Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates signed a deal to share power in a unity government, capping months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the nation at a crucial time as foreign troops prepare to leave. Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister who will be named president under the deal reached on Saturday night, embraced [...]

A series of explosions have been heard across the Yemeni capital as Houthi rebels and government forces battle for a fourth straight day, despite the announcement of a UN-brokered agreement due to be signed later on Sunday. Al Jazeera’s Khaled al-Hammadi, reporting from the ground, said most of the violence happened in northern Sanaa. “The [...]

Up to 500 Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians and Sudanese refugees and migrant workers died last week when their boat sank off the coast of Malta in what appears to be a deliberate ramming by human traffickers amounting to “mass murder,” a United Nations official announced Friday. Survivors of the tragedy—who reportedly paid $4,000 apiece— told the [...]

Friday, September 19 marks six years that climate activists have blocked TransCanada’s attempts to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Opposition to the pipeline has galvanized a national movement that unites environmentalists, indigenous groups, farmers, ranchers, and landowners; since 2008, more than [...]

ISIL captive’s wife pleads for his release

September 21, 2014

The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by ISIL implored his captors to release him, saying she could not see how his death could assist any cause. Alan Henning, a Briton who volunteered to drive a humanitarian aid convoy to Syria for a Muslim charity, was captured 10 months ago and is [...]

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UN: Yemen’s rival sides agree peace deal

September 21, 2014

Houthi rebels and government forces have clashed for a fourth straight day in the Yemeni capital, residents said, despite the announcement of a UN-brokered agreement due to be signed later on Sunday. Residents reported sounds of heavy shelling throughout Saturday night in an area of Sanaa near the headquarters of the first armoured division camp and close to the [...]

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Rand Paul’s McCain embarrassment: More amateur hour for sloppy senator

September 21, 2014

If you’re a critic of Sen. John McCain’s “more war” approach to most foreign policy problems, it was probably tempting to believe the story that he inadvertently met with ISIS leaders last year when he traveled to Syria to get acquainted with the “moderate” opposition to Bashar al Assad. Twitter is still swarming with photos [...]

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Report: Law enforcement in Los Angeles County kills one person every week

September 21, 2014

For the first time in a long while, the mainstream of American society is thinking and talking about the use of lethal force by officers of the law — even if the nation lacks a reliable database through which it could analyze the problem. Most of the focus has been on the behavior of law [...]

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