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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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New UN envoy on Syria briefs Security Council

The outspoken new U.N. envoy on Syria is briefing the Security Council for the first time after visiting key countries with influence on any possible solution to the deeply entrenched conflict. Staffan de Mistura is the third such envoy to try to bring the more than three-year civil war to[…]

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Masjdul Aqsa shut down

Israeli forces completely sealed off the Al-Aqsa compound for the first time in decades late Wednesday following the shooting of a far-right Israeli activist in Jerusalem. Hundreds of Muslim worshipers performed dawn prayers in the streets outside the holy site after Israeli forces closed all entrances. Only the director of[…]

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WHO: Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with falls in the number of burials and new admissions as well as a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. “Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the[…]

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UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion

A UN official has warned that Israel’s plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman called on Israel on Wednesday “to rescind” its plan to build 1,000 new homes, which he said was[…]

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Tension in Jerusalem after shooting of rabbi

Tension has soared in Jerusalem after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded a prominent right-wing Jewish activist. Israel announced shutting down of the al-Aqsa mosque following Wednesday’s shooting of Yehuda Glick, who has advocated for greater Jewish access to the sensitive holy site known to Jews as[…]

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