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Israeli elections in numbers

Some 5,800,000 Israelis are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election, out of a population of about 8.3 million people. Jews comprise 75 per cent of all Israelis while Arabs make up about 20 per cent. The Arab sector is divided among several religions, including Muslims, Christians and Druze, with some[…]

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Aid agencies slam UN Security Council over Syria

More than 20 international aid organisations have sharply criticised the United Nations Security Council, saying it has failed to implement three resolutions passed last year seeking to boost humanitarian assistance to Syrian civilians. The 21 aid groups say the resolutions have been “ignored or undermined by the parties to the[…]

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Nemtsov’s daughter blames Putin for death

The daughter of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov says that President Vladimir Putin is “politically” responsible for her father’s death. In an interview in Italy with the BBC, Zhanna Nemtsova said that her father was “a critic of Putin, he fought with Putin, with nobody else,” and said she blamed[…]

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Malaysia vows stern action in MH370 disappearance

Malaysia’s transport minister on Thursday vowed to take stern action against an air traffic control supervisor if it is confirmed that he was asleep on the job when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared a year ago. An interim investigation report last Sunday contained transcripts of conversations between air traffic controllers[…]

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‘Security Council failing Syria’

A group of 21 international aid agencies criticised the UN Security Council for failing to implement its resolutions aimed at improving the humanitarian situation in Syria, calling 2014 “the worst year” of the crisis, a report said Thursday. The report found that despite three resolutions adopted by the council in[…]

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Man, boy in IS video French citizens: official

A man and a boy featured in a chilling Islamic State propaganda video showing the killing of a Palestinian have been identified as French citizens, and investigators are looking into whether the man is related to an extremist who attacked a Jewish school in southern France in 2012, an official[…]

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Albinos ‘hunted like animals’ in Malawi

A lucrative black market exists for the body parts of albinos, who are believed by some to possess magical powers that can bring good luck. But as police in Tanzania crack down on the grisly trade, activists in neighbouring Malawi say attacks have spiked. Albinos are living in fear of being[…]

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41 dead in Tanzania road accident

At least 41 people have died after a long haul truck rammed into a bus in the Iringa region of Tanzania, officials said Wednesday. It’s not clear how many people are injured, said regional police commissioner Ramadhan Mungi, but survivors had been rushed to Iringa Hospital. Efforts to free some people[…]

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Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Sweden

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Sweden after a diplomatic row between the two countries, Sweden’s foreign minstry has said. “We have received information that Saudi Arabia has called its ambassador home,” Erik Boman, spokesman for Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, said on Wednesday. He said the reason given[…]

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