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Assad’s “empty” plans for Syria dismissed by opposition

Assad’s “empty” plans for Syria dismissed by opposition

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has rejected proposals laid out by President Assad in a speech in which he denounced the opposition as “puppets of the West”. The US has condemned the hour-long speech in which Mr Assad called for [read more]

Israeli PM Netanyahu under electoral pressure from “ultra-nationalist” candidate

Israeli PM Netanyahu under electoral pressure from “ultra-nationalist” candidate

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been forced to reassess his electoral campaign after a surprise challenge from the ultra-right party Jewish Home.  The Israeli PM suffered in recent opinion polls as support for Naftali [read more]

Syria death toll passes 60,000 says UN

Syria death toll passes 60,000 says UN

Since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011 more than 60,000 people have been killed, according to the UN. Previous estimates by Syrian opposition groups assumed there were closer to 50,000 casualties. However the study commissioned by [read more]

At least 60 killed in Ivory Coast fireworks crush

At least 60 killed in Ivory Coast fireworks crush

Three days of national mourning have been declared in Ivory Coast after a stampede killed at least 60 people on New Year’s Eve. It is unclear what caused the stampede at a fireworks display at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in [read more]

India protests as gang-rape victim dies in Singapore

India protests as gang-rape victim dies in Singapore

The attack of an Indian gang-rape victim who died in Singapore on last Saturday has sparked protests over gender equality, which has been ongoing for two weeks. Protesters are calling for new laws on rape and violence against woman. UN [read more]

Crisis in Aleppo: Syria’s largest city endures inhuman conditions

Crisis in Aleppo: Syria’s largest city endures inhuman conditions

In Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, there is no electricity, no petrol and bread is scarce. As winter draws in, the death toll is destined to rise. Since the Syrian uprising began in March last year the violence has claimed an estimated [read more]

Obama formally recognises Syrian opposition

Obama formally recognises Syrian opposition

President Barack Obama has recognised the Syrian opposition as the “legitimate representation” of the Syrian people. The US has backed the Syrian opposition, led by cleric Moaz al-Khatib, as they feel it is open and representative [read more]

Israel suspected of leaking Iran nuclear data

Israel suspected of leaking Iran nuclear data

Israel has been accused of leaking information that implements Iran in nuclear weapons experiments in an attempt to stall its government. The latest leak, published by the Associated Press (AP), shows a supposed Iranian diagram depicting [read more]

Death toll passes 300 in wake of Philippine storm

Death toll passes 300 in wake of Philippine storm

More than 300 people have died and 170,000 people have been displaced in the wake of Typhoon Bopha, which hit the Philippines on Tuesday. The devastation it has caused is now becoming apparent, with the death toll already rising past 325. [read more]

Crisis continues as Nato may approve Turkey missile request

Crisis continues as Nato may approve Turkey missile request

It is expected that foreign ministers will approve the deployment of anti-missile weapons to protect Turkey’s border with Syria against chemical weapons. The Patriotic batteries which could be deployed to Turkey would be used to [read more]

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