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Iraqi peshmerga fighters cross into Kobane

Iraqi peshmerga fighters have begun entering the Syrian border town of Kobane where they were expected to join the battle against Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) fighters beseiging the town. Peshmerga forces entered through the Yumurtalik crossing on Friday armed with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft machine guns and mobile[…]

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Rival officers claim power in Burkina Faso

An army general and a colonel have both announced they will lead a transition to democracy after Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore was pushed out by street protests, ending a 27-year reign. Colonel Yacouba Zida said in a recorded address posted early on Saturday on the website of a national[…]

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ISIL shells Kobane’s border post with Turkey

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have shelled the border crossing between Syria and Turkey in their latest attempt to stop an expected arrival of Kurdish troops from Iraq to help defend Kobane. Friday’s bombardment of the Mursitpinar post came a day after a first contingent[…]

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Burkina Faso president resigns after protests

Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso, has been forced to leave power after days of protests by tens of thousands of people calling for his ousting. It appeared that the chief of the country’s armed forces took power after the president’s resignation. Compaore announced his resignation in a statement[…]

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Only men over 50 allowed at Al Aqsa

Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around[…]

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Burkina Faso president defies calls to resign

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore said he would not resign as requested by demonstrators, but confirmed he was dropping plans to extend his 27-year rule, in an open letter late Thursday. The army seized power earlier in the day after the West African country was engulfed by protests against Compaore’s[…]

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Sweden recognises state of Palestine

Sweden has officially recognised the state of Palestine, Stockholm’s foreign minister has said, less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the unprecedented move. The Palestinians cheered Thursday’s move, while Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden for consultations. Israel also summoned Sweden’s ambassador to protest and[…]

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UN watchdog slams Israel

A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza. With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily clashes, the UN Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review[…]

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Saudi beheads man for murder

Saudi Arabia beheaded a man Thursday for murdering a fellow tribesman, the interior ministry said, the latest in dozens of executions this year that have alarmed rights campaigners. Hadi bin Rashid al-Dosari, a Saudi national, was convicted of stabbing to death a fellow tribesman following a dispute, the ministry said[…]

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