Archive for August, 2015

Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 2:59pm

France: Where refugees go to avoid ‘the jungle’

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Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France – It is easy not to notice the refugee camp in Tatinghem, a sleepy little village in the northern French countryside. Tucked inconspicuously between two wheatfields off a bumpy side road, even the locals outside the town pub were surprised to hear of it. It was mid-afternoon at the camp and a group […]

Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 2:59pm

Kate Henshaw: Playing a Part

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Kate Henshaw has always been known as one of the Nollywood stars with integrity. Nollywood is the second largest film industry in the world, producing over 1,000 films a year. Kate has been in the film industry for over 21 years. Having made over 70 Nollywood films, the movie star takes a break from the fictional […]

Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 2:58pm

Deadly protest over Ukraine ‘decentralisation’ law

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Protesters have thrown “several” explosive devices outside Ukraine’s parliament in the capital Kiev, killing at least one policeman and wounding at least 90 people, according to the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The unrest erupted on Monday shortly after parliament backed the first reading of reforms to give greater autonomy to the separatist east as part […]

Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 2:51am

ISIL blows up part of main temple in Syria’s Palmyra

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Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have blown up part of the Temple of Bel in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, sources have told Al Jazeera. An Al Jazeera reporter in the Syrian city of Homs was told that ISIL on Sunday detonated more than 30 tonnes of explosives […]

Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 2:51am

China in crackdown on spreading online ‘rumours’

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China has punished 197 people in a special campaign by police targeting online rumours about China’s stock market, the recent fatal explosions in Tianjin and “other key events”, state media reported. No details of the punishments were given, but according to the report, the crimes punished included claiming a man had jumped to his death […]

Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 2:51am

Horror film legend Wes Craven dies at 76

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Wes Craven, the director of iconic horror films such as “Scream” and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series, has died aged 76, The Hollywood Reporter said. Craven, whose Freddie Kruger character likely kept children awake at night around the globe, had battled cancer, his family told the industry news source on Sunday. He presided over […]

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 2:51pm

S Sudan rival sides cry foul as truce comes into effect

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South Sudan government forces and rebels have accused each other of breaking a ceasefire agreement just hours after it came into effect. James Gatdet Dak, the spokesman for the rebel leader Riek Machar, told Al Jazeera from Kenya’s Nairobi on Sunday that the army was attacking rebel bases along the Nile river. “We think that […]

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 2:51pm

Twitter: Beyond the hashtags

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It is one of the biggest players in the breaking news business – yet it does not have any reporters, editors, a printing press or a scheduled news broadcast. Tech giant Twitter has emerged as main rival to leading newspaper websites despite its posts being limited to 140-characters. Changing the way breaking news is reported, Twitter’s trending hashtags and tweets from a […]

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 2:51pm

Egypt summons UK envoy over Al Jazeera verdict remarks

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Egypt’s foreign ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made on a court’s decision to hand down prison sentences for three Al Jazeera journalists, state television has reported. Ahmed Abu Zeid, a spokesperson for the ministry, on Sunday tweeted that the ministry objected to John Casson’s comments, calling them “unacceptable intrusion” in the […]

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 2:49am

Egypt court jails Al Jazeera journalists after retrial

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Al Jazeera has described the verdict of an Egyptian court a deliberate attack on press freedom after it sentenced three of its journalists to three years in prison. Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Canadian Mohamed Fahmy are heading back to jail after a retrial found them guilty of broadcasting false news. Australian Peter Greste – who […]

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