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Nigerian town seized by Boko Haram declared ‘part of Islamic caliphate’ by extremist leader

Boko Haram’s leader said a northeast town seized by the insurgents earlier this month has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday. “Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the…

Iran unveils new drones and long-range missiles

Iran on Sunday unveiled two new missiles and two new drones it said have been added to its arsenal, in a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani. The Ghadir (Mighty), with a range of 300 kilometres (185 miles), is a ground-to-sea and sea-to-sea missile, the official IRNA news agency said.…

Libya in crisis again after Islamist ‘terrorists’ seize Tripoli airport

Islamist militias openly challenged the legitimacy of parliament after announcing their seizure of Tripoli airport, plunging Libya’s rocky political transition into a fresh crisis on Sunday. The militias, which the elected parliament branded as “terrorists”, said the house had lost its legitimacy through its alleged complicity with a deadly air…

China executes eight people involved in Tiananmen Square ‘terrorist attack’

China has executed eight people for “terrorist attacks”, including three it described as “masterminding” a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media announced. The official Xinhua news agency said early Sunday that the eight were involved in several cases connected to the northwestern region of Xinjiang,…

German aid worker kidnapped by ISIS last year released unharmed

A 27-year-old German kidnapped in Syria by militants from the Islamic State around a year ago has been released, according to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Quoting “investigating sources”, the newspaper said that a “substantial consideration” was made to secure his release. The newspaper quoted the foreign ministry as…

Worst Ebola outbreak ever takes heavy toll on west African economies

The worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus is taking a heavy toll on west Africa’s economy as crops rot in the fields, mines are abandoned and goods cannot get to market. The epidemic has ravaged the region since it erupted in the forests in the south of Guinea earlier this…

British national in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

A British national in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the Department of Health in London said Saturday, the first person from the country to have contracted the virus in a recent, devastating outbreak. Officials in London added that they were providing consular assistance to the person, who has…

China executes eight for ‘terrorist attacks’

China has executed eight people for “terrorist attacks”, including three it described as “masterminding” a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media announced. The official Xinhua news agency said early Sunday that the eight were involved in several cases connected to the northwestern region of Xinjiang,…

6.6-magnitude earthquake jolts central Chile

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted central Chile on Saturday, US geologists said, though there were no immediate reports of fatalities or serious damage. The quake struck at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) about 108 kilometers (67 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, at a depth of 32 kilometers. The national emergency…

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has erupted

Iceland raised its alert over the nation’s largest volcano to red on Saturday, banning all air traffic in the area, after detecting a small eruption. A major explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano could signal a replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another peak blew four years ago, creating…

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