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Egypt releases Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

ImageAustralian journalist Peter Greste has been freed after spending more than a year in an Egyptian prison. The decision to release him was reportedly made by the country's president.


Greece starts European charm offensive, skirting around Berlin

ImageParis, Rome, London: Greece's new prime minister and finance minister are bound for European capital cities, seeking support for their new economic plans. Berlin is conspicuous in its absence from the Syriza itinerary.


German euroskeptic Lucke 'very grateful' to Greece, Syriza

ImageThe euroskpetic AfD (Alternative for Germany) party has wrapped up its party conference in Bremen. Party founder Bernd Lucke finished by thanking Greece's new government for "showing things can't go on like this."

Arab World

Houthi rebels issue ultimatum to Yemen's political parties

In Yemen, Houthi rebels have issued an ultimatum to the country's politicians. They have said that if political leaders fail to fill the country's current political void, they will.

Middle East

Jordan ready for prisoner swap deal with 'Islamic State'

Jordan says it is still willing to hand over a jailed Iraqi militant to "IS" in return for the release of a Jordanian pilot being held captive. The renewed offer comes after the terror group beheaded a Japanese hostage.


Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters return to the streets

Several thousand have marched in Hong Kong in the first large pro-democracy demonstration since protesters staged sit-ins in the city center last year. This time, organizers say no sites will be occupied.

African Union

AU leaders agree on Boko Haram, fail on South Sudan

The threat of Boko Haram and the South Sudan peace process dominated the agenda of the AU summit this year. With more of conflicts plaguing Africa, the AU's ability to act is being put to the test yet again.



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