Archive for January, 2016

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 6:13pm

My predictions for the Iowa caucus

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In just a few hours, the people of Iowa will give their verdicts on who they would like to see as candidates in the 2016 Presidential election. After months of campaigning, this is the first real test of public opinion.  Thousands will caucus across the mid-west state for both the Republicans and the Democrats. Al […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 6:13pm

Dozens killed in three blasts near shrine in Damascus

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Three blasts have killed more than 60 people and wounded at least 40 in Syria’s capital Damascus, a monitor said.   The explosions, one of which was caused by a car bomb, occurred near the Shia Muslim shrine of Sayyida Zeinab on Sunday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The oservatory said several Shia […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 6:12pm

More than 10,000 refugee children missing in Europe

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More than 10,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children have disappeared in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said on Sunday, fearing many have been whisked into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade. Europol’s press office confirmed to Al Jazeera the figures published in British newspaper The Observer. The number relates to the last 18-24 […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 6:07am

UN snubs most powerful Kurdish group at Geneva talks

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Geneva, Switzerland – The leader of the most powerful Kurdish group in Syria, which currently controls about 15 percent of the country, is sitting with two of his aides in a modest apartment in a quiet neighbourhood not far from the UN headquarters in Geneva. Salih Muslim, who left his family in the restive Syrian […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 6:07am

Madaya residents starving to death despite aid delivery

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Residents of the besieged Syrian town of Madaya continue to die of starvation and a lack of medical supplies, despite the delivery of aid earlier this month, according to a leading humanitarian agency. Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday that at least 16 people – close to one person per day – have died […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 6:07am

Syria opposition threatens to walk out of Geneva talks

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Syria’s main opposition bloc has threatened to pull out of United Nation’s-sponsored peace talks in Geneva if what it called the “crimes” of Bashar al-Assad’s government persisted. Representatives of the group, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), landed in the Swiss capital late on Saturday, a day after a delegation representing the Assad regime […]

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 6:01pm

Is the German city of Cologne shifting to the right?

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Cologne, Germany – Famous for its fun-loving carnival and vibrant artistic scene, Cologne has long been considered a left-wing city. But the events of New Year’s Eve, when hundreds of women reported being robbed and assaulted, may be challenging that tradition and allowing the right to gain more of a foothold here Police had registered […]

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 6:01pm

At least 20,000 infected by Zika virus in Colombia

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More than 20,000 people, including at least 2,116 pregnant women, have been infected with the Zika virus in the South American country of Colombia. Colombia’s National Health Institute reported on Saturday that it has recorded 20,297 cases of the infection, which makes it the second most affected country in the region after Brazil. The World Health Organisation warned […]

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 6:00pm

Turkey summons Russia envoy over ‘airspace violation’

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A Russian SU-34 jet has violated Turkish airspace despite radar warnings, Turkey’s foreign ministry said, and the Russian ambassador was summoned over the incident. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the violation, which occurred on Friday, was a clear sign that Russia wanted issues between the two countries to escalate. Turkey’s President […]

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 5:47am

Diverting unwanted food to meals for the poor

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A global network of pay-as-you-feel cafes is making its mark by diverting food destined for waste and using it to create delicious and healthy meals for the poor. The unique UK-based global initiative intercepts unwanted food from various sources, including supermarkets, farms, restaurants, food banks and even rubbish bins, The Real Junk Food Project’s founder Adam Smith […]

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