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One dead, 400 injured in Pakistan clashes

One person was killed and more than 400 wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn. The violence, which began late Saturday and continued early Sunday, erupted after around 25,000 people marched from parliament[…]

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Russia supplying Ukraine rebels tanks: NATO

Russia has continued to supply pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine with tanks, armoured vehicles, rocket launchers and artillery, NATO’s Secretary General has said, echoing comments by Western leaders that the separatists seeking independence are being aided militarily by Moscow. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday that Russian troops had also “fired[…]

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UN soldiers seized by rebels in Golan Heights

Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels have been accused of seizing 43 UN soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, the UN has said. The US said on Thursday it believed members of the Nusra Front were among those who captured 43 Fijian soldiers serving in[…]

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UN says Syria refugees top three million mark

The United Nations says the civil war in Syria has forced more than three million people to flee the country, an increase of one million in the past year alone. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), called the crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era” on[…]

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UN chief slams ‘brutal’ IS killings in Iraq

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed “brutal killings of civilians” by Islamic State rebels in northern Iraq, saying the Sunni radical group was tearing apart whole communities. The rebels have taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, and have declared a “caliphate” in the territory they[…]

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Ebola caseload could reach 20,000: UN

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or[…]

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WHO says Ebola cases could exceed 20,000

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now. A new plan to stop Ebola by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of[…]

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New search area located for missing MH370

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane’s possible location emerged, Australia has said. Fresh information suggested the jet “may have turned south” earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said.[…]

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Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in as president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s 12th president at a ceremony attended by more than 90 international leaders and politicians in parliament on Thursday, cementing his position as the country’s most powerful modern leader. “In my capacity as President of the Republic, I swear upon my honor and[…]

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