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  • Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media Published in: 27 August 2014 Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

    Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday after days of fighting […]

  • Nigeria former anti-graft tsar defects to scandal-hit, ruling PDP Published in: 19 August 2014 Nigeria former anti-graft tsar defects to scandal-hit, ruling PDP

    Nigeria’s former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu has defected to the ruling People’s Democratic Party to contest a state election, in a filip for President Goodluck Jonathan, whose PDP has been reeling from high profile corruption scandals. Analysts said his move was a big blow to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). A report by Ribadu’s […]

  • Islamic State fighters halt Iraqi offensive to recapture Saddam's home town Published in: 19 August 2014 Islamic State fighters halt Iraqi offensive to recapture Saddam’s home town

    Iraqi forces halted a short-lived offensive on Tuesday to recapture Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, due to fierce resistance from Islamic state fighters who have also threatened to attack Americans “in any place”. In Geneva, the United Nations refugee agency announced a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half […]

  • Governor of Iraq Sunni heartland says U.S. to help against militants Published in: 14 August 2014 Governor of Iraq Sunni heartland says U.S. to help against militants

    The governor of Iraq’s Sunni heartland province of Anbar said he has secured a promise of U.S. support in a battle against the Islamic State, reviving an alliance that helped thwart an earlier Sunni militant threat, from al Qaeda. Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi told Reuters his request, made in meetings with U.S. diplomats and a senior […]

  • Brazil presidential candidate Campos killed in plane crash Published in: 13 August 2014 Brazil presidential candidate Campos killed in plane crash

    Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday, throwing the October election into disarray and causing big swings in local financial markets. Campos’ private jet crashed in bad weather as it prepared to land in the coastal city of Santos, just south of Sao Paulo, killing all seven people on […]

  • Ukraine says may block Russian aid convoy Published in: 12 August 2014 Ukraine says may block Russian aid convoy

    A Russian convoy of trucks carrying tonnes of humanitarian aid left on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory. Kiev and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn the operation into a military […]

  • Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war Published in: 11 August 2014 Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks mediated by Egypt on Monday on ending a month-old Gaza war, Egypt’s state news agency said, after a new 72-hour truce appeared to be holding. The Israeli military said one rocket was launched at the Tel Aviv area, in Israel’s commercial heartland, before the ceasefire began at 2100 […]

  • Russia sending aid convoy to Ukraine despite Western warnings of invasion pretext Published in: 11 August 2014 Russia sending aid convoy to Ukraine despite Western warnings of invasion pretext

    President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia is sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine despite urgent Western warnings against using humanitarian help as a pretext for an invasion. With Ukraine reporting Russia has massed 45,000 troops on its border, NATO said there was a “high probability” that Moscow could intervene militarily in the […]

  • Scottish nationalist leader faces opposition criticism over sterling Published in: 7 August 2014 Scottish nationalist leader faces opposition criticism over sterling

    An independent Scotland cannot be stopped from using sterling even if London refuses a formal currency union, nationalist leader Alex Salmond said on Thursday, just two days after he failed to win a televised debate dominated by the issue. The future currency of an independent Scotland remains one of the major issues in the campaign […]

  • Islamic State surges in North Iraq, near Kurdistan border Published in: 7 August 2014 Islamic State surges in North Iraq, near Kurdistan border

    Islamist militants surged across northern Iraq towards the capital of the Kurdish region on Thursday, sending tens of thousands of Christians fleeing for their lives, in an offensive that sparked talk of Western military action. Reuters photographs showed what appeared to be Islamic State fighters controlling a checkpoint at the border area of the Kurdish […]

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