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Iran nuclear talks hang in the balance

A final round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme before a looming deadline hung in the balance Thursday as Britain expressed pessimism a deal could be done in time and foreign ministers stayed away. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond indicated that the most to be hoped for was enough progress[…]

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Boko Haram steps up attacks in Cameroon

Nigerian radical group Boko Haram are intensifying attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, targeting new villages with increasingly sophisticated weapons, as the army fears more violence in the approaching dry season. “We’re convinced that the establishment of a ‘caliphate’ (by Boko Haram) is aimed not only at Nigeria but also at Cameroon,”[…]

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Israel begins demolishing homes over attacks

Israel has demolished the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, warned of strict security measures in response to Tuesday’s synagogue killings in Jerusalem. The house demolished on Wednesday in the Silwan neighbourhood near the Old[…]

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Saudi king calls on Egypt to back Qatar deal

Saudi King Abdullah Wednesday called on Egypt to back an agreement reached at the weekend between Gulf countries to end a spat with Qatar, which Egypt accuses of harbouring hardline Islamists. “I appeal to the people and leadership of Egypt to join hands with us to ensure the success of[…]

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Car bomb hits Iraqi city of Irbil

A Kurdish official in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil says a suicide car bomber has struck in the heart of the city, inflicting an unknown number of casualties. Wednesday’s bombing in Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, took place near the historic citadel. Mayor Nawzad[…]

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Spanish parliament recognises Palestinian state

The Spanish parliament has passed a symbolic motion to urge the government to recognize Palestine as a state, though stating that a peace accord with Israel must precede any Spanish recognition of Palestinian sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “The parliament urges the government to recognize Palestine as[…]

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Israeli forces destroy home of Palestinian

Israeli security forces have destroyed the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a suicide car attack in October that left two people dead, the military said, as pitched street battles raged in the aftermath of an attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem that killed five Israelis.[…]

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UN votes to probe North Korea ‘crimes’

The United Nations has adopted a landmark resolution condemning North Korean rights abuses and laying the groundwork for putting the Pyongyang regime in the dock for crimes against humanity. A resolution asking the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court passed by a resounding vote of[…]

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Spanish MPs call for recognising Palestine

Spanish lawmakers have overwhelmingly adopted a motion calling on the government to recognise a Palestinian state, following similar moves in other European nations. The vote on Tuesday night was 319 in favour with two opposed and one abstention. The motion submitted by the opposition Socialists asks the conservative government to[…]

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