27 Aug 2014

Japan PM Shinzo Abe marks war criminal ceremony

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe sent a message to a ceremony honouring war criminals, officials have confirmed, amid strained ties with China and South Korea. via BBC News – Japan PM Shinzo Abe marks war criminal ceremony.

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27 Aug 2014

Ecuador police jailed for Correa assassination attempt

Six Ecuadorean police officers have been given 12 years in jail for trying to assassinate President Rafael Correa. The six took part in a mutiny in 2010 during which officers besieged the president at a Quito hospital. via BBC News – Ecuador police jailed for Correa assassination attempt.

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27 Aug 2014

American ‘fighter’ dies in Syria battle

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria, has been killed, the White House has confirmed. via BBC News – American ‘fighter’ dies in Syria battle.

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27 Aug 2014

Ebola outbreak: Nigeria closes all schools until October

All schools in Nigeria have been ordered to remain shut until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. via BBC News – Ebola outbreak: Nigeria closes all schools until October.

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27 Aug 2014

IMF’s Christine Lagarde ‘under investigation’

French authorities have formally opened a negligence investigation into Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She has been questioned about her role in awarding 400m euro (£318m; $527m) in compensation to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. She denies wrongdoing. via BBC News – IMF’s Christine Lagarde

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27 Aug 2014

Syria conflict: Islamic State ‘committed war crimes’

Islamic State (IS) militants have committed “mass atrocities” in Syria, including the recruitment of children as fighters, the United Nations says. via BBC News – Syria conflict: Islamic State ‘committed war crimes’.

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27 Aug 2014

Nigeria troops cross into north Cameroon after Boko Haram attacks base

Around 480 Nigerian soldiers crossed into Cameroon after Boko Haram militants operating along the border between the two nations attacked a military base and police station, authorities in Cameroon said on Tuesday. via Nigeria troops cross into north Cameroon after Boko Haram attacks base | Reuters.

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27 Aug 2014

U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan, three killed, Russian owner says

A U.N. peacekeeping helicopter in South Sudan was shot down on Tuesday and three of its crew were killed, Russian airline UTair, which owns the aircraft, said, citing initial information. via U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan, three killed, Russian owner says | Reuters.

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27 Aug 2014

WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst-ever outbreak of the disease. via WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after

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27 Aug 2014

Silva surges in Brazil election race, threatens Rousseff

A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff’s lead in Brazil’s presidential race, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, paving the way for a likely second-round runoff in which the popular environmentalist looks well-positioned to win. via Silva surges in Brazil election race, threatens Rousseff | Reuters.

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