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Kenyan presidential car found abandoned in Uganda

BMW stolen from Uhuru Kenyatta's convoy recovered in neighbouring country by police officers and flying squad<p>An average of three carjackings a day in Nairobi has earned the Kenyan capital the unfortunate nickname "Nairobbery". No one it seems, is immune. Not even the president.<p>A BMW car from his …

Africa
Russia

Huge new Israeli settlement in West Bank condemned by US and UK

British foreign secretary urges Israel to reverse decision to seize 990 acres of Palestinian land near Gvaot to create new city<p>The UK and US governments have criticised, in unusually strong language, Israel's decision to approve one of the largest appropriations of Palestinian land for settlement …

Lesotho PM flees country amid coup claims

Lesotho's prime minister has said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, as he accused the military of seizing power and leaving his country in flux.<p>Tom Thabane told Al Jazeera on Saturday that the army was "all over the streets", and had taken control of government buildings …

David Cameron welcomes new European Council president's pledge

<b>David Cameron has welcomed a commitment by the new president of the European Council to reach a deal with the UK on EU reform.</b><p>Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was appointed to the role at a summit in Brussels, said he "cannot imagine" the European Union without the UK.<p>He said the free …

Europe

Britain accused of conniving at torture of Maoists in Nepal's civil war

Author says MI6 assisted Nepalese army as it carried out gross human rights violations in war with Maoist rebels<p>British authorities have been accused of funding a four-year intelligence operation in Nepal that led to Maoist rebels being arrested, tortured and killed during the country’s civil …

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy | Reuters

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony’s next leader in 2017.<p>A pro-democracy protester carries a placard which …

UK must offer asylum to terror refugees - Archbishop of York

<b>The Archbishop of York has urged the government to do more to offer asylum to Christians and others being persecuted by Islamic State terrorists.</b><p>He warned the "bloodthirsty" extremists could end up committing genocide as the conflict in Iraq and Syria intensifies.<p>The UK faces growing pressure to …

Middle East

Macau 're-elects' new leader as authorities stifle democratic rumblings | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, re-elected its leader and sole candidate Fernando Chui on Sunday, a widely expected result after the pro-China government stifled an unofficial referendum on democracy.<p>Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui speaks at a news conference …

Who is Federica Mogherini - the new woman in charge of EU foreign policy?

Mogherini, a rising star in Italian politics, will help shake up the European 'gentleman’s club'<p>To get a good glimpse of the back room horse trading that typify European Union appointments, many have argued the rapid rise of Federica Mogherini is a case in point.<p>Lacking experience and seen as …

Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and the powerful military cautioned the prime minister against further use of force in the crisis that has triggered the biggest challenge yet to his …

Turkish deputy PM Babacan to maintain oversight of economy: officials | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new government, senior officials told Reuters late on Saturday, a move likely to ease concerns of a turf war within the cabinet.<p>Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan leaves …

Bahrain arrests top human rights activist

The prominent Bahrain human rights activist and critic of the ruling family, Maryam al-Khawaja, has been arrested by authorities on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport.<p>Posts on the Twitter account of Khawaja said she had been charged with insulting the king, assaulting police officers, and …

Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

BEIRUT (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 45 Fijian troops.<p>The getaway, combined with the …

Islamist rebels attack intelligence site in Somalia, 12 killed | Reuters

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist rebels blew up a car bomb and gunmen attacked a national intelligence site in Somalia’s capital where suspected militants are held, in an assault on Sunday that left at least 12 people dead.<p>Three soldiers and two civilians were killed along with seven militants, …

Poll shows Britain's UKIP to win parliamentary seat after lawmaker defection | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) will win its first directly elected parliamentary seat after the defection of a lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party last week, an opinion poll on Sunday showed.<p>Last week Douglas Carswell switched …

German security official warns of terror threat

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.<p>Unlike Britain, Germany hasn't raised its national threat level for terrorism recently. But Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office …

Lesotho's deputy premier in charge after PM flees 'coup' | Reuters

MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane accused Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing of helping to plan a coup by the army that forced the prime minister to flee the country.<p>Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane attends a European Union-Africa summit in Brussels April 2, 2014. …

Suicide attack on prison shatters Mogadishu calm

Suspected Islamist militants in Somalia launched an assault on the facility today in an apparent bid to free jailed comrades<p>A high security prison that was attacked by Islamist militants in a suicide car bomb assault has been retaken by Somali government forces, according to reports.<p>The prison, …

Extremism

Israel's military says Patriot missile shot down drone from Syria

Israel's air force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered the nation's airspace over the Syrian border Sunday, Israeli military officials said.<p>According to an army statement, the drone crossed the border near Quneitra and was destroyed by a Patriot surface-to-air missile.<p>Defense Minister …

French PM calls for unity after Socialist party infighting

Manuel Valls greeted with applause and angry whistling during speech to party conference a week after dissolving government<p>The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, was greeted with applause and angry whistling on Sunday as he made a valiant attempt to calm dissent that has split the ruling …

Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.<p>Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should …

Vladimir Putin demands negotiations over 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine

Moscow deepens its involvement in the conflict and urges quick negotiations on the 'political organisation of society and statehood for southeastern Ukraine'<p>Vladimir Putin demanded negotiations over “statehood” for eastern Ukraine as Moscow deepened its involvement in the bloody conflict between …

Sweden discovers suspected case of Ebola, official says

The individual is only suspected of having the Ebola virus and is being held in isolation<p>A suspected case of the Ebola virus has been discovered in the Swedish capital Stockholm, a local official told AFP on Sunday.<p>"So far it's just a suspected case," the official said, without giving more …

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is facing a military commission at Guantanamo Bay and potentially the death penalty. He was captured in 2003 but his case still hasn't gone to trial.<p>Last week, Maj. Jason Wright — one of the lawyers defending …

Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria for Cameroon

Cameroon has seen a 'flood' of people as residents in Nigeria's far northeast flee from their homes<p>Sustained Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria's far northeast have forced thousands of people from their homes, swamping towns in the north of neighbouring Cameroon, authorities said on Sunday.<p>"We've been …

Obama's 'cautious' approach on ISIS is panned

After President Barack Obama said he didn't yet have a strategy for ISIS in Syria, even a Democrat on Sunday criticized the President's approach to fighting the extremist terror group.<p>There's been the expected GOP criticism: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, said the President's statement was …