Archive for July, 2016

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

CIA chief not optimistic Syria will remain one country

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The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency has said he is not optimistic about the future of Syria remaining one country. John Brennan’s comments are a rare public acknowledgement by a senior US official that Syria may not survive a five-year civil war in its current state. “I don’t know whether or not Syria […]

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

Turkey: PKK fighters killed in attempt to storm base

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Turkish military officials say the army has killed 35 Kurdish fighters after they attempted to storm a military base in the southeastern province of Hakkari. The early morning attack on Saturday came just hours after clashes in Hakkari’s Cukurca district between Turkish troops and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that left eight soldiers dead, the […]

Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 10:27pm

Syria: Reports of civilian deaths in US-led strikes

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At least 28 civilians have reportedly been killed and several wounded in US-led air strikes on the suburbs of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, according to a monitoring group. The reports on Friday come a day after the US-led coalition announced it had enough evidence of civilian casualties from its attacks on the same […]

Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 10:27pm

Brazil’s ex-president Lula charged in corruption probe

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Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, Brazil’s former president, has been ordered to stand on trial on charges that he attempted to obstruct a giant corruption probe at Petrobras oil company, according to officials. The decision published on Friday names Lula, as he is universally known in Brazil, and five others as co-conspirators in an alleged attempt to […]

Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 10:27pm

Erdogan to West: ‘Mind your own business’

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at western leaders for failing to show solidarity with Ankara over a failed coup attempt, saying countries who worried more about the fate of the perpetrators than democracy could not be Turkey’s friends. Speaking at the presidential palace in Ankara late on Friday, he said western leaders who were […]

Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 10:23am

Syria war: ‘Civilians die’ as US-Russia plan falters

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At least 15 civilians have been killed and dozens wounded in air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria, amid setbacks to attempts by the US to partner with Russia against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. Thursday’s air strikes hit the ISIL-controlled town of Ghandoura, according to the Syrian Observatory for […]

Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 10:23am

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic Party nomination

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – As Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to accept a major party’s presidential nomination, she told Americans that their country was “at a moment of reckoning” with “powerful forces … threatening to pull us apart”. Addressing the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, Clinton called for unity, saying it is […]

Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 10:23am

Rio 2016: City revamped in run-up to Olympics

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Rio de Janeiro – This city’s historic centre has long been considered dangerous and rundown. But in the run-up to the Olympic Games next month, it has spent tens of millions of dollars on urban renewal and transport. Many Brazilians see the results as a long-overdue rebirth though others question the use of taxpayers’ money. For […]

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 10:10pm

Rescued refugees detail abuse in Libya

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Poverty, persecution and conflict are among the reasons refugees were forced to flee their homelands. By the time they were rescued from sinking boats on the Mediterranean Sea, they had another more urgent motive: escape from Libya. Endalkachew Gebrehiwot, a refugee, told Al Jazeera that during the 10 months he was in Libya, human smugglers […]

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 10:10pm

Indonesia executes four convicted drug traffickers

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The Indonesian government has carried out executions of four convicted drug traffickers, Al Jazeera has learned. The attorney general’s office had said earlier on Thursday that 14 people, including foreigners, would be executed “soon”. The convicts were shot by firing squad at the Nusa Kambangan penal island shortly after midnight on Friday local time (1700 […]

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