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ISIL fighters driven out of Iraq’s Beiji

Iraqi government forces have reached within a kilometre of the country’s biggest oil refinery, two army officers and a witness have said. It is the closest they have come to breaking an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) siege of the facility during months of fighting, Reuters news[…]

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Palestinians protest in West Bank town

Violent confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli police have erupted in Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank despite a move by Israel to ease tensions over al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli police have been firing tear gas and stun grenades at the protesters who are throwing stones. Friday’s violence in Qalandiya follows[…]

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Israel shuts Dr Gilbert out from Gaza for life

Norway’s doctor of peace for Gaza, Mads Gilbert, has been hit by a lifetime ban from entering the region by the Israeli government on Thursday. Israeli authorities cited security reasons as to why they have shut Gilbert out from the Gaza Strip. The Norwegian 67-year-old has travelled to and from[…]

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Presiding officers to address parly disruptions

Parliament’s presiding officers will on Friday address the media on disruptions during a National Assembly sitting on Thursday. The briefing was due to start at Parliament at 9am. “The briefing will address incidents related to the National Assembly plenary sitting on Thursday,” it said in a statement. At 10.30am, the[…]

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Dewani back in court

The murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of killing his wife Anni, will resume in the Western Cape High Court on Friday. The court did not sit on Thursday because it was the anniversary of Anni’s death. On Wednesday, Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso lambasted prosecutor Adrian Mopp[…]

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Cosatu “in tatters”: Vavi

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has admitted that the trade union federation is in trouble, The Star reported on Friday. “Cosatu today is in tatters and absolutely in trouble. Factionalism is tearing it apart,” Vavi was quoted as saying at a memorial service in Sasolburg on Thursday. “When we see[…]

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Britain to seize jihadists’ passports

British Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined plans to seize passports from British radicals and stop them returning from fighting overseas. Cameron has also proposed landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with London’s no-fly lists. “We will shortly be introducing our own new Counter-Terrorism Bill in the UK,”[…]

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Afghan leader makes historic Pakistan visit

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived for his first state visit to neighbouring Pakistan, seeking to improve ties that are crucial to his hopes of reviving Taliban peace talks. Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are expected to attend a cricket match between the two countries in Islamabad on[…]

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‘Steps agreed’ to calm Jerusalem tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians. Giving few details, Kerry said on Wednesday that firm commitments had been made to maintain the status quo at holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, after[…]

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Woolies serves BDS with court papers

An urgent court interdict was served on the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in South Africa by Woolworths on Thursday. BDS South Africa said the deputy-sheriff of the South Gauteng high court delivered the court papers at 3pm. The interdict seeks to stop the Palestine solidarity group’s Boycott Woolworths[…]

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