year’s suicide attack plot

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Turkish police detained two suspected ISIL members believed to be planning suicide attacks during New Year’s celebrations in the capital Ankara. The two men were arrested on Wednesday in a raid on a suspected ISIL safehouse in the Mamak neighbourhood of the city. Police seized a suicide vest armed with a bomb and an explosive […]

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 3:58pm

Syrian forces backed by Russian jets clash with rebels

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The Syrian army backed by Russian warplanes engaged in fierce fighting with rebels close to the border with Jordan, residents and opposition fighters said.  The clashes on Wednesday – which involved Russian air strikes on Western-backed rebel groups – came as the Syrian government attempts to capture Sheikh Maskin, an area crucial to its attempts […]

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 3:58pm

Putin calls for cooperation with US in message to Obama

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a New Year’s message to US President Barack Obama, has called for cooperation between their countries to respond to international challenges. Ties between Moscow and Washington reached a post-Cold War low when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and threw its support behind separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The US and […]

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 3:51am

Turkish football authority to pay outed gay referee

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The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) was ordered to pay thousands of dollars for revoking the licence of a homosexual referee whose sexual identity was later leaked to the media after he filed a complaint. The referee’s lawyer told Al Jazeera a court in Istanbul fined the TFF 23,000 Turkish liras ($8,000) because of its treatment of […]

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