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Mass grave discovered in CAR's Bangui

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:07
A mass grave has been discovered in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, containing at least 20 bodies who had been executed at "point blank range", according to French media reports on Thursday.

South Sudan rebels seize oil wells as mediators hold talks

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 11:40
Rebels in South Sudan have seized some oil wells and captured half of the capital of the main oil-producing region, the government and army said on Thursday as African leaders held talks in Juba to avert a potential civil war.

Syria signs offshore oil deal with Russian firm

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 10:57
Syria’s government said Wednesday it had signed an oil and gas deal with a Russian company, prompting claims from the Syrian opposition that Damascus is “swapping the country’s riches for Russian weapons”.

Brutal attack on reporter restores Ukraine protest passion

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 10:43
Protesters demanded Ukraine’s interior minister resign on Thursday after an opposition journalist known for documenting the extravagance of the country’s political elite was chased down in her car and savagely beaten in a midnight attack.

Manchester City and Liverpool face off in Boxing Day showdown

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 09:53
As they do every year, English football fans will spend December 26 at the stadium or in front of their televisions to cheer for their team on “Boxing Day”.

Theatre director rams Elysée Palace gate in protest at subsidy cuts

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 09:13
The director of a Paris theatre was arrested on Thursday after driving his car into the gates of the Elysée Palace, the French president’s Paris residence, in an apparent protest against cuts to state subsidies for theatres.

Will French jobs data bring good tidings to Hollande?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 07:34
Job figures expected Thursday evening could either give French President François Hollande a much-needed end-of-year boost, or further tarnish his already poor image.

Thai election body urges 'indefinite' delay of early vote

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 05:48
Thailand's election commission urged the government on Thursday to postpone an early vote set for February 2 indefinitely after a policeman was killed and dozens of people were injured in clashes between security forces and opposition protesters.

Russian experts rule out Arafat poisoning

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 04:51
A team of Russian forensic experts studying the causes of Yasser Arafat’s death said Thursday they had ruled out the possibility that the late Palestian leader may have been subject to radiation poisoning, concluding instead that he died naturally.

Israel to free Palestinians and announce new settlements

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 04:04
Israel is expected to announce the construction of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem when it frees a third group of Palestinian prisoners next week as part of US-brokered peace talks, an official said Thursday.

South Sudan needs $166 million in aid, UN says

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 03:36
The United Nations said Thursday that aid agencies will need $166 million for aid efforts amid the continuing violence in South Sudan that has left more than 1,000 dead, days after it ordered a doubling of UN forces in the country.

Cairo bus bomb blast leaves several injured

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 03:26
A homemade bomb on Thursday exploded near a public bus in the Egyptian capital, blowing out its windows and injuring five people, officials said.

Japanese PM visits controversial Yasukuni war shrine

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 01:48
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday visited Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine to pay respect to the nation’s war dead in a move condemned by both China and South Korea, which accused him of glorifying the country’s militaristic past.

Six Chadian peacekeepers killed in CAR violence

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 01:45
Six Chadian peacekeepers were killed and 15 other wounded Wednesday after they were ambushed in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, a spokesman for the African Union peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic said on Thursday.