Appeals Court Overturns Judge’s Order Freeing Last Incarcerated Member of the Angola 3

Appeals Court Overturns Judge’s Order Freeing Last Incarcerated Member of the Angola 3

A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that Louisiana may retry Albert Woodfox, the last member of the “Angola 3” still incarcerated, who a lower court ordered freed in June, The Advocate reports. Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for nearly all of the past 43 years. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned U.S. Middle District Court Judge James J. Brady’s decision not only to release Woodfox but to prohibit him…

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Syria’s Assad in surprise visit to Moscow

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew into Moscow on Tuesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in what is believed to be his first trip abroad since start of the war in 2011. The leaders discussed their joint military campaign against rebels in Syria, a Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “The president of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad came on a working visit to Moscow yesterday evening…

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Most killed by US drones were not targeted: report

Most killed by US drones were not targeted: report

The US assassination programme increasingly relies on drone strikes based on flimsy evidence, secret documents claim. A cache of secret military documents about the US military’s assassination programme in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen show the extent to which US President Barack Obama has employed drone strikes and what it calls “target killings”. Provided by an unnamed “whistle-blower”, the documents were published by the online publication The Intercept on Thursday as an eight-part investigation called  “The…

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Israeli police kill more Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli police kill more Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli forces have shot and killed two more Palestinians, following fourteen days of violence that have already claimed at least 30 Palestinian lives. Israeli police opened fire on one young Palestinian on Wednesday afternoon at the entrance of the Damascus gate in Jerusalem. The Ma’an News Agency said he was 20-years-old and from Hebron. Police claimed that the young man attempted to stab a policeman after they approached him for a security search. No Israeli casualties…

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US sends troops to fight Boko Haram

US sends troops to fight Boko Haram

U.S. personnel began de­ploying on Monday under an arrangement with the Camer­oon government, according to reports. An administration official said on condition of anonym­ity that an advance force of 90 military personnel has ar­rived in Cameroon. A total of up to about 300 U.S. service members will be deployed. The forces will be con­ducting airborne intel­ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, the official said, adding they would be armed for their own protection. Obama no­tified House…

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What would Hillary do?

What would Hillary do?

Everyone wants to know whether the Democratic front-runner will back the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. Washington, DC – Hillary Clinton is in a tough spot on trade. As US President Barack Obama bends over backwards in an attempt to sell an international pact to the American people and Congress, everyone wants to know whether the leading Democratic candidate for president supports it. But her answer, no matter what it is, will undoubtedly cause her some bumps…

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Blasts hit Aden hotel used by Yemeni PM

Blasts hit Aden hotel used by Yemeni PM

Officials say Khaled Bahah not hurt in attacks on government headquarters and a compound used by coalition troops. A hotel in Yemen’s second city of Aden which Khaled Bahah, the prime minister and vice president, and members of the government are using as a base has been hit by blasts. Government officials said Bahah was not hurt in Tuesday morning’s attack, but there were unconfirmed casualties as a result of another attack on a compound…

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‘Obama handshake’ triggers anger in Iran parliament

The Iranian foreign minister’s reported handshake with US President Barack Obama triggered chants of “Death to America” in Tehran’s parliament Wednesday and a warning against “another kind of spying”. The foreign ministry has confirmed a “completely accidental” encounter between Obama and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, without denying there was a handshake as reported by Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency. But hardline…

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Why the US is refusing to come to Syria’s rescue

Why the US is refusing to come to Syria’s rescue

Over the past few weeks, I have come across a whole host of articles, commentaries, and social media comments that have castigated – sometimes gently, at other times less so – US President Barack Obama. Broadly, those comments zoomed in on the fact that the US president has not acted in any resolute way over Syria and that his lukewarm propensity to lead from behind meant that Syrian moderate aspirations for an end to the…

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NATO forces bolster Afghan troops in battle for Kunduz

NATO forces bolster Afghan troops in battle for Kunduz

The US has conducted several air strikes with the state goal of protecting coalition troops at the airport near the key northern city of Kunduz as Afghan forces continue to battle Taliban to retake it. NATO special forces have also reached Kunduz to also bolster Afghan troops after the Taliban seized the strategic city, the military coalition said on Wednesday. “Coalition special forces are on the ground in Kunduz advising their Afghan counterparts,” a NATO…

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