Category: Foreign News

Militias raid Wau, killing 10

Militias raid Wau, killing 10

At least 10 people were killed in the South Sudanese town of Wau on Monday, as ethnic militias went house to house searching for people from other groups, witnesses said. Streets were deserted as families hid inside, residents told Reuters by phone. Some reported seeing killings. Witnesses said the militias were aligned with the government’s side in the country’s ethnically-charged […]

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Egypt church attacks motivated by IS decline in Sinai: experts

Egypt church attacks motivated by IS decline in Sinai: experts

The recent terrorist attacks on Egyptian churches in different provinces are motivated by the decline of the Sinai-based affiliates of the Islamic State militant group in the Sinai Peninsula due to massive security campaigns, Egyptian security and political experts have said. As the Christian minority worshippers were marking the Palm Sunday in the Muslim-majority state earlier during the day, a […]

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Philippine jihadists beheaded German

Philippine jihadists beheaded German

Islamic militants in the Philippines have posted a video showing the beheading of a German hostage. Jurgen Kantner was abducted from his yacht off Malaysia’s Sabah state in November. His companion Sabine Merz’s body was later found on the boat. A deadline for a 30m peso (£483,000; $600,000) ransom expired on Sunday. Mr. Kantner, 70, and Ms Merz had been […]

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Iraqi forces take control of Mosul bridge

The Iraqi military says it has retaken a bridge across the River Tigris in Mosul, after driving back Islamic State militants in the city’s south-west. The Federal Police Rapid Response Force advanced into the Jawsaq district on Monday and reached the Fourth Bridge. Mosul’s five bridges have been badly damaged in fighting since October. But once it is repaired, the […]

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Diplomatic row over Kim Jong-nam’s killing

Diplomatic row over Kim Jong-nam’s killing

Malaysia has stepped up diplomatic measures against North Korea in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Kim Jong-nam died in mysterious circumstances last week at an airport in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Police believe he was poisoned. Malaysia has recalled its ambassador from the North Korean capital Pyongyang […]

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Russia rejects claim of Montenegro plot

Russia rejects claim of Montenegro plot

Russia has denounced as absurd and unsubstantiated allegations that “Russian state bodies” were involved in an attempted coup in the Balkan state of Montenegro. The alleged plot dates back to a series of arrests hours before Montenegro’s elections in October 2016. At the time, Serb paramilitaries and Russian nationalists were blamed. But prosecutor Milivoje Katnic has now named a Russian […]

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Pence seeks to allay European fears

Pence seeks to allay European fears

The US Vice-President, Mike Pence, has said the US under President Trump remains committed to co-operation and partnership with the European Union. However, he urged members of the Nato alliance to meet their defence spending targets, warning that Americans could lose patience with their allies. Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was “important because we live in times […]

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Trump savages media at Florida rally

Trump savages media at Florida rally

US President Donald Trump has launched another fierce attack on the media at a “campaign rally for America” event in the state of Florida. He told the crowd in Melbourne the media did not want “to report the truth” and had their own agenda. He also defended the achievements of his presidency so far, insisting that a spirit of optimism […]

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Operation Fizz target Angola VP

Operation Fizz target Angola VP

Portuguese state prosecutors are bringing corruption charges against Angola’s vice-president Manuel Vicente. The attorney-general’s office says that Mr Vicente paid $810,000 (£650,000) in bribes to shut down corruption investigations that he was facing. The alleged bribes were made to Portugal’s former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira, who also faces charges as part of “Operation Fizz”. Mr Vicente’s lawyer has denied the […]

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CAR rebel group killed 32 civilians

CAR rebel group killed 32 civilians

Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) killed 32 civilians last December after clashes with a rival faction, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. The Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) is said to have rounded victims up and executed them. HRW says it is concerned UN peacekeepers could not stop the atrocities. UPC is a splinter group […]

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