Today 05 December
Fighters linked to Al-Qaeda executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman as he was leaving Syria after a 10-day assignment in rebel-held territory, watchdogs said on Thursday. Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili was shot dead after being stopped at a checkpoint in mainly rebel-held Idlib province in the northwest as he headed for the Turkish border on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. His death at the hands of jihadist fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) underlined the risks of reporting from Syria, which Reporters without Borders (RSF) describes as the world's most dangerous country for journalists. The 34-year-old father-of-three had been filming in Aleppo province further east, one of the main battlegrounds of the 33-month conflict, the head of RSF's Middle East and North Africa desk, Soazig Dollet, told AFP.
Britain's military said Thursday it was in talks with France to provide "limited logistical support" for a UN-authorised military intervention in the Central African Republic, amid reports London could send a C-17 transport plane. "Following the UNSCR (Security Council) agreement to strengthen the role of international forces in the CAR, the UK is in discussions with France about providing limited logistical support," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
At least eight people were killed Thursday when a suicide car bomber rammed a convoy in Somalia's northern port of Bossasso, a region harbouring Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents where tensions are high ahead of elections in January. Puntland's government said in a statement it "strongly condemns" the attack, in which 37 were wounded, including six soldiers. The attack took place in a busy market area of Bossasso, the main port in Somalia's northeastern Puntland region, lying on its Gulf of Aden coast. Shebab fighters operate from the rugged Golis mountains southwest of Bossasso, a lawless region under longtime control of warlord, arms dealer and Shebab ally Mohamed Said Atom, who has been hit with UN Security Council sanctions for "kidnapping, piracy and terrorism."
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting came to the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the new government just as the U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.
South African traditional healers or "sangomas" on Thursday welcomed a watershed court ruling that legally recognises their patient sick notes. The Supreme Court of Appeal recently upheld a verdict that a Pretoria firm wrongfully sacked a chef who took five weeks leave to deal with her tormenting ancestors. In 2007 Johanna Mmoledi's employers refused to accept a cryptic note from her sangoma diagnosing her with "perminisions (sic) of ancestors." It shows that we are in a post-apartheid era where all forms of healing are beginning to be recognised," said coordinator Phephsile Maseko.
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