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Stop Linking the Sydney Siege to Islam

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Russian plane has near-miss with passenger aircraft over Sweden

For the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft turned off its transponders to avoid commercial radar and nearly collided with a passenger jet over Sweden, officials have said.<p>Swedish authorities said that on Friday, a Russian military aircraft nearly collided above southern Sweden with …

Low turnout expected as Japan votes in parliamentary election

Japanese voters have headed to the polls in a parliamentary election that is expected to reaffirm the ruling Liberal Democratic party’s majority, though many analysts were predicting a record low turnout.<p>Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, called Sunday’s snap election for the lower house, saying he …

Omar al-Bashir celebrates ICC decision to halt Darfur investigation

Sudanese president accuses court of trying to humiliate his country as prosecutor criticises UN security council<p>The Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has hailed the international criminal court’s suspension of its investigations into alleged war crimes in Darfur, accusing it of trying to …

Haiti prime minister quits following violent protests

Laurent Lamothe has announced he will comply with a commission calling for him to step down<p>The Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced early on Sunday that he was resigning along with several ministers, in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to …

What We’re Missing in the Global Education Race

Nearly 15 years ago, the global community set an unprecedented goal—to give every child access to primary education. We have made progress, but today …

'Fragile' Ukraine Truce Leads to First Casualty-Free Day

A tentative truce between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine has resulted in the first 24 hours free from deaths and injuries …

Papua Remains a Killing Field Even Under New Indonesian President Jokowi

The vivid images that emerged from Indonesia’s Papua province this week are pretty gruesome: teenage boys in school uniforms lie in a pool of blood, …

Exclusive - Cash-strapped Iraq seeks Kuwait war reparation delay

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq is seeking to postpone a final $4.6 billion (£2.9 billion) instalment of reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters, as it faces a cash crisis caused by falling oil prices and war with Islamic State.<p>Iraq's Finance …

Russia's Lavrov says peace talks in Ukraine needed swiftly - TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated on Friday Moscow’s calls to convene as soon as possible another round of peace talks on the conflict in east Ukraine’s Donbass region, TASS news agency reported.<p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to media in a news …

ISIS Is Trying To Sell The Body Of U.S. Hostage James Foley For $1 Million

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Middlemen with ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have turned to a grim new method of trying to secure funds in recent days. With the group having failed to strike deals to ransom the U.S. hostages in its custody — instead beheading three of them since July — its …

Middle East

Isis: the inside story

In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings and then a maze of wire corridors, into an open yard, where men with …