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If EU opposes Islamophobia, it must accept Turkey as member: Erdoğan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that theEuropean Union “must admit Turkey” as a member if it opposes Islamophobia. DJIBOUTI Hurriyet AA photo Erdoğan became the first Turkish President who visited Djibouti on Jan. 24, one day after he interrupted his Horn of Africa tour to attend King Abdullah’s funeral in Saudi Arabia. Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh welcomed his Turkish ... Read More »

Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret

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Libyan government papers pieced together by team of London lawyers show how UK cosied up to Tripoli over dissidents The Guardian - Ian Cobain Tony Blair wrote to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to thank him for the “excellent cooperation” between the two countries’ counter-terrorism agencies following a period during which the UK and Libya worked together to arrange for Libyan dissidents to ... Read More »

Rockets Kill 30 in Ukrainian City as Rebels Launch Offensive

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Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. ABC News – By PETER LEONARD Associated Press Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically ... Read More »

Bali Nine: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s families plead to Australian Government for help

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The families of two Bali Nine drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia have pleaded to the Australian Government for help, in a final effort to save them from execution. ABC, by Thomas Oriti Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran face execution by firing squad after both had their pleas for clemency rejected by Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo. After a decade-long journey, ... Read More »

Qld election: bipartisan ethical bankruptcy

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While the approaching Queensland election will be largely fought on financial management, another more disturbing issue is the bankruptcy of the major parties in the field of ethics, integrity and accountability, writes Gary W Crooke QC. TheDRUM - Opinion – Gary Crooke Access to Queensland politicians, like the Ritz Hotel, is open to all who pay. Events over the past months provide ... Read More »

Brazil’s most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years

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Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country’s three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930. ( BBC ) The states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais must save water, she said after an emergency meeting in the capital, Brasilia. Ms Teixeira described the water crisis as “delicate” and “worrying”. Industry and agriculture ... Read More »

DRC Protests: The Government’s Election Law Must be Revised – or Withdrawn

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The adoption on 17 January 2015 by the Congolese National Assembly of a law, proposed by the government of President Joseph Kabila, that could lead to the extension of Kabila’s term in office has triggered violent protests in the capital of Kinshasa and several other cities. ICG – Brussels Before protests escalate further, Kabila’s government needs to revise the law and ... Read More »