US warplanes bomb Islamic State group in Iraq

The US Defence Department has said the US military has conducted an airstrike against Islamic State fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. A Pentagon statement said two F/A-18 warplanes dropped 225 kilograms of laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece which “[the Islamic State] was using … to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil where US personnel are located. “The ...

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‘Nigeria’s Netflix’ takes Nollywood to a global audience

Dedicated follower of film: Nollywood produces more films per year than any country bar India An episode of Shuga, a popular soap opera set in Kenya, is playing on a screen at the offices of iRoko TV – an online platform commonly dubbed the “Netflix of Africa”. An episode of Shuga, a popular soap opera set in Kenya, is playing on ...

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Pressure on Namibia’s wild game mounting

Elephants are some of the wild animals facing pressure from humans in Namibia [John Grobler/Al Jazeera] Windhoek, Namibia – Sitting in the neat Sorris-Sorris conservancy office, where an elephant the previous night ripped up the water facility serving the local community, David Eiseb explains how hard it is to coexist with large, wild animals in Namibia’s semi-desert regions. “We know the ...

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“Why do we need to come and inform these misinformed American businesses?

A leading African billionaire said yesterday that “misinformed” US businesses need to study up on the continent’s opportunities, suggesting they start by Googling. In Washington for the US-Africa Leaders Summit — President Barack Obama’s historic effort to juice up the sagging US economic relationship with the continent — telecommunications tycoon Mo Ibrahim said European and Asian businesses haven’t needed such ...

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Hypocrisy? UK cabinet minister quits over Gaza policy

Baroness Warsi tweeted she could no longer support the government’s policy in Gaza [Getty Images] A British cabinet minister has quit over the government’s policy on Gaza. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who is of Pakistani origin, announced her resignation on Twitter, saying: “With deep regret, I have this morning written to the Prime Minister and tendered my resignation. I can no longer ...

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Rallies held in NYC after man dies from alleged police chokehold

The Rev. Al Sharpton held rallies Saturday over the death of a New York City man, Eric Garner, who died during an arrest in which partial video of the struggle shows an officer placing him in what the police commissioner said appeared to be a chokehold. The tactic is prohibited by department policy. Esaw Garner, Eric’s wife, burst into tears ...

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Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce in Gaza

Hamas and other Palestinian factions have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, starting at 2pm local time (11:00 GMT) despite Israel accusing Hamas of violating an earlier ceasefire. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said on Sunday the group took the decision after studying a UN proposal for a ceasefire and taking into consideration the situation ...

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Israel rejects US truce proposal for Gaza

The Israeli security cabinet has rejected US-initiated proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as 33 Paletinians were killed in the 18th day of Israel’s campaign against the Palestinian enclave.   Israel TV reported on Friday that the cabinet had rejected the proposal in its current form, mainly because it would mean Israel would cut short an ongoing effort ...

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