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  • Syria | Critical

    Activists allege chlorine gas attack

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  • Iran | Info

    US to free Iran funds as Tehran cuts uranium stockpile

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  • Ukraine | Info

    Deal to de-escalate agreed in Geneva

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  • Ukraine | Critical

    East Ukraine militants snub Geneva deal

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  • Nepal | Critical

    Everest avalanche kills at least 12 Sherpa guides

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  • Peru | Critical

    Authorities evacuate area around Ubinas volcano

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  • Brazil | Info

    Police end pay strike

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  • South Sudan | Critical

    Deadly attack on UN base

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  • Mali | Info

    French troops free kidnapped aid workers

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  • Libya | Critical

    Tunisian diplomat kidnapped

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  • Iran | Info

    IAEA says Iran has cut uranium stock

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  • Algeria | Info

    Algerians vote on Bouteflika's re-election bid

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  • United Kingdom | Info

    Large weapons find in London

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  • United Kingdom | Info

    Underground staff plan five days of strikes

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  • Russia | Info

    Putin cautious on right to send troops into Ukraine

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  • Pakistan | Critical

    Taliban announce end to cease-fire

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  • India | Info

    Voting starts on biggest polling day

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  • China | Info

    Workers strike at shoe factory over benefits dispute

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  • Ethiopia | Critical

    Gunmen kill nine in truck attack

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  • United States of America | Info

    Prosecution start case against Abu Hamza

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Syria | critical

Activists allege chlorine gas attack

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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On Thursday activists in Syria published what they say is evidence of a chlorine gas attack by government forces. Footage posted online, which cannot be verified, shows medics trying to revive four young men suffering what appear to be symptoms of poisoning. A voice off-screen says the location is Harasta, just outside the capital Damascus. Use of chlorine as a weapon of war is banned and Syria committed to declaring and giving up its stocks last year. The face of one of the men in the video appeared to be covered in vomit. It is the fourth chemical weapons attack the opposition has alleged this month. On Monday, activists said the Syrian government carried out another alleged chlorine attack north of the city of Hama. The Syrian government blamed the opposition. Opposition activists have also posted online unverified photographs and video of what they said was an improvised chlorine "barrel" bomb dropped from helicopters on the the rebel-held village of Kfar Zeita during attacks on Friday and Saturday last week.

Iran | info

US to free Iran funds as Tehran cuts uranium stockpile

Date Fri, Apr 18 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear program. It said $450m (£270m) would be made available in light of a report by the world's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA. On Thursday the agency said Iran had neutralized half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile. The six-month deal saw Iran agree to scale back its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. World powers are concerned Iran is seeking the capability to build nuclear weapons, a charge Iran strongly denies. Talks have started on turning the temporary agreement, which came into effect in January, into a permanent one. The interim deal is due to expire on July 20.

Ukraine | info

Deal to de-escalate agreed in Geneva

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Europe & FSU

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Russia, the US and the European Union announced on Thursday that all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in Ukraine. Their foreign ministers were speaking at the end of talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US in the Swiss city of Geneva. Analysts say the outline agreement could stay economic sanctions the West was preparing to impose on Russia. Ukraine has been in crisis since the toppling of its pro-Moscow president. Russia then annexed the Crimean peninsula, part of Ukraine but with a Russian-speaking majority population, in a move that provoked international outrage. This was followed by the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists opposed to the new order in the capital Kiev.

Ukraine | critical

East Ukraine militants snub Geneva deal

Date Fri, Apr 18 2014

Location Europe & FSU

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Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk say they will not leave the government building there, defying the Kiev authorities and threatening a new international deal on Ukraine. The separatists' spokesman told the media that the Kiev government was "illegal", so they would not go until the Kiev government stepped down. Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US earlier agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine must leave official buildings. They reached the deal in Geneva. Alexander Gnezdilov, spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said his group would evacuate the government building in the eastern city only when the "illegal" Kiev government vacated parliament and the presidential administration. A tense standoff continues in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists - many of them armed - are occupying official buildings in at least nine cities and towns. Another protest leader in Donetsk said the separatists would not leave unless pro-European demonstrators in Kiev's Maidan Square packed up their camp first.

Nepal | critical

Everest avalanche kills at least 12 Sherpa guides

Date Fri, Apr 18 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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At least 12 local guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, Nepali officials say. The avalanche struck around 06:45 local time (01:00 GMT) in an area known as the "popcorn field", just above Everest base camp at 5,800m (19,000ft). A spokesman for Nepal's tourism ministry told the media some missing climbers had been rescued, but more are still missing. It is thought to be the deadliest climbing tragedy on the mountain. The Sherpa guides had climbed up the slope early in the morning to fix ropes for climbers and prepare the route for mountaineers when the avalanche hit, officials are quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

Peru | critical

Authorities evacuate area around Ubinas volcano

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Americas

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The authorities in Peru say they are evacuating people living near the Ubinas volcano, in the south of the country, because of increased activity. Officials said it would take three days to move 4,000 residents and their livestock to safer grounds. Ubinas, Peru's most active volcano recently began spewing ash clouds up to 4km (2 miles) high. An eruption of cinder and toxic gases in 2006 killed livestock and forced a similar evacuation. Last week, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the provinces closest to the volcano to help those most-affected. Agriculture Minister Juan Benites said the residents and their 30,000 animals, including llamas and alpacas, would be moved to an area 20km (12 miles) away. The 5,672-metre (18,609-foot) volcano is located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Arequipa, Peru's second-most populous city.

Brazil | info

Police end pay strike

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Americas

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Police in the state of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil say they have voted to end a two-day strike over pay after accepting an improved government offer. They said they accepted salary increases ranging from 25% to 60%, according to Brazil's G1 news portal. On Wednesday, elite police units and armed soldiers were deployed to the state to restore order amid a hike in the number of murders and other crimes. Shops were also looted in the capital, Salvador, following the walkout. Brazil's third-largest city is due to host six matches during the football World Cup, which begins in June. Following their vote to end the walkout, the protesting officers were seen on local TV celebrating what they said was a "victory." Their decision came a day after a federal judge ruled the dispute illegal and ordered the striking officers to return to work or their union would face fines.

South Sudan | critical

Deadly attack on UN base

Date Fri, Apr 18 2014

Location Africa

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Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan town of Bor have been killed in an attack by 350 armed youths, the UN says. Toby Lanzer, the UN's top aid official in South Sudan, told the media that the youths broke through the gates and opened fire. UN peacekeepers returned fire and eventually repelled the attackers, he said. Almost 5,000 civilians are sheltering at the base in the war-ravaged town. Thousands of people have been killed in South Sudan since fighting began in December between supporters of President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. Mr Lanzer said a group of about 350 youths had left the center of Bor, in Jonglei state, and approached the base on Thursday morning, allegedly wanting to present a petition.

Mali | info

French troops free kidnapped aid workers

Date Fri, Apr 18 2014

Location Africa

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French troops in Mali have freed five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country in February. The five were released in a raid near the northern town of Timbuktu and were in good health, the French and Malian presidents said in a joint statement. Four of those captured worked for the Red Cross. At the time it was reported that they were kidnapped by the Mujao Islamist militant group. Mujao was among the militant groups ousted from northern towns last year. France led the military intervention but attacks by al-Qaeda-linked insurgents have continued in Mali's vast northern region.

Libya | critical

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya's foreign ministry said, days after gunmen seized Jordan's ambassador. A spokesman for the foreign ministry said it was unclear who was behind the kidnapping of the Tunisian diplomat. An official in Tunisia's foreign ministry said, "We cannot confirm that he has been kidnapped but we have been unable to contact him."

Iran | info

IAEA says Iran has cut uranium stock

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, as per a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been checking Iran's adherence to the deal, struck with six world powers. The powers want Iran to scale back its enrichment of uranium, which they fear could be used to make a nuclear bomb. Iran says its nuclear work is peaceful. It agreed to the deal in exchange for the easing of some sanctions. Iran has diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile, the IAEA said in a confidential report. The full report is due to be published next week.

Algeria | info

Algerians vote on Bouteflika’s re-election bid

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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Algerians are voting in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term. The 77-year-old leader, who suffered a stroke last year and rarely appears in public, cast his vote in a wheelchair. Despite not personally campaigning, Mr Bouteflika is expected to beat his five other opponents. A coalition of Islamist and secular opposition parties have called for a boycott, describing the presidential election as a sham. They say Mr Bouteflika is unfit to run because of his health problems. Three other presidential candidates pulled out of the race soon after Mr Bouteflika's candidacy was announced, saying the result was now a foregone conclusion.

United Kingdom | info

Large weapons find in London

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Europe & FSU

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One of the capital's biggest gun hauls has been made in east London, the Metropolitan Police have said. The 30 firearms seized from an address in Leyton include assault rifles, sawn off shotguns and a Thompson machine gun. A large amount of ammunition was also seized in the raid on Wednesday morning. Acting Det Supt Gary Bruce said the size of the haul was "exceptional." He added: "The danger of these weapons in the wrong hands cannot be overestimated." A 51-year-old man was arrested by the Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force and remains in custody, the police said. The Met said Operation Trident detectives were investigating. The force said in the past two years shootings in London had been reduced by 40%. Officers have seized more than 320 firearms since April 2013.

United Kingdom | info

Underground staff plan five days of strikes

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Europe & FSU

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London Underground workers are to take five days of strike action over Tube (underground/metro) ticket office closures, the RMT Union has announced. The row is about the closure of all 260 Tube ticket offices and 960 job cuts. Members will walk out from 21:00 BST on April 28 for two days and again from the same time on May 5 for three days. Widespread disruption was caused in February when Tube workers took strike action for one day. A second day was postponed so talks could take place. At the time, the unions, RMT and TSSA, said London Underground had agreed to hold two months of talks, which would include a station-by-station review of the ticket office closures. The latest Tube strike was announced on the same day as TSSA Union members voted to take strike action in a row over cuts to final salary pensions and a wage freeze. The union said 1,000 staff had backed the action 3-1, with the turnout among staff being 47%. Transport for London said disputes were solved by talking and not via strikes.

Russia | info

Putin cautious on right to send troops into Ukraine

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Europe & FSU

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he has "a right" to send troops into Ukraine but hopes he will "not have to exercise that right", he was speaking live on Russian TV after a clash in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, in which three pro-Russian protesters were reportedly killed. Mr Putin said he hoped the crisis would be resolved through dialogue. Talks have opened in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US - the first since unrest erupted in Crimea. In his annual live television phone-in, Mr Putin warned the Ukrainian authorities of "the abyss they're heading into" and urged dialogue. He also admitted for the first time that Russian forces had been active in Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow last month. Previously he insisted that the camouflaged, masked gunmen who took over Crimea were a local "self-defense" force.

Pakistan | critical

Taliban announce end to cease-fire

Date Wed, Apr 16 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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The Pakistani Taliban have announced that they will not extend the ceasefire they began in March, effectively ending their truce with the government. On Wednesday a Pakistani Taliban (TTP) spokesman said the move was due to the government ignoring their demands, but that they remained committed to peace talks. There was no immediate response from the government. Peace talks with the TTP were a key campaign pledge for PM Nawaz Sharif in last year's elections. The two sides had agreed to the cease-fire as part of peace efforts.

India | info

Voting starts on biggest polling day

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Nearly 200 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots in 121 seats in 12 states, including Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The nine-phase vote began on April 7 and will conclude on May 12. Votes will be counted on May 16. More than 814 million Indians are eligible to vote in the polls. Polling has been already completed in 111 seats, and voter turnout in most states has been higher than in 2009. Thursday is one of the most critical days of voting spread across 12 states, from Indian-administered Kashmir in the north, to the information-technology hub of Bangalore in the south, Rajasthan in the west and the tea-growing Himalayan town of Darjeeling in the east.

China | info

Workers strike at shoe factory over benefits dispute

Date Thu, Apr 17 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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Tens of thousands of workers at one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers are continuing a strike in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan in a dispute over benefits. Employees of Yue Yuen Industrial accuse the company of failing to match monthly contributions for social insurance and housing benefits workers say they were promised. The company, which makes shoes for major sportswear companies including Adidas, Nike, Converse and New Balance, had sales of $7.58 billion in 2013. In 2012, it said it had more than 400,000 employees in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. About 60,000 work in its factories in Dongguan.

Ethiopia | critical

Gunmen kill nine in truck attack

Date Wed, Apr 16 2014

Location Africa

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Gunmen opened fire on a truck in western Ethiopia Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring seven. "Unidentified armed men opened fire on a truck carrying 28 people, killing nine on board," the information ministry said in a statement. The motive for the attack was not known, but officials said they were investigating the attack, which took place in the remote Benishangul region, about 400km (250miles) northwest of Addis Ababa. The attack took place near the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, set to be Africa's largest hydroelectric project.

United States of America | info

Prosecution start case against Abu Hamza

Date Wed, Apr 16 2014

Location Americas

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Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012. The Egyptian-born preacher denies 11 terrorism charges including providing support to al-Qaeda and trying to set up an al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon. He was extradited from a UK prison, having been jailed for seven years for inciting murder and race hate. It was specified that he must be tried in a civilian court in the US. This stipulation was made by British and European court rulings after a legal battle which began when the US requested Abu Hamza's extradition in 2004. Abu Hamza sat in court on Monday as District Judge Katherine Forrest explained the 11 charges against him to potential jurors.