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Indonesia air force plane crashes, killing all 13 on board

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 aeroplane has crashed in remote Papua province in the east of the country, killing everyone on board. Three pilots and 10 other military personnel died, officials say. Air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna told MetroTV that bad weather was suspected to have caused the crash. The Hercules was carrying ...

Australians roll down lawns of Parliament House to protest against fence

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Hundreds of Australians have gathered to roll on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra, in protest against plans to build a security fence there. Under new anti-terror measures, a 2.6-metre barrier could soon block public access to the much-loved grassy space. The mass tumble took place on Saturday morning, after news of the event spread ...

UN ‘cancels Gambia army chief visit’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A diplomatic source has told the reporters that the UN has cancelled the head of the Gambian army’s visit to Gambian peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the Darfur region of Sudan. Gambian soldiers this week occupied the Gambian election commission’s headquarters in an apparent show of loyalty to the outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh, who ...

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation calls on Jammeh to step down

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – a grouping of 57 Muslim nations – has called on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to respect the result of the election, which he lost, and step down from power. Mr Jammeh is a devout Muslim who is often pictured carrying a copy of the Koran and has called for ...

Nigerian minister is new UN deputy chief

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed is to be Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, the incoming UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced The secretary-general-designate also announced the appointments of two other women into top UN positions. Prior to her appointment, Mrs Mohammed has been Nigeria’s Minister of Environment. The new position will make her the second-most powerful official at ...

Belgium advises citizens to leave DR Congo

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Belgium has advised all its citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo whose presence there is not essential to leave the country over fears of violence at planned anti-government protests, Reuters news agency reports. It has also advised against all travel to the country. Condemning the expulsion of two Belgian television crews, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders ...

Aleppo battle: Rebels burn Syria evacuation buses

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Several buses sent to transport the sick and injured from two government-held villages in Syria’s Idlib province have been burned by rebels. The attack apparently halted the latest efforts to evacuate besieged areas. Pro-government forces say people must be allowed to leave the mainly Shia villages of Foah and Kefraya for the evacuation of east Aleppo ...

Canadian tourist among seven killed by gunmen in Jordan, as police hunt suspects in Crusader-era castle

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Gunmen have killed seven people including a Canadian tourist and police officers in a city in southern Jordan where security forces were hunting down the unidentified attackers. The shootings took place in Karak, a tourist destination known for one of the biggest Crusader castles in the region, around 120 kilometres (70 miles) south of the capital ...

‘This isn’t Paris. It’s only men here’ – Inside the French Muslim no-go zones where women aren’t welcome

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Aquiet Paris bar where men play cards and bet on horses has become the unlikely focus of a national row over alleged no-go zones for women in predominantly Muslim areas. The bar in the impoverished north-eastern suburb of Sevran is accused of being one of many in France where women are effectively banned. The neighbourhood, near ...

Film highlights Fiji’s baffling rate of albinism

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Fiji is a popular destination for travellers in search of tropical beaches and sunshine, but many visitors would be unaware the country struggles with an unusually high rate of albinism. A new film has highlighted the issue, writes Ben Collins. Christine Nestel called Fiji’s largest television station to ask if she could use footage from a ...

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