Archive for November, 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:32pm

Air strikes, fighting mark end of Aleppo ceasefire

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Heavy clashes erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria’s divided city of Aleppo after a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia expired, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The first Syrian or Russian air strikes on Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city before the civil war, since Russia began the pause in hostilities on […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:32pm

Prison break in Arcahaie in hurricane-hit Haiti

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More than 170 inmates of a northern Haitian prison have escaped after killing a guard and stealing firearms, according to authorities engaged in a manhunt with support from UN peacekeepers. Judge Henry Claude Louis-Jean said the jail break occurred on Saturday in Arcahaie, a coastal town about 50km north of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. Police in the […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:32pm

Battle for Mosul: Peshmerga target ISIL-held Bashiqa

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Tension is high in the Iraqi town of Bashiqa, near Mosul, as Peshmerga soldiers from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government begin an offensive to recapture it as part of a major operation to clear ISIL fighters from the country. Turkey has at least 500 troops stationed in a camp near Bashiqa, only 15 kms away from […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:29am

Schoolchildren killed in Turkey dormitory blaze

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At least 12 people – almost all of them schoolchildren – have been killed after a fire broke out in a girls’ dormitory in Turkey’s southern province of Adana, according to the local governor. The fire, which officials said was likely caused by an electrical fault, spread rapidly through the building’s wooden interior late on […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:29am

Water supply cut off for half of Iraq’s Mosul

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Fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIL fighters has cut water supplies across a large part of Mosul, affecting 40 percent of residents in the city where poorer families are already struggling to feed themselves. Water was cut to 650,000 people when a pipeline was hit during fighting between ISIL and the Iraqi government forces trying […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:29am

Romney, potential US secretary of state, praises Trump

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Republican Mitt Romney made an impassioned statement in support of President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday in attempt to erase doubts about him among Trump supporters and remain in contention for US secretary of state. Romney, a fierce critic of Trump during the Republican presidential primary battle, stopped short of an outright apology but his intention […]

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 5:23pm

Uganda: Army hunts for militia linked to tribal king

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Ugandan police said another 25 bodies had been recovered after weekend fighting in a western kingdom whose tribal monarch is accused of stoking a separatist rebellion, bringing the death toll to 87. Officials said at least 46 guards and 16 police died when the security forces stormed the palace of Charles Wesley Mumbere, king of […]

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 5:23pm

India unveils the world’s largest solar power plant

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Images have been released showing the sheer size of the new solar power plant in southern India. The facility in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, has a capacity of 648 MW and covers an area of 10sq km. This makes it the largest solar power plant at a single location, taking the title from the Topaz Solar […]

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 5:23pm

Thailand invites crown prince to become new king

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Thailand’s parliament invited Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to be the new king on Tuesday, completing a formal step for the apparent heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, president of the National Legislative Assembly, said in a televised session that the prince would be invited to ascend the throne […]

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 5:17am

Iraqi politician warns of sectarian violence in Mosul

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Iraq is at risk of partition and the worst sectarian bloodletting since the 2003 US-led invasion if Shia paramilitary units get involved in the fight against ISIL for Mosul, a senior Iraqi politician warned. Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation forces, or Hashid al-Shaabi in Arabic, are supported by the Shia-led Baghdad government and want to play a […]

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