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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Bahrain is hitting back at an Amnesty International report alleging that government reforms have failed to end serious violations of human rights in the Gulf country four years after it was rocked by widespread anti-government protests.
Smuggling of ivory, gold and timber worth over a billion dollars a year is fueling war by funding dozens of rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. report warned Friday.
Recognized only by Ankara, the tiny Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus heads to the polls on Sunday with its economy suffering from international isolation and surviving mainly thanks to Turkey's largesse.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Fierce clashes in Iraq as IS seizes villages
The Islamic State group launched an offensive in Iraq's western Anbar province on Wednesday, capturing three villages near the provincial capital of Ramadi and forcing villagers to flee from their homes as fierce clashes were underway between the extremists and government troops, residents said.
Israeli security forces arrested 29 Hamas activists overnight during a major sweep in the northern West Bank, the army said on Wednesday.
U.S. President Barack Obama pledged US$200 million in U.S. humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday to help those displaced by Islamic State militants, an offer of assistance that appeared to fall short of the Iraqi prime minister's request for greater military support.
At least 24 people have been killed in a series of Syrian government air strikes around the city of Idlib, which rebels seized earlier this month, a monitoring group said Wednesday.
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit rebel targets in Yemen's main southern city of Aden on Wednesday after overnight attacks by anti-government forces killed seven people, military sources and medics said.
Yemen al-Qaida says top cleric killed by drone
Yemen's al-Qaida branch announced on Tuesday that its top cleric, a Saudi-national who has had a US$5 million bounty on his head, has been killed, allegedly in a drone attack.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Somali Shebab kill 10 in education ministry attack
Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab militants on Tuesday blasted their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building, killing 10 people.
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