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  • Islamic Front seizes warehouses in Syria

    11 December 2013 10:22 AM 32

    December 11 2013 at 12:20pm Istanbul - The United States has suspended all non-lethal assistance into northern Syria after Islamic Front forces seized headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition's Supreme Military Council (SMC), a US Embassy spokesman in Ankara said. Fighters from the Islamic Front, a union of six major rebel groups, took control

  • Japan's defence plans focus on China and islands dispute

    11 December 2013 9:01 AM 65

    Published: 7:32PM Wednesday December 11, 2013 Source: Reuters Japan will set up a new amphibious military unit and deploy unarmed surveillance drones in its southwest, where it faces a row with China over disputed islands, according to drafts of the nation's latest defence plans seen on Wednesday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the defence policy

  • UN to deliver relief supplies to Syria via Iraq

    10 December 2013 7:35 PM 28

    He told reporters Tuesday the $4-million in airlifts are “extraordinary measures” needed because armed groups control the roads between Iraq and Syria. U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement that Iraq and the U.N. agreed on the corridor so U.N. agencies can resupply warehouses in Syria with food, medical kits and educational supplies from reserves

  • Mandela memorial: a national moment and a global who's who

    09 December 2013 11:01 PM 40

    Global leaders gather as South Africa prepares to hold Mandela's memorial in a 95,000-seat stadium in the previously black-only township of Soweto Tuesday. An image of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela is shown on a big screen as work is carried out to put up a stage at the FNB stadium where his memorial service will take place on Tuesday

  • Somalia court sentences 'rape victim'

    09 December 2013 8:35 PM 36

    A 19-year-old woman who alleged she was raped has been given a suspended jail sentence by a court in Somalia. The woman, who spent three weeks in pre-trial detention, was convicted of defamation and lying and told she could not leave Mogadishu. A journalist who reported her story was also convicted of the same offence. The two men accused of raping the woman

  • After Nelson Mandela Ended Apartheid, He Had To Learn How To Run A Presidential Campaign

    09 December 2013 5:31 PM 35

    WASHINGTON -- The election outcome may seem preordained when you’re running for president after you've helped end apartheid and spent 27 years in prison waging that fight. But when Nelson Mandela made the transition from a revolutionary figure in the black liberation movement to the leading presidential candidate in South Africa’s first open election

  • Soccer sustained Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times

    09 December 2013 2:32 PM 40

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The mere sounds of a football game brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times. First, it was the noise that carried across a grey, wind-swept prison yard on Robben Island, his brutal apartheid-era jail. The noise of every cheer and every kick from his fellow inmates that found a way from their makeshift

  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie appears in court

    09 December 2013 2:02 PM 31

    The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in August. Mohammed Badie was seized along with other Brotherhood figures after the Egyptian army ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July. Hundreds of Mr Morsi's supporters were killed in clashes following the ousting. Mr Badie, who is the movement's

  • Africa rapid reaction force could tackle Boko Haram

    09 December 2013 12:29 PM 31

    LAGOS - Nigeria's president said he has given his backing to the creation of an African rapid reaction force, adding that it could help tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, in comments published Monday. "We fully support this rapid reaction force," Goodluck Jonathan told French radio station RFI in an interview on the sidelines of the recent France-Africa

  • Dozens of people killed in latest violence to hit Iraq

    08 December 2013 7:33 PM 37

    Dozens of people have been killed and many others wounded in multiple bombings in the Baghdad area. These were the latest in a string of attacks that have rocked Iraq this year. At least 30 people were killed and more than 60 injured in Sunday's bombings, which were carried out mainly at crowded market places and commercial districts in predominantly