Issue: March 22, 2006   (Archive)
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   

Kabul passes first test with new president
Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan, taking power as NATO troops end their 13-year war without defeating the fierce Taleban insurgency.

We got it wrong on jihadists, admits Obama
US President Barack Obama has admitted Washington underestimated the opportunity that a collapsing Syria would provide for jihadist militants to regroup and stage a sudden comeback.

'Cardiac arrest' of volcano hikers
More than 30 hikers were found in "cardiac arrest" near the peak of an erupting volcano in Japan, police said, using a term usually applied before doctors can certify death.

Ebola death toll climbs to over 3,000
The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has now soared past 3,000, with the virus killing almost half of the more than 6,500 people it has infected, according to World Health Organization figures.

Venice parties as heartthrob weds
George Clooney and lawyer Amal Alamuddin married in Venice before partying the night away with their A-list friends in one of the most high- profile weddings in years.

Ex-film star holds court behind bars
Former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram, one of India's most colorful and controversial politicians, held crisis talks inside jail after her conviction in a corruption case.

Boko chief declared dead after impostor killed
Nigeria's military claimed for the first time that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead after troops killed a lookalike who had been posing as the militant commander.

More attacks as France mourns
France carried out a new round of air strikes in Iraq as it renewed its determination to fight Islamic State jihadists after the beheading of hostage Herve Gourdel.

Preacher held in Brit sweep
British police arrested nine men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy, with media reporting the country's most high-profile radical Muslim preacher was among those held.

Radical cleric cleared of terrorism
A Jordanian court acquitted radical cleric Abu Qatada of terrorism charges and immediately freed him yesterday, ending more than a decade of legal cases against the firebrand preacher.

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