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EU, Burundi’s Catholic Church Pull Out From Observing Elections

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives to the Eastern Partnership Summit session in Riga, Latvia, May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

The European Union and Burundi’s influential Roman Catholic Church on Thursday pulled out from observing elections in the African country, saying that next month’s vote cannot be fair because of daily unrest and a crackdown on media. Reuters have more: More than a month of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s ... Read More »

Spain Charges Boko Haram Leader, Shekau With Crimes Against Humanity

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Spain’s state prosecutor charged the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, with terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack on a Nigerian town in which a Spanish nun was assaulted, court papers said. Reuters reports: Spain has pioneered the use of universal jurisdiction, the ... Read More »

Washington DC Officials Block Muhammad Subway Cartoon


Transport officials in Washington DC have blocked plans by an American free speech pressure group to have a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad displayed on the subway. The American Freedom Defense Initiative wanted to display the cartoon, which won first prize at an event in Texas. BBC has more: Two ... Read More »

China Executes Teacher For Sexually Abusing 26 Girls


China’s top court said it has executed a primary school teacher found guilty of defiling or sexually abusing 26 girls. Li Jishun had committed the crimes between 2011 and 2012 while teaching at a village school in Gansu province. He preyed on pupils aged 4 to 11 who were “young and timid”, ... Read More »

Amid Fifa Corruption Scandal, Blatter And Ali Vie For Presidency


The 209 members of Fifa are to vote for their new president at a congress in Zurich, as football’s world governing body faces a major corruption scandal. Sepp Blatter, the favourite, is seeking a fifth term. He is being challenged by Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan. BBC has more: The ... Read More »

Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Sweeps Parliament In Early Vote Results

Election officials count votes at the end of the voting exercise in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies have won a big majority in parliament, election officials said on Wednesday, based on an early count in a weekend election in which the opposition complained of harassment. Reuters was there: Charges of abuses were dismissed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, leader of the ... Read More »

Iran And North Korea Forging Ballistic, Nuclear Ties – Dissidents

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the 810 army unit’s Salmon farms in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. REUTERS/KCNA

An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program. Reuters reports: The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) ... Read More »

‘New Species’ Of Ancient Human Found


A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report. Researchers discovered jaw bones and teeth, which date to between 3.3m and 3.5m years old. It means this new hominin was alive at the same time as several other early human species, suggesting our family ... Read More »

French Barman Guilty Of Killing Customer After Allowing Him Drink Over 56 Shots


A French barman has been convicted of manslaughter and given a suspended sentence after allowing a customer drink 56 shots that led to his death. Renaud Prudhomme, 56, was at the bar with his daughter and friends when he attempted to break its shots record. BBC has more: Mr Prudhomme was ... Read More »

Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty After Veto-override


The US state of Nebraska has abolished the death penalty after a veto-override was passed through its legislature. The measure was backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose execution as a form of punishment. Nebraska joins 18 other states and the federal district of Washington, DC, in banning capital punishment, and ... Read More »

Woman Accused Of Witchcraft Axed To Death In Papua New Guinea – Missionary


Police in Papua New Guinea vowed to find the men who axed to death a woman accused of using witchcraft to spark a measles outbreak in the country’s remote jungle highlands, a missionary said on Wednesday after meeting authorities. Reuters was there: The woman, Mifila, was one of four women ... Read More »

Air Strikes Kill At Least 80 In Deadliest Bombings Of Yemen War

A man walks past houses damaged by Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen's northwestern city of Saada May 26, 2015. Picture taken May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen. Reuters have more: Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized Sanaa last September and then thrust into ... Read More »

Migrant Crisis: EU Asks States To Accept 40,000 Asylum Seekers


The European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who will land in Italy and Greece over the next two years. Germany, France and Spain would receive the most migrants under the Commission’s latest plan. BBC reports: The idea of using ... Read More »

Islamic State Suicide Bombings Kill Troops In Iraq’s Anbar


Not less than 17 Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a series of suicide attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar province, security officials say. BBC has more: The militants reportedly launched a wave of bombings outside the IS-held city of Falluja on Tuesday night. The attacks came hours after pro-government ... Read More »

Pakistan Detains Axact CEO, Shoaib Sheikh For Selling ‘Fake Degrees’


Pakistani investigators have detained the head of a global internet technology firm suspected of an alleged multi-million dollar fraud selling fake university degrees online. BBC was there: Axact’s CEO Shoaib Sheikh and his deputy, Waqas Atiq, were taken into custody after a raid at their Karachi offices on Tuesday night. Officials ... Read More »

Heat Wave In India Kills Over 500 People


Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which ... Read More »

Around 25 Kenyan Police Killed In Al Shabaab Attacks


Al Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 Kenyan police on Monday, ambushing some officers in a village in the east of the country after others died when their vehicle hit a landmine planted by the militants, their military spokesman said. The Islamist group also burnt five vehicles in the two incidents, ... Read More »

Military Operation Begins To Liberate Iraq’s Anbar Province From Islamic State

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja, Iraq May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraq formally announced on Tuesday the start of a military operation to liberate the western province of Anbar from Islamic State insurgents. According to a report by Reuters, Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for the Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashid Shaabi, which are taking part, said in a news conference broadcast ... Read More »

Malaysia Exhumes Suspected Migrant Remains From Graves


Malaysia has begun exhuming bodies suspected to be migrants buried in mass grave sites found by the Thai border. Authorities believe migrants were held for ransom in jungle camps, and those who died were buried in 139 graves. BBC was there: Thousands of migrants have left Myanmar and Bangladesh in recent ... Read More »

China Nursing Home Fire Kills 38 In Henan


A fire at a care home for elderly people in China’s Henan province has killed 38 people, state media report. Another six people were injured in the fire, which broke out at the privately run Kangleyuan home in Pingdingshan city on Monday night. BBC reports: Two of the injured were in ... Read More »