Archive for March, 2015

Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 2:42am

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

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A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea and a tsunami warning was issued soon after. The epicentre of Monday morning’s quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The monitor initally reported a 7.7 magnitude earthquake but […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 2:42am

Iran nuclear talks continue as deadline looms

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Iran and six world powers have continued negotiations to try and complete a deal to manage Tehran’s nuclear programme, two days ahead of the March 31 deadline. Foreign Ministers from all of the so-called P5+1 countries – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany – arrived in the Swiss town […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 2:42pm

Sisi says Arab nations to create joint military force

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Egypt’s president says Arab leaders have agreed to form a united military force to combat the “challenges” the region is facing at a conference dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Houthi fighters in Yemen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made the comment on Sunday at the closing session of a two-day Arab League summit held in the Egyptian […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 2:42pm

What they won’t admit at the Arab Summit

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Rhetoric and reality The Arab League Summit has convened just as the region reached the summit of instability, division and violence as a result of the actions of many of those and other Middle Eastern leaders. But don’t expect Arab leaders to take responsibility for the dreadful situation they helped bring about – absolutely not. […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 2:42pm

Sudan elections

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Khartoum, Sudan – Sudan will head to the polls in April to elect a president and legislators. The peak of campaigning is supposed to be now but in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, there are few signs that elections are near. Some scattered posters have been taped on walls – all promoting the same […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 2:41am

Singapore set to honour founding father Lee Kuan Yew

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Singapore has prepared an elaborate state funeral for its founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, ending a week of mourning for the man who led the city-state to independence 50 years ago. Tens of thousands of people are expected to line a 15.4km route on Sunday to bid farewell to the authoritarian leader who served as […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 2:41am

Fresh Saudi-led strikes hit Houthi targets in Yemen

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A series of fresh air strikes in Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has targeted a number of strategic sites held by Houthi rebels and the bases of army units loyal to the group’s main ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Air strikes early on Sunday, the fourth consecutive night since “Operation Decisive Storm” began, hit […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 2:41am

Voting extended as Nigeria election marred by violence

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Violence and technical glitches have affected polling as Nigerians turned out en masse to vote in what is expected to be one of the tightest presidential races in their history between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Analysts are calling the poll a pivotal historical event for the young democracy. Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) […]

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 2:40pm

Nigeria’s delayed elections

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Nigerians finally vote on March 28 in a presidential election that has already been postponed once. The two leading candidates are the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari who was head of state in Nigeria in the 1980s after taking power in a military coup. It is a battle that has been fought on […]

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 2:40pm

Al Jazeera demands release of staff detained in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s military continues to hold two Al Jazeera journalists who have been detained since Tuesday morning. Ahmed Idris and producer Ali Mustafa were detained in their hotel room after returning from covering a story about the Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram in Borno State. The story, which was done in cooperation with the military, was […]

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