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Boko Haram under scrutiny over foreign fighters claim

Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:51
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Cameroon's claims this week that two Tuareg fighters were among the dead when troops bombarded Boko Haram positions have sparked fresh interest in the group's links to the wider jihadi network. Communication minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary did not elaborate on the nationality of the foreigners, who were among the more than 100 killed during an attempted cross-border raid at the weekend. But with the Tuareg spread across Mali and Algeria, which…
'I miss you so much, Daddy'
Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:51
NEW YORK (AP) — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Barack Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S. Family and friends of those who died read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the…
Gbagbo facing trial for crimes against humanity
Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:50
The Hague (AFP) - The International Criminal Court on Thursday confirmed that Ivory coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo will face trial for crimes against humanity, throwing out an appeal by the defence. "Preliminary Chamber I rejected the defence's request to appeal against the decision relative to the confirmation of the charges," the court based in The Hague said in a statement. No date has yet been set for the trial of Gbagbo on four counts…
Islamic State kidnaps 20 Iraqi villagers
Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:50
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Islamic State jihadists kidnapped Thursday 20 people in a northern Iraqi village suspected of forming a local group to fight them, a security official and witnesses said. The kidnappings were carried out in Kirkuk province by dozens of fighters from IS, which led a major offensive that overran large areas of Iraq in June. Militants abducted 50 people from a second village in Kirkuk province last week after residents burned one…
Stringent new abortion rule in Missouri
Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:50
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's most stringent waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest. The new requirement will take effect 30 days after Wednesday's vote by the Republican-led Legislature, overruling the veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. He had denounced the measure as "extreme and disrespectful" toward women.
Score one for sharks: New curbs on threatening trade
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:50
Geneva (AFP) - Seven threatened species of shark and ray are to get greater protection, as a historic agreement aimed at safeguarding the world's oldest predator takes effect, conservationists said Thursday. The 178 members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed in March 2013 to tighten regulations on the trade of the three types of hammerhead shark, the porbeagle and oceanic whitetip shark, and two types of manta ray.
Obama speech seriously ruffles Syria
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:50
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Any foreign intervention in Syria would be an act of aggression unless it is approved by Damascus, a Syrian government minister said on Thursday, after the United States said it was prepared to strike against Islamic State militants in the country. Syria has repeatedly warned that any action on its soil needs its approval and has said it is willing to work with any country to tackle Islamic State fighters who have…
McCain, Carney crossfire on CNN coverage of Obama speech
Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:49
Sen. John McCain and former White House press secretary Jay Carney got into a heated exchange on CNN following President Barack Obama's primetime speech Wednesday. Carney — named as a CNN contributor just hours before the speech — and the Arizona Republican argued over the Obama administration's foreign policy, with McCain accusing Carney of rewriting history about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. “Facts are stubborn things, Mr. Carney,” McCain said. “[President Obama's] entire…
Adjournment on 'culpable homicide'
Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:49
Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp. The stunning development was revealed as Judge Thokozile Masipa read her summation of the evidence Thursday in front of a packed courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, and a worldwide television audience. Masipa has yet to hand down her final decision, which will come Friday. She did reveal in the waning moments of Thursday's summation that she determined Pistorious to have been "negligent," which means…
'Blade Runner' won't be found guilty of murder
Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:48
Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp. The stunning development was revealed as Judge Thokozile Masipa read her summation of the evidence Thursday in front of a packed courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, and a worldwide television audience. Masipa has yet to hand down her final decision, which will come Friday. She did reveal in the waning moments of Thursday's summation that she determined Pistorious to have been "negligent," which means…

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