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Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG As many as 13,000 people, most of them civilian opposition supporters, have been executed in secret at a prison in Syria, Amnesty International says. A new report by the human rights group alleges that mass hangings took place every week at Saydnaya prison between September 2011 and December 2015. Amnesty says the alleged executions were authorised ...

Kremlin angry over Fox News ‘Putin’s a killer’ question

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Kremlin has demanded an apology from Fox News over “unacceptable and offensive” comments about Vladimir Putin made by presenter Bill O’Reilly. In an interview with President Donald Trump Mr O’Reilly described President Putin as “a killer”. Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that an apology from the “respected television company” should be sent. Mr Trump ...

Andrea Giesbrecht guilty of hiding six dead infants in locker

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Winnipeg woman has been found guilty of disposing of the remains of six infants in a U-Haul storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht had been charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child. Each charge carries a sentence of up to two years in jail. Manitoba provincial court Judge Murray Thompson read out his ...

Mali attack: Why the country is an insurgent hotspot

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG While most global attention has been focused on Nigeria, Mali has been West Africa’s other insurgent hotspot in recent years. It is threatened by various armed groups – from Ansar Dine, which is linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), to Touareg separatist rebel groups. The lawlessness in Libya after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was toppled ...

How Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions roared again

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Cameroon won their fifth Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Gabon on Sunday and it was arguably their greatest triumph. World Cup star Roger Milla was the lynchpin of the victorious 1984 and 1988 sides, while the back-to-back title winners of 2000 and 2002 were led by Samuel Eto’o, a four-time winner of the African footballer ...

‘Trapped’: Thousands call Childline for mental health help

“Trapped” and feeling like a “monster” is how one young person has described their struggle with mental health. They were just one of more than 50,000 children and young people who turned to Childline last year because of a serious mental health problem. New data from the NSPCC shows one in six Childline counselling sessions is now about serious mental ...

IRAN: ‘ONLY SEVEN MINUTES NEEDED FOR THE IRANIAN MISSILE TO HIT TEL AVIV’

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have intensified after the Trump administration announced new sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic-missile program. The US issued the new penalties in response to several Iranian missile launches that international powers say are in violation of Iran’s obligations. Iran responded forcefully, proceeding with a military exercise that further tested its missile radar capabilities. Iran’s officials vowed to ...

Australia seizes record 1.4 tonnes of cocaine on yacht

SYDNEY: Australian law enforcement agencies seized a record 1.4 tonnes of cocaine worth AUS$312 million (US$390 million) from an Australia-bound yacht during a covert midnight operation last week, the authorities said on Monday. Six men, including five Australians, have been charged with the conspiracy to import drugs and could face life imprisonment, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Immigration Minister Peter ...

Malcolm Turnbull says Trump phone call worked in Australia’s favour

Malcolm Turnbull says his infamous phone call with US president Donald Trumplast week has worked in Australia’s favour, because it inspired “dozens and dozens” of US congressmen to publicly support the Australia-US alliance. He has also admitted the Liberal party has been in serious financial trouble for a number of years, saying that is why he donated $1.75m to the ...

Sudan president accuses Egypt of backing opponents

DUBAI – Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir accused the Egyptian government of harbouring and backing Sudanese opposition figures fighting his troops, in remarks broadcast on Sunday. In his first such accusation against Cairo, Bashir said in an interview broadcast by Al-Arabiya that Sudanese opposition figures were “backed by Egyptian intelligence services”. “We raise this issue every time when we meet Egyptian ...

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