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Merkel cautions against Ukraine divide

Merkel cautions against Ukraine divide

In a speech following the G20 Summit in Brisbane, German Chancellor Merkel said the Ukraine conflict could have wider ramifications. Russian President Putin defended his country’s actions on German TV. Angela Merkel made a number of specific references to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin in her speech at the Lowy Institute for International [&hellip

Israeli settlers hang Palestinian driver

Israeli settlers hang Palestinian driver

Israeli settlers have hanged a Palestinian man in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in another incident of brutality against Palestinians in the occupied territories, local sources say. Hassan Yousef Rammouni, 32, a Palestinian bus driver, was driving back home from work on Sunday when he was abducted and then hanged by Israelis in his bus in the [&hellip

Kurds retake several areas near Kobani

Kurds retake several areas near Kobani

Syrian Kurdish fighters have liberated several villages around the northern border town of Kobani as they continue to gain more ground on the battlefield against ISIL Takfiri terrorists. Local sources said on Saturday that Kurdish forces managed to drive the ISIL militants out of their strongholds in the eastern and southern parts of the embattled [&hellip

Obama confirms ‘evil’ murder of Kassig

Obama confirms ‘evil’ murder of Kassig

US President Barack Obama has confirmed the assassination of American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, describing his beheading at the hands of the ISIL terrorist group as “pure evil”. “Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity,” Obama said in a statement [&hellip

Russia expels German diplomat: Report

Russia expels German diplomat: Report

Moscow has reportedly expelled a German diplomat in a tit-for-tat move following the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Germany. The Wall Street Journal on Saturday quoted an unnamed German official as saying that the diplomat working for “the German Embassy in Moscow has departed as a result of a retaliatory measure imposed by Russian [&hellip

Bomb blast kills 1 in Somali capital

Bomb blast kills 1 in Somali capital

A car bomb blast has left one person dead and another injured in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu. Sunday’s explosion took place on Maka al-Mukarama, one of Mogadishu’s busiest central roads, which leads to the city’s government district. Police officer, Ahmed Siyad, said “the bomb was attached to the car.” Somalia’s al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility [&hellip

Wenger: Podolski not for sale

Wenger: Podolski not for sale

​Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he has no plans to sell Lukas Podolski after the German forward suggested he could leave in January. The 29-year-old is yet to start a single Premier League game this season and has voiced his frustration about a lack of first-team opportunities. Italian side Napoli have been linked with a [&hellip

Putin leaves G20 summit in Australia

Putin leaves G20 summit in Australia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has left the G20 summit in Australia, where the world’s strongest economies have been discussing international economic development. The Russian leader left the Australian city of Brisbane on Sunday, before the final communiqué of the summit. Putin said he was leaving because of the long flight from Australia to Russia. Leaders [&hellip

‘Gaza rebuilding may take 20 years’

‘Gaza rebuilding may take 20 years’

The reconstruction of the besieged Gaza Strip, which was massively demolished in a recent 50-day Israeli war, will take at least 20 years, a monitoring group says. “Given the pace at which construction materials are currently entering Gaza, it will be at least 20 years” to rebuild the coastal enclave, Alaa Radwan, head of the [&hellip

Ebola-hit Liberia sacks health minister

Ebola-hit Liberia sacks health minister

​The Liberian health minister has been sacked by the president who has been under intense pressure over her government’s response to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf replaced Health Minister Walter Gwenigale with George Warner, the former head of the country’s civil service, according to a statement issued on [&hellip