Archive for October, 2016

Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:51pm

US Democrats: FBI chief may have broken the law

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Senior members of the Democratic Party have said FBI director James Comey might have broken the law after he called for a probe into emails potentially tied to US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton just days before the election. Comey set off a political firestorm late last week after announcing that the FBI would  investigate newly discovered emails […]

Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:51pm

Fishmonger’s gruesome death sparks protests in Morocco

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Outraged Moroccan students in the northern city of Al-Hoceima boycotted schools on Monday and took to the streets in new protests over the gruesome death of a fishmonger, who was crushed to death inside a garbage truck in the city. Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed to death in the truck on Friday, as he reportedly […]

Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:51pm

Joint Iraqi forces poised to enter Mosul to fight ISIL

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Iraqi special forces stood poised to enter Mosul in an offensive to drive out fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group after sweeping into the last village on the city’s eastern edge on Monday. The troops said they fended off suicide car bombs without losing a soldier. Armored vehicles drew fire […]

Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:40am

Lebanon set for new presidential era

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After more than two years, Lebanon is finally set to get a new president in the form of Michel Aoun – barring any last minute surprises.  Often referred to as “the General”, Aoun, 81, has been vying for the position for years. But it was not until last week that he appeared to have secured […]

Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:40am

South Korea’s Park in trouble over Choi Soon-sil links

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted the resignations of her top presidential aides, according to her office, amid a political crisis involving an old friend. The friend, Choi Soon-sil, is  the 60-year-old daughter of a South Korean religious leader and one-time mentor of Park. Choi, who has close ties to Park but holds no official […]

Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:40am

Turkey detains Cumhuriyet editor in chief Murat Sabuncu

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Turkish police have detained the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, an opposition newspaper, according to media reports. The reports say that along with Murat Sabuncu, Guray Oz, a Cumhuriyet columnist, was also detained on Monday morning. Their residences were being searched, the reports said. Prosecutors have issued detention warrants for a total of 13 executives and writers at the newspaper, […]

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 at 7:40pm

Yemen: Dozens killed in Saudi-led coalition air raids

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Arab coalition fighter jets have hit a prison facility run by Houthi rebels in western Yemen’s Hodeidah city, killing at least 60 people, including inmates, officials and medics said on Sunday. The prison held 84 inmates when it was struck three times late on Saturday, Hashem al-Azizi, deputy governor of the province of Hodeidah, told […]

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 at 7:40pm

Aleppo: Dozens dead as rebels try to break Aleppo siege

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Syrian government troops and rebels were locked in fierce fighting on Sunday on Aleppo’s western edges, where at least 41 civilians have been killed over the past three days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitor, said the death toll included at least 17 children, adding hundreds of mortars had been fired. […]

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 at 7:40pm

Sharbat Gula: The iconic face of the refugee struggle

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Award-winning photographer Steve McCurry in 1984 captured what would become one of the world’s most recognised photos of human struggle. The striking gaze and piercing green eyes of Sharbat Gula – who became known as The Afghan Girl – captivated the world when it appeared on the cover of National Geographic. Her face reflected the […]

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 at 7:26am

Yemen: Air strike kills 18, president rejects UN plan

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At least 18 civilians were killed in Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz on Saturday by air strikes that struck several homes, local officials and residents said. The raid targeted the al-Salw district where Houthi rebels and government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting for control. Taiz is Yemen’s third-largest city with an estimated […]

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