Category: International News

Mandela statue unveiled in Pretoria

Mandela statue unveiled in Pretoria

A statue of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, has been unveiled in the capital, Pretoria, a day after he was buried. The nine-metre (30ft) bronze statue has been erected at the Union Buildings, the government headquarters. The statue, with Mr Mandela’s hands reaching outward, was intended to show that he had embraced the [&hellip

South Sudan quashes coup attempt

South Sudan quashes coup attempt

The South Sudanese president says an attempted coup has been defeated, following a night of fighting in the capital, Juba. President Salva Kiir said in a statement that the government is now in full control of the security situation in Juba. He blamed soldiers loyal to former deputy president, Riek Machar, for starting the fighting. [&hellip

‘Heavy toll’ since Nigeria emergency

‘Heavy toll’ since Nigeria emergency

​The UN says more than 1,200 people have been killed in Islamist-related violence in north-east Nigeria since a state of emergency was declared in May. The UN said the figure related to killings of civilians and the military by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. It also includes [&hellip

Ex-mayor’s genocide jail term raised

Ex-mayor’s genocide jail term raised

A Rwandan ex-mayor found guilty of genocide by a UN-back war crimes tribunal in 2011 has had his sentence extended from 15 to 25 years on appeal. Gregoire Ndahimana was found guilty of failing to intervene when police under his command in Kivumu attacked a church where ethnic Tutsis were sheltering. Both he and the [&hellip

Diana was not murdered by SAS: Police

Diana was not murdered by SAS: Police

British police officials say they have concluded their latest investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, but found “no credible evidence” she was murdered by a member of the British military. “The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) undertook a scoping exercise to assess the relevance and credibility of that information,” the force said in [&hellip

21 found dead after Congo attacks

21 found dead after Congo attacks

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has found the bodies of 21 people, some decapitated, after attacks in the African country’s troubled east. The UN mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, said in a statement issued on Monday that the people were killed in a wave of attacks in North [&hellip

‘Italy could witness violent protests’

‘Italy could witness violent protests’

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has warned that Italy may suffer from violent social disorder if reforms are not adopted to help citizens. People “could get involved in haphazard and even violent protests in an extreme and unfruitful surge of total opposition to politics and institutions,” Napolitano said in an address at the presidential palace in Rome on [&hellip

California wildfire grows to 500 acres

California wildfire grows to 500 acres

A wildfire that broke out late Sunday night along the Big Sur coast, California, burned at least 15 homes by Monday evening and forced dozens of others to evacuate, fire officials said. The 500-acre blaze, which started near Pfeiffer Ridge Road in the Los Padres National Forest, was fueled by strong winds and was not [&hellip

Five teens shot in Texas shooting

Five teens shot in Texas shooting

Police said they had yet to sort out what led to gunfire that left five teenagershospitalized with gunshot wounds in Channelview, Texas. “Was it one group against each other or two separate groups? That’s the biggest part of what we’re trying to find out,” said Harris County Deputy Sheriff Thomas Gilliland. Police found an unidentified [&hellip

UN urges emergency aid for Syria

UN urges emergency aid for Syria

The UN’s humanitarian agency has called for emergency aid for the Syrian people affected by the crisis in the Arab country. On Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it and other international aid agencies need a record $12.9 billion in emergency aid in the year 2014 to help people [&hellip