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Yemenis took to the streets
2015.03.27 01:47:50

In the city of Taiz, thousands of Yemenis took to the streets in support of the Saudi operation and demanded an end to the alleged Iranian interference in their country. Some carried banners of President Hadi, others of the Saudi king.



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Yemen Live Blog
2015.03.27 01:46:43

A Saudi-led coalition of 10 countries has launched air strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

Some numbers on the military action:

Saudi Arabia: At least 100 war planes + 150,000 troops and war ships on standby
UAE: 30 war planes
Kuwait: 15 war planes
Bahrain: 12 war planes
Qatar: 10 war planes
Jordan: 6 war planes
Morocco: 6 war planes
Sudan: 3 war planes

On standby:

Egypt: war planes, war ships and tanks + ground troops
Pakistan: tanks and ground troops
US: logistics



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Heavy poaching of Indian rhinos
2015.03.15 19:18:09

Whether in South Africa or in India poaching of rhinos has assumed alarming levels. In South Africa, which has the largest population of rhinos and which is an important country for their conservation, poaching has reached a crisis point so much so that if the killings continue at the current rate, it is estimated, the species could be pushed close to extinction. In 2014 as many as 1215 rhinos were killed and the South African Department of Environment calculated that that amounted to poaching of one rhino every 8 hours.

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Vulnerable Indian rhinos
2015.03.14 19:05:58

Whether in South Africa or in India poaching of rhinos has assumed alarming levels. In South Africa, which has the largest population of rhinos and which is an important country for their conservation, poaching has reached a crisis point so much so that if the killings continue at the current rate, it is estimated, the species could be pushed close to extinction. In 2014 as many as 1215 rhinos were killed and the South African Department of Environment calculated that that amounted to poaching of one rhino every 8 hours.

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Tigers endangered despite rise in their numbers
2015.02.05 19:26:56

A lot of cheer has been brought to tiger and wildlife lovers by the latest Tiger Census conducted in late 2014. There seems to have been a revival in its numbers after the dismal count of 2006 when it had registered 1411 tigers. A marginal increase to 1706 was registered in 2011.



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Gas lamps of London
2015.01.23 15:05:32

The feature on lamplighters of London in the Times of India of last Sunday literally dug out from the deep recesses of my mind the memories of gas lamps and their lighters in my birthplace Gwalior in Central India. More than 60 years ago in the early 1940s Gwalior was a small town of about 80000 or so but it used to be the capital of the princely state carrying the same name. Its maharaja was the third richest of all the Indian maharajas after the Nizam of Hyderabad, and Maharaja of Mysore. Being the capital, it had stately buildings, a beautiful palace that was built in the 19th Century on the pattern of the palace at Versailles and broad roads. While most of the roads were illuminated at night by electric incandescent bulbs many lanes, including ours, had gas lights to light them up.



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Fighting continue in the Syrian border town of #Kobane
2014.10.25 02:34:04

Fighting continued on Friday in the Syrian border town of Kobane, as thousands of Syrians who have fled the town woke up to another day in a refugee camp in Turkey.

Turkish President Erdogan says Kurdish PYD has agreed the passage of 1,300 fighters from the Free Syrian Army to Kobane.

The Syrian Kurds have "accepted 1,300 people from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and they are holding talks to determine the transit route," Erdogan told reporters in Estonia's capital Tallinn.



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Fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane
2014.10.24 03:17:30

An AFP correspondent across the frontier in Turkey reported fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane early Thursday, with heavy gun and mortar fire.



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Malaysian court charged three men
2014.10.24 03:16:16

A Malaysian court on Thursday charged three men with supporting the Islamic State after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The charges against the three; an architect and a technician, both 26, and a 42-year-old trader, come amid concerns over the group's growing influence in Southeast Asia.

[AFP]



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US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field
2014.10.24 02:58:30

Activists say the US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field in Syria's eastern province of Deir Az Zor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the coalition launched four airstrikes on oil wells in the Jafra field late Wednesday.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, also reported the airstrikes on Thursday.



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Refugees fleeing fighting
2014.10.24 02:47:18

Refugees fleeing fighting between ISIL and Kurdish fighters awoke in a camp in Turkey on Thursday morning, as their home town of Kobane, across the border in Syria, appeared relatively calm.

Occasional gunshots could be heard echoing from the border town, which has been under siege from the ISIL group for some weeks, but no plumes of smoke or loud explosions occurred.

[AP]



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Lebanese army arrested 3 individuals
2014.10.24 02:33:07

The Lebanese army arrested 3 individuals, two Syrians and a Lebanese in North Lebanon, the Lebanese detainee is known to have defected to ISIL few weeks ago.

One Syrian was killed and two others have been wounded in the raid.



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Ammunition have fallen in to the wrong hands
2014.10.24 02:17:30

The US has confirmed that military ammunition which were air dropped over the restive Syrian border town of Kobane have fallen in to the wrong hands.

The Pentagon said two bundles, out of 28 that were air dropped earlier this week to assist Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) have gone astray.



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Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed to send reinforcements
2014.10.24 01:58:53

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group.

The approval came as Turkey criticized US air drops of ammunition and weapons to Kobane's Kurdish defenders, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying some of the deliveries had fallen into the wrong hands.

[AFP]



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553 ISIL fighters and 32 civilians killed during a month-long campaign in Syria
2014.10.24 01:51:10

Air strikes by US-led forces have killed 553 ISIL fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.

The monitoring group also said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were fighters from Islamic State.



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Airstrike targeted opposition near the Jordanian border
2014.10.22 01:54:00

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported government airstrikes, which targeted opposition held Nasib town near the Jordanian border, and killed at least 8 people and injured 20.Two children and a woman were among the death toll that may rise due serious injuries.



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Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria
2014.10.22 01:38:45

Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State fighters in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobane said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway.

The statement by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came hours after the US airdropped weapons and ammunition to resupply Kurdish fighters for the first time.

Those airdrops Sunday followed weeks of airstrikes by a US-led coalition in and near Kobane.

[AP]



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Teenager from Australia
2014.10.22 01:17:05

A teenager who ran away from Australia to join ISIL in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to "not stop fighting", reports said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself "Abu Khaled", carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online, the Sydney Morning Herald said.



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Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane
2014.10.22 01:03:49

Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State group fighters on Tuesday as they awaited promised reinforcements from Iraq.

The Kurdish fighters faced a fierce attack by IS fighters, including suicide bombers, late on Monday, that appeared aimed at cutting off the border with Turkey before any reinforcements could arrive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

[AFP]



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Drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria
2014.10.22 00:58:22

Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing armed and unarmed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" to gather intelligence on ISIL fighters.

Michael Fallon, the defense minister, said both Reaper and Rivet Joint drones would fly over Syria as part of "efforts to protect our national security from the terrorist threat emanating from there."

[Reuters]



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