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Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia as truce nears end

Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia as truce nears end

June 26, – As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return. Many said they were most frightened for their children and desperate to take them to safety. A commander […]

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30 new arrests as Israel intensifies West Bank hunt for teens

30 new arrests as Israel intensifies West Bank hunt for teens

June 19, – Israeli troops arrested some 30 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight as they ramped up a search for three teenagers believed kidnapped by Hamas, the army said on Thursday. The arrests raised the number of Palestinians detained since the youths went missing a week ago to 280, around three-quarters of them members […]

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Syrian forces kill 31 in Aleppo barrel-bomb attack

Syrian forces kill 31 in Aleppo barrel-bomb attack

June 16, – At least 31 people were killed in barrel bomb attacks in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Monday, a monitoring group said. Barrel bomb attacks are strikes in which helicopters drop highly destructive improvised explosives. Western powers have condemned their use as a war crime, but they continue to be used almost […]

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Bosnia, Serbia flooding kills many, landslides cause widescale devastation

Bosnia, Serbia flooding kills many, landslides cause widescale devastation

May 20, – Bosnia has said that more than a quarter of its 4m people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory. As if the catastrophic flooding weren’t enough, the region is also dealing with a host of other consequences from the flooding, including land mines, landslides and […]

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Israel offers to help Nigeria find abducted schoolgirls

Israel offers to help Nigeria find abducted schoolgirls

May 11, – Israel offered Nigeria help on Sunday in locating 200 schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram in an attack that has drawn global condemnation and prompted some Western powers to provide assistance. Israel expresses deep shock at the crime against the girls,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office quoted him […]

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Hundreds of girls abducted, forced to marry Nigerian extremists

Hundreds of girls abducted, forced to marry Nigerian extremists

Apr 30, – Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civil society group reported Wednesday. Parents say the girls are being sold into marriage to Boko Haram militants for 2,000 naira ($12), Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People’s Forum told […]

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German neo-Nazis hold concerts, celebrate Hitler’s 125th birthday in France

German neo-Nazis hold concerts, celebrate Hitler’s 125th birthday in France

Apr 29, – German neo-Nazis, hamstrung by tough laws back home, are increasingly organising bashes across the French border, including a recent commemoration of Adolf Hitler’s 125th birth anniversary. Facing intense media scrutiny in Germany and a slew of tough legislation, many neo-Nazis have turned to surrounding countries to stage concerts and other events, including […]

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Myanmar: Desperate and lonely Rohingya kids flee by boat

Myanmar: Desperate and lonely Rohingya kids flee by boat

Apr 27, – The two children stood on the beach, at the end of the only world they knew, torn between land and sea. In the smoke and chaos, the siblings became separated from their family. Despite pleas from the United Nations, which considers the Rohingya to be among the most persecuted groups on earth, […]

April 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly shootout in east

Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly shootout in east

Apr 20, – Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead. The Ukrainian […]

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‘We are not dead yet’ Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S Korea ferry

‘We are not dead yet’ Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S Korea ferry

April 17, – Mom, this might be my last chance to tell you I love you, one boy reportedly said. “I love you too, why are you saying that?” the mother replied, but received no response. Another student texted her father, “Dad I can’t get out, the ship is slanted too much.” He replied, “Well […]

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