World features

Turkey's remaining Assyrian Christians dream of better times

AFP/File / by Philippe Alfroy | A general view of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, pictured on November 19, 2014
26 Nov 2014
In a small village in the southeast of Turkey stand two Assyrian churches, one a thousand years old, the other modern, signs of both the region's Christian past and the determination of those who remain to bring it to life again. Seyde...
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Hagel, under pressure, resigns as US defense secretary

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) embraces Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after announcing Hagel's resignation at the White House in Washington, November 24, 2014.
25 Nov 2014
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan....
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Russian oil tsar to meet OPEC as Saudis keep market guessing

Rosneft Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin speaks during the Japan-Russia investment forum in Tokyo March 19, 2014.
 
25 Nov 2014
Russia's most powerful oil official, Igor Sechin, was due in Vienna on Tuesday for talks with OPEC members as the group's leader Saudi Arabia kept the market guessing about its response to flagging oil prices. Sechin, the head of...
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War-weary Darfuris see grim future with or without UN peacekeepers

Smoke billows from burning tires as Sudanese demonstrators protest against rising prices near the main market of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, on Tuesday. Eight people were killed Tuesday during the protest. (AFP Photo/)
24 Nov 2014
 Caught in a forgotten war between rebels and government forces and beset by bandits who roam the lawless roads, villagers in Darfur say their lives can scarcely get any worse if Sudan insists on international peacekeepers leaving...
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World Bank: Global warming could undermine poverty fight

AFP/File / by Jeremy Tordjman | Bangladeshi fishermen, who are likely to be affected by climate change, pull a fishing boat from sea in Teknaf on June 16, 2012
24 Nov 2014
Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned Sunday. In a new report on the impact of global warming, the bank said sharp temperature rises would cut deeply into crop yields and...
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Molotov cocktails, clashes as thousands of Mexicans protest over massacre

AFP/File | Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the suspected massacre of 43 missing Mexican students, in Guerrero State on November 10, 2014
21 Nov 2014
Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and clashed with riot police outside Mexico City's National Palace on Thursday as thousands protested against President Enrique Pena Nieto's handling of the apparent massacre of 43 trainee school...
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Gulf to reject OPEC cuts to guard oil market share: analysts

AFP/File | Iraq exported an all-time high of 3.5 million barrels of oil a day
20 Nov 2014
Gulf oil producers led by Saudi Arabia will likely reject output cuts at an OPEC meeting next week unless they are guaranteed their market share in a highly competitive market, analysts say. The stance of Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab...
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Burkina Faso set to appoint army's Zida as prime minister

Issouf Sanogo, AFP I Burkina Faso's army-appointed leader Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida attends a meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on November 14, 2014
19 Nov 2014
Veteran diplomat Michel Kafando, just sworn in as Burkina Faso's interim president to oversee a year-long transition to civilian rule, will on Wednesday appoint army strongman Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister, a senior...
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Turkey's role in Libya adds to pro-Islamist perception

Mohammed Sawan (right) announces the establishment of the new Justice and Construction party in Libya, in the capital Tripoli on March 3. Libyan Islamists and independents have formed a new political party and elected a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood as its leader after a three-day conference.
13 Nov 2014
Turkey's effort to play a role in resolving Libya's deepening conflict risks further damaging its strained relations with Western allies, by fuelling suspicions that it is doubling down on a pro-Islamist regional agenda. Libya...
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IMF's Lagarde sees jobs shortfall in G20 growth target

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Lagarde gestures as she speaks about the global economy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington
13 Nov 2014
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has backed the G20's pledge to raise economic output by 2.0 percent in the next five years, but warned it will not create all the jobs needed. Speaking to the Australian Financial...
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