Archive for August, 2016

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:24pm

Gabon election: Protests as Ali Bongo beats Jean Ping

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Supporters of Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping have clashed with security forces in the capital Libreville, after incumbent President Ali Bongo was named the winner of a closely fought presidential election. Moments after the poll results were announced by the interior ministry on Wednesday, anti-government protesters shouting “Ali must go!” tried to storm the offices of the […]

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:24pm

Turkey denies reaching ceasefire with Kurdish forces

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A Turkish minister has said that his country does “not accept” US claims that its military has reached a ceasefire deal with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. The statement came after US officials said that Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Kurdish forces had agreed on a temporary pause in fighting in northern Syria. The US has […]

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:24pm

Has Ireland given illegal tax incentives to Apple?

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In the biggest tax demand ever imposed by the European Union, the Irish government has been ordered to recover almost $15bn of unpaid taxes from Apple. The world’s richest technology company has its headquarters in California, US, and its European base in Ireland. The European Commission says the Irish government granted illegal state aid by […]

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:08am

Chicago police sackings over Laquan McDonald’s death

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The chief of Chicago’s police department has recommended that five officers be fired over their role in the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager, an incident that heaped national scrutiny on the nation’s second largest police force. Superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended to the Chicago Police Board that officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan […]

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:08am

Somalia: Deaths as car bomb explodes in Mogadishu

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The death toll from a car bomb blast in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has risen to at least 15, police said. Tuesday’s suicide bombing near the Somali president’s palace in Mogadishu caused a huge blast and destroyed two hotels nearby. “The number of the people who died in the blast reached 15 and 45 others were […]

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:08am

ISIL’s Abu Mohamed al-Adnani ‘dead in Syria’s Aleppo’

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The main spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, has been killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo, according to an ISIL-linked website. Amaq, the ISIL-affiliated media, said on Tuesday Adnani was killed while monitoring military operations in Aleppo. A US defence official said the US-led coalition forces […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 8:43pm

ISIL spokesman Adnani ‘killed in Syria’s Aleppo’

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The main spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, has been killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo, according to an ISIL-linked website.  Amaq, the ISIL-affiliated media, said on Tuesday Adnani was killed while monitoring military operations in Aleppo. Adnani, desrcribed as ISIL’s second most senior leader, was […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 8:43pm

Turkey: Ex-police chief, others detained in coup probe

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Turkey has detained a former police chief, several governors and nine journalists, according to state media, the latest in a string of detentions since a failed attempt to topple the government last month.  The Istanbul chief public prosecutor’s office issued a detention order on Tuesday for Huseyin Capkin, the city’s ex-police chief, after new evidence surfaced […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 8:43pm

Syria’s war: ‘Deaths’ as air strikes hit Idlib market

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At least seven civilians have been killed and dozens of others wounded in air strikes on the suburbs of the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria, activists say.  Tuesday’s attack, blamed on Syrian government and Russian warplanes, struck a vegetable market in the Marret Masreen village, according to the Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 8:40am

In Latin America, people disappear but crimes remain

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Back in 2012, in the southern Peruvian city of Ayacucho – birthplace of the Maoist guerrilla outfit Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) – I found myself carrying a small white coffin containing the remains of a man named Alejandro Aguilar. As I recounted at the time in a blog post for the London Review of Books, […]

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