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Hundreds wounded in weekend of Lebanon clashes

Beirut - Lebanese anti-riot police dispersed stone-throwing protesters with tear gas in Lebanon's capital on Sunday, as heavy rain capped a weekend of rare violence that wounded hundreds.

Protesters in US rally against prospect of war with Iran

Washington - Demonstrators chanting "no war on Iran" rallied Saturday in Washington, New York and across the US to protest the assassination of a top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike.

Paralysis in Iraq as protesters harden position

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters stepped up their demonstrations Tuesday with the authorities in Baghdad increasingly paralysed as they seek a way out of a political impasse.

Iraq deadline to appoint PM looms, protesters unyielding

Baghdad - Iraqi political leaders faced a midnight deadline Thursday to choose a new prime minister to run a country shaken by months of unprecedented street protests that have left hundreds dead.

No consensus yet on new Iraqi PM as deadline looms

Baghdad - Iraqi political parties struggled to reach a consensus on a new prime minister Monday amid unprecedented protests as the deadline for a parliamentary vote loomed.

Lebanese protesters clash with police for a second night

Beirut - Lebanese protesters clashed with police Sunday for the second consecutive night near parliament on the eve of much-delayed consultations to form a new cabinet needed to fix a deepening economic crisis.

Lebanon interior minister orders probe after protest violence

Beirut - Lebanon's Interior Minister Raya El-Hassan on Sunday ordered the country's security forces to open a "rapid and transparent" enquiry, after dozens of people in Beirut were wounded in clashes the night before.

Iraq begins national mourning for protest dead

Baghdad - Iraq began three days of national mourning Thursday for more than 100 people killed during recent protests, while the government was expected to present a reshuffle to parliament in response to the political crisis.

Court hearing for Bloody Sunday ex-soldier murder trial

Londonderry - A former British soldier charged with murdering two civilians in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings faces an initial court hearing on Wednesday.

Nigeria hardens rhetoric over anti-immigrant violence in S. Africa

Lagos - Nigeria intensified hostility with regional rival South Africa this week, in a harsh response to a recent wave of anti-migrant violence, with Africa’s most populous country asserting its leadership on the continent.

S.Africa, Nigeria beef up security after xenophobic attacks

Johanesburg - South Africa and Nigeria stepped up security on Wednesday after deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg triggered reprisals against South African businesses in Nigerian cities.

S.Africa, Nigeria beef up security after xenophobic attacks

Johanesburg - South Africa and Nigeria stepped security on Wednesday after deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg triggered reprisal assaults on South African businesses in Nigerian cities.

Rival groups and strategies overshadow jihadist conflict in Nigeria

Kano - Two attacks less than 24 hours apart in northeastern Nigeria this week have laid bare the deadly but divergent strategies of Boko Haram and a rival jihadist group, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).

Sudanese in suits and ties rally against Bashir's economic blunders

Khartoum - In unprecedented scenes in Khartoum, hundreds of workers in suits and ties alongside their neatly dressed women colleagues have gone on strike to protest what they call Sudan's "total economic collapse".

Death toll from Somali bombing rises to 20

Mugadishu - The death toll from a double car-bomb attack near the presidential palace in Somalia rose to 20 on Sunday, police said.

Libya re-opens main border post with Tunisia

Tripoli - Libya has reopened its main border post with Tunisia after closing it for more than six weeks amid tensions over smuggling, Tripoli's interior ministry said on Saturday. The border at Ras Jedir was re-opened to "facilitate...

Army's role under the spotlight in Nicaragua

Managua - The presence of armed and hooded paramilitaries on the streets of Nicaragua has sparked calls for the army to intervene to end two months of unrest that has killed more than 200 people.

Bill Clinton hails 'genius' of N.Ireland peace deal 20 years on

Belfast - Former US president Bill Clinton on Tuesday celebrated the "genius" of the Northern Ireland peace deal 20 years ago, as he joined key political figures in Belfast to mark the anniversary of the historic accord.

Two Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Kano - Two Nigerian soldiers were killed and four injured in an ambush by Boko Haram militants in the country's northeastern state of Borno, the army said Tuesday. The attack on Monday happened as soldiers were travelling between the towns of Biu and Damboa.

Three Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

Douala - Cameroon's national youth holiday was marred by violence on Sunday, with three soldiers killed and a local official feared kidnapped by suspected separatists in the country's restive English-speaking regions.

Unrest casts long shadow as Cameroon enters election year

Yaound - Facing tensions on two fronts with bitter unrest in English-speaking regions and Boko Haram jihadist attacks in the north, Cameroon must tackle an additional political challenge this year with strongman Paul Biya seeking re-election as president.

Four soldiers killed in DR Congo's Kasai region: witnesses

Kananga - Men armed with machetes killed four soldiers in an attack Sunday near the main Kananga airport in Kasai, an opposition stronghold in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, residents said as tensions returned to the restive region.

Tunisia anti-austerity protests: what next?

Tunis - Tunisia has been shaken by a wave of protests against austerity measures that have seen nearly 800 people arrested over the past few days.

Curfew clashes in Cameroon's anglophone region injure 4

Bamenda - At least four people, including a police officer, were injured during overnight clashes in an English-speaking region of Cameroon, in which gunshots were heard ringing out despite a curfew imposed to contain an escalating crisis. sources said Sunday.

'Three killed' in Togo opposition clashes

Lom - Togo's opposition on Thursday said three people were killed and dozens more injured as gangs of youths clashed with security forces trying to prevent the latest anti-government protest in the capital.

Somalia's deadliest bombing kills 276, injures 300

Mugadishu - Desperate Somalis searched for news of missing loved-ones on Monday, after a massive truck bomb in Mogadishu killed at least 276 people and left 300 injured in the deadliest ever attack to hit the conflict-torn nation.

Nigeria president denounces Biafran separatists

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday railed against separatists seeking Nigeria's "dismemberment" and called for "proper" dialogue after clashes between pro-Biafra activists and security forces in the restive southeast.

Op-Ed: Would it be beneficial for BlackBerry to move on from phones?

The troubled smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is considering moving away from smartphones according to its CEO, John Chen, but would this actually be beneficial to the company?

Police in Northern Ireland prevent mortar attack

The Police Service of Northern Ireland acted decisively to prevent a mortar attack on a police station, foiling an attack that is eerily reminiscent of the kind of violence that plagued that polity throughout the course of the Troubles.

Op-Ed: South Sudan finally free but rosy future is not guaranteed

Juba - The peace agreement ending the near 40-year-long civil war in Sudan has culminated in a successful referendum and independence for South Sudan as Africa’s fifty-fourth country, but the undeveloped new nation faces huge challenges.
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