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Archives March 22, 2012 posted by

Soldiers say they seize power in Mali

Renegade soldiers said they seized power in Mali on Thursday and ordered its borders closed, threatening to reignite instability in a Saharan region shaken by the conflict in Libya.

The overnight coup bid was led by low-ranking soldiers angry at the government’s failure to stamp out a two-month-old separatist rebellion in the north of the west African state.

Heavy weapons fire rang out throughout the night as the presidential palace came under attack. The whereabouts of President Amadou Toumani Toure, who oversaw a decade of relative stability, are unknown.

Mali’s neighbours, the United Nations and world powers from Paris to Washington called for a return to constitutional rule.

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Archives March 21, 2012 posted by

Somali pirates free British hostage

Somali pirates freed British hostage Judith Tebbutt on Wednesday, saying a ransom had been paid, more than six months after gunmen killed her husband and snatched her from a luxury beach resort in neighbouring Kenya.

Tebbutt’s kidnapping and the subsequent abductions of other foreigners prompted Kenya to send hundreds of troops into Somalia in October to try to crush the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants that Nairobi blamed for the attacks.

“After efforts today, we have succeeded in the release of the British woman,” Omar Mohammed Diirey, a regional official, told Reuters from Adado in central Somalia.

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Archives March 20, 2012 posted by

Syrian cartoonist paid price for getting personal

The moment Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat chose to depict President Bashar al-Assad and his “inner circle” in his drawings, he knew he was courting trouble.

The 60-year-old, famous across the Arab world and beyond for bitingly satirical works ridiculing corruption, nepotism and narrow-mindedness, had always avoided identifying individuals in his art.

That was until a few months before the uprising against Assad began last year, at which point Farzat felt the president had gone too far in stifling freedom of expression and crushing dissent. That’s when it got personal.

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Archives March 19, 2012 posted by

Indonesia police shoot dead 5 suspected militants in Bali

Indonesian police shot dead five suspected militants planning attacks on the resort island of Bali, including an assault on a night club popular with foreign tourists, the national counter-terrorism agency and police said on Monday.

The five men, who were shot dead in overnight raids on the island, were linked to the banned Jemaah Islamiah group, which carried out nightclub bombings on Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, most of them Australian tourists, officials said.

The 2002 attacks were a watershed for Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, forcing the secular state to confront the presence of violent militants on its soil. Bali, which is majority Hindu, is a global tourist destination.

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Archives November 30, 2011 posted by

Cyprus unemployment rate increases in October

16:35 UNEMPLOYMENT in Cyprus rose from 7.9 per cent in September to 8.2 per cent in October according Eurostat’s latest data. The rate is marginally lower for men – 8.1 per cent, compared to 8.3 per cent for women.

More than one in five people under 25 (22.7 per cent) were unemployed in September.

This remains lower than the Euro area unemployment rate, which recorded a historic high of 10.3 per cent this month, up from 10.2 per cent in September.

Meanwhile, the EU27 unemployment rate was 9.8 per cent in October compared to 9.7 per cent in September.

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