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Thousands march for missing Mexico students

Tens of thousands of people held protests across Mexico, joining tearful families of 43 missing students demanding their return amid fears a police-backed gang executed them. Parents of the victims traveled from Guerrero, where the students disappeared, to head a march of thousands of people in Mexico City on Wednesday,[…]

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US court hears Guantanamo force-feeding case

Hunger-striking prisoners who are force-fed at Guantanamo Bay can choose from several flavours for the liquid meal they must ingest, and well-behaved inmates sometimes are force-fed communally, a US court has heard. In a testimony outlining procedures at the US Naval base in southeastern Cuba, government officials described how prison[…]

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12 dead from cross-border shelling in Kashmir

Three women were killed as Indian and Pakistani forces kept up heavy cross-border firing in the disputed Kashmir region, officials said Wednesday, taking the civilian toll to 12, with dozens more injured. The latest casualties came overnight after nine people died Monday in what was the troubled region’s highest civilian[…]

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ISIL fighters ‘withdraw from parts of Kobane’

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have reportedly withdrawn from some parts of the embattled Syrian city of Kobane overnight after air strikes by a US-led coalition. Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from the Syrian-Turkish border city of Urfa, said that Syrian-Kurdish fighters confirmed[…]

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Clashes erupt at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque

Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with Israeli police at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving three officers lightly injured, according to police. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from West Jerusalem, said that Palestinian worshippers on Wednesday morning were not allowed into the mosque by Israeli police, who then[…]

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Deaths in Kurdish protests across Turkey

At least nine people were killed in demonstrations across Turkey, local media reported, as Kurds demanded the government do more to protect the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who burnt cars[…]

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N Korea official admits use of labour camps

A North Korean official has publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of “reform through labour” camps, after a highly critical UN report into the country’s human rights record earlier this year, but dismissed the report’s accusations. Choe Myong Nam, a North Korean foreign ministry official in charge of[…]

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Kurds protest across Europe, seek help against IS

Kurdish protesters clashed Tuesday with police in Turkey and forced their way into the European Parliament in Brussels, part of Europe-wide demonstrations against the Islamic State group’s advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish border. The activists are demanding more help for the besieged Kurdish forces struggling to hold onto[…]

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Spain quarantines four people in Ebola scare

Spain has quarantined a total of four people in an attempt to prevent the spread of Ebola after a nurse became the first confirmed case of infection outside West Africa. The 40-year-old nurse, her husband, another health worker and a Spaniard who travelled to Nigeria are in isolation in hospital,[…]

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