Archive for January, 2016

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

Mosquito-borne Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’

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The mosquito-borne Zika virus may infect up to four million people, the World Health Organization said, as the agency convened to decide if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement on Thursday that the level of alarm was “extremely high”. “Last year, the virus was […]

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

Syria opposition to go to Geneva as peace talks start

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The main Syrian opposition bloc has said it will send a small delegation to talk with UN officials in Geneva, where the United Nations on Friday started peace talks, but said it wanted to discuss humanitarian issues before engaging in political negotiations. A member of the group, known as the Higher Negotiating Committee (HNC), Farah Atassi, […]

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5:44pm

Suicide bomber hits marketplace in Nigeria’s northeast

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At least eight people have been killed and 28 others injured in an attack in Nigeria’s restive northeast, witnesses said. A teenage suicide bomber on Friday blew himself up in a grain market in the town of Gombi in Adamawa state, AFP news agency reported, citing witnesses.  No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. […]

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5:44pm

Foreign journalists released after Burundi police swoop

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Two foreign journalists working in Burundi were released safely, 24 hours after police arrested them in a raid, colleagues said. “Phil Moore and Jean Philippe Remy have been released,” the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa said in a statement on Friday. “This is a big relief, of course, but the incident bodes ill for […]

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5:44pm

Deadly attack rocks mosque in Saudi Arabia

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At least four people were killed and 18 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry has said. Saudi authorities prevented two suicide bombers from entering Imam Rida Mosque in Mahasen neighbourhood in the al-Ahsa region during Friday prayers, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, […]

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5:35am

Which kidnap victim is more valuable

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Baghdad, Iraq – Helicopters fly over the capital’s Sadr City. The noise is deafening and frightens children. In recent days Iraqi security forces have focused their search for three US military advisers abducted three weeks ago on this neighbourhood. It’s an area that is fiercely loyal to Shia clerics and is suspicious of the US. […]

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5:35am

Questions remain over American left behind in Iran jail

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Four Iranian-Americans and one US student were released from Iranian prisons earlier this month, as part of a prisoner swap deal announced on the same day that international sanctions were lifted on Iran. But there was one other US citizen who was not among those freed – and questions remain as to why he was excluded from the […]

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5:35am

Syria talks at risk as rival sides fail to agree terms

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The Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) says it is still debating whether or not its delegates will attend peace talks in Geneva, which had been scheduled to start on Friday. The committee had set a number of conditions for its participation in the talks, including a lifting of sieges and a halt to air […]

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 5:09pm

Mosquito-born Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’

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The mosquito-born Zika virus may infect up to four million people, the World Health Organization said, as the agency convened to decide if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement on Thursday that the level of alarm was “extremely high”. “Last year, the virus was […]

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 5:09pm

Challenger space shuttle disaster marked 30 years on

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Three decades after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the next generation of space technology is building on changes made after the accident. NASA’s Space Shuttle was the first largely reusable spacecraft, designed to make flying into space cheap, simple and safe. Each shuttle was designed to […]

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