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‘CAR exodus may cause catastrophic market collapse’

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Aid organisations have warned that the continued exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) could lead to a catastrophic market collapse. Oxfam and Action Against Hunger say fewer than 10 wholesalers remain in the capital, Bangui, with many considering leaving the country. As a result, they warn staple food supplies could dry up and prices rise. With 90% Read More

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EU agrees to launch negotiations with Cuba

February 10, 2014 - 0

The European Union has agreed to launch negotiations with Cuba aimed at restoring full bilateral relations with the Communist-run island. The talks, which could begin as soon as next month, will try to increase trade and investment, and include a dialogue on human rights, officials said. Since 1996, the EU has restricted its ties with Cuba to encourage multi-party democracy Read More

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Pakistan enters peace talks with Taliban

February 7, 2014 - 0

The first formal meeting between Pakistan’s government and a Taliban-nominated team has been held in Islamabad, officials say. The talks are aimed at charting a “roadmap” for negotiations that will try to end a decade-long insurgency. The government set out five conditions, including ending hostilities, saying a “journey for peace” had started. The Taliban team agreed to travel to the Read More

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Fire leaves several dead at South Africa mine

February 7, 2014 - 0

A fire and rock fall at South Africa’s Harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine near Johannesburg has left eight miners dead and one missing, the government said. The incident is the most serious accident in South Africa’s mines since nine workers died in a rock fall at a platinum mine in July 2009. “The situation is deeply regrettable,” Susan Shabangu, the mineral Read More

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Rwanda marks 20th remembrance of 1994 genocide

February 7, 2014 - 0

The Republic of Rwanda has marked the 20th remembrance (Kwibuka) of the 1994 genocide that ravaged the country in Abuja yesterday. The Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Habineza told newsmen during the commemoration of the genocide against Tutsis that the sad event was caused by manipulated ethnic division and hatred which led to the widespread killings. “What is Read More

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UN urges Central African Republic to ‘make example of’ lynchers

February 7, 2014 - 0

The UN envoy to the Central African Republic has urged the country to “make an example” of soldiers who lynched a man accused of being a rebel yesterday. The man was stabbed and beaten to death and then his body burned in the capital, Bangui. It happened just moments after interim President Catherine Samba-Panza finished speaking at an army ceremony. Read More

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US condemns Syrian regime barrel bomb raids

February 6, 2014 - 0

US Secretary of State John Kerry has hit out the “brutality” of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad for its sustained barrel bomb campaign. In a written statement released on Tuesday, Kerry said use of the bombs was reminding the world of the Assad regime’s “true colours.” “It is the latest barbaric act of a regime that has committed Read More

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Vatican must immediately remove child abusers – UN

February 6, 2014 - 0

The UN has demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers. The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children. In a report, it criticised Vatican attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion. The Vatican responded by saying it would examine the Read More

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Obamacare will reduce US workforce – Reports

February 6, 2014 - 0

President Barack Obama’s health law will cut the US workforce by the equivalent of more than two million workers, budget analysts said. The reductions will begin in 2017 after the law’s provisions take full effect, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in its report. Lower-income workers will be hardest hit, limiting their hours to avoid losing federal subsidies. Conservatives and Read More

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Central African Republic soldiers ‘lynch Seleka rebel’

February 6, 2014 - 0

Central African Republic soldiers have lynched a man accused of being a rebel, eyewitnesses allege, as violence continues to afflict the nation. The man was stabbed and beaten to death and then his body burned in the capital, Bangui. It happened just moments after interim President Catherine Samba-Panza finished speaking at an army ceremony. Separately, reports said rebels from the Read More

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Multiple explosions rock Iraqi capital

February 6, 2014 - 0

At least 37 people have been killed and scores injured after a series of blasts rocked Baghdad, some of them near the heavily-fortified Green Zone where key government offices are located, Iraqi officials said. The deadliest of Wednesday’s attacks took place across the street from the Foreign Ministry building, when two parked car bombs went off simultaneously in two different Read More

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Deadly blast hits bus of Yemeni soldiers

February 5, 2014 - 0

A bomb planted on a military bus has killed two in the latest string of violence hitting the Yemeni capital. Yemeni officials said the yesterday morning blast in Sanaa also wounded at least 10 soldiers. It hit as the bus was passing through the Dar Silm district, taking officers and troops to work. The officials, who have spoken on the Read More

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Bolivia: 29 killed in torrential rains so far this year

February 5, 2014 - 0

Officials in Bolivia say the number of people who have died due to torrential rain since the beginning of the year has risen to 29. More than 35,000 families have been affected by the rains and the flooding, the ministry of defence said. The worst affected province is Beni, in north-eastern Bolivia, where 10 people have died, followed by La Read More

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Jail terms for Saudis who join foreign fights

February 5, 2014 - 0

Citizens of Saudi Arabia who fight in conflicts outside the kingdom could receive prison sentences ranging from three to 20 years in jail. Saudi king Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz issued a royal decree on Monday, which said that any Saudi citizen who joins extremist terrorist groups or supports them materially or through incitement would face the punishment. The decree appeared Read More

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Millions at risk in Sahel food crisis, says UN

February 5, 2014 - 0

The UN is seeking $2bn this year to combat food insecurity in Africa’s Sahel region, where 1.2 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of violence. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos announced the appeal in Rome on Monday, saying “more people than ever” were at risk of hunger. The UN projects 20 million people to be at Read More

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Rwanda ex-spy chief tried in Paris on genocide charges

February 5, 2014 - 0

A French court has begun hearing the landmark trial of a former Rwandan intelligence chief charged with complicity in the 1994 genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa, who is paraplegic, was arrested in 2008 when he was living under an alias on France’s Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. He denies all of the charges. France has been accused of being too slow to Read More

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Tunisian MP killing suspect among dead in police raid

February 5, 2014 - 0

A suspect in the killings of two prominent Tunisian MPs has died in a clash with security forces, the country’s interior minister confirmed. Kamel Gadhgadhi was among seven militants killed in the raid on a house in Tunis. One policeman also died in the operation, which began on Monday afternoon. Tunisian security forces have fought a long campaign against Islamist Read More

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‘Nelson Mandela left $4m estate’

February 4, 2014 - 0

South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela left an estate provisionally valued at 46m rand ($4.13m; £2.53m), the executors of his will have said. The Mandela family trust will receive $130,000, plus royalties. Others to benefit include the governing ANC, personal staff and several schools. Mr Mandela’s third wife, Graca Machel, was likely to waive her claims to the estate, the Read More

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‘Outsider’ Solis leads in Costa Rica presidential vote

February 4, 2014 - 0

With more than 80% of the votes counted in Costa Rica’s presidential election, Luis Guillermo Solis of the left-leaning Citizens’ Action Party has a one-percentage-point lead. Mr Solis, 55, edged ahead of the governing National Liberation Party’s Johnny Araya, 56, who had led in opinion polls and early vote returns. If Mr Solis wins in the 6 April run-off, it Read More

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Iraq: Baghdad car bombings leave 14 dead

February 4, 2014 - 0

At least 14 people have been killed in a series of car bombings in and around Baghdad, Iraqi officials have said. Police said car bombs exploded in the Hurriya and Baladiyat districts of the capital, while two others went off in the nearby town of Mahmoudiya. Four bodies, all with gunshots to the head and signs of torture, were also Read More

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Mombasa riots after Kenya police raid mosque

February 4, 2014 - 0

More than 100 people arrested in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa during Sunday’s riots over a police raid on a mosque have appeared in court. Police said Islamist militants were carrying out training in the mosque. At least two people are feared dead after protesters threw stones at the police, who responded with live rounds and teargas. Kenya has Read More

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Africa Sahel belt region faces ‘desperate food crisis’

February 4, 2014 - 0

The UN has appealed for more than $2bn to care for 20 million “food insecure” people across Africa’s Sahel belt, an impoverished area that includes Sudan and Central African Republic. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says conflicts in these countries and elsewhere meant the situation for many was still desperate. The belt is a semi-arid area stretching Read More

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Obama urges Guantanamo closure this year

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President Barack Obama told Americans that 2014 should be the year to finally close the US prison at Guantanamo Bay as the United States winds down its military role in Afghanistan and shifts away from a “permanent war footing”. In his annual State of the Union address on Wednesday, Obama renewed his old vow – dating back to the start Read More