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  • Syrian rebels claim Alawites' kidnapping

    News - Middle East
    Opposition fighters in Syria claim to have kidnapped at least 94 women and children belonging to President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite sect, according to a video obtained by media. ...
  • Dozens of prisoners escape in Nigeria attack

    News - Africa
    Suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri and freed dozens of prisoners from custody, Nigerian military said. ...
  • Attacks continue despite Gaza truce claims

    News - Middle East
    Israel has targeted suspected camps of Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip following a barrage of rockets fired from the territory. ...
  • Abbas questions rival's role in Arafat death

    News - Middle East
    Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has accused one of his main Fatah rivals, Mohammed Dahlan, of involvement in six murders, and questioned his role in the death of former leader Yasser Arafat. ...
  • Malaysia widens hunt for jet towards India

    News - Asia-Pacific
    Malaysian authorities have expanded their search for the missing Malaysian Airlines passenger westward towards India, based on a newspaper report that it could have flown for hours after it last made contact. ...
  • Cairo extends detention of Al Jazeera staff

    News - Middle East
    A Cairo criminal court has extended the detention of a journalist working for Al Jazeera Arabic, while postponing the trial of three others from its English-language sister channel. ...
  • Turkey presses on with Gulen school closure

    News - Europe
    Turkish President Abdullah Gul has approved a law closing schools seen as a source of income and influence for an Islamic cleric accused by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of trying to topple him. ...
  • Russia facing UN showdown over Crimea actions

    News - Europe
    Western diplomats are preparing a draft resolution against Russian actions in the Crimea in an attempt to isolate Moscow over its action in Ukraine. ...
  • Masked gunmen attack army bus in Cairo

    News - Middle East
    An officer was killed and three others injured when gunmen opened fire on an army bus in Cairo. ...
  • China 'will not give up' on Malaysia MH370

    News - Asia-Pacific
    China will not give up the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, MH370, "as long as there is a glimmer of hope", its premier has said. ...
  • S Sudan army battles rebels as leaders meet

    News - Africa
    South Sudan's army said it was battling rebels in the strategic oil city of Malakal, the latest clashes in the nearly three-month-long conflict. ...
  • Israeli jets hit Gaza after heavy rocket fire

    News - Middle East
    Israeli fighter jets have hit a number of targets in the Gaza Strip in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into Israel earlier, Palestinian witnesses say. ...
  • New arrests made in Hong Kong reporter attack

    News - Asia-Pacific
    Hong Kong police arrested a man and a woman over a brutal attack on a veteran journalist, bringing the total number detained in the case to 11, AFP news agency reported. ...
  • Algeria PM to run Bouteflika campaign

    News - Africa
    Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will resign to run the reelection campaign of the country's ageing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a source close to the presidency said. ...
  • Saudi and Kuwait arrest Brotherhood members

    News - Middle East
    Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have arrested two members of the Muslim Brotherhood - including a former Egyptian parliamentarian - after Cairo put an international arrest warrant on them on terrorism-related charges. ...
  • Life term sought for Rwanda genocide suspect

    News - Africa
    French prosecutors in the trial for genocide of a former Rwandan army captain have requested life imprisonment for the defendant, in the first such case being heard by a French court. ...
  • Gambia to drop English as 'colonial relic'

    News - Africa
    Gambia will drop English as an official language soon because it is a colonial relic, President Yahya Jammeh has said, without indicating which language the tiny West African country would use in its place. ...
  • Gaza cross-border fighting enters third day

    News - Middle East
    Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip have fired more rockets at Israeli cities in a third day of a cross-border flare-up. ...
  • US warns Putin of 'serious steps' over Crimea

    News - Europe
    The US secretary of state has threatened "serious steps" against Russia if a referendum is held in the Ukraine region of Crimea this week. ...
  • Gaza clashes as ceasefire claim crumbles

    News - Middle East
    Israel has reported fresh rocket attacks from Gaza and confirmed it has attacked sites within the occupied strip, as a claim by a Palestinian armed group of a deal to end the clashes apparently crumbled. ...
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