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Abbas attacks Hamas as Palestinians remember Arafat

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:57
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the Islamist movement Hamas of trying "to destroy" efforts to broker national unity with a series of bomb blasts in Gaza last week.

France marks Armistice Day on WWI centenary

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:48
France’s annual November 11 Armistice Day commemorations, which mark the date that World War I ended, culminated on Tuesday with the inauguration of a new memorial to the fallen of the Great War.

France unveils new monument to commemorate WWI

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:16
President François Hollande on Tuesday is presiding over a series of commemorations marking the end of World War One, culminating with the inauguration of a breathtaking new monument in northern France.

Indian sterilization campaign leaves eight women dead

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 01:04
Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, many in a critical condition after a state-run mass sterilisation, a local official said Tuesday.

South Korean ferry disaster captain jailed for 36 years

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:59
A South Korean court on Tuesday handed a 36-year prison sentence to the captain of a sunken ferry, saying he was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster in April that killed more than 300 people.

New York doctor infected with Ebola to leave hospital

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 18:07
A New York doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola after working with patients in West Africa will be released on Tuesday from a hospital where he has been treated for the disease, the hospital said.

Israelis fatally stabbed by Palestinian suspects

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 07:00
Palestinian assailants carried out stabbing attacks Monday in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, police said, killing an Israeli woman and a soldier as a wave of Arab unrest appeared to be gaining strength.

Bomb blast kills dozens of school children in Nigeria

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:01
At least 47 students were killed on Monday when a bomb ripped through a school assembly in Nigeria's northeastern town of Potiskum, police said.

Mexico’s president slams missing student protests

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 04:31
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Sunday condemned violent protests over the apparent massacre of 43 students after demonstrators set fire to the door of his ceremonial palace in Mexico City on Saturday night.

China and Japan in landmark talks to ease tensions

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 03:57
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping held formal talks on Monday in what many hailed as a breakthrough in efforts to improve the strained relations between the two economic powerhouses.

Return to civilian rule plan adopted in Burkina Faso

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:34
Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders adopted a plan on Sunday for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to elections, after a popular uprising forced long-time president Blaise Compaore from power.

Catalans overwhelmingly back independence in symbolic vote

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:04
Catalonia's nationalist government vowed to step up its secession drive after over two million people voted Sunday in a symbolic independence referendum which Spain's central government dismissed it as "useless".

Confusion surrounds fate of IS group leader Baghdadi

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 15:13
Iraq’s defense and interior ministries said Sunday that Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been wounded in airstrikes while US officials said they had received no confirmation on the Islamist leader's fate or his whereabouts.

Term’s up for many African leaders, but will they go?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 09:46
In the next few years, a number of African leaders will reach their term limits amid widespread fears that some will attempt to stay in power by bending the rules and amending constitutions, a process that has already begun in some places.

Ex-PM Fillon to sue Le Monde over Sarkozy claims

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 09:33
Former PM François Fillon said Sunday that he will sue leading French daily Le Monde for reporting that he encouraged legal action against his former boss, Nicolas Sarkozy, in a bid to beat him to their party's 2017 presidential nomination.

Army in push to oust IS militants from Iraq's main oil hub

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:30
Iraqi troops clashed with Islamic State militants in the city of Baiji on Sunday in a fresh bid to break the jihadists' grip on the city and the country’s largest oil refinery, which lies nearby.

Demonstrators protesting French activist's killing clash with police

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 07:19
Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and two other French cities on Saturday, demonstrating against police brutality nearly two weeks after an activist was killed during a protest against a controversial dam project.

Progress on transition plan in Burkina Faso

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 05:06
Burkina Faso's political parties and civil society groups were set Sunday to adopt a transition plan for the west African country after the ousting of veteran president Blaise Compaoré in late October.

Heavy artillery fire in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:23
Intense artillery fire broke out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk early on Sunday, in what was the worst fighting the region has seen since a fragile ceasefire agreement came into effect in September.

Catalans hold symbolic vote on independence from Spain

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 00:40
Hundreds of thousands of Catalans are expected to back independence from Spain on Sunday in a symbolic referendum on secession being held across the northeastern region, despite opposition from Madrid.