Archive for May, 2015

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 4:53pm

Japan: Politics, power and the press

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In Japan, press clubs known as ‘Kisha Clubs’ dominate the media landscape – often printing what they are told by state officials in exchange for access to high-level sources and press conferences. But some journalists in Japan are standing up against an age-old media institution that forces them to write stories towing the government’s line. Despite convincingly winning December’s […]

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 4:53pm

Lorenzo closes in on Rossi with third straight win

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Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo sealed his third MotoGP win in a row after winning the Italian Grand Prix to close the gap on championship-leading teammate Valentino Rossi to six points. Ducati’s Andrea Iannone was second, a career-best after starting on pole position for the first time, while veteran great Rossi delighted his home crowd by climbing […]

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 4:53pm

Video purports to show militia atrocity in Iraq

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A video purporting to show Shia militias carrying out an atrocity in Anbar province has gone viral on social media in Iraq. The footage purports to show men belonging to the pro-government Imam Ali Brigades, burning a man they accused of being a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, over a fire. At […]

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 4:44am

ISIL launches offensive on Syria’s Hasakah

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has launched an assault on the largely Kurdish city of Hasakah in northeast Syria, a UK-based monitoring group has said. Saturday’s clashes came a day after Kurdish militia killed 20 civilians accused of supporting ISIL, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “ISIL fighters started […]

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 4:44am

Eritrean migrants risk everything to reach Europe

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Some migrants reaching the shores of Europe after a dangerous journey across the sea have spent years on the road, travelling through the Sahara desert before finally getting onto a boat. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid met up with a group of Eritrean migrants in Italy, that she had previously met in Libya a few weeks […]

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 4:44am

Suicide bomber hits mosque in northern Nigeria

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A suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a mosque in Nigeria’s Maiduguri city killing at least 16 people, local sources said, after a night-time attack blamed on Boko Haram fighters on the outskirts of the city. The attacks on Saturday occurred a day after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who swore to crush […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 4:33pm

South Africa to investigate ISIL recruitment

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South Africa will launch an investigation into recruitment by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the country, after an Al Jazeera investigation revealed that at least 23 South Africans had joined the group, the Ministry of State Security has said. Brian Dube, spokesperson for State Security, said on Saturday that the ministry […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 4:33pm

French Open: Djokovic, Nadal stroll into fourth round

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Novak Djokovic continuted his smooth progression towards a maiden French Open title with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 dismissal of Australian prodigy Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach the fourth round. The world number one from Serbia showed no ill effects from a groin problem he faced during his previous match, ending the tennis lesson on his first […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 4:33pm

Strong earthquake strikes off Japan

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A strong earthquake has struck off Japan’s Bonin Islands, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. The quake shook buildings in Tokyo on Saturday, setting off car alarms as it rattled the Japanese capital. Residential buildings swayed for around a minute as the quake built in intensity at around 8.30pm (1130 GMT). […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 4:30am

End of stigma of Cuba ‘terror list’ may spur US dollars

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I would say that was quick, but it was a long process. Still, I just checked the US State Department website and sure enough, Cuba is off the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Here who is left on:  So you might be asking yourself, what does that really mean? That’s exactly what we’ve been […]

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