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Death toll from al Shabaab attack rises to 147

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 00:39
Militants from Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group killed at least 147 people after storming a university campus in northeast Kenya on Thursday, the country’s disaster response agency said.

Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 00:12
The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it’s gone, but in reality it’s still there.

Iran deadline extended as nuclear talks 'near finishing line'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:58
Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have been extended into Thursday as negotiators edged towards a deal but failed to agree on crucial details, such as how to lift UN sanctions and whether to reinstate them if Iran reneges on a deal.

Egypt and Nigeria led rise in death sentences in 2014, Amnesty reports

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:53
Egypt and Nigeria accounted for an "alarming rise" in the number of death sentences handed out around the world in 2014, often on the back of security concerns, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

One killed in assault on Istanbul police headquarters

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:17
Turkish security forces shot and killed an armed female assailant on Wednesday after she and a male accomplice tried to attack the police headquarters in Istanbul, Turkish officials said.

Sarkozy named key witness in campaign finance inquiry

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 09:59
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy avoided preliminary charges on Wednesday in a judicial investigation into fines paid over the funding of his failed 2012 re-election bid, after he was named an “assisting witness” in the case.

Buhari vows to defeat Boko Haram in wake of poll victory

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 09:47
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari vowed on Wednesday to defeat the Islamist insurgency raging in Nigeria's northeast in his first formal speech since being confirmed the winner of last weekend’s vote.

Islamic State group seizes Palestinian refugee camp in Syria

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 07:44
Militants from the Islamic State jihadist group seized control of most of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus Wednesday, a local Palestinian official told AFP.

Palestinians officially join International Criminal Court

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:33
In a latest bid to gain international recognition as a state, the Palestinian Authority joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move that could pave the way for filing a lawsuit against Israel at the court.

Live: Lufthansa bosses visit Germanwings crash site

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:44
The chief executives of Germanwings and Lufthansa visit the site of last week's deadly air crash in the French Alps amid reports the airlines knew about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's severe depression. Follow their press conference on our liveblog.

Lufthansa bosses visit French crash site, dodge Lubitz questions

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:13
Lufthansa bosses visited the site of last week’s Germanwings air crash in the French Alps on Wednesday, a day after the German carrier admitted it knew the plane’s co-pilot had suffered from “severe depression” in 2009.

Buhari defeats Nigeria's Jonathan in historic election

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:38
Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s presidential poll by 2.57 million votes, the country's electoral commission said Wednesday, ending Jonathan’s rule of Africa’s most populous nation.

Iran nuclear talks push past deadline, 'key aspects' agreed

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:36
Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime on Wednesday as negotiators edged toward a deal but failed to agree on crucial details such as the lifting of UN sanctions.

Co-pilot told Lufthansa of ‘depressive episode’

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:03
Lufthansa said Tuesday that the co-pilot who is thought to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings passenger jet in the French Alps last week informed the company six years ago that he suffered from a “serious depressive episode”.

Turkish prosecutor dies from wounds sustained in hostage crisis

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:44
A Turkish prosecutor has died from wounds he sustained Tuesday after being taken hostage at an Istanbul courthouse by two members of a banned leftist group. The suspects were killed in a shootout with police.

Tikrit ‘liberated’ from Islamic State group, Iraqi PM says

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:54
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the "liberation" of Tikrit from the Islamic State group on Tuesday after a weeks-long operation that was Baghdad's biggest operation yet against the jihadists.

US, Cuban envoys to address prickly human rights issues

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:32
Representatives of the United States and Cuba meet in Washington on Tuesday for talks on human rights, an issue central to normalising relations between the two governments but loaded with uncomfortable questions for both sides.

Turkish court acquits all military officers in coup trial

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:15
A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted all of the military officers accused over an alleged 2003 plot to overthrow the government of then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a defence lawyer said.

Alps crash victims identified by week’s end, Hollande says

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:00
French President François Hollande said Tuesday that all of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps will likely be identified by the end of the week. Nationals from more than a dozen countries were on board the doomed flight.

Four out of five Syrians live in poverty, UN chief says

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:17
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday told an international donors’ conference for Syria that four out of five Syrians now live in poverty, describing the situation as "the worst humanitarian crisis of our time".