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Yemen: Houthi rebels and militia clash in Sanaa

Yemen has seen an intensification of protests and clashes involving Houthi rebels

Fighting between Shia rebels and Sunni militias in Yemen has escalated, with clashes on the edge of the capital. Armed rebels, known as Houthis, shelled buildings of the state TV and the main Sunni Islamist party, Islah, in Sanaa. Hundreds of residents have fled their homes and international flights to the city have been suspended. About 40 people have been ... Read More »

France carries out first air strike in Iraq

'We will only intervene in Iraq'

PM will inform parliament about conditions of forces’ engagement to weaken Daesh. PARIS – French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow. “This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of ... Read More »

Sierra Leone starts nationwide lockdown to stop spread of Ebola

Sierra Leone Ebola

STORY HIGHLIGHTS No one will be allowed to leave their homes for three days Volunteers will go door-to-door educating people on the dangers of the virus Aid group warns the lockdown will drive people “underground” (CNN) — Sierra Leone starts a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday in an effort to halt an Ebola outbreak that has left thousands dead in the ... Read More »

Close-Up Aerial Photos of Africa’s Last Elephants

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Zakouma National Park in southern Chad is famous for its large, free roaming herds of elephants. This has made it a honeypot for poachers. From 2005 to 2010, demand for ivory has reduced the park’s elephant population from over 4,000 to about 450 individuals. In a visit earlier this year, Kate Brooks took these beautiful aerial pictures of the park ... Read More »

Finally, Some Good International News — Especially for Kids

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The news: Daily news of turmoil in global hotspots often paints a picture of a world in shambles. But according to a new UNICEF report, quality of life around the world is gradually improving. Not only is global poverty on the decline, the improvements in child welfare have been dramatic. Between 1990 and 2013, the mortality rate among children under the age of 5 ... Read More »

Some inmates should have the right to euthanasia

After decades behind bars, Frank Van Den Bleeken has been granted the right to die under Belgium's euthanasia laws (Image: Virginie Lefour/Belga/Press Association Images)

Should convicted prisoners facing life behind bars get the right to die on the grounds of their tortured existence? Sometimes, says a doctor with experience of treating inmates who have attempted suicide In high-security prisons the world over, small numbers of prisoners are serving lifelong sentences, deprived of all but the minimum of human contact and confined for most of ... Read More »

Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat mass murder, says UN rights chief

Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan, the UN high commissioner for human rights. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

“Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein says survivors’ accounts of incident in which 500 died point to ‘crime that must not go unpunished’ The UN’s new human rights chief has urged Egypt to join with European nations in hunting down the human traffickers who allegedly drowned up to 500 migrants in the Mediterranean by ramming their boat. He said the traffickers are likely guilty of “mass murder” and ... Read More »

First French Airstrikes On IS ‘Kill Dozens’

Mr Hollande has ruled out troops on the ground

French president Francois Hollande says the jets “entirely destroyed” an Islamic State logistics depot in northern Iraq. France has destroyed an Islamic State (IS) logistics depot in its first airstrikes against the militant group in Iraq. President Francois Hollande said Rafale fighter jets, accompanied by support planes, “entirely destroyed” the depot in the north of the country. Iraq’s military spokesman ... Read More »