NEWS OF THE DAYZambian vice president Guy Scott Wednesday became Africa�s first white leader in more than two decades after being named interim president following the death of Michael Sata in London. The 77-year-old Sata, nicknamed �King Cobra� for his sharp rhetoric, died Tuesday while undergoing treatment for an unspecified illness in London�s King Edward VII hospital.
STOCKHOLM: Sweden on Thursday officially recognised the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as 'historic' by Palestinians but denounced by Israel. 'Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine,' Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after the country's new prime minister announced the government's plans to make the controversial move. 'It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination,' she said. 'We hope that this will show the way for others.' Wallstroem told reporters at a briefing Thursday that 'we are not picking sides. We're... more ›
SURUC: A convoy of heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga fighters reached the Turkish-Syrian border Thursday to join fellow Kurds in the battle against the Islamic State group for the besieged town of Kobane. After travelling through southeastern Turkey along roads clogged with flag-waving Kurds, the convoy arrived overnight Thursday in the border town of Suruc, an AFP photographer said. The fighters linked up there with a second group of peshmerga who had flown in on Wednesday, but it was unclear when they would cross into Kobane, where local Kurds have been holding off an IS onslaught for six weeks.... more ›
RAMALLAH: Israel's closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a 'declaration of war,' Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Thursday. 'This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,' his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina quoted him as saying. 'We hold the Israeli government responsible for this dangerous escalation in Jerusalem that has reached its peak through the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque this morning,' he told AFP. The compound houses Islam's... more ›
WASHINGTON: The US Navy Seal commando who fired the shots which killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is to reveal his identity in a Fox News television documentary next month, the network announced Wednesday. �The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden� will air in two segments November 11-12, with the commando recounting his role in the raid that killed Bin Laden at his Pakistani compound in 2011. The Navy SEAL �will share his story of training to be a member of America�s elite fighting force and explain his involvement in Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that killed Bin... more ›
OUAGADOUGOU: Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso on Thursday, setting parliament ablaze in a surge of violence that forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow president Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. Hundreds of people broke through a heavy security cordon and stormed the National Assembly building in the capital Ouagadougou, ransacking offices and setting fire to cars, before attacking the national television headquarters. One man was killed in the chaos that erupted in the poor west African nation shortly before lawmakers were due to vote on the controversial... more ›
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