US, Nato mark end of mission to Afghanistan

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The US and Nato have formally ended their war in Afghanistan with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul, as the insurgency remains as ferocious as at any time since the 2001 invasion.

Regime strikes kill 37 civilians in Syria - group

2014-12-26 13:27

Syrian regime air strikes killed at least 37 civilians, including seven children, in strongholds of the Islamic State jihadist group, a monitoring group says.

Jordan denies claims ISIS shot down warplane

2014-12-26 10:57

Jordan's military has denied claims by the Islamic State group which said it shot down one of its warplanes which crashed in Syria, after the pilot was captured by the jihadists.

Kenya refuses to suspend tough anti-terrorism law

2014-12-25 12:08

The High Court of Kenya has declined to suspend a tough new anti-terrorism law that the opposition says violates human rights, local media report.

Pirates hijack military gunboat in Nigeria

2014-12-23 14:07

Nigeria's military says pirates hijacked a military gunboat and three soldiers are missing after the ambush in the southern oil-rich state of Bayelsa.

Al-Qaeda 'bursting with pain' over school attack

2014-12-21 15:38

Al-Qaeda's regional branch says its hearts were "bursting with pain" over the Taliban's massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces.

Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint

2014-12-21 10:36

An Afghan official says seven policemen have been killed in a northern province after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents.

Korkie family to use donations for 'fresh start'

2014-12-20 11:01

The R1.7m that was raised to help kidnap victim Pierre Korkie and his family after his expected release in Yemen, will now assist his widow and children start afresh, a family spokesperson says.

Parents identify spy son as part of US-Cuba trade

2014-12-19 11:17

A former intelligence official in the US has publicly identified their son as the unnamed spy traded for three Cuban intelligence agents jailed in the US.

Pakistan: 59 militants killed after school massacre

2014-12-19 09:27

Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the army says, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people, most of them children.

28 killed in CAR violence - Police

2014-12-18 11:38

At least 28 people have been killed and dozens were injured in the latest clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic, police say.

Pope weighs in on US-Cuba talks, hails move

2014-12-18 10:25

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for the breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as 'historic' in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Miami Cubans slam Obama's 'betrayal'

2014-12-18 09:21

Cubans in Miami's Little Havana have reacted with anger to President Barack Obama's dramatic bid to end a half-decade Cold War with the communist-ruled island.

Yemeni Shi'ite rebels take over state newspaper

2014-12-17 16:24

Yemen's official news agency says the country's powerful Shi'ite have stormed the building of the nation's main state newspaper and ousted the chief editor.

Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

2014-12-17 14:12

Hillary Clinton says she's proud to have been part of an administration that worked to ban brutal interrogations and says the US should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.

Pressure mounting on Pakistan govt to act

2014-12-17 08:43

Pakistan is mourning after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which has shocked the nation, with pressure rising on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government.

'We will account for every drop of our children's blood'

2014-12-17 07:13

The massacre of innocent children has horrified Pakistan, a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks. Pakistan's teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai — herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting — says she is "heartbroken" by the bloodshed.

Taliban gunmen take 500 students hostage in Pakistan

2014-12-16 09:37

Taliban militants have attacked an army-run school in north-west Pakistan, taking over 500 students hostages, with at least two students reportedly wounded.

Australia's foreign affairs dept evacuated over suspicious package - police

2014-12-16 06:58

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen.

Hostages' safety the priority – Aussie police chief

2014-12-15 15:43

Sydney's police chief says the main goal, regardless of how long it takes, is to get hostages being held in a café in the CBD out there safely.

Nightmare before Christmas in Sydney

2014-12-15 12:13

A pre-Christmas nightmare is being played out inside the Lindt cafe on Sydney's Martin Place, as a gunman continues to hold hostages, leaving Australians shocked and fearful.

Sydney hostage taker demands to speak to Abbott

2014-12-15 10:18

A man holding hostages in a Sydney cafe has asked for an ISIS flag to be delivered to him. He also warned that four bombs have been planted around the city and demanded to speak to Prime Minister Abbott.

Contact made with Sydney hostage-taker - police

2014-12-15 06:59

Australian police say negotiators had been in contact with the gunman holding hostages in a Sydney cafe siege but refused to speculate on his possible motivation.

Libyan forces repel Islamist attack on oil region

2014-12-13 19:13

Islamist fighters have launched a three-pronged attack on a key oil region in eastern Libya but were pushed back by pro-government forces, military officials say.

CIA may have paid SA ‘lump sum’ for torture centres

2014-12-12 11:52

America’s war on terror in the wake of the 9/11 attacks would not have been possible without the help of allies, but what does the CIA’s torture report reveal of South Africa’s involvement?


Egyptian Coptic teen seized in Libya found dead

2014-12-26 12:33

An Egyptian Coptic Christian teenager abducted in Libya by armed men who killed her parents has been found dead, a hospital source says.

On Christmas Obama marks end of Afghan combat

2014-12-26 09:03

President Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world.

Police to appeal key points ruling

2014-12-23 18:28

The police ministry has lodged papers in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to challenge the court's ruling that it should disclose the names of 200 national key points, a spokesperson says.

Homemade bomb kills three at bus station

2014-12-21 10:36

An explosion in the parking lot of a bus station has killed three people and wounded five others in India's remote northeastern state.

Activists slam Pakistan for resuming executions

2014-12-20 12:13

Rights groups have condemned Pakistan's decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead.

FBI: North Korea behind Sony hack

2014-12-19 21:49

North Korea was responsible for a "destructive" cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has said Friday.

UN mission to bring peace to DRC 'has stalled'

2014-12-19 10:57

The multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of DRC is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group has warned.

Australia won’t kick out asylum babies

2014-12-18 13:19

Thirty one babies born to asylum-seeking parents in Australia will be allowed to stay in the country in a 'one-off' arrangement, the immigration minister says.

Western sanctions on Russia may last for decades

2014-12-18 11:05

Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last 'for a very long time', Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev says.

Pakistan PM vows to crush militants after school massacre

2014-12-18 09:41

Pakistani forces have intensified their offensive against Islamist militants, killing 57 rebels in fresh airstrikes and moving ground troops deep into their strongholds, the military says.

Hillary Clinton backs Obama move on Cuba

2014-12-18 07:25

Former US Secretary of State and potential presidential contender Hillary Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama's move to establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostile relations.

Pakistan brings back death penalty after attack

2014-12-17 11:03

Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister's office announced, a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school.

Congolese M23 rebels flee Uganda camp

2014-12-17 08:41

A Ugandan military spokesperson says scores of Congo's M23 rebels have fled the camp where they were being held ahead of repatriation to Congo.

12 dead, others ‘critical’ in Taliban hostage crisis

2014-12-16 10:29

Twelve people have died and a further 28 students are injured after Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students and teachers hostage at a school in the north-western city of Peshawar.

'Bomb threat' causes delays at Zurich airport

2014-12-16 07:48

A bomb threat has caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of Switzerland's main airport in Zurich before security forces gave the all-clear, reports and officials say.

Australian Muslim groups condemn Sydney siege

2014-12-15 15:43

More than 40 Australian Muslim groups have jointly condemned a siege at a Sydney café in which hostages were taken by an armed man.

Australians band together with 'I'll ride with you'

2014-12-15 13:29

Amid widespread attention on the hostage situation at a local Sydney cafe, ordinary Australians have taken to social media to defend the rights of ordinary Muslims with the trending #illridewithyou.

There could be more assailants - Sydney police

2014-12-15 10:59

Australian police have locked down Sydney's major business centre after an armed man took patrons hostage at a cafe. Police say they know of one armed assailant involved in the incident, but there could be more.

Sydney siege: Hostages forced to hold Islamic flag

2014-12-15 09:14

Hostages in a Sydney siege drama have been forced to display an Islamic 'Shahada' flag. While five hostages have managed to flee the local cafe, the area remains locked down.

US Congress passes fresh sanctions on Russia

2014-12-14 11:15

The US Congress has unanimously approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia and lethal weapons for Kiev, defying President Obama.

South Africans mourn slain compatriots

2014-12-12 18:33

Mourners in Bloemfontein and Pretoria have prayed and sang hymns during separate funeral services for four South Africans who were killed in conflicts in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Torture offered useful, valuable info - CIA chief

2014-12-12 06:52

CIA Director John Brennan has struck back at a US Senate report that accused the agency of torturing terror detainees, acknowledging that "abhorrent" tactics were used but defending the overall interrogation programme for saving lives after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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