29 Mar 2014

Russia threatened countries ahead of U.N. vote on Ukraine

“Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea’s referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.” Source: Exclusive: Russia threatened countries ahead of U.N. vote on Ukraine: envoys | Reuters

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29 Mar 2014

Afghan election commission HQ under attack by Taliban

“Taliban insurgents have attacked the headquarters of the Afghan election commission in Kabul, a week before the presidential election. Gunmen broke into a nearby building, disguised as women, and fired at the election commission with automatic weapons. Afghan special forces have killed three of the four attackers, police say.” Source:

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29 Mar 2014

Turks head to polls for local elections that will serve as a referendum on premier’s rule

“When Arabs rose up three years ago to demand greater freedoms, it was to the Turkey of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that many looked for inspiration, as an example of a country in which Islam and democracy could peacefully and prosperously coexist. Now, after 11 years in office, Turkey’s

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29 Mar 2014

U.N. urges end to Syria’s ‘convoluted’ aid restrictions

“The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Friday urged Syria’s government to end needless restrictions on access to areas where besieged Syrians are in desperate need of aid after three years of civil war. She also voiced concern about opposition groups, especially those such as al Qaeda-linked extremist al

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29 Mar 2014

Syrian forces take two villages near Lebanon

“Syrian forces took control of two villages near the Lebanese border on Saturday after driving out rebels, state media said, helping President Bashar al-Assad secure the route connecting Damascus with Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast.” Source: Syrian forces take two villages near Lebanon | Reuters

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29 Mar 2014

Loyalty to embattled Erdogan lies deep in Turkey’s pious heartlands

“If Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is fighting the toughest battle of his political career as corruption allegations swirl and elections approach, Turkey’s conservative Anatolian heartlands appear to have his back.” Source: Loyalty to embattled Erdogan lies deep in Turkey’s pious heartlands | Reuters

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29 Mar 2014

At least three killed in Cairo clashes

“At least three people were killed in clashes in Cairo on Friday amid protests by the Muslim Brotherhood, days after hundreds of its Islamist supporters were sentenced to death, official sources said.” Source: At least three killed in Cairo clashes | Reuters

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29 Mar 2014

Eleven killed in Central African Republic grenade attack

“Eleven people died in the capital of the Central African Republic after a grenade exploded among mourners gathered for a funeral, the Red Cross said on Friday, in what residents said was an attack on Christians. Tit-for-tat inter-communal violence in the impoverished, landlocked country has intensified in recent days as

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29 Mar 2014

Nigeria arrests 12 including two Britons for oil theft

“Nigeria has arrested two Britons and 10 of its own citizens on charges of trying to bribe a military officer to facilitate oil theft, the military said on Friday. Oil theft by armed gangs is rampant in Africa’s top crude-producing country, with estimates ranging from 100,000 barrels to 250,000 barrels

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29 Mar 2014

Facebook drone plan to offer low-cost net access

“Facebook has ambitious plans to connect the two-thirds of the world that has no net access, using drones, satellites and lasers. The move was announced on the social media platform by founder Mark Zuckerberg. It will put it in direct competition with Google, which is planning to deliver net access

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