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Somalia has 'no info' about Kenya's wall

Somalia has Somalia's ambassador in Kenya, Mohamed Ali Ameriko, said Wednesday that he had "no information" regarding Kenya's plan to build a security wall along its border with Somalia.

UN: Syria, Iraq wars fuelling asylum appeals to new high

UN: Syria, Iraq wars fuelling asylum appeals to new highWars in Syria and Iraq, as well as other armed conflicts, have increased the number of asylum applications to industrialized countries to a 22-year high in 2014, the UN has said.

UN chief urges action for children trapped by war

UN chief urges action for children trapped by warUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that the world must act "collectively and expeditiously" to protect children caught up in wars worldwide.

Yemen's Houthis take over state institutions in Aden

YemenShiite Houthi loyalists have seized control of several state institutions in the southern city of Aden, eyewitnesses have said.

Nigeria's 'liberated' northeast seized by election fever

NigeriaMany Nigerians in the country's Boko Haram-wracked northeastern region are excited about upcoming March 28 general elections, citing "very good" improvements in the local security situation.

Hongkongers urged to vote out pro-democracy lawmakers

Hongkongers urged to vote out pro-democracy lawmakersHong Kongs chief executive CY Leung has urged residents to vote pro-democracy lawmakers out of the territory's semi-representative legislature, drawing criticism from opposition members.

UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967

UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning report on the humanitarian situation.

Saudi Arabia launches strikes against Yemen rebels

Saudi Arabia launches strikes against Yemen rebelsSaudi Arabia carried out air strikes against Huthi rebels in Yemen on Thursday, launching an operation by a regional coalition to save the government of embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the country teetered on the brink of civil war.

France-based firm pulls out of Jerusalem cable car project

France-based firm pulls out of Jerusalem cable car projectFrance-based utility giant Suez Environnement said Wednesday that, because of political sensitivities, it has decided not to take part in a cable car project linking west Jerusalem to the annexed Eastern sector.

Abbas holds all the cards for confronting Netanyahu

Abbas holds all the cards for confronting NetanyahuMahmoud Abbas has more powers than ever to pursue a diplomatic offensive against Israel that is likely to accelerate with the re-election of his old adversary Benjamin Netanyahu.