Christmas: Pope Francis Calls For A Better World, Prays For Christians Under Attack

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe. Francis delivered the traditional “Urbi et[Read More…]

UN Urges African Leaders To Resolve Crisis In South Sudan

By Edwin Nwachukwu African leaders have been urged to bolster military support for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and give the country the political backing to resolve its crisis. The UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, made the call at a news conference at the UN Headquarters in New York[Read More…]

Fighting Spreads In South Sudan As Fears Grow Of Civil War – Reuters

By Carl Odera and Ben Makori (Reuters) – Fighting spread in South Sudan and the U.N. said it was trying to move more peacekeeping forces there in the hope of averting full-blown ethnic civil war in the world’s newest state. The government said it had sent more soldiers to retake[Read More…]

South Sudan: US Evacuation Aircraft Shot, Personnel Wounded

Four US service personnel on an evacuation mission have been wounded after their aircraft were shot at in South Sudan, the US military says. The three CV-22 Ospreys were attacked as they approached Bor, which is occupied by forces loyal to the former Vice-President Riek Machar, it added. South Sudan[Read More…]

Canada Amends Anti-Prostitution Laws

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the nation’s anti-prostitution laws. The high court deemed laws prohibiting brothels, communicating in public with clients and living on the profits of prostitution to be too harsh. The ruling follows a court challenge filed by former and current sex workers. It gives[Read More…]

How Islamist Hate Narrative Inspired Lee Rigby Killers, Michael Adebolajo & Adebowale

By Maajid Nawaz and Ghaffar Hussain Editor’s note: Maajid Nawaz is co-founder and chairman of Quilliam, a think tank formed to combat extremism in society, and the author of “Radical.” Ghaffar Hussain is Qulliam’s head of research. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely theirs. London (CNN) — Violent[Read More…]

200 Nigerians In Central African Republic To Be Evacuated

NAN As the sectarian violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) rages, the Federal Government has perfected plans to evacuate 200 Nigerians in Bangui, the country’s capital. The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Nnenna Ukeje, disclosed this on Wednesday during a live interview on NTA network[Read More…]

Morsi To Be Tried For ‘Espionage’, Hamas Ties

(AFP) EGYPT – Egypt‘s deposed president Mohamed Morsi and ex-aides will stand trial for “espionage” that helped a “terrorist” campaign involving the Palestinian militant Hamas and jihadists, the prosecution said Wednesday. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty. Morsi, an Islamist toppled by the military in July after a single[Read More…]

Star Wine Dealer Guilty In New York Fraud Trial

(AFP) Star wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan was found guilty in a US federal court Wednesday of fraud by blending fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling countless bottles to wealthy clients. The jury took less than two hours to return a guilty verdict on two counts of wire and[Read More…]

Fighting spreads Between South Sudanese Soldiers To Town Of Bor

By Andrew Green (Reuters) – Fighting between South Sudanese soldiers spread to the flashpoint town of Bor on Wednesday, raising fears of a broader civil conflict in the two-year-old nation. An official in Bor, north of Juba, said soldiers attacked each other at two military barracks and one journalist said[Read More…]