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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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US drone strikes ‘Taliban camp’ in Pakistan

A US drone has fired missiles at a suspected Taliban training camp in northwest Pakistan, killing six people, intelligence officials have said, in the third such strike in as many days. Three missiles from the unmanned aircraft hit the camp in the Shawal area of South Waziristan just after midday[…]

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Street battles as ISIL enters Syria’s Kobane

Fighters from ISIL have penetrated the Syrian town Kobane for the first time, sparking street-to-street fighting and an order from its Kurdish defenders for all civilians to flee. Two black ISIL flags were seen flying on Kobane’s eastern side on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while[…]

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Japanese student quizzed over IS plan

Police are questioning a 26-year-old Japanese Muslim on suspicion of trying to join Islamic State rebels in Syria, media reports and the top government spokesman said Tuesday. The man, a student at Hokkaido University, had reportedly planned to fly to the Middle East this week to fight with the rebel[…]

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Hong Kong activists agree to talks

Hong Kong protest leaders have agreed to hold talks with the pro-Beijing government as their numbers dwindled and they faced growing pressure to end their sit-in. As day breaks over the Chinese autonomous region on Tuesday, only a hundred or so protesters have remained at the central business district, significantly[…]

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