N Korea advances plans to launch rocket

2016-02-06 17:15

North Korea says it has brought forward plans to launch a rocket and the event could now occur as early as Sunday, Japanese media reported.

Leftwing Israel NGOs condemn harassment

2016-02-06 16:18

Israeli leftwing NGOs have jointly condemned attempts to depict their leaders as foreign agents, saying claims have led to harassment and death threats.

US, France accuse Assad of undermining Syria peace talks

2016-02-04 09:37

The US and France have accused President Bashar Assad's regime of undermining talks to end Syria's civil war, which were suspended hours before donors were due to meet to raise aid for the conflict-torn country.

Blast on Somalia airliner points to bomb: pilot, expert

2016-02-03 19:31

A blast that ripped a hole in a commercial airliner shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital, was probably caused by a bomb, aviation experts and the pilot who landed it safely say.

Libyan lawmakers sacked for signing UN-backed unity deal

2016-02-03 07:34

Libya's unrecognised Islamist-backed parliament on Tuesday dismissed 10 lawmakers who signed a UN-brokered deal to set up a national unity government, members said.

British woman who took toddler to join ISIS jailed for 6 years

2016-02-01 13:37

A judge has sentenced a British woman to 6 years in prison for going to Syria to join ISIS.

Netanyahu warns Gaza militants against attacking

2016-02-01 12:05

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Hamas that his country will retaliate with 'greater force' than deployed in the 2014 Gaza war if cross-border tunnels are used to attack Israel.

Dozens killed by bombs in Syria, clouding UN peace session

2016-02-01 09:25

A triple bombing has killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shi'ite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Burundi defiant as Africa leaders debate peacekeeping force

2016-01-30 10:58

African Union efforts to approve a peacekeeping force for troubled Burundi faced tough challenges as leaders met ahead of an unprecedented vote on the potential deployment of 5 000 troops.

China accuses Canadian of carrying out spying missions

2016-01-29 13:24

China says it has evidence that a Canadian man charged with spying and stealing Chinese state secrets carried out assignments for Canadian intelligence agencies.


Al-Qaeda claims kidnap of Australians

2016-02-06 17:15

An al-Qaeda group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of Australian doctor Ken Elliott and his wife Jocelyn and now a spokesperson says she will be released.

Twitter moves to seek out terror supporters

2016-02-06 10:55

Twitter says it is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is proactively looking at other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal.

EU appeals for Libyan unity government, warns of chaos

2016-02-04 08:23

The EU is urging Libya's factions to support a broad-based unity government or face the prospect of more chaos.

Japan readies to 'destroy' North Korea rocket

2016-02-03 12:32

Japan has vowed to shoot down any missiles or rockets fired over its territory after North Korea announced plans to launch a satellite in the coming days.

Amnesty slams recall of Nigerian officer it accuses of war crimes

2016-02-01 13:47

Amnesty International has slammed the reinstatement of a senior Nigerian army officer it wants probed for war crimes and the mass murder of detainees in the fight against Boko Haram.

South Sudan troops suffocated 50 people in container

2016-02-01 13:01

South Sudan government troops have killed some 50 people by stuffing them into a shipping container in baking heat, ceasefire monitors say in a report.

Qaeda seizes southern Yemeni town

2016-02-01 11:08

Yemeni security officials say a local al-Qaeda affiliate has seized a town from southern separatists, setting up checkpoints at its entrances and besieging government buildings

Bar targeted in Burkina jihadist attacks defiantly reopens

2016-02-01 08:29

Two weeks after jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso riddled the Taxi-Brousse bar with bullet holes during an assault in the capital that left 30 dead, the venue has reopened with staff saying they refuse to live in fear.

Cyber attack targets British bank

2016-01-29 18:00

British bank HSBC said it had successfully repelled a cyber attack although online access to banking services was not possible.

Possible 5 mass graves found in Burundi - Amnesty

2016-01-29 10:45

New satellite images, video footage and witness accounts show that dozens of people killed by Burundian security forces in December were later buried in mass graves, Amnesty International says.

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