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Iraq battles militant onslaught as Kerry presses unity

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 19:18

Pro-government forces held off attacks on a key Iraqi town and oil refinery as John Kerry pushed Tuesday for unity against a militant onslaught the UN says left over 1,000 dead.

Kenyan Muslims urge authorities to foster unity

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 03:37

Muslim leaders in Kenya urged political parties to shun their tribal politics and forge unity, a media report said Tuesday. Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, said the leaders from the ruling Jubilee Alliance, and from the former prime minister Raila Odinga-led CORD coalition in the opposition should stop shifting blame on each other as it was fuelling communal tension, and instead form peaceful dialogues among themselves, Capital FM reported.

Kerry says US help will only work if Iraqi leaders unite

Last Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 11:22

US Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. assistance to Iraq, which is seeking to repel a stunning militant advance, would only work if Iraqi leaders overcame deep divisions, the State Department said on Saturday.

No 2 in Hamas says he`ll move from Egypt to Gaza

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 22:24

The No 2 in Hamas says he hopes to move from his base in Egypt to his native Gaza Strip following the formation of a Palestinian unity government last week.

Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government

Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014, 18:16

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government Monday, taking a major step toward ending a crippling territorial and political split with the rival Hamas militant group but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel.

Israel calls for boycott of Palestinian unity government

Last Updated: Sunday, June 01, 2014, 18:03

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community Sunday not to recognise the Palestinian unity government set to be announced Monday.

Toll from cholera outbreak in South Sudan reaches 27: UN

Last Updated: Sunday, June 01, 2014, 06:35

The number of people dying of cholera outbreak has reached 27 in South Sudanese capital of Juba with suspected cases turning more than double from 395 cases last week to 892, the UN humanitarian agency said Saturday.

Palestinian unity government to be formed on Monday

Last Updated: Sunday, June 01, 2014, 01:31

The formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by rival factions Hamas and Fatah will be announced on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, adding that Israel already warned him it would shun the new alliance.

Gaza`s Hamas government says ready to step aside

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 01:21

Gaza`s Hamas government says it has concluded its last meeting and is "ready to hand over full responsibility" to a Palestinian unity government.

Hamas, Fatah agree on Hamdallah as Palestine PM

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 13:04

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas`s Fatah Party and the Hamas movement have agreed on Rami Hamdallah as the prime minister of the transitional unity government, a Hamas official said.

Pope heads to Middle East with hope for Christian unity

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 09:16

Pope Francis will take part in an unprecedented joint prayer in Jerusalem next weekend with representatives of all the main branches of Christianity in a bid to put aside old rivalries.

Ukraine hosts roundtable "national unity" talks after bloody day for military

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 14:24

Ukraine is hosting roundtable "national unity" talks on Wednesday after its military suffered its bloodiest day since launching an offensive to oust separatist pro-Moscow rebels in the east.