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Hospital Hit In Syria As UN Warns Talks Unravelling

At least 20 people have been killed in a Syrian government air strike on a hospital in the city of Aleppo as the UN warned that a delicate ceasefire was crumbling, according to local sources. The attack on the Al Quds hospital on Wednesday evening killed several medical staff and other civilians, including Dr Wasem Maaz, one of the last remaining pediatricians in the rebel-held ... Read More »

Syria Rescue Workers Killed In Aleppo Air Strikes

Air strikes and rocket attacks by Syrian government forces west of Aleppo have killed five rescue workers, a monitoring group said, as hopes of a lasting ceasefire began to crumble The raids hit a centre for the Syrian Civil Defence – rescue workers also known as the “White Helmets” – in the opposition-held town of Atarib, on the outskirts of Aleppo, according to the UK-based ... Read More »

S Sudan’s Riek Machar Sworn In As First Vice President

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South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as first vice president after arriving in the capital Juba in a long awaited UN brokered peace deal. The swearing ceremony came on Tuesday afternoon after Machar touched down at Juba airport on a UN plane after repeated delays to implement a peace agreement. “I am very committed to implement this agreement so that the ... Read More »

Sweden’s Green Party ‘Infiltrated By Islamists’

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The behaviour of some Muslim members of Sweden’s Green Party – part of a coalition government – has sparked concerns among the Swedish that the small environmentalist group may have been infiltrated by “Islamists”. “In our eagerness to embrace a diverse and multicultural society, we have turned a blind eye to undemocratic views,” said Gulan Avci, a politician for the Liberals, a centre-right opposition party. ... Read More »

Obama Announces 250 New Military Personnel For Syria

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US President Barack Obama has said he plans to send 250 more troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the number of Americans working with local Syrian forces. “I’ve decided to increase US support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria … I’ve approved the deployment of up to 250 US personnel in Syria, including special forces,” Obama said, announcing the decision after a meeting ... Read More »

TTIP Trade Pact: Obama Pushes Deal On Germany Visit

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US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have given a fresh push to a potentially huge US-European trade pact despite mounting opposition. Obama said after talks with Merkel in Hanover on Sunday that the deal could be reached by the end of the year. “Angela and I agree that the United States and the European Union need to keep moving forward with the Transatlantic ... Read More »

Yemen War: Al-Qaeda Fighters Leave Mukalla

Yemeni government troops and allies from a Saudi-led coalition have entered a port city held by al-Qaeda for a year, after fighters left the city. Local Yemeni officials and residents told the Reuters news agency on Sunday that some 2,000 Yemeni and Emirati troops advanced into Mukalla, taking control of its maritime port and airport and setting up checkpoints throughout the southern city. The coalition ... Read More »

US Vows To Deter Any Iran Aggression On Gulf States

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The United States will deter and confront aggression against Gulf Arab countries, who continue to have concerns about threats from Iran, President Barack Obama said after meeting their leaders to iron out strains in their alliance. “I reaffirmed the policy of the United States to use all elements of our power to secure our core interests in the Gulf region and to deter and confront ... Read More »

Syria Civil War: UN Evacuates Four Besieged Towns

The United Nations has started evacuating hundreds of people from besieged Syrian towns in a rare sign of humanitarian progress that came as tens of thousands of civilians fled fresh fighting. Safe passage was secured for those in need of medical attention from four towns on Wednesday – a complex mission as a strained ceasefire appeared to buckle further. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said plans were ... Read More »

Obama: ‘EU Makes Britain Even Greater’

US President Barack Obama has arrived in the United Kingdom for a three-day visit to make an appeal for Britain to stay in the EU. In an op-ed published by the Daily Telegraph shortly after his arrival in the British capital on Thursday, Obama said being inside the EU magnifies Britain’s influence across the world. “As citizens of the United Kingdom take stock of their ... Read More »

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