Archive for June, 2016

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 8:59pm

Istanbul bombers from Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

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The three suicide bombers in the deadly gun and bomb attack on Istanbul’s international airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish government official has said.  The official gave no further details beyond confirming the attackers’ nationalities and declined to be named because details of the investigation have not yet been released. Forensics teams […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 8:59pm

Report: Obama seeks Syria agreement with Russia

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US President Barack Obama has proposed to “deepen” military cooperation between the US and Russia against some Syrian armed groups in exchange for Russia putting a stop to the bombing of US-backed rebels, according to a report.  The US sent the agreement’s text to Russia on Monday after several weeks of negotiations, a member of […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 8:59pm

Israel punishes Hebron village over teen’s killing

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Israeli forces have blockaded a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank just hours after a teenage settler was allegedly stabbed to death by a Palestinian in a nearby settlement.  “Israeli forces have begun a full siege on the village of Bani Naim,” Issa Amro, a Hebron-based human rights defender and founder of Youth Against Settlements […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 8:47am

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as president of Philippines

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Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippines in front of an audience of 600 guests and millions more watching on television and online, crowning a rise from little-known mayor to leader of a huge nation. His youngest child by his side holding the family bible, Duterte was sworn in […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 8:46am

Hollande, union strikes and Les Bleus

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Since the start of the European Football Championship in France, the home team has collected a series of late rallies and comebacks from behind, offering much-needed enthusiasm and concord in the country. Indeed, earlier this month, yet another police officer was assassinated with his life partner by an extremist.  And as if the latent fear […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 8:46am

Dozens of Afghan police feared dead in Taliban attack

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The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police academy in the capital Kabul that is feared to have killed dozens of recruits. Thursday’s attack is the latest major assault by the group and comes just nine days after 14 Nepali security guards were killed in a suicide bomb attack on their minibus, […]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 8:44pm

ISIL ‘key suspect’ in Istanbul’s Ataturk airport attack

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Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing at least 41 people and wounding 239. The attackers arrived at Ataturk, Europe’s third-busiest airport, late on Tuesday evening where they opened fire before blowing themselves up. The Turkish government ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on Wednesday, as investigators […]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 8:44pm

Sisi calls for religious reforms against ‘extremists’

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for religious reforms to counter “extremists” in a speech to Muslim clerics. Sisi on Wednesday urged scholars from Al-Azhar, the highest centre of Sunni Muslim learning, to rethink religious discourse and “purge it of flaws” that negatively affect Islam. “I fear that we have not until now found […]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 8:44pm

Tens of thousands flee fighting in South Sudan

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Tens of thousands of people have fled fighting in northwestern South Sudan between government troops and a newly formed rebel group, as food shortages in the country hit their highest levels in two years.  The Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday that nearly 70,000 people have fled their homes in the […]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 8:23am

The Syrian cage

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Forgotten somewhat in the shadow of the seismic fallout from Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the conflict in Syria continues to worsen. Bereft of a functioning peace process and beset on all sides by armed actors, Syria’s civilian population faces the further challenge of being increasingly trapped in the centre of a deadly storm. […]

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