Archive for: November 2014

The future of Egypt after the Mubarak verdict

REF:  A court in Egypt has dropped all charges against former president Hosni Mubarak relating to the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that unseated him.


Mubarak had been convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for ‘inciting, arranging and assisting to kill peaceful protesters.’


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WHO reports sharp rise in Ebola deaths

REF:  The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa, according to the World Health Organisation.


The toll of 6,928 dead showed a leap of just over 1,200 since the WHO released its previous report on Wednesday, according to a Reuters news agency report.


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Syria: US raids have failed to weaken ISIL

REF:  The Syrian government has criticised US-led air strikes in Syria for failing to weaken the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as Damascus called on Turkey to do more to stop the armed group.


Syria’s foreign minister said in a interview on Friday that he was willing to work with any country to tackle ISIL but that unless Turkey tightened its border controls, the group would not be stopped.


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Scores killed in Nigeria mosque blasts

REF:  At least 81 people have been killed and 150 others injured after two bombs exploded outside the central mosque of the Nigerian city of Kano.


Friday’s attacks occurred outside the Emir’s palace mosque just as residents were packing into the area for prayers, police said.


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Israel strips attacker’s widow of residency

REF:  Israel has revoked the residency rights of the widow of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue earlier this month, drawing condemnation from human rights groups.


Wednesday’s move came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would seek broad powers to rescind the residency and welfare rights of any Palestinian resident of Israel or occupied East Jerusalem if they, or their relatives, participated in unrest.


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Algeria kills suspect in French beheading

REF:  The Algerian army says it has killed a man suspected of kidnapping and beheading a French hiker, following France’s decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq.


Tayeb Louh, Algeria’s justice minister, said on Wednesday that the army killed a man last month who was suspected of taking part in the beheading of Herve Gourdel.


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‘Scores dead’ in air strikes on Syria’s Raqaa

REF: Syrian government air raids on the city of Raqqa, which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has proclaimed as its capital, have killed at least 90 people, activists have said.

Damage is seen after a U.S.-led air strike on the Political Intelligence building that used to be controlled by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad, but later controlled by Islamic state members in Raqqa, eastern Syria


About 125 more people were reported to have been injured in the air strikes, which targeted a number of residential districts in the northern city.


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Ex-minister Latif Siddique lands in jail after surrender

REF: A Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrates Court gave the order on Tuesday after he surrendered to Dhanmondi police in the afternoon.

Dhaka police’s Raman Division Deputy Commissioner Abdul Baten confirmed of Siddique’s surrender.


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Iran nuclear talks extended till July 2015

REF:  Negotiators have extended talks on Iran’s nuclear programme for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015 after failing to meet a Monday deadline, diplomats said.
But Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that a nuclear deal with the six world powers would be done despite a missed deadline in Vienna that prompted a seven-month extension in talks.


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Iraqi forces reclaim two key towns from ISIL

REF:  Iraqi forces have mounted their biggest operation since June, reclaiming two towns in the eastern province of Diyala from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters.

In the province’s south on Sunday, Iraqi troops and Shia militias retook the town of Sa’adiya and were moving towards nearby villages.


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