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Obama agrees to give Russia’s Syria plan a chance

173 ViewsAFP: US President Barack Obama postponed his threat to strike Syria, after Bashar al-Assad’s regime welcomed a Russian plan to gather and destroy its chemical arsenal. In an address from the White House, Obama said he had asked US lawmakers to delay a vote on whether to authorize military action while Washington studies the […]

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Russia plan on Syria arms may be ‘breakthrough’: Obama

167 ViewsWASHINGTON AFP— President Barack Obama said a Russian plan to head off threatened US strikes on Syria by securing a deal to destroy the regime’s chemical weapons could be a “significant breakthrough.” Obama warned Monday he had not taken military strikes off the table but, in agreeing to consider the Russian initiative, he effectively […]

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Mugabe trying to balance his Cabinet

162 ViewsPresident Robert Mugabe is expected to appoint Zimbabwe’s new cabinet ministers sometime today, according to a highly placed source in government. Mugabe is struggling to balance his cabinet between loyalists, factions, war vets, technocrats, MDC politicians and the young turks. A Zimbabwe Online Publication 347.com reports that Tendai Biti of MDC who served as […]

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DR Congo rebels in Uganda for peace talks

132 ViewsDemocratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebels said Monday they were waiting for a government delegation to arrive to resume peace talks, in line with an ultimatum set by regional leaders. Leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region on Thursday set a three-day deadline for the resumption of talks between the M23 army mutineers and Kinshasa […]

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Court to deliver Delhi bus gang-rape verdict

158 Views(AFP) – A judge will hand down the verdict Tuesday on four men accused of the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student on a bus, which could see the defendants sentenced to death. The parents of the popular physiotherapy student have been at the forefront of calls for the four to be hanged over […]

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Obama, Assad go head-to-head in US interview duel

171 ViewsPresidents Barack Obama and Bashar Al-Assad will go head-to-head in dueling US television interviews, as a crucial week dawns for the US leader’s push for air attacks on Syria. Assad will reportedly deny that he used chemical weapons on civilians, as Obama makes a long-odds push to reverse his nation’s mood and win support […]

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14 hurt as plane skids off runway in Bangkok

146 ViewsBANGKOK (AFP). A Thai Airways plane skidded off the runway in Bangkok after the landing gear malfunctioned, slightly injuring more than a dozen passengers as they evacuated the jet, the airline said Monday. The incident late on Sunday at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport involved an Airbus 330-300 carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members on […]

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Gunmen abduct Anglican Archbishop in Port-Harcourt

190 ViewsBY JIMITOTA ONOYUME UNKNOWN gunmen in Rivers State, on Friday night, abducted Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, the Dean of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria and Archbishop, Niger Delta North Diocese. The victim was said to have been whisked away with his wife, Beatrice, by the kidnappers around Aleto Bridge, Eleme at about 10.30pm while on […]

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Australian PM Rudd heads for election wipe-out

178 ViewsAustralian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd vowed to fight to the end despite polls on Friday showing him heading for an election wipe-out as rival Tony Abbott said he would get straight to work if he wins. A Galaxy survey in the Sydney Daily Telegraph, a day before voters cast their ballots, found Rudd has […]

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US, British spy agencies crack Web encryption

153 ViewsWASHINGTON, Sept 6 – US and British intelligence agencies have cracked the encryption that secures a wide range of online communications including emails, banking transactions and phone conversations, according to newly leaked documents. The documents provided by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian suggest that […]

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