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23 August, 2014


35 people died in Iraqi bombings

At least 35 people have been killed in bombing across Iraq, which appeared to be revenge for an earlier assault on a Sunni mosque, Reuters reports. In the capital, Baghdad, a bomber rammed a vehicle into an intelligence headquarters, killing at least eight people. Near Tikrit, a suicide bomber driving a military Humvee packed with explosives attacked a gathering of soldiers and Shia militias overnight, killing nine. Three bombs went off in the city of Kirkuk north of Baghdad, costing the lives of another 18 people.


Harboring Ebola victims declared crime in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's parliament has made the harboring of Ebola victims a crime punished by a two-year prison term as the country tries to stop the spread of the deadly virus, Reuters reports. “The amendment is needed at this time taking into account the fact that when the 1960 ordinance was drafted and passed into law, a disease such as Ebola did not exist,” Frank Kargbo, Sierra Leone's justice minister, told the agency. According to World Health Organization, there have been 910 cases of Ebola diagnosed in the country, with 392 people dying from the virus.


Volcano red alert issued in Iceland

Iceland has issued aviation red alerts for Bardarbunga, which indicates that the eruption has begun at the volcano. The island state’s largest volcano was rocked by a 4.7 magnitude earthquake on Friday, raising fears that air travel in Europe may be disrupted by emissions. In 2010, Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in Iceland, producing a giant cloud of ash that severely disrupted air travel.


Egypt urges indefinite ceasefire in Gaza

Israel and the Palestinians must adopt an indefinite ceasefire and restart indirect peace talks in Cairo to put an end to the bloody crisis, Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called earlier for the immediate resumption of the Egypt-mediated peace talks.


​Two Galileo navsats delivered to non-nominal orbits, remain under control

The launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket booster that blasted off from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana on Friday with two European Space Agency Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) navsats has been partially successful. Launch firm, Arianespace, said on Saturday the satellites were positioned on orbits that differ from specified. A Fregat-MT upper-stage rocket put both space vehicles into final orbit. The satellites are now under full control of a center in Germany’s Darmstadt , which is currently estimating how the new positions of the satellites might influence their performance. There are now six Galileo navsats working in space in test mode. By the end of 2015 their number will reach 18 and the positioning system will be fully operational.


Unidentified assault aircrafts launched airstrike in Libya’s Tripoli

Fighter jets of unknown origin have bombed the positions of one of the armed militias fighting for control of the airport in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Two groups have been clashing around the airport for over a month now. The attack, dubbed ‘Operation Dawn’, targeted four positions of an Islamist group from Misrata, which has been fighting a militant brigade from Zintan, currently occupying the airport, local channel al-Nabaa reported. A similar attack on positions in Tripoli was inflicted on Monday, with responsibility claimed by a renegade general from Benghazi.


Boat with 170 African refugees sinks off Libyan coast

A boat with about 170 illegal migrants from the African continent trying to reach Europe sank off the coast of Libya, said a spokesman for the Libyan Navy on Saturday. So far the navy has rescued 17 people, while the search for the remaining refugees continues.


Palestinian president calls for immediate peace talks renewal

Peace talks between Israel and Palestine in Egypt’s Cairo, interrupted last week, must restart immediately to put an end to the Gaza crisis, said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

On meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Mahmoud Abbas told a news conference that his main goal is for “The truce talks to resume in Egypt as soon as possible to avoid more casualties and sacrifices.”


Suicide bomber kills 8 at Baghdad intelligence headquarters

A car stuffed with explosives was driven into the intelligence headquarters in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday. Police and medics report at least eight victims. The bombing occurred the day after a group of Shia gunmen blew up and shot dead 68 Sunnis inside a village mosque in the Diyala Province. The attacks and retaliations could prevent the Iraqi authorities from forming a national front to fight the advancing troops of the Islamic State.


170 feared dead after boat with migrants sinks off Libya’s coast

A boat carrying 170 undocumented migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the Libyan capital Tripoli, a local coast guard official told AFP on Friday. “We are looking for 170 African passengers on a wooden boat that has foundered off the Guarakouzi area” some 60 kilometers (35 miles) east of Tripoli, coast guard official Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told the agency. Earlier, Itar-Tass reported that 16 passengers of the apparently overloaded boat were rescued and 15 more were found dead by the coastguard, while the total number of people on board the boat was about 200. The small vessel was supposedly heading for Italy.

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