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Mohammed Morsi

Egypt’s ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament

Islamists won about 70 per cent of seats in Egypt’s previous parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood Party aims to win an outright majority in Egypt’s forthcoming parliamentary elections to ensure it does not form alliances with other hardline Islamist groups, its leader said on Thursday. Saad el-Katatni, 61, leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party […]

Iranian Guard commander killed in Syria

Iranian officials have confirmed the attack on the guard. An Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander has been killed inside Syria by rebels battling Iran’s close ally, President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian officials and a rebel leader said on Thursday. Syrian rebels have repeatedly accused Tehran of sending fighters to help Mr. Assad crush the 22-month-old uprising, a […]

New pope likely for mid March

With the uncommon exit of Pope Benedict XVI fixed for February 28, the conclave to elect the next Pope could start between March 15 and 19, the Vatican has said. “If everything goes normally, it could be envisioned that the conclave begins between 15 and 19 March,” Vatican spokesperson, Federico Lombardi, said. “At the moment, […]

Three politicians to meet Pope Benedict before retirement

The Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, where Pope Benedict XVI said he was resigning for the good of the church, is the first of events lined up for his last days as the Pontiff, details of final-days’ schedule released by the Vatican has shown. In Pope Benedict’s last days as Supreme Pontiff, three […]

Suicide car bombing kills three policemen in Russian Caucasus

A suicide car bombing killed three policemen and injured six others in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region on Thursday, according to the Interfax news agency. The vehicle packed with approximately 120 kg of TNT exploded at a checkpoint in the town of Khasavyurt in the province of Dagestan. The blast, which also killed the bomber, […]

North Korea nuclear test prompts stern warnings from neighbours

South Korea sent a stern warning to North Korea on Thursday; two days after the North tested a nuclear bomb, saying it could strike the isolated state. It warned that the North should not take the South for granted as it believes that an attack by the North was imminent just as it deployed a new cruise […]

Update: Pistorius allegedly kills girlfriend in Pretoria home

South Africa Police Service, SAPS, has confirmed the arrest of the country’s star athlete, Oscar Pistorius, for allegedly killing his girlfriend on Thursday. SAPS spokesperson, Katlego Mogale, said the arrest was carried out after receiving a complaint of shooting.  “We received a complaint of shooting a woman who is suspected to be his girlfriend, who […]

What will be Pope Benedict’s title after resignation?

The Pope is fitted with a pacemaker, the Vatican has said.

Iran begins new round of uranium enrichment

Iran starts installation of a new generation of uranium enrichment machines.

Pope Benedict XVI to hold last mass on ASH Wednesday

I resigned “for the good of the Church”, Pope Benedict says

Pope Benedict critically considered his actions.

Mohammed Morsi

Egypt floods Gaza tunnels to cut Palestinian lifeline

Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 per cent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed […]

Iran denies officials to be quizzed over Argentina bomb

Iran denied on Tuesday it had agreed to allow international investigators question Tehran officials over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of a plan to form a truth commission. Israel and world Jewish groups have denounced the pact which is seen as running counter to U.S.-led efforts […]

Pope Benedict XVI to hold last mass on ASH Wednesday

Pope Benedict to hold last Mass on Ash Wednesday

Pope Benedict winds down papal activities with Ash Wednesday’s Mass

Pope Benedict retiring into life of prayers

After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February, he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and study in a Vatican-based monastery. The Pope will first stay in Castel Gandolfo before eventually going back to the Vatican to live in Mater Ecclesiae monastery, EWTN, the Catholic Church’s main media outfit reports. The […]

Egyptians rebuke Prime Minister over “unclean breasts” remark

The Egyptian Prime Minister is being criticised for his comment.

Malian Soldiers

Malian forces clash with mutinous soldiers in Bamako

The clash is seen as a blow to international efforts at boosting security in Mali

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban discharged from U.K. hospital

Malala is to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in London

Malian Soldiers

Islamic summit backs Mali government, omits France

Mali battles to drive out Islamist fighters from its territory.

France to start withdrawing troops from Mali in March

 The withdrawal will enable African forces to take over the operation.

Jonathan begs Indonesia to save Nigerians on death row

The Indonesian president, on a state visit to Nigeria, did not assure the request will be granted. President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to President Susilo Yudhoyona of Indonesia to grant a stay of execution for Nigerians on death row in the Asian country. President Jonathan met on Saturday with the Indonesian leader who is on […]

Syria threatens “surprise” response to Israeli strike

Israeli warplanes struck targets in Syria on Wednesday

64 year-old Mozambican wins prestigious vaccine innovation award

INTERVIEW Sixty-four-year-old Margarida Matsinhe has won the 2013 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award for her “instrumental” work in overhauling the vaccine system in her native Mozambique. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, made the announcement on Wednesday in his annual letter. The award recognizes “revolutionary ways” for immunizing the world’s poorest children. Nominees are assessed on innovation and creativity, […]

Donors pledge $455m for Mali military intervention

French and Africa military strive to take back the entire country from the rebels.

Malawi: Joyce Banda to Auction Presidential Jet

Malawi’s Capital FM has reported that the Malawian government is offering its 14-seat presidential jet, worth more than U.S.$13m five years ago, to the highest bidder. The proceeds of the sale will be used to provide basic services for the country’s poor, according to President Joyce Banda. This move by Banda is the latest in a series […]

French, Malians retake Timbuktu, rebels torch library

French and Malian troops retook control of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Monday, after Islamist rebel occupiers fled the ancient Sahara trading town, torching several buildings. The buildings touched included a library holding priceless manuscripts. The U.S. and the EU are backing a French-led intervention in Mali against al Qaeda-allied militants they fear […]