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UK faces terror threat from Isis ‘not seen since IRA bombings’

Sunday 26 February 2017 Hannah Summers New terror chief Max Hill warns Isis is planning indiscriminate attacks on civilians in British cities Members of the Met police’s counter-terror firearms unit. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images Britain is facing a level of threat from Islamic State militants not seen since the IRA bombings of the 1970s, according to Britain’s new terror chief. Max ...

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US wary of a Chinese base rising as its neighbour in Africa

FEB 26, 2017 China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea.PHOTO: REUTERS DJIBOUTI (NYTIMES) – The two countries keep dozens of intercontinental nuclear missiles pointed at each other’s cities. Their frigates and fighter jets occasionally face off in the contested waters of the South China Sea. With no shared border, China ...

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Malaysia declares airport safe for travel after nerve agent attack

Sun Feb 26, 2017 By Joseph Sipalan and Angie Teo | KUALA LUMPUR     Malaysia on Sunday declared its international airport a “safe zone” after completing a sweep of the terminal where the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was assaulted with a deadly chemical last week. Kim Jong Nam died on Feb. 13 after being smothered ...

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One killed as man drives car into crowd in Germany

Saturday 25 February 2017 A man drives his car into a group of people standing near a bakery in Heidelberg, before he is tracked down by police and shot. One person has died after a man drove a car into people in a central square in the German city of Heidelberg. Two other people were injured before the man was ...

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US seeks extradition of ex-Guatemalan vice president

Guatemalan former vice-president Roxana Baldetti (L) was indicted in US federal court in Washington on drug trafficking charges © AFP/File / JOHAN ORDONEZ By AFP, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Feb 25 – The United States embassy said it will seek the extradition of Guatemala’s former vice president Roxana Baldetti and ex-interior minister Mauricio Lopez on drug trafficking charges. Baldetti and Lopez ...

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South Africa struggles to quell anti-immigrant violence

  PUBLISHED    FEB 23, 2017 JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – The South African government on Thursday (Feb 23) called for calm after a wave of xenophobic violence in which dozens of shops and houses owned by immigrants have been torched and looted. Attacks against foreigners and foreign-run businesses have erupted regularly in recent years in South Africa, fuelled by the country’s ...

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The Somali Hero Of The Day – Aden Abdullah Osman FIRST PRESIDENT OF SOMALIA

Wednesday, Febuary 22, 2017 WRITTEN BY: The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica Aden Abdullah Osman, (born 1908, Belet Weyne, Italian Somaliland [now in Somalia]—died June 8, 2007, Nairobi, Kenya), Somali politician who served as independent Somalia’s first president and was the first postcolonial African head of state to voluntarily step down after losing an election. Osman was president of the nationalist ...

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Top aide of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen put under formal investigation

Le Pen (fourth right) arrives for a two-day political rally to kick off her presidential campaign, next to her chief of staff Catherine Griset (second right) and bodyguard Thierry Legier (third left).PHOTO: AFP PARIS (AFP) – The chief of staff of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation on Wednesday (Feb 22) after a day of questioning ...

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South Sudan declares famine in parts of war-torn country

PUBLISHED FEB 20, 2017 JUBA (AFP) – South Sudan’s government said Monday (Feb 20) that the country’s over three-year war has led to famine in parts of the nation, while nearly half the population was going hungry. Isaiah Chol Aruai, the chairman of South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics, said some parts of the northern Greater Unity region “are classified ...

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Suicide bomb in market in Somalia capital kills 39

Sun Feb 19, 2017 By Faisal Omar Mogadisho (REUTERS) – A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 39 people and injuring around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president. The car was driven by a suicide bomber, said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district where the bombing happened. ...

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