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Nigeria: Death toll in Nigeria attack hits 85
29th Jan 2014

Nigeria: Death toll in Nigeria attack hits 85

  ABUJA, (Xinhua): Death toll of an attack by gunmen in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno hit 85 when rescue operators found more dead bodies while combing the area for casualties on Tuesday, a local official told Xinhua two days … Continued

29th Jan 2014

UN: EU troops mandated for Central African Republic mission

The UN Security Council has authorized the deployment of EU troops to the Central African Republic to assist French and African Union units who are trying to stem sectarian violence.  The European Union’s decision last week to send up to … Continued

29th Jan 2014

Egypt: Mursi in court: “Don’t you know who I am?”

Ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi lashed out at a judge Tuesday during his trial on charges of breaking out of prison, a day after Egypt’s military endorsed the army chief who deposed him as a presidential candidate. Mursi, who faces … Continued

27th Jan 2014

Tunisia passes constitution, interim PM Jomaa names caretaker cabinet

  Tunisia’s interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has named a new caretaker government designed to steer Tunisia towards new elections. Parliament has also overwhelmingly approved a new constitution.  Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Sunday presented his new cabinet, which … Continued

26th Jan 2014

Egypt rocked by protests, violence on revolution’s anniversary

Anti-government protesters and security forces have clashed in Egypt, leaving several people dead. Meanwhile, a police station in Sinai has been rocked by an explosion one day after a series of bomb attacks in Cairo. Thousands of pro-military demonstrators marched … Continued

24th Jan 2014

South Sudan government and opposition sign agreement

The South Sudan government and its opponents have signed a ceasefire agreement, ending over a month of deadly clashes. The conflict has left thousands dead and driven more than half a million from their homes. Representatives from South Sudan’s government … Continued

24th Jan 2014

Egypt’s Salafis: Inheriting the brotherhood and courting the Regime

By Abdel Rahman Youssef Cairo, (Al-Akhbar): In the midst of its scramble to inherit the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafi Nour Party of Egypt is dithering between the challenges of maintaining its ideological consistency and expanding its role. The Nour Party … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Central African Republic: UN expert warns risk of genocide

A United Nations expert has warned the current unrest in the Central African Republic puts the country at a “high risk” of genocide. UN envoys, meanwhile, have urged a stronger military mission there. Adama Dieng, the UN’s chief special adviser … Continued

20th Jan 2014

Central African Republic: Parliament decides on new leader amid fatal clashes

The Red Cross has said dozens were killed in renewed violence in the Central African Republic. The trouble comes as parliament tries to elect a new interim leader, and the EU mulls its response. The International Committee of the Red … Continued

18th Jan 2014

South Sudan: UN warns of atrocities in South Sudan as negotiations in Ethiopia falter

The UN’s top humanitarian official has announced evidence of mass atrocities by both sides in South Sudan’s conflict. A political dispute that began in December has led to ethnic bloodshed and mass displacement.  Ivan Simonovic, UN assistant secretary-general for human … Continued

17th Jan 2014

South Sudan: Report documents ethnic killings as Uganda joins South Sudan fight

Ethnic killing of civilians by both government forces and rebels is “widespread” in South Sudan, according to a human rights group. The news comes after confirmation Uganda has troops fighting in the conflict.   The United Nations believes  around 10,000 … Continued

17th Jan 2014

Egypt: Al Jazeera rejects claims staff detained in Egypt ‘confessed’ to joining the Muslim Brotherhood

Al Jazeera has rejected claims made by Egypt’s state prosecutors that its detained staff had confessed to joining the Muslim Brotherhood. On Thursday, Egyptian state prosecutors said some of the al-Jazeera English reporters, who were detained last month, had confessed … Continued

16th Jan 2014

Egypt: Overwhelming approval for Egyptian constitution

State sources in Egypt have said that partial results indicate clear support for the country’s latest constitution. This paper’s main opponents, the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, had advocated boycotting the ballot. State media and government sources in Egypt said late on … Continued

15th Jan 2014

Egypt returns to the polls in second day of constitutional vote

The final day of voting in Egypt’s controversial constitutional referendum is underway. It is the first time the country has voted since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in a military-backed coup last July. Egyptians are heading to the polls … Continued

South Sudan: At least 250 people drown in the Nile as they were fleeing fighting
14th Jan 2014

South Sudan: At least 250 people drown in the Nile as they were fleeing fighting

[Photo: 250 people drowned as they escaped Malakal city, capital of Upper Nile State, South Sudan]   KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): At least 250 people have drowned as they were travelling on a boat from Malakal, capital of the Upper Nile State … Continued

13th Jan 2014

Sudan: Up to 10,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Sudan

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): Up to 10,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Sudan since violent clashes erupted in their country last September, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announced Sunday. “Up to 10,000 people, most of who are nomads, … Continued

12th Jan 2014

Central African Republic: Ex-President Djotodia headed to Benin

The Central African Republic’s former president has sought asylum in Benin. Celebration – followed by violence and widespread looting – erupted in the capital of CAR after the resignation of the ex-rebel president. Michel Djotodia, a rebel leader from the … Continued

11th Jan 2014

Somalia: US deploys military advisors to Somalia

  Washington has deployed a handful of military advisors to Somalia. The advisors are tasked with helping African Union (AU) troops defeat the al-Shabab militant group.  The deployment of the military advisors marks the first time that US troops have … Continued

11th Jan 2014

CAR: EU signals support for peacekeeping force in Central African Republic

EU diplomats have signalled preliminary support for a plan to deploy peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR). The proposed EU force would back up French and African peacekeepers already in the country. Ambassadors from the EU’s 28 member states … Continued

11th Jan 2014

South Sudan Govt retakes capital of oil-rich Unity state

    South Sudanese government forces have retaken the city of Bentiu, capital of oil-rich Unity state. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on President Salva Kiir to release political prisoners.  South Sudan military spokesman Philip Aguer said that … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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