Archive for September, 2015

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 10:23am

Afghanistan: Economic devastation rivals security woes

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Kabul, Afghanistan – It’s hardly been a stellar first year in office for President Ashraf Ghani. Security is quickly deteriorating, a stagnant economy has resulted in sky high unemployment, and tens of thousands of citizens are fleeing the country in search of a better life.   The president’s first day on September 29, 2014, was […]

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 10:23am

Afghan forces mobilise for Kunduz counteroffensive

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Afghanistan has mobilised military reinforcements for a counteroffensive to take back Kunduz, a day after Taliban fighters overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being toppled from power in 2001. Tuesday’s mobilisation came as the US carried out its first air strike on Kunduz, capital of Kunduz province.  US Army Colonel Brian Tribus, spokesman […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 10:11pm

US ‘willing’ to work with Russia and Iran on Syria

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US President Barack Obama has denounced world powers that continue to support embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Syria “cannot return to the pre-war status quo”, Obama said at the 70th United Nations General Assembly on Monday afternoon. The US leader decried Assad as “a tyrant” and “a brutal dictator [who] slaughters tens of thousands of […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 10:11pm

Rallies in Hong Kong mark anniversary of mass protests

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Thousands of pro-democracy activists rallied near government headquarters in Hong Kong amid tight security to mark the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests that crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city. Yellow umbrellas and makeshift tents were back in the city centre on Monday, as the protesters gathered chanting anti-government slogans, according to Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride.  […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 10:11pm

Coalition denies hitting wedding hall in Yemen

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The Arab coalition fighting in Yemen has denied responsibility for an air strike at a wedding hall in southwest Yemen that killed at least 38 people, including women and children. “There have been no air operations by the coalition in that area for three days,” coalition spokesman Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asseri told Reuters. “This is totally […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 9:46am

Taliban fighters raid Kunduz in Afghanistan

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Hundreds of Taliban fighters have carried out an early-morning raid on the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, entering the northern city from three different directions, sources tell Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera’s Abdullah Shahood, reporting from the capital Kabul, said Kunduz city was in lockdown on Monday as security forces attempted to fight back. He said […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 9:46am

Israeli troops clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa

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Clashes have erupted for a second day in a row at Al-Aqsa, after Israeli security forces stormed the mosque and fought with Palestinian worshippers. Witnesses on the ground in occupied Jerusalem told Al Jazeera that the Israeli police entered the mosque shortly before 7am local time (0400 GMT) on Monday. Sources told Al Jazeera the […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 9:46am

Putin: Overthrowing Assad will lead to failed state

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that any attempts to overthrow the government in Syria could lead to a failed state like Iraq or Libya. Putin’s comments on Sunday come as the world’s leaders meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Speaking on the US network CBS, Putin said that “Syrians and […]

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at 9:30pm

One Minute Sustainable Development Goals

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The UN wants to end poverty and climate change in the next 15 years. More than 150 world leaders are attending a three-day UN summit to formally adopt some ambitious new Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations asked civil society groups, businesses and governments the question: “How can we make the world a better place?” […]

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at 9:30pm

Armed groups roam CAR capital following fatal clashes

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At least four people have been fatally shot in the capital of the Central African Republic, according to hospital sources, as sectarian violence erupted on the city’s streets for a second day.  Sunday’s clashes were aimed at derailing elections scheduled to take place next month, the government said.  Armed Christian fighters roamed the streets and […]

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