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Nigeria Prez seeks USD 1 bn in loan to fight insurgents

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 04:43

Embattled Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sought parliamentary approval to borrow up to USD 1 billion in foreign loan to fight an insurgency by Boko Haram militants which has claimed thousands of lives in the past five years.

Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 02:03

Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday following fighting between rival Sunni insurgents that could eventually unravel a coalition which has seized much of northern and western Iraq.

3 bridges blown up in Ukraine to block rebel city

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 21:54

Three bridges on key roads leading into the Ukrainian city of Donetsk were blown up today -- an apparent attempt to slow down any possible assault by government forces on the rebel-held stronghold.

Retreating rebels dig in around Ukraine coal hub

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 19:08

Retreating pro-Russian insurgents dug on Monday in Ukraine`s sprawling industrial hub of Donetsk after government forces scored a string of morale-boosting victories in the bloody battle for the future of the country.

Iraqi Kurdish president asks parliament to prepare for independence vote

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 03:34

The president of Iraq`s autonomous Kurdish region asked its parliament on Thursday to plan a referendum on Kurdish independence, signalling his impatience with Baghdad, which is fighting to repel Sunni insurgents and struggling to form a new government.

Taliban rocket destroys Afghan president`s helicopter

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 01:34

The two rockets caused no casualties at the airport, which includes a large NATO base as well as a terminal for civilian flights to cities such as Dubai, New Delhi and Istanbul.

Kurdish leader cites `new reality` in Iraq

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 23:27

Iraq`s top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry today that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has already created "a new reality and a new Iraq," signaling that the US faces major difficulties in its efforts to promote unity among the country`s divided factions.

UN evacuates staff from Baghdad

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 06:54

As tensions rose due to the advance of Sunni insurgents, the UN said it had evacuated nearly 60 staff members from Baghdad to neighbouring Jordan, reportedly.

Gunmen attack Kenyan coastal town: Army

Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014, 06:46

Gunmen in Kenya attacked a busy coastal town late Sunday, opening fire from two minibuses and setting two hotels on fire, officials said.

Iraq insurgent advance slows, US sends carrier to Gulf

Last Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 11:05

An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi`ite-led government in Baghdad.

Iraq`s Maliki tells army that Sunni insurgents will be defeated

Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 15:54

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told Army officers in the city of Samarra that volunteers were arriving to help defeat Islamist militants who have swept through Sunni Muslim territory towards Baghdad.

UN steps up humanitarian aid in Iraq

Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 08:19

The UN agencies are stepping up humanitarian aid in north Iraq, where humanitarian and security situation is worsening due to recent attacks by Islamic insurgents, a UN spokesperson told reporters Friday.