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France conditions recognizing Palestine

France conditions recognizing Palestine

France’s foreign minister says the country will recognize Palestine as a state should Israeli-Palestinian negotiations fail to resolve the conflict between the two sides. Paris supports United Nations plans for a two-year extension of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Laurent Fabius said on Friday during a National Assembly debate over a draft resolution on [&hellip

Bomb blasts kill over 100 in N Nigeria

Bomb blasts kill over 100 in N Nigeria

​At least 120 people have lost their lives and about 270 others have been injured in bomb attacks on a mosque in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano. Captain Ikechukwu Eze, spokesman of Kano’s Joint Task Force, said the explosions took place at around 2:00 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) shortly after hundreds of people had [&hellip

Egyptians hold rallies, dozens arrested

Egyptians hold rallies, dozens arrested

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, have once again taken to the streets across the North African state as the government crackdown on dissent intensifies. Reports say anti-government protest rallies were held in the Egyptian capital Cairo as well as a number of other cities on Friday. The demonstrations are part of nationwide rallies [&hellip

2014 may be ‘hottest year on record’

2014 may be ‘hottest year on record’

The year 2014 may be the hottest year on record, a sign that long-term global warming is being stoked by mounting greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say. The months of August, September and October in 2014 have all been the warmest such months on record, according to US and British data. “2014 is more likely than [&hellip

UN top relief official to step down

UN top relief official to step down

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos will step down from her post, which includes overseeing relief efforts in Syria. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday without specifying any reason. However, a UN official said Amos, who spent the past four years dealing with [&hellip

Egypt jails 78 minors over protests

Egypt jails 78 minors over protests

A court in Egypt has sentenced nearly 80 minors between two and five years in prison each for demonstrating in support of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, official sources say. On Tuesday, a court in the port city of Alexandria sentenced 78 boys aged between 13 and 17 to prison for joining demonstrations held by [&hellip

Russia backs Assad in Syria crisis

Russia backs Assad in Syria crisis

​Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow will support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid a crisis that has gripped the country for nearly four years. “We share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat,” Lavrov said at a joint news conference with Syrian Foreign Minister [&hellip

South Africa raps Israel for settlements

South Africa raps Israel for settlements

South Africa has called for a “total cessation” of Israel’s illegal constructions, which “undermine” peace efforts in the region. President Jacob Zuma made the remarks on Wednesday as he welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for his first state visit to the country at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the South African executive and de facto [&hellip

‘Ebola may decline in Sierra Leone’

‘Ebola may decline in Sierra Leone’

​The Ebola epidemic is likely to have passed its culmination point in Sierra Leone and may start to slow down in the near future. “We believe that … the transmission of new cases will start reducing,” Sierra Leone’s Information Minister Alpha Kanu told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t think we can get any higher than [&hellip

UN rights chief blasts US on race

UN rights chief blasts US on race

The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over “institutionalized discrimination” and the “disproportionate” number of young African Americans being killed by police in the United States. “I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African [&hellip