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Libyan human rights activist gunned down in Benghazi
Thursday, June 26, 2014

BENGHAZI: Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late Wednesday, hospital and security sources said.
 
"Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs Bugaighis in her home and opened fire on her," said a security official, who did not wish to be named.
 
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Bomb blast in Nigeria capital kills 21, wounds 17
Thursday, June 26, 2014

ABUJA: A bomb exploded in a crowded shopping centre in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people in a city already gripped by fear after a series of deadly attacks by Boko Haram Islamists, police and the government said.
 
The blast shook the Emab Plaza at 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of...

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Qaeda merges with ISIL at Syria-Iraq border town: NGO
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot on Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a key town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said.
 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the merger is significant because it opens the way for ISIL to take control of both sides of the border at Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, where the jihadist group has led a major offensive this month....

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4 bombs in Cairo metro stations, 4 hurt
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CAIRO: Four makeshift bombs exploded within minutes of each other at three Cairo metro stations during morning rush hour on Wednesday, wounding at least four people, police and health officials said.
 
Militants have stepped up attacks in Egypt, mostly against security forces, since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters....

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Militants seize Iraq-Syria border crossing
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RAMADI, June 23 -- 2014: Sunni Arab militants have seized the Al-Waleed border post between Iraq and Syria, officers said today, meaning that all crossings between the neighbouring countries are now outside government control. The militants took the crossing yesterday, a colonel and a captain in the border guards said. ...

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Egypt jails Al-Jazeera journalists for up to 10 years
Monday, June 23, 2014

CAIRO, June 23 -- 2014: An Egyptian court today sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australian Peter Greste to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years after accusing them of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven years, while producer Baher Mohamed received two sentences -- one for seven years and another for three years....

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Death toll in twin Malaysian boat accidents rise to 15
Friday, June 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 -- 2014: Malaysian authorities said today that a 15th body was found and 27 people remain missing from two boat accidents, at a time when Indonesian illegal migrant workers head home for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
 
Eighty-two people have been rescued so far in an ongoing search off western Malaysia after the boats, believed to be...

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MH370 hunt to shift south
Friday, June 20, 2014

SYDNEY, June 20 -- 2014: The drawn-out search for missing Malaysian Flight MH370 will revert to an area hundreds of kilometres south of the previously suspected crash site following new analysis of the plane's flight path, a report said today.
 
Investigators grappling to solve the mystery of the jet's disappearance are set to scour a zone 1,800 kilometres west of...

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Jihadists win headlines but coalition behind Iraq drive
Thursday, June 19, 2014

BAGHDAD, June 19 -- 2014: A brutal jihadist group has garnered headlines for an Iraq onslaught, but it is actually the leading member of a fragile coalition including Saddam loyalists and others unified only by a common enemy.
 
The swift assault, spearheaded by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), swept down from north Iraq last week, overrunning all of one province and major areas of three others....

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Two boat accidents leave 35 Indonesians missing
Thursday, June 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 -- 2014: Malaysian authorities today were searching for 35 people missing at sea following two boat accidents at a time when many illegal migrant workers head home to Indonesia for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
 
In the latest incident early today, nine people were missing off western Malaysia after a boat believed to be bound for Sumatra sank near the district of Sepang, south of this capital city....

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