Archive | September, 2015

United Nations raises Palestinian flag


President Mahmoud Abbas warns he no longer feels bound by agreements with Israel, as the Palestinian flag is raised for the first time at the UN.

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Russia begins Syria air strikes


Russia’s military carries out its first air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, after giving the US an hour’s notice.

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Battle rages over Taliban-captured city


Afghan forces battle to retake Kunduz, the first major city the Taliban have taken since they were forced out in the US-led invasion in 2001.

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Volkswagen staff ‘acted criminally’


Olaf Lies, a Volkswagen board member and economy minister of Lower Saxony has told Newsnight some staff acted criminally over emission cheat tests.

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Snowden launches Twitter account


Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden opens an account on the social network website Twitter, following one other user – the NSA.

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Saudi Hajj disaster toll questioned


Officials from several countries say they believe more than 1,000 people died in last week’s stampede near Mecca during the Hajj pilgrimage.

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Afghan forces in bid to retake key city


Afghan forces launch an operation to retake the strategic city of Kunduz, which was seized by the Taliban on Monday.

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Russia considers joining IS air strikes


Russia has not ruled out conducting air strikes against Islamic State targets, President Vladimir Putin says after meeting his US counterpart in New York.

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Taliban overrun key Afghan city


The Taliban overrun the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, taking control of most areas and freeing hundreds of jailed prisoners.

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World leaders focus on Syria at UN


The Syrian conflict is to be the focus of intense diplomatic activity in New York, where world leaders have gathered for the UN General Assembly.

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