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Mali gov’t, fighters hold peace talks

Mali gov’t, fighters hold peace talks

The Malian government and armed groups have begun tough negotiations in Algeria to reach a peace deal. The talks, launched in Algeria’s capital Algiers on Wednesday, come after a prisoner swap. Before the talks, the Malian foreign minister and top negotiator said the government is willing to go as far as possible to strike an [&hellip

Russia arrests two over train crash

Russia arrests two over train crash

Russian authorities have detained two metro workers in the capital, Moscow, as investigations into a deadly train crash continue. The Russian Investigative Committee said on Wednesday that it had arrested maintenance foreman Valary Bashkatov and his assistant Yury Gordov for questioning. The committee also said that the two would be charged with safety breaches. On [&hellip

China removes controversial oil rig

China removes controversial oil rig

A Chinese petroleum firm has announced that an oil rig that had caused a major diplomatic row with Vietnam over drilling in disputed waters has finished its work and is being removed. China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said in a Wednesday statement that it would now assess the data collected by the oil rig. “Signs [&hellip

UN urges enforcement of ISIL sanctions

UN urges enforcement of ISIL sanctions

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the members of the world body to implement the sanctions imposed on Takfiri ISIL terrorists. “Member states must meet their obligation to implement and enforce the targeted financial sanctions, arms embargo and travel ban imposed on ISIS (ISIL),” the UN chief wrote in a report [&hellip

CAR clashes displace thousands

CAR clashes displace thousands

People displaced by the recent clashes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari have flocked into the capital, Bangui. Local press reports indicated that thousands of people entered Bangui on Tuesday following fresh clashes between the so-called anti-Balaka Christian militants and Muslim Seleka forces in Bambari, which forced them to leave their homes. [&hellip

Liverpool seal Markovic swoop

Liverpool seal Markovic swoop

Liverpool have completed the signing of Serbian forward Lazar Markovic from Portuguese champions Benfica. The 20-year-old forward, who can play as a winger or as a conventional striker, has signed what the Reds are describing as a “long-term’” deal. The transfer fee is in the region of £20million and Markovic is excited about the switch. [&hellip

Cargo ship rocketed into space

Cargo ship rocketed into space

A private US company has rocket-launched a supplies-laden cargo ship towards International Space Station. Contracted by the US space agency, Orbital Sciences Corporation shot Cygnus into space this weekend, the cargo carrier having been loaded with meals for astronauts, equipment and science experiments. The ISS robotic arm is to take hold of the vessel, which [&hellip

Israeli attacks kill 205 Palestinians

Israeli attacks kill 205 Palestinians

The Israeli regime’s offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip has been going on for more than a week, resulting in the killing of over 200 people. At least two people were killed and several others injuried in the Israeli airstrikes on al-Zaytoun neighborhood of eastern Gaza City and Khan Yunis on Tuesday. The latest incidents [&hellip

1000s flee as typhoon hits Philippines

1000s flee as typhoon hits Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos have sheltered in evacuation centers as a strong typhoon pounded the country’s eastern coast. Some 300,000 people were forced to leave homes in Sorsogon, Albay and four other provinces which are at risk of flooding and landslides on Tuesday. Typhoon Rammasun hit the city of Legazpi in Bicol region on [&hellip

Chibok parents shun Nigerian president

Chibok parents shun Nigerian president

​A meeting between Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and the family members of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Takfiri militants has been canceled. Jonathan was due to meet some parents of the victims, as well as several girls who escaped captivity hours after the attack in the remote town of Chibok in the [&hellip