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  • Assad accused of striking secret deals with al-Qaida for gas and oil

    January 21, 2014 5:02 AM 19

    The Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad has funded and co-operated with al-Qaida in a complex double game even as the terrorists fight Damascus, according to new allegations by Western intelligence agencies, rebels and al-Qaida defectors. Jabhat al-Nusra, and the even more extreme Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), the two al-Qaida affiliates

  • Arvind Kejirwal's stand-off with Delhi police continues

    January 21, 2014 4:14 AM 23

    A stand-off between the Chief Minister of the Indian capital Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and the police on a busy city road has entered its second day. Police stopped Mr Kejriwal near India Gate on Monday and blocked roads leading to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's office. Mr Kejriwal spent the night on the road with his supporters and said the demonstration

  • Report claims 'systematic killing' of Syrian detainees

    January 20, 2014 10:31 PM 23

    Photos and files smuggled out by military police defector allegedly document torture and execution of 11,000 by Assad security forces. Former U.N. war crimes prosecutors say photographs and other evidence smuggled out of Syria show the "systematic killing" of about 11,000 detainees by President Bashar Assad's security forces. The allegation, contained

  • What I Saw at the Revolution

    January 20, 2014 9:07 PM 30

    Bangkok’s smog is a choking shroud that swallows mornings whole. Depending on obliquely divined weather factors, the grim stuff randomly spreads or recedes. For the few mornings before The Shutdown—the day protesting People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) vowed to block major intersections throughout the city—people in Bangkok woke to mornings gray and vague

  • South Sudan hospital patients 'shot in their beds'

    January 20, 2014 7:26 PM 18

    20 January 2014 Last updated at 17:01 GMT It is thought that up to 10,000 people have been killed in the South Sudanese conflict and a half a million displaced. Over the weekend, troops loyal to the government recaptured the town of Bor from rebels led by the former Vice President, Riek Machar. The conflict began as a political feud but has taken on ethnic

  • Ugandan women say mistreated by mob led by Delhi minister

    January 20, 2014 4:34 PM 50

    NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four Ugandan women living in New Delhi have accused the city's law minister and his supporters of mistreatment and illegal detention after local residents claimed the women were part of a prostitution and drugs racket. Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti, from the newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and his supporters

  • Baghdad bomb blasts 'kill 16' as Iraq violence continues

    January 20, 2014 11:52 AM 23

    At least 13 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, say police and medics. The deadliest single attack, in which at least six people died, struck the south of the city. In an extended surge of violence, at least 759 people died in December alone. More than 650 have died so far in January, said AFP news agency

  • Libya security chief killed in clashes with gangs

    January 19, 2014 6:22 PM 31

    Since the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Libya’s 2011 civil war, gunmen have killed low-level government employees, activists, clerics and security officials. In worsening security conditions, shootings of higher-ranking officials have become more common. Last week, the deputy minister of electricity was assassinated.

  • Assad: Quitting not up for debate

    January 19, 2014 11:11 AM 23

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he has no intention of quitting, and the issue is not up for discussion at next week's peace talks. "If we wanted to surrender we would have surrendered from the start," Mr Assad told Russian MPs in Damascus, according to Interfax news agency. The government, opposition groups and Western diplomats will take part in peace

  • Mail & Guardian Account Login

    January 19, 2014 10:06 AM 31

    Europe cannot leave France alone in its bid to restore order in the strife-torn Central African Republic, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview to be published on Sunday. "Europe cannot leave France on its own there," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. It is in Europe's interests to restore order in the country