Iraq has launched a major operation to liberate the town of Amerli which has been besieged by Islamic State fighters for more than two months. The operation to retake town started on Saturday with Iraqi troops and Shia militia involved in the fighting. The AFP news agency reported that Kurdish peshmerga were also involved in [...]

Police in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad have fired tear gas and rubber bullets on anti-government protesters attempting to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s official residence, injuring six people, officials said.. Some 25,000 people began to march on the prime minister’s house late on Saturday after talks with the government mediated by the army failed to end [...]

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As instability continues to grip Libya, officials are sounding alarm over the deteriorating situation that could lead towards civil war in the country, where destabilization, critics charge, has deepened since NATO’s bombing in 2011. “The situation in Libya is complicated,” Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s United Nations Ambassador, told the UN Security Council Wednesday. “Yet the situation [...]

Somali and AU forces in al-Shabab offensive

August 30, 2014

Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against al-Shabab fighters aimed at capturing remaining ports from the armed group, army and government officials have said. “Operation Indian Ocean started late last night … the enemy is fleeing and the forces are making successful advances so far,” said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, the governor [...]

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Confusion over coup attempt in Lesotho

August 30, 2014

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane had accused his country’s army of mounting a coup against him as he visited South Africa, but the military denied seeking to oust him and said its soldiers had returned to barracks. Political tensions have been high in the tiny kingdom since June when there was a power struggle after Thabane [...]

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California gets it right on sexual assault and abortion coverage

August 30, 2014

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 3:43 PM UTC Affirmative consent and mandated insurance coverage shouldn’t be unique. We should follow California’s lead Jenny Kutner Follow Topics: California, Sexual assault, campus sexual assault crisis, sexual violence, Rape, yes means yes, no means no, Abortion, abortion coverage, healthcare, women’s healthcare, reproductive justice reproductive rights, Life News, News, Politics [...]

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Revealed: The 243 times fracking contaminated drinking water in Pennslyvania

August 30, 2014

Two hundred and forty-three. That’s the number of cases of public drinking well contamination logged by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection since the fracking boom began six years ago. The list was released without fanfare (or even a statement from the DEP) late Thursday, the Associated Press reports, and documents issues that include “methane gas [...]

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