US President Barack Obama said climate change will shape this century like no other threat, as he visited Alaska to stress it’s a problem of now, not the future. Addressing a glacier conference on Tuesday, Obama said the “urgent and growing” threat of climate change “will define the contours of this century more dramatically than […]

Trains from Hungary carrying hundreds of refugees started arriving in Vienna and Munich early on Tuesday, witnesses said. In the latest twist in a humanitarian and political crisis that is now testing the survival of both Europe’s open-border regime and its asylum rules, Hungary allowed the refugees, many of them fleeing Syria’s civil war, to […]

In the midst of a war-fueled water crisis, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition reportedly bombed a water bottling plant in northern Yemen on Sunday, adding to mounting civilian casualties as the military onslaught enters its sixth month. “The corpses of 36 workers, many of them burnt or in pieces, were pulled out after an air strike […]

UNITED NATIONS – As tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict-ridden countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, Western European governments and international humanitarian organisations are struggling to cope with a snowballing humanitarian crisis threatening to explode. Hungary is building a fence to ward off refugees.  Slovakia says it will accept only Christian […]

Syria names park in capital after N Korea founder

August 31, 2015

Syria’s embattled government has inaugurated a park in Damascus, which was named after North Korea’s founding father Kim Il-Sung. The 9,000-square-metre park lies in the southwestern Damascus district of Kafr Souseh, atop the ruins of recently bulldozed homes. The street adjacent to the park is also named for Kim and stretches for one kilometre. Syrian […]

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Israeli raid prompts violence in West Bank’s Jenin

August 31, 2015

Several people were wounded during an Israeli raid to arrest a Hamas leader in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian security official said. A local leader of the group, Majdi Abu al-Heija, and his brother were arrested in a refugee camp in the al-Hadaf district near Jenin late on Monday night, the […]

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Deadly protest over Ukraine ‘decentralisation’ law

August 31, 2015

Protesters have thrown “several” explosive devices outside Ukraine’s parliament in the capital Kiev, killing at least one policeman and wounding at least 90 people, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The unrest erupted on Monday shortly after parliament backed the first reading of reforms to give greater autonomy to the separatist east as part of […]

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Six DR Congo soldiers killed in ambush north of Goma

August 31, 2015

Six soldiers have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province, a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels are known to operate, regional and military sources said. The attack took place in Rugari, about 50km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu. “A Republican Guard jeep was ambushed in Rugari,” said […]

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