Archive for September, 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 7:35am

El Cajon crowds protest police killing of Alfred Olango

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Crowds gathered in the Californian city of El Cajon to protest against US police brutality after the killing of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, as the FBI joined an investigation into his death. According to family and witnesses, police officers fired a taser and then several bullets at Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan refugee, after […]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 7:35am

US to Russia: Stop Aleppo assault or Syria talks end

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The US has threatened to suspend cooperation with Russia over Syria, hours after the bombardment of two hospitals in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, as Syrian government forces backed by Moscow continued their offensive to retake the eastern part of the city from opposition fighters. US Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart Sergey […]

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 7:19pm

US to deploy 600 troops to Iraq for Mosul offensive

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The United States will send about 600 more American soldiers to Iraq to prepare local forces for the upcoming battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters.  US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on Wednesday the US troops will advise Iraqi soldiers and provide logistics support and intelligence for […]

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 7:19pm

Somalia: US accused of killing 22 troops in air strike

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An American air strike in northern Somalia killed as many as 22 soldiers, an official from the region alleged, suggesting the United States had been duped into attacking Somali troops. The Galmudug region’s Security Minister Osman Issa said 22 of his soldiers had been killed in the early Wednesday strike, adding the rival region of […]

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 7:19pm

EU refugee policy marks progress, not success

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More than six months since the EU-Turkey Deal to control refugee flows across the Aegean was signed, the European Commission is congratulating itself on a “steady delivery of results”. According to its third report on the implementation of the deal released on Wednesday, daily arrivals of refugees and migrants on Greek islands have averaged 81 since June, […]

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 7:04am

Obituary: Israel’s elder statesman Shimon Peres

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The death of Shimon Peres at the age of 93 marks the departure of the last major figure in Israel’s founding generation. He died on Wednesday in a hospital after suffering a major stroke, the Israeli news website Ynet reported, after his condition worsened following a major stroke two weeks ago. Peres – one of […]

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 7:04am

US names first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years

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The United States has tapped career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in more than five decades. “The appointment of an ambassador is a commonsense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries,” President Barack Obama said in a statement on Tuesday. .@POTUS just nominated […]

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 7:04am

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dies at 93

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Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres died on Wednesday, some two weeks after suffering a major stroke. The 93-year-old died in his sleep at around 3:00am (0000 GMT), Peres’ doctor Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, told AFP news agency. Israeli media also confirmed the former Israeli president’s death. He died […]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 6:56pm

Ali Bongo sworn in as president of Gabon

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Ali Bongo has been sworn in as Gabon’s president for a second seven-year term, three days after his election victory was controversially validated by the Constitutional Court following allegations of fraud. “I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their wellbeing … and respect and defend […]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 6:56pm

Syrian troops launch major ground assault for Aleppo

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Syrian forces launched a major ground offensive on a rebel-held district of Aleppo, the biggest assault yet in a new campaign aimed at wiping out rebel forces and retaking a city that’s key to ending the five-year war. Syrian state TV said on Tuesday that troops captured Farafra district, near Aleppo’s famous citadel, and fighting […]

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