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Under-reported conflicts seen affecting millions in 2015

Under-reported conflicts seen affecting millions in 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While wars in Syria , Iraq and Ukraine make headlines in the West, around 30 other conflicts receive little press coverage, and the resulting lack of pressure for change could have serious implications for millions of people, experts say....

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20 killed, 36 injured in blasts in Egypt's Sinai

20 killed, 36 injured in blasts in Egypt's Sinai

 At least 20 people were killed and 36 others injured in multiple blasts that rocked the northern quadrant of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, a medical source said. "Some 20 people were killed and around 36 others – both civilians and military men – injured in...

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Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

(Reuters) - Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one. Accounts by five witnesses interviewed separately by Reuters...

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Thousands of live cats from China seized in Vietnam

Thousands of live cats from China seized in Vietnam

HANOI - Thousands of live cats destined "for consumption" have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance. Cat meat, known locally as "little tiger", is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and...

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Israel says Hezbollah not interested in escalating violence

Israel says Hezbollah not interested in escalating violence

(Reuters) -  Israel  said on Thursday it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border. The Israel-Lebanon frontier, where...

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Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

(Reuters) - Two Israel i soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and Israel. In the biggest escalation since a 2006 war,...

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Israel fires into Lebanon after attack on troops

Israel fires into Lebanon after attack on troops

Four Israeli soldiers have been injured in an attack on an army patrol near the border with Lebanon, the Israeli military says. A military vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile in the disputed Shebaa Farms area. Hezbollah said it carried out the attack. The...

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Israel shells Lebanon after Hezbollah strike on Israeli army convoy

Israel shells Lebanon after Hezbollah strike on Israeli army convoy

(Agencies)- Israel shells Lebanon after Hezbollah strike on Israeli army convoy. 4 Israeli soldiers wounded in attack near Lebanese border, Israel's army says; Hezbollah claims responsibility

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Turkey has no information about 5,000 fighters in Syria: Foreign Ministry

Turkey has no information about 5,000 fighters in Syria: Foreign Ministry

(Daily News)- Ankara has no information on about 5,000 of the foreign fighters believed to be in Syria, a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said, while updating the number of foreigners blacklisted from entering Turkey over suspected jihadist links....

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Egypt confirms jail terms for leading liberal activists

Egypt confirms jail terms for leading liberal activists

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court upheld three-year jail sentences on Tuesday for three prominent liberal activists, judicial sources said, after days of violence around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. In 2013, a court handed down the...

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Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

(Reuters) - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. The hostage crisis has become...

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Obama in Riyadh holds talks with King Salman

Obama in Riyadh holds talks with King Salman

President Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday at the head of a heavyweight delegation including senior U.S. officials to meet the new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. King Salman greeted Obama, who was accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, soon after Air Force One...

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Houthis have released kidnapped Yemen aide, sources say

Houthis have released kidnapped Yemen aide, sources say

(Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi movement has freed the presidential chief of staff, whom it seized on Jan. 17 during a power struggle with then President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Houthi official Ali al-Quhoom and two government officials said on Tuesday. The seizure of the aide, Ahmed...

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Iraq: Peshmerga forces kill 36 ISIL militants in Sinjar

Iraq: Peshmerga forces kill 36 ISIL militants in Sinjar

Iraqi Peshmerga forces killed 36 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants Tuesday near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a Peshmerga commander said. “Peshmerga forces repelled ISIL’s attack and killed 36 militants, including Abo Omar al-Kurdi, an ISIL leader,”Albay...

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12 foreigners rescued from Tripoli hotel

12 foreigners rescued from Tripoli hotel

Libyan security forces on Tuesday rescued 12 foreign nationals from a prominent Tripoli hotel who, it was feared, had been taken hostage by militants earlier. "The 12 foreigners have left the 21st floor [of Tripoli's Corinthia Hotel] to the 26th floor, where they were rescued...

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Four dead as Russian banker commits murder-suicide

Four dead as Russian banker commits murder-suicide

The deputy head of a regional department of Russia's Central Bank has shot dead three office colleagues before killing himself, according to Russian media reports. The banker reportedly killed two female members of staffs before shooting dead a male bank employee on the...

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UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay. "The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and...

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At least five arrested in 'anti-jihadist' raid in France: security source

At least five arrested in 'anti-jihadist' raid in France: security source

Montpellier (France) (AFP) - At least five people were arrested during a anti-jihadist operation in southern France that was still ongoing early Tuesday, a security source said. The operation took place in the small town of Lunel east of Montpellier in southern France,...

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