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24
Jan
Edward Snowden won't be pressured to end asylum, Russia says

Edward Snowden may stay in Russia longer than first thought. Snowden has said the time isn't right for him to return to the United States, where he could face criminal charges for leaking classified information. Russia gave him asylum for a year. Now Russia says it will continue to extend asylum protections to Snowden and won't send him back home. That word came Friday from Alexy Pushkov, a legislator who is head of the Foreign Affairs... [read news]

01
Jan
Poll: Israelis, Palestinians back two-state solution, but fear bad faith of the other side

A poll suggests a majority of Israelis and Palestinians supports the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, but remains suspicious of the other side. The survey was released Wednesday, hours before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's return to the region. Kerry is trying to forge agreement on the outlines of a peace deal, but gaps remain. In the poll, 63 percent of 601 Israelis and 53 percent of 1,270 Palestinians... [read news]

30
Dec
Volgograd blasts: Second suicide bomb hits Russia city

At least 14 people have been killed in a suicide bombing on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd, investigators say. The blast comes a day after 17 people died in another suicide attack at the central station in the city. Security has been tightened at railway stations and airports across Russia. Moscow is concerned that militants could be ramping up violence in the run-up to the 2014 winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi in... [read news]

28
Dec
Syria conflict: Strike on Aleppo market 'kills 21'

A Syrian government airstrike on a crowded market in the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least 21 people, activists say. Videos uploaded by activists showed extensive damage to the market and corpses being pulled from cars. Many more were reported wounded in the strike. Government forces are reported to have killed about 400 people since beginning an aerial offensive in and around Aleppo two weeks ago. Syrian authorities say they are... [read news]

19
Dec
Indian UN peacekeepers killed in S Sudan attack

Three Indian peacekeepers have died in an attack on a United Nations compound in South Sudan's Jonglei state, India's UN envoy Asoke Mukerji has said. Rebels from the second-largest ethnic group, the Nuer, stormed the base on Thursday, targeting civilians of the majority Dinka ethnic community. South Sudan has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of mounting a coup. The unrest, which broke out on... [read news]

18
Dec
NSA: White House task force recommends surveillance curbs

A White House panel has recommended significant curbs on the National Security Agency's sweeping electronic surveillance programmes. Among its 46 recommendations, the five-member panel said the NSA should cease storing vast amounts of data on calls processed by US phone companies. Details of the snooping programme were leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, now a fugitive in Russia. The review comes after a federal judge found the... [read news]

16
Dec
Kaliningrad: European fears over Russian missiles

European countries bordering Russia's territory of Kaliningrad say they are worried at reports that Moscow has put nuclear-capable missiles there. Lithuania and Poland both issued statements of concern. Russia has not confirmed the report but insists it has every right to station missiles in its western-most region. Moscow has long threatened to move Iskander short-range missile systems to Kaliningrad in response to the United States' own... [read news]

14
Dec
Nelson Mandela's remains reach his childhood home in Qunu

A funeral cortege carrying Nelson Mandela's body arrived Saturday in his ancestral village of Qunu, in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, where he'll be buried surrounded by the lush green hills of his boyhood. South Africa's first black president will be laid to rest in Qunu on Sunday. After a plane carrying his casket touched down in Mthatha, the closest airport to Qunu, it was transported in a procession to his rural home. Mourners... [read news]

13
Dec
Three killed in separate Pakistan polio shootings

Gunmen have shot dead at least two policemen providing security to a team of polio workers in north-west Pakistan. A polio worker was also killed in a separate attack, local media have reported. The two policemen were travelling from the town of Swabi to Topi by motorbike when they were attacked. The polio worker was shot on the outskirts of Peshawar. The attacks are the latest in a series targeting polio teams in the country. No group... [read news]

12
Dec
S Africa investigates 'fake signer' security checks

South Africa's deputy disability minister says the government is investigating how a man who faked sign language at the Mandela memorial was given security clearance. Thamsanqa Dyantyi, who stood alongside national and international leaders at the event, has blamed his actions on a schizophrenic episode. He said he had become violent during such episodes in the past. The agency who employed him, SA Interpreters, has reportedly... [read news]


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