Archive for July, 2016

Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 11:07pm

Turkey threatens to back away from refugee deal with EU

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Turkey would have to back out of its agreement with the European Union (EU) to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the bloc if the EU does not deliver visa-free travel for Turks, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said. Visa-free access to the EU – the main reward for Ankara’s collaboration in cutting […]

Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 11:07pm

Trump slated over ‘insult’ to fallen soldier’s parents

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Donald Trump has been hit with a barrage of criticism for ‘insulting’ the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed while serving with US forces in Iraq. Trump on Sunday defended his criticism of the bereaved parents of US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004, by complaining on Twitter that the fallen […]

Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 11:07pm

Syria: US-backed forces makes rapid advances in Manbij

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US-backed forces have taken control of 70 percent of Manbij after rapid advances against areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the key Syrian city near the Turkish border, a spokesperson for the group says.  Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), with the support of air strikes, have cornered rival armed groups, […]

Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 11:05am

Rio 2016: First ever refugee team ‘have already won’

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A team of 10 refugees athletes, set to march behind the white Olympic flag when the games open on Friday, have spoken about what they hope to achieve in Brazil.  From Yusra Mardini, a teenage swimmer from Syria who braved a Mediterranean crossing in a leaky dinghy, to Popole Misenga, who spent eight days hiding […]

Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 11:05am

Ban militias with abuse records from Mosul fight: HRW

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Iraqi military commanders should prevent militias with records of serious abuses from taking part in a planned offensive on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held city of Mosul, a New-York based rights group has said. The battle for Mosul, ISIL’s de facto capital in Iraq and the largest city anywhere in its self-proclaimed […]

Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 11:05am

Iraq: ISIL fighters storm energy facilities in Kirkuk

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Attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters on energy facilities in nothern Iraq killed at least five, including a top police commander, and wounded others. In the first attack on Sunday on the AB2 gas compressor station, northwest of the oil-rich Kirkuk province, sources said gunmen used hand grenades to storm through the […]

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 10:54pm

Protests in Burundi after UN decides to send police

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Around 1,000 people have marched through the streets of Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, to protest against a UN decision to send a police contingent to monitor the security and human rights situation in the country. Saturday’s demonstration came a day after the UN Security Council agreed to deploy up to 228 police personnel to Bujumbura, and throughout […]

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 10:54pm

Why is Guatemala one of the world’s happiest countries?

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For millions of people around the world, physical and social isolation are fuelling chronic loneliness. As a result, many researchers today fear solitude could be the next big public health issue, cutting years off people’s lives. Perhaps people like Silvia Pablo have something to share with the world – and teach it. The 21-year-old Guatemalan […]

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 10:54pm

Tunisia PM Habib Essid loses no-confidence vote

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Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has been ousted after overwhelmingly losing a vote of no-confidence in parliament. In power for a year and a half, Essid was accused by critics of being unable to tackle the country’s economic and security problems. A total of 118 members of parliament voted late on Saturday to unseat Essid; […]

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 10:38am

Yemen: Hadi’s government withdraws from UN talks

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The Yemeni government says it is pulling out of UN-sponsored talks in Kuwait after four months of negotiations. The announcement comes after Houthi fighters and Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president, said they would form a coalition administration. The Houthis’ Revolutionary Committee and Saleh’s GPC party have formed a 10-member Supreme Council, which is being seen […]

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