Archive for October, 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 4:28am

Iran joins major players to seek path out of Syria war

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Major backers of Syria’s warring rivals will seek to narrow divisions over the future of the country and its embattled President Bashar al-Assad. The US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran will meet in Vienna on Friday, with the aim of achieving a political settlement to help end the Syrian war. The group met for the […]

Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 4:28am

Musings on chess and salt: Gaza’s first ever TEDx talk

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Gaza City – As Israeli-Palestinian violence continues unabated, a group of young Palestinians have held a TEDx talk in Gaza City, using the power of words to ignite debate and and showcase intellectualism in the Palestinian enclave. Organisers said Thursday’s TEDx Shujaiya event aimed to show “the world that Palestinians, and especially those from Gaza […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 4:26pm

Qatari FM warns of ‘one of the worst intifadas’

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As the current unrest continues in Israel and Palestine, the Qatari foreign minister says he believes Palestinians are in the midst of a third intifada. In this web extra, Foreign Minister Khalid al Attiyah tells Mehdi Hasan, “If the occupation is still there, if the settlement is still spreading, then we are going to see […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 4:26pm

Myanmar’s ‘Muslim-free’ election

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Myanmar’s main opposition party, led by the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, deliberately bypassed Muslim candidates ahead of the November election, a senior party member told Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the source said Suu Kyi ordered an “Islamic purge” in the National League for Democracy (NLD) to appease growing […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 4:26pm

China to abolish decades-old one-child policy

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China’s ruling Communist Party has decided to abolish the country’s one-child policy and allow all couples to have two children, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It cited a communique issued by the ruling Communist Party on Thursday after a four-day meeting in Beijing to chart the course of the nation over the next five […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 4:20am

Greek coastguard plucks over 200 refugees as boat sinks

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The Greek coastguard have rescued 242 refugees when their wooden boat sank north of the island of Lesbos, but at least three drowned, including two small boys, authorities have said. Two small boys and a man were found drowned on Wednesday, and an extensive search was under way in the area. Coast guards and local […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 4:20am

US retailers slammed over ‘offensive’ Halloween outfits

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US retail giants have courted controversy for selling an Israeli soldier’s Halloween costume for children and an “Arab” nose that civil liberties groups called offensive and racist. Wal-Mart, America’s biggest employer, quickly withdrew both items. EBay told AFP news agency that it had withdrawn the nose, but Amazon continued to list both costumes and said […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 4:20am

US Republican presidential hopefuls spar over tax plans

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The Republican presidential candidates have clashed over tax plans during the party’s third presidential debate, with front-runner Ben Carson defending his Bible-inspired proposals. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said his plan, which is based on religious tithing principles, would get rid of deductions and loopholes and constitute a flat rate of about 15 percent that would […]

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 4:19pm

From Russia, not always with love

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Is Russian President Vladimir Putin showing his true colours? Early on he said he would “reclaim what was rightfully Russia’s” and now this seems to be playing out in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and other countries. Hillary Clinton called it “re-sovietisation”. And there are other more subtle ways in which Putin seems to be turning Russia’s […]

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 4:19pm

Abu Qatada denies writing article for al-Qaeda magazine

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The Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada has denied writing an article for a purported al-Qaeda magazine that labelled Shia Muslims “filthy,” said that Israel will collapse and predicted that Islam will rise up to dominate the world. Abu Qatada also denied to Al Jazeera that he stated in “al-Risalah” magazine that “jihadists” should be recruited from the UK to fight […]

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