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UN leader ‘deplores’ rise of anti-Semitic slurs

The conflict in Gaza should not be an excuse for anti-Semitic slurs and attacks, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said late Sunday. Ban “deplores the recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza,” read a statement from the[…]

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Factory owners blamed for deadly China blast

Chinese officials have blamed the chairman of a car-parts factory in eastern China and local regulators for safety breaches that led to the deadliest industrial accident in a year, the official news agency Xinhua reports. The blast at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co Ltd factory in the city of[…]

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Israel declares 7-hour limited truce

Israel announced it would be holding its fire in most of Gaza for seven hours Monday, amid world outrage over a deadly strike on a UN school in the Palestinian territory. The unilateral truce, four weeks into fighting with Gaza de facto rulers Hamas, came after world powers fiercely condemned[…]

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Aids conference delegates seek Australia asylum

Some 25 delegates to an international AIDS conference held in Melbourne last month fear returning home and will seek asylum in Australia, refugee and welfare agencies said Monday. HomeGround Services, which helps find crisis accommodation for homeless people in Melbourne, said 14 delegates from African nations — including Uganda and[…]

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Philippines admits Libya evacuation a challenge

A Philippine plan to evacuate all 13,000 of its workers in strife-torn Libya is a “challenge”, with many reluctant to leave despite the dangers, the Filipino foreign ministry said Friday. The ministry announced a “mandatory” evacuation of all 13,000 of its nationals living in Libya last month after the beheading[…]

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Ebola moving faster than efforts to control it

The World Health Organization warned west Africa’s Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing “catastrophic” loss of life and severe economic disruption. WHO chief Margaret Chan told the leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at a regional[…]

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Gaza truce collapses

A three-day humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza collapsed only hours after it began amid a deadly new wave of violence and the apparent capture by Hamas of an Israeli soldier. Intensive shelling killed dozens of people in southern Gaza hours into the short-lived truce on Friday, with Hamas accusing Israel of[…]

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Gaza violence continues despite ceasefire

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed just hours into a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, medics say, after Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour pause in fighting. According to reports from a Rafah hospital, at least 40 people were killed on Friday as Israeli tanks fired shells into eastern[…]

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Sierra Leone declares state emergency

Sierra Leone began quarantining areas of Ebola infection, as international health officials announced an international $100m plan to combat an epidemic which has already killed more than 700 people in West Africa. Security forces set up quarantines on Thursday, hours after Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, ordered a state[…]

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Benghazi ‘falls to al-Qaeda-linked rebels’

Armed groups claimed to have taken control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating units loyal to a renegade general, taking over their barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition. The main police headquarters was on Thursday still smouldering after it was hit by shelling[…]

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