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Quebec judge denies woman hearing until hijab removed -CBC

27 February 2015, 11:13

A Quebec judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her head scarf, CBC news has reported.

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Army confined to barracks as Lesotho votes

27 February 2015, 10:16

Lesotho's army will be confined to barracks when the small mountain kingdom votes in a snap election to break a political deadlock after an attempted coup last August.

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UN: Syrian refugee crisis is reaching tipping point

27 February 2015, 09:01

The Syrian refugee crisis is reaching a tipping point as humanitarian appeals remain under funded, and neighbouring countries are struggling to keep up with the flood of refugees, a UN official says.

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Libya needs maritime force to help stop illicit oil trade - UN

27 February 2015, 09:01

Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors say.

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Lesotho prepares for early vote to ease crisis

27 February 2015, 09:01

Feuding parties in Lesotho's ruling coalition will face off in early national elections staged in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup.

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US-led strikes on ISIS after group seizes 220 Christians

27 February 2015, 09:00

The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

Spy chief: Fighting ISIS not a priority for Turkey

27 February 2015, 09:00

Turkey does not place a high priority on fighting ISIS and as a result foreign fighters are able to travel through the country into Syria, US intelligence chief James Clapper says.

US blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

27 February 2015, 08:07

A US blogger of Bangladeshi origin has been hacked to death in Dhaka by unidentified assailants, police say, with his family saying the writer had received numerous threats from Islamist militants.

Namibia media may be essential service

27 February 2015, 08:07

Namibia's media sector will undergo a review to see if it is an essential service, a special committee says.

Egypt detains 2 cops over lawyer's death

27 February 2015, 08:07

Egypt has detained 2 police officers over allegations they tortured a lawyer to death.

Mystery Apple event on Watch to take place

26 February 2015, 21:20

Apple sent invitations for a mystery event due to take place March 9, amid speculation about an imminent launch of its much anticipated Apple Watch.

Ghana President promises bold action on electricity crisis

26 February 2015, 20:13

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama promised decisive action to fix the country's worsening electricity crisis, which has wreaked havoc in the once burgeoning economy.

US wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

26 February 2015, 19:11

The United States staged a military ceremony to end its five-month Ebola mission in Liberia, with the west African nation in recovery from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis tells president: Let me die

26 February 2015, 18:13

A 14-year old Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis has asked to be allowed to die in a film she made pleading with President Michelle Bachelet to authorize her euthanasia.

Married man wakes up to find his testicles have been stolen

26 February 2015, 16:24

A Russian TV actor woke up with his testicles stolen after having a drink with an attractive blonde who authorities believe was working with organ traffickers.

Obese Egyptian could be freed from Guantanamo

26 February 2015, 17:15

An Egyptian who is obese and ailing has been declared eligible for release by a US government panel that reviews cases of those still held at the prison camp President Obama has pledged to close.

California train crash was an accident - lawyer

26 February 2015, 15:26

A lawyer for the driver whose truck was hit by a California commuter train in a wreck that injured 50 people says the crash was an accident and that his client left the scene only to try to find help.

Ebola-hit Liberia no longer US's 'forgotten stepchild'

26 February 2015, 14:20

As Liberia's president visits the US Senate to thank Americans for their pivotal role in the Ebola recovery, she will reflect on a sometimes fractious relationship spanning two centuries.

Philippine army kills 14 Islamic militants

26 February 2015, 13:20

U.S.-trained army commandos on Thursday killed 14 Islamist militants belonging to the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the first major battle this year on a remote southern island, as the Philippines stepped up efforts to rescue foreign hostages.

South Korean court abolishes law saying adultery is illegal

26 February 2015, 12:16

South Korean court abolishes 62-year-old law that says extramarital affairs are illegal

Suicide attack on Turkish vehicle kills two in Kabul: police

26 February 2015, 11:10

A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants.

2 who plotted to ‘shoot Obama’ appear in US court

26 February 2015, 08:59

Two of the three men arrested in New York on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join ISIS and wage war against the US have appeared in court, US federal officials say.

3 nabbed in US in plot to join ISIS

26 February 2015, 08:59

Three men have been arrested on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join ISIS and wage war against the US.

Egypt army kills 'scores' of suspected Islamist militants

26 February 2015, 07:59

Egypt's military has killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources say, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region.

Homeless person gets funeral, buried in Vatican cemetery

26 February 2015, 07:59

One of the homeless people who lived around St Peter's Square has been given a funeral and buried alongside German-speaking dignitaries on Vatican grounds, an official says.

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