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Israel decided Thursday evening to reopen Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound hours after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in. “It was decided to restore (the compound)...
Egypt has the right to use a Gaza buffer zone to boost its security, but should also be concerned about the impact on local communities, the United States said Thursday. "Certainly we believe that Egypt has the right to take steps to maintain...
The United States warned Thursday that it was "deeply concerned" about the crisis unfolding in Burkina Faso and criticized a bid by the West African country's president to alter the constitution.   "We believe democratic...
Russia announced Tuesday it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, fuelling tensions with the country's newly elected pro-Western leaders as they negotiate on forming a coalition government.   The rebel elections on Sunday...
A Bahrain court banned the Gulf state's main opposition movement for three months Tuesday just weeks before a parliamentary election, a court official said.   The Manama administrative court ruled that Al-Wefaq, which draws most of its...
Gunmen have killed at least 30 people in fresh attacks this week in the strife-torn Central African Republic, UN peacekeepers said on Thursday. Several dozen people were also wounded in the attacks on the central village of Yamale on Tuesday and...
The World Health Organization on Monday declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days -- or two incubation periods -- without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus.   "The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has...
Turkey on Monday said it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross its borders to join Syrian Kurdish forces battling jihadists for the Syrian town of Kobane.   "We are assisting peshmerga forces to cross into Kobane,"...
North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.   The South's defence ministry said the exchange inside the...
A second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola, officials said Wednesday, in a new contamination far from the west African heart of an epidemic the UN warned was "winning the race".   Like the first, the second...