Archive for August, 2015

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

Thousands stranded in Iraq’s frontline town

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More than a month after it began, a military offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Iraq’s western Anbar province is showing few signs of progress. ISIL still controls much of the territory and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced. Amiriyat al-Fallujah is one of a few […]

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

Colombians face perils trying to remove landmines

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Decades of conflict between the government and leftist rebels in Colombia have turned much of the countryside into a minefield. About 11,000 people have either been killed or injured by the explosive devices since 1990. Mountain passages were strategic locations where mines were placed by rebels to keep the military at bay. Some times the rebels made maps, […]

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 2:48pm

UN chief pleads with Europe to do more to save refugees

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The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called on European countries to do more to protect the lives of refugees making perilous journeys to reach EU states.  Speaking on Friday, Ban called on governments to create safe and legal routes into the continent to avoid tragedies like the deaths this week of hundreds of refugees […]

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 2:48pm

A Sissako: ‘The Islam of Timbuktu was taken hostage’

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In January 2013, a large part of northern Mali was under the control of Ansar Dine and the rule of Sharia law. The al-Qaeda-linked group imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the local population. Adulterers were being stoned, thieves mutilated, women forced to wear veils in public, and World Heritage sites were destroyed. […]

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 2:48pm

Al Jazeera staff sentenced to jail in Egypt

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A Cairo court has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in jail after finding them guilty of “aiding a terrorist organisation”. Egyptian Baher Mohamed, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were all handed three-year jail sentences when the court delivered the verdict on Saturday, sparking worldwide outrage. Mohamed was sentenced to an additional […]

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 2:28am

Bahrain police officer killed in ‘terrorist blast’

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An explosion in Bahrain has killed one police officer and wounded seven other people, among them a child, according to the country’s interior ministry. The attack occurred west of the capital, Manama, in a predominantly Shia village called Karanah, the ministry said late on Friday. The explosion, described by the ministry as a “terrorist blast”, […]

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 2:27am

Australia police stop random visa checks after protests

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Police in Australia have called off a random visa checks operation following a public outcry. Hundreds protested in the city of Melbourne, accusing the government of discrimination and racism. Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan explains. Source: Al Jazeera Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/australia-police-stop-random-visa-checks-protests-150828155106329.html

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 2:27am

Cautious UN welcome for South Sudan peace deal

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The UN Security Council has welcomed the signing of a peace agreement aimed at ending South Sudan’s civil war while warning that it remains ready to impose an arms embargo on the country if the deal collapses. The 15-nation council’s statement comes as South Sudan rebels and the army accuse each other of attacks that […]

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 2:14pm

Art festival electrifies Ghana’s streets

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Accra, Ghana – The Chale Wote Street Art Festival was born in a spirit of recapturing the freedom and essence of African art in a post-colonial environment. Functioning independently of state control, the non-profit festival is free to the public and open to anyone who wants to participate. More than 10,000 people went down to Jamestown […]

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 2:14pm

Austria: Arrests after 71 dead refugees found in truck

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Austrian authorities say three people have been arrested in Hungary after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in a truck abandoned on a motorway. Police had originally put the death toll at between 20 and 50 after the truck was found on Thursday, but Austrian officials revised the figure upwards on Friday. Speaking at a press […]

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