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UN agencies seek $810m to help South Sudan refugees

Humanitarian agencies are seeking $810 million from donors to aid South Sudanese refugees in 2015.…

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Pakistan to hang convicted militants in wake of school massacre

Prison authorities in Pakistan on Friday were preparing to hang convicted terrorists after the government…

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Over 20,000 braziers recalled in Japan due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling over 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwears suddenly poked…

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EU court says Hamas should be removed from terrorist list

An EU court ruled on Thursday that the Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas, be removed from the European Union's terrorist list. The court added that the decision to include the group was based on media reports. In its ruling, the bloc's second highest tribunal, however, said member states could keep Hamas's…

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HIV outbreak in Cambodian village sparks investigation

An outbreak of HIV in a village in north-western Cambodia prompted an investigation, an official said on Wednesday, as news media reported allegations of contaminated medical equipment. A UN health official told journalists that the National AIDS Authority of Cambodia, NAAC, was investigating after 90 people aged 4 to 80…

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Pakistan mourns victims of savage school massacre

Pakistan began three days of mourning on Wednesday for the 132 children and nine school staff killed in the deadliest ever attack by the Taliban. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called it a "national tragedy unleashed by savages". Reports say seven Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in the north-western…

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China is world’s worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

In the wake of a broad crackdown on free expression since President Xi Jinping took office, China is the world's worst jailer of journalists, with 44 behind bars, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual report on imprisoned journalists released today. In Iran, where President Hassan Rouhani has also failed…

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Death toll from Indonesia landslide rises to 61

The death toll in a mudslide in Indonesia's Central Java province rose to 61 on Tuesday, while 47 people were still missing four days after the disaster, police said. The District Police Chief, Wika Hardianto told newsmen. The officials said that the landslide buried dozens of houses in Jemblung village…

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126 dead as Taliban militants take hundreds hostage at Pakistani military school

Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students hostage at a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, and at least 126 people were killed, officials said. Most of those killed were children. Fighting was ongoing between soldiers and the militants. Official report says that they heard heavy…

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ECOWAS adopts biometric identity card to replace resident permit

ECOWAS has adopted the biometric identity card to replace the resident permit as from 2016. This formed part of the decision made at the just-concluded 46th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Monday in Abuja. While briefing journalists at the end of the closed-door session,…

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Hundreds feared missing after boat sinks in Lake Tanganyika

No fewer than 200 people were feared missing after a boat sank in Democratic Republic of Congo's waters by Lake Tanganyika, a senior Tanzanian official said on Monday. The Congolese Government said in a statement on Monday that it had sent a mission led by Transport Minister Kalumba Ngongo to…

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China bans national anthem at weddings

Chinese authorities on Friday said the national anthem should not be performed or chanted at weddings and funerals or in commercial arenas. The government also banned performing or chanting the anthem during entertainment activities such as balls or non-political celebrations. It added that the national anthem may be played at…

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UN Chief appoints new envoy for Ebola

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Friday appointed Ismail Ahmed of Mauritania as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, UNMEER. This was contained in a statement issued by Ban's Spokesperson, Stephane DuJarric in New York. According to the statement, as…

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Kenya, Nigeria to partner on security to end insurgency

The Kenyan Government on Thursday in Abuja said it was working closely with Nigeria to tackle the security challenges currently facing the two countries. The Kenyan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Tom Amolo, said both countries signed an agreement on police cooperation when President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a state visit in…

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Al Jazeera journalist killed in Syria

Al Jazeera Media Network sadly announces the killing of its Arabic correspondent in Syria, Mahran Al Deeri, on Wednesday, 10 December 2014, while covering battles in the city of Al Sheikh Maskin in rural Daraa. According to his family members, Mahran was killed while taking cover from regime fire as…

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More than 15 million children affected by violence in 2014, says UNICEF

The UN Children's Fund said in a statement on Monday millions of children suffered under extreme violence, destruction and forced displacement in 2014. The UNICEF Director, Anthony Lake, said, referencing children who had been kidnapped, tortured, raped or sold into slavery: "Never in recent history were so many children exposed…

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Al-Shabaab burns Kenya’s military aircraft in Somalia

Kenya Defence Forces, KDF, confirmed on Friday that its combat aircraft which crashed in southern Somalia on Thursday after developing mechanical problems, came down within a territory controlled by Al-Shabaab, who later set it on fire. KDF spokesman Col. David Obonyo said the fate of the pilot remained unknown. He…

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ICC drops Crimes Against Humanity charge against Kenya President

The International Criminal Court, ICC, has withdrawn charges of crimes against humanity against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. Mr. Kenyatta was charged at The Hague-based court over his alleged role in the post-election that engulfed his country in 2007. At least 1,000 people were killed. ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said…

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North Korea bans naming children after leader

North Korea has banned its citizens from naming their children after the leader Kim Jong Un in an attempt to defend his authority. An official North Korean document circulated on Wednesday in Seoul, also warned that parents had also been banned from using the given name Jong Un for their…

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Iraq says woman detained in Lebanon not ISIS leader’s wife

Iraq's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq. Bri.-Gen. Saad Maan Ministry Spokesman, said the woman detained by Lebanese authorities was Saja…

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36 Kenyans killed in suspected al-Shabaab attack

Kenyan officials said gunmen, early Tuesday, killed more than 36 people working in a quarry in Mandera in northern Kenya. The attack aimed at non-Muslims, was allegedly attributed to the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab. One of the survivors said that all the Muslim workers were spared while Christians were shot…

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France to recognise Palestinian State if peace talks fail

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said his country would officially recognise the Palestinian State even if the diplomatic efforts to bring about peace failed. "We must act to make progress in the implementation of peace which should be based on the co-existence of two sovereign and democratic states living…

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Pope Francis joins Islamic cleric to pray in Mosque

Pope Francis prayed on Saturday on the second day of his visit to Turkey alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul's blue mosque. The blue mosque, known officially as the Sultanahmet Mosque, opened in 1616 and is the most famous in Turkey. Its popular name was a reference to the…

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Burkina Faso protests caused 24 deaths —Official report

The uprising in Burkina Faso that ousted ex-President, Blaise Compaore, caused the death of 24 persons and injuries to 625 others, an official report has said. The report of an Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights Violations during the October 30 and 31 public protest said there were several cases…

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Ebola: UN says the identification of patient contacts for daily monitoring in progress

The World Health Organisation, WHO, said the identification of Ebola patient contacts for daily monitoring has reportedly reached 99 per cent. It said on Wednesday in Washington that based on experiences in Nigeria and Senegal, this achievement could augur well for rapid containment of Mali's outbreak. Sierra Leone, Liberia and…