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Syria Rebels Seeks Unity Against Russian ‘Occupation’


Dozens of Syrian rebel groups have called for unity in response to Russian air strikes and vowed to attack Russian forces in Syria. Forty-one groups, including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham faction and some units fighting under the Free Syrian Army, condemned “the Russian-Iranian alliance occupying Syria” in a statement released on Monday. The rebels called ... Read More »

Denmark Moves To Tighten Citizenship Requirements


Politicians in Denmark have agreed to make it more difficult to acquire citizenship in the country. The Northern European country last month cut benefits for asylum seekers in another move to deter an influx of refugees and economic migrants. Aljazeera reports: “Acquiring Danish citizenship is something very special, and therefore it ... Read More »

Israel Razes Attackers’ Homes As Unrest Spreads


Israel has razed a pair of homes belonging to the families of two Palestinians who attacked Israelis last year, according to witnesses and media reports. Israeli authorities demolished the home of Ghassan Abu Jamal during the early hours of Tuesday. Another home, belonging to Muhammad Jaabis, was also flattened. Both were located ... Read More »

Coalition Troops Killed After Attack In Yemen’s Aden


Attacks on several targets in the Yemeni-port city of Aden have killed 15 soldiers from the Arab coalition and its allies in Yemen, according to the official WAM news agency based in the United Arab Emirates. Aljazeera reports: Explosions hit a hotel housing Yemeni officials and a Gulf military base ... Read More »

South Carolina Rainfall ‘Highest In 1,000 Years’


South Carolina’s governor says rainfalls in parts of the state have been higher than at any time “in 1,000 years”, with at least six reported deaths as a result of the floods. More than 35cm (13 inches) has fallen in three days in the historic city of Charleston. Schools will shut ... Read More »

Portugal Government Re-elected Despite Harsh Austerity


Portugal’s centre-right coalition government has won the country’s general election behind an improving economy that weathered austerity measures but appears to have fallen short of a crucial outright majority in parliament. With 99 percent of districts reporting on Sunday, the government had 37 percent compared with 32 percent for the main opposition ... Read More »

Germany Expects 1.5 million Asylum-seekers, Report Says


Germany could receive up to 1.5 million asylum-seekers this year, according to a newspaper quoting a confidential document containing estimates that are far higher than publicly released official figures. Authorities have so far predicted that Europe’s biggest economy would record between 800,000 and one million new arrivals in 2015. Aljazeera was ... Read More »

Residents ‘Bury The Dead’ In Afghanistan’s Kunduz


Afghan government forces have regained control of most of the besieged city of Kunduz, according to police and residents. Al Jazeera’s Qais Azimy, reporting from Puli Khumri in neighbouring Baghlan province, said some shops in the centre of Kunduz city opened on Monday for the first time since it fell to Taliban ... Read More »

Several Dead In Twin Suicide Bombings In Niger’s Diffa


Two suicide bombings have left five civilians and a policeman dead in Niger, according to a humanitarian worker.”There were 10 deaths in total: a policeman, five civilians and the four suicide-bombers,” said the source, based in the southeastern city of Diffa where the blasts occurred on Sunday.”Apparently, the assailants , ... Read More »

Israelis Killed In Jerusalem, Palestinians Banned From Old City


Two Israelis have been killed and three injured in separate attacks in Jerusalem by Palestinians who were then shot dead by police. Police have now banned Palestinians from East Jerusalem from entering the Old City for two days. The latest violence comes two days after an Israeli couple were shot dead in ... Read More »

France Floods: 16 Dead On Riviera After Storms


Violent storms and flooding have hit south-eastern France, killing at least 16 people with three more missing, officials say. Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home near the city of Antibes was inundated with floodwater. Others died trapped in their cars in tunnels and underground car parks as the ... Read More »

Kyrgyzstan Votes In Landmark Elections


Voting for a new parliament is under way in Kyrgyzstan, with pro-Russian parties looking set to retain their dominance. Polling stations opened at 02:00 GMT on Sunday, with ethnic tensions, the economy, corruption and security concerns among the election issues in the former Soviet republic. Aljazera was there: More than 2,000 candidates representing 14 parties ... Read More »

Russia Vows To Expand Syria Bombing Campaign


Russia’s military said it has bombed 10 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group targets in Syria over the past 24 hours as it was expanding its aerial campaign. Activists on Sunday, meanwhile, told Al Jazeera that there were civilian casualties in suspected Russian shelling on the central province ... Read More »

MSF Medical Charity Leaves Kunduz After Deadly Air Strike


Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has withdrawn from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, the international medical charity has said, after an apparent US air strike destroyed its hospital. Aljazeera reports: The announcement came on Sunday, a day after the attack killed several hospital staff and patients. Bart Janssens, MSF director ... Read More »

Hurricane Joaquin: Hunt For Missing Cargo Ship Off Bahamas


The US Coast Guard says it has resumed its search for a cargo ship with 33 crew that vanished in Bahamian waters during Hurricane Joaquin. The 224-metre (735ft) El Faro, with 28 Americans and five Poles on board, was last heard from on Thursday and was reported to be taking on ... Read More »

Palestinians Injured As Israel Hunts Settlers’ Killers


At least 10 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank during a raid by troops hunting the murderers of a Jewish settler couple, Palestinian police and medical sources said. Palestinian police said Saturday’s violence began when “dozens of Israeli soldiers in military vehicles” entered an eastern neighbourhood ... Read More »

Suspected Russian Strikes Hit Near Turkish Border


Russian warplanes have launched several air strikes in the Syrian province of Latakia near the Turkish border, including one that reportedly hit near a hospital, activists have told Al Jazeera. No casualties were reported in Saturday’s strike at the hospital in the village of Barnas, in Syria’s north east. Aljazeera has ... Read More »

Vatican Fires Senior Priest After Coming Out As Gay


The Vatican has fired a senior priest, who publicly came out as gay, on the eve of a major meeting of church leaders to discuss the Church’s stance on social issues such as divorce and homosexuality. In a statement on Saturday, a spokesman for Pope Francis said Polish priest Krzystof ... Read More »

Air Strike Kills MSF Medical Staff In Afghanistan


Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said at least 16 people, including nine of its staff have been killed in an overnight bombing of a hospital in the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz. Among the fatalities in the early Saturday morning attack were three children. It also wounded 37 people, including 19 ... Read More »

Indonesian Plane Carrying 10 People ‘Missing In Sulawesi’


A search is under way for an Indonesian passenger plane carrying 10 people that lost contact with air traffic control over Sulawesi island. The Twin Otter aircraft, owned by the Indonesian domestic airline Aviastar, lost contact soon after taking off from the Masamba airport, officials said. The plane was heading to ... Read More »