17 Aug 2014

Brazil: Marina Silva ‘to replace’ late candidate Campos

The former Brazilian Environment Minister, Marina Silva, is expected to be named in the next few days to run for president in October. She would replace former presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday. via BBC News – Brazil: Marina Silva ‘to replace’ late

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17 Aug 2014

Kurd forces ‘advance’ on Mosul dam

Kurdish sources say their forces “are advancing” in an offensive to retake Mosul dam from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. A joint operation involving both Kurdish forces and US air strikes has been under way since 05:00 local time (03:00 GMT), the sources said via BBC News – Kurd

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17 Aug 2014

Cameron warns of ISIS threat to UK

Islamic State militants could grow strong enough to target people on the streets of Britain unless action is taken, David Cameron has warned. The PM, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, said a “humanitarian response” to IS was not enough and a “firm security response” was needed. via BBC News –

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17 Aug 2014

Kenya to close borders to travellers from Ebola states

Kenyan officials say the country is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in response to the deadly Ebola outbreak. via BBC News – Kenya to close borders to travellers from Ebola states.

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17 Aug 2014

Chadian soldiers ‘rescue 85 Nigerians from Boko Haram’

Reports are emerging of the rescue by Chadian troops of some 85 Nigerian villagers abducted earlier this week by suspected Boko Haram militants. A Nigerian security official told AFP that they had intercepted a convoy of buses transporting gunmen and the villagers in a routine security check. via BBC News

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17 Aug 2014

Two UN peacekeepers killed in attack in northern Mali

Two UN peacekeepers have been killed and seven others were injured in a suicide attack on a UN patrol base in northern Mali. A pick-up truck laden with explosives drove into the UN camp in Ber, 50km (30 miles) east of Timbuktu, on Saturday. via BBC News – Two UN

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17 Aug 2014

Thousands gather in pro-government rally in Hong Kong

A major pro-government rally in Hong Kong is drawing in thousands of supporters, in response to civil disobedience campaigns by activists. via BBC News – Hong Kong: Thousands gather in pro-government rally.

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17 Aug 2014

Drone kills three suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen

A drone attack killed three suspected al Qaeda militants on Saturday in Yemen’s eastern Hadramout province, a local official told Reuters. via Drone kills three suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen: official | Reuters.

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17 Aug 2014

Ukraine separatist leader says rebels getting tanks and reinforcements

Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday. via Ukraine separatist leader says rebels getting tanks and reinforcements | Reuters.

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17 Aug 2014

Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to fear Christians

Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to “come as conquerors” but be integral parts of local cultures. via Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to

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