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Al Shabaab raids Somali African Union base, many killed| Reuters

Sep 02, 2015

Al Shabaab raids Somali African Union base, many killed| Reuters

MOGADISHU Al Shabaab militants stormed an African Union base in southern Somalia on Tuesday, where they say they killed 50 peacekeepers, in what the AU mission called a "heinous" attack. The al Qaeda-aligned militants said one of their fighters rammed a car bomb into the base, in Janale, about 90 km (55 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu, and then gunmen poured inside. The African Union peacekeeping mission, known as AMISOM, did not immediately release casualty figures for the attack, which came roughly a year after al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a U.S. #Business #Technology #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #Kenya #Entertainment
Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees| Reuters

Sep 02, 2015

Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees| Reuters

REYKJAVIK Four percent of Iceland's population has joined a Facebook page seeking to have the country take in more people escaping the Syrian conflict, prompting the government to consider it. Around 12,000 people from a population of little over 300,000 joined the Facebook page #India #Middle East #United Kingdom #Sweden #Turkey #Latin America
Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria's Palmyra - U.N.| Reuters

Sep 01, 2015

Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria's Palmyra - U.N.| Reuters

BEIRUT Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. A comparison of before and after images shows the damage to the temple at the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Geneva-based United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said. "We can confirm the destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity," the agency said in an email #Technology #Middle East #science #markets #crisis #Entertainment
With election near, Tsipras faces widening rift within Syriza| Reuters

Aug 29, 2015

With election near, Tsipras faces widening rift within Syriza| Reuters

ATHENS Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras has seen off a threat from far-left rebels but his anti-austerity-turned-pro-bailout Syriza party is struggling through a deeply divisive identity crisis weeks before a national election. Just hours after Tsipras resigned as prime minister last week to pave the way for early elections, a sixth of Syriza's lawmakers broke away to form their own party to fight the 86 billion euro bailout package their former boss signed up to. The break-up initially allowed Tsipras to clear out his party's ranks of the vocal, anti-bailout faction that openly defied him in parliament. #Business #Technology #Middle East #science #markets
Libya recovers 105 bodies after migrant boat sinks, more feared dead| Reuters

Aug 29, 2015

Libya recovers 105 bodies after migrant boat sinks, more feared dead| Reuters

ZUWARA, Libya Libya recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea and said almost 100 more people were missing and feared dead. The vessel sank on Thursday after leaving Zuwara, a major launchpad for smugglers shipping migrants to Italy by exploiting a security vacuum in Libya where rival governments are fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. #Middle East #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #Foreign policy #opinion
New Turkish cabinet includes opposition, but little policy change seen | Reuters

Aug 29, 2015

New Turkish cabinet includes opposition, but little policy change seen | Reuters

ANKARA Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appointed nationalist and pro-Kurdish opposition politicians to an interim power-sharing cabinet on Friday, but left his finance and economy ministers unchanged in a team dominated by ruling party loyalists. Davutoglu was forced to form the temporary cabinet after his AK Party failed to find a junior coalition partner following the loss of its parliamentary majority in a June election which ended more than a decade of single-party rule. The uncertainty has unnerved investors in Turkey's $870 billion economy and comes as it battles Kurdish militants at home and Islamic State fighters on its borders, helping send the lira currency to a series of record lows. #Middle East #Europe #Turkey #Latin America #opinion
French Socialists see reason to hope with Greens in turmoil| Reuters

Aug 29, 2015

French Socialists see reason to hope with Greens in turmoil| Reuters

LA ROCHELLE, France French Socialists welcomed a decision by two senior Green lawmakers to split away and create a new movement to support them, saying on Friday it would strengthen the Left's hand in regional and presidential elections. The extra support could be key for Socialist President Francois Hollande's chances to get re-elected in 2017 as well as for regional elections in December. The Greens were a junior ally in Hollande's government until they decided last year to leave, angered by what they said was a move toward more centrist economic and social policies #United States #Middle East #United Kingdom #Latin America #Entertainment
Peru hit by 5.5 magnitude quake, no reports of damage or injuries| Reuters

Aug 29, 2015

Peru hit by 5.5 magnitude quake, no reports of damage or injuries| Reuters

LIMA A 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in the Peruvian capital Lima on Friday but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake struck near the province of Yauyos, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of Lima, at a depth of 94 km (59 miles), Peru's Geophysical Institute said. (Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Chris Reese and James Dalgleish) #Economy #Middle East #science #markets #United Kingdom #Peru #opinion
Greece's Syriza to win election but face setback, polls show| Reuters

Aug 29, 2015

Greece's Syriza to win election but face setback, polls show| Reuters

ATHENS Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was hoping for, the first opinion polls since he resigned last week showed on Friday. #Business #Technology #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom