Archive for April, 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 10:42pm

Are protests pushing Burundi to the brink?

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Protests in Burundi are raising concerns that the impoverished nation could be on the brink of further ethnic unrest. At least six people have been killed in several days of demonstrations directed at President Pierre Nkurunziza. Opposition groups say his decision to run for a third term in office violates the constitution. Riot police are being accused of […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 10:42pm

Red Cross warns of ‘total devastation’ in rural Nepal

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Rescuers pulled a teenage boy and a woman in her thirties alive from the rubble of Nepal’s earthquake, as the Red Cross warned of “total devastation” in areas near the epicentre. The rescue of 15-year-old Pemba Tamang, who told AFP news agency he stayed alive by eating a jar of ghee (clarified butter), was hailed […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 10:42pm

Fierce fighting grips Yemen’s Aden as residents flee

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Yemen’s besieged city of Aden has seen one of its worst days of violence yet, as Houthi fighters clashed with forces loyal to the country’s president for control of the city’s main airport. Sources told Al Jazeera on Thursday that fighting was raging at Aden’s international airport, as Popular Resistance Committees and local residents, traded […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 10:29am

Blog: Morale in Kathmandu as decimated as the buildings

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Looking at Rishi Khanal in his hospital bed, you’d never guess how lucky he feels. The ever present pain in his eyes belies his sense of relief at having survived. “I had to stay under the rubble for four days,” he says of his harrowing ordeal, adding, “with no food.” When the Nepal earthquake struck, […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 10:29am

Teen pulled from rubble five days after Nepal quake

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A teenage boy has been pulled, dazed and dusty, from the wreckage of a seven-storey Kathmandu building that collapsed around him five days ago when an enormous earthquake shook Nepal. News of the rescue came on Thursday as the first supplies of food aid began reaching remote, earthquake-shattered mountain villages in Nepal, with the official […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 10:29am

French soldiers accused of raping CAR children

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France is investigating allegations that its peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic after a leaked UN report said victims as young as eight were raped in exchange for food and money. The French government “was made aware at the end of July 2014 by the UN’s high commissioner for human rights of […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 10:24pm

Is US government tackling social woes in Baltimore?

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There have been both peaceful demonstrations and violent protests in Baltimore after the death of a young black man while in police custody. The police were singled out for protesters’ anger; they are accused of brutality and there are demands for accountability. For many, the tension in the US city reflects a deep-seated frustration among […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 10:24pm

Fear and distrust as victims regroup in South Africa

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Chatsworth , South Africa –  There is a lot of confusion here. No one in the camps for internally displaced people understands how they pose a threat to South Africans – nor why they’re being killed for trying to make a living. Foreigners living in the cramped camps are ordinary barbers, cashiers, security guards, and […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 10:24pm

Charlie Hebdo’s Luz to stop drawing Muhammad cartoons

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Charlie Hebdo’s French cartoonist Luz, who drew the cover picture of the Prophet Muhammad after the deadly attack on the satirical weekly in January, has said he will no longer draw the prophet. “He no longer interests me,” Luz told Les Inrockuptibles in an interview published on its website on Wednesday. “I’ve got tired of […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 10:18am

Saudi king appoints nephew as crown prince

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has named his powerful interior minister as heir in a major reshuffle that also saw the world’s longest-serving foreign minister replaced. A royal decree removed Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud as next in line to the throne and replaced him with Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, who headed […]

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