Meryem Bektas

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Nigeria's $1bn loan to fight Boko Haram delayed

<b>Nigeria's National Assembly has broken up for a two-month recess, meaning approval for a loan to help the military fight Boko Haram must wait.</b><p>President Goodluck Jonathan submitted an urgent request to borrow $1bn (£580m) on the penultimate day of parliamentary business.<p>Analysts say it would …

Accusations fly over MH17 crash in Ukraine

International monitors investigating the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine said Friday the team was not given full access to the site and was greeted with hostility by armed men.<p>"There didn't seem to be anyone really in control," Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the Organization for …

Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on southern China

After wreaking damage on the Philippines and claiming at least 64 lives over Tuesday and Wednesday, a newly intensified Typhoon Rammasun is bearing down on Hainan and Guangdong provinces in southern China.<p>The storm, which was downgraded as it passed over the Philippines, gained strength again over …

UN: more than 5,000 killed in Iraq this year

The United Nations has said at least 5,576 civilians have been killed by violence in Iraq this year.<p>At least 11,665 have been wounded since January, when Sunni fighters from the group calling itself the Islamic State, overran the city of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar, the UN said on …