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Four French journalists held captive in Syria freed – Hollande

Fran├žois Hollande

Four French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year were freed today and are “in good health” President Francois Hollande has confirmed, saying they would arrive in France within hours. The president said he had “learned with great relief this morning of the liberation of the four French journalists”. Hollande said the four, […]

South Korea ferry disaster captain ‘arrested’

South Korea: captain of the South Korean ferry arrested

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago, leaving 28 people confirmed dead and 268 missing, was arrested early Saturday, Yonhap news agency reported. Lee Joon-Seok faces five charges, including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law, the agency said. A joint investigation team of police and prosecutors on Friday […]

Tunisian leader takes massive paycut

President Marzouki: a great example to follow

Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki announced on Friday his decision to voluntarily take a two-thirds pay cut as the government grapples with a financial situation it has described as “critical.” “We are facing a financial and economic crisis. The state must be a model… That is why I have decided to lower the legal salary of […]

Protesting Malaysians brand Obama enemy of Islam

Obama: protests in Malaysia

About 100 Malaysian Muslim activists protested Friday outside the US embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam. The demonstration underscored the delicate nature of Obama’s trip to Muslim-majority Malaysia, which will make him the first siting US president to visit in nearly half a century, a […]

Crack smoking mayor launches bid for re-election

Rob Ford on the hustings

Toronto’s scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election. Ford kicked off his campaign for the October 27 election telling supporters at a rally in Canada’s largest city Thursday that he was grateful to those who have stuck by him. “I soldier on day […]

South Sudan: Gunmen storm UN refugee base, kill 20

White Army: a rebel force in South Sudan

At least 20 people were killed and another 70 injured by gunmen posing as peaceful protestors who stormed a UN base in South Sudan, the US ambassador to the world body said. Samantha Power strongly condemned Thursday’s “brazen, inhuman attack on unarmed civilians” where 5,000 people are sheltering inside the base of the United Nations […]

Obama urges Democrats to be proud of Obamacare

Obama: protests in Malaysia

US President Barack Obama told fellow Democrats to stop saying sorry for his health care law Thursday, revealing that eight million people had now signed up for insurance. Obama said it was also time for Republicans to accept that the Affordable Care Act — the cornerstone of his domestic legacy, which was plagued by a […]

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