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Solidarity complains to UN about SA govt

Trade union Solidarity lodged a complaint with the United Nations on Tuesday against the South African government for allegedly not complying with a resolution regarding racism. “In it, the UN is requested to exhort the South African government about non-compliance with procedural requirements of the UN convention on… [the elimination[…]

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Australia halts visas from ebola-affected region

Australia is suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease. The government is canceling and refusing non-permanent or temporary visas held by people who are not yet traveling, and new visa applications will not be processed. Permanent visa holders[…]

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‘Free’ Tunisia polls offer ray of hope

Foreign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia’s landmark “free” elections, after the opposition conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The Ennahda party, which had steered the North African nation through the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, congratulated its[…]

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Iraqi Peshmerga set to join Kobane battle

Dozens of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are preparing to leave Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobane to help fellow Kurds in their battle against the ISIL. Kurdish official in the city of Erbil told Al Jazeera that more than 150 people were ready to depart and that a plane[…]

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“It’s a dream come true”: Carr

“Its every young boy’s rugby dream to be part of that Springboks’ squad. I’ve been training hard, and have been dedicated and motivated throughout my life, so to get this opportunity now is really great.” These were the words of a humble and overwhelmed Nizaam Carr, reacting to the news[…]

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Nizaam selected for Boks squad

DHL Western Province loose forward Nizaam Carr is one of the five newcomers added to the bulk of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship squad for next month’s tour to the Northern Hemisphere. Two returnees form part of the team as the national selectors opted for continuity and rewarding form in[…]

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IS video places hostage in Kobane

The Islamic State group released a video Monday showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town. The video, the latest in a series featuring 43-year-old kidnapped reporter John Cantlie, shows him in a war-damaged town,[…]

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UN expert concerned over Iran executions

A surge in the number of executions in Iran over the past year signals a concerning trend in the country where the human rights situation has continued to deteriorate, a UN rights expert said Monday. Ahmed Shaheed, special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said that Iran executed at least[…]

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News groups demand Gitmo force-feeding videos

Force-feeding videos from Guantanamo should immediately be prepared for release, media organizations said Monday, but the US government argued doing so would compromise national security. In early October, a federal judge in Washington ordered President Barack Obama’s administration to make public 28 videos showing inmates being fed by tubes inserted[…]

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