Archive for June, 2017

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 9:44pm

Iran foils ‘plot to bomb religious centres’

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Iran’s intelligence ministry says its forces have foiled bombings and suicide attacks targeting religious centres after arresting suspected members of a group linked to ISIL, according state television reported. Security forces “were able to arrest a group linked to Daesh (ISIL) that intended to carry out terror operations in religious cities … and (seized) explosive […]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 9:44pm

Death toll in Parachinar and Quetta attacks passes 80

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The number of people killed in twin bombings in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar has risen to at least 67, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks across the country on Friday to 85, officials said. Shahid Khan, a local government official, said the toll could rise as many of the victims […]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 9:44pm

Amnesty declared for 83 ISIL members in Syria’s Raqqa

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A civil council in Syria’s Raqqa has pardoned 83 captured ISIL fighters, in what it said was a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability as the fighting to recapture the city from the armed group intensifies. The council, which is expected to rule Raqqa once ISIL is dislodged from its self-proclaimed capital, said on Saturday […]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 9:40am

Venezuela: A country divided

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For more than 60 days, anti-government protests have been taking place in Venezuela. In a country plagued by sky-high inflation and an extreme scarcity of food and medicines, confrontations between protesters and the National Bolivarian Guard have led to more than 70 fatalities. But interpretations of this political crisis as simply a dictatorial regime cracking […]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 9:39am

Colombia’s ELN frees two Dutch journalists

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Colombia’s Marxist ELN fighters have released two Dutch journalists they had captured earlier this week, according to officials. The ombudsman office, which handles human-rights-related issues, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the ELN, or the National Liberation Front, freed reporter Derk Johannes Bolt, 62, and his cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, 58, in a rural area of Norte […]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 9:39am

141 feared buried in landslide in Sichuan’s Maoxin

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More than 140 people are feared buried alive after torrential rain touched off a landslide in southwestern China, according to news agency reports. The landslide hit the village of Xinmo, in Maoxin county of Sichuan province, at about 6am local time (22:00 GMT Friday), the Xinhua report said. A couple and a baby were rescued and […]

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:35pm

US-led strikes in Syria kill 472 civilians in a month

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At least 472 civilians, including 137 children, have been killed during the past month of US-led coalition air raids in Syria, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single […]

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:35pm

The Guardian: Attack on Al Jazeera must be resisted

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A demand by a group of Arab countries to close Al Jazeera Media Network is “wrong”, “ridiculous” and “must be resisted”, The Guardian newspaper has said in an editorial, joining a growing chorus of voices raising concerns about suppresion of press freedom in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt reportedly […]

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:35pm

What do we know of Brexit’s likely consequences?

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Britain’s vote in June 2016 in favour of leaving the European Union, or Brexit, sent shockwaves across the continent and beyond. A year to the day since the referendum result, Brexit talks have begun. “Positive” and “good” were the words chosen by Britain’s Prime Minister Teresa May to describe the negotiations so far. Britain’s Brexit […]

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:30am

Iraq PM: Mosul liberation to be announced in few days

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that the “liberation” of the city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL – also known as ISIS) will be announced in a few days. “It’s a matter of a few days and we will announce the total liberation of Mosul,” Abadi told reporters […]

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