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A prestigious Indonesian international school faced a mounting crisis Thursday, as new sexual assault claims emerged and an ex-teacher was revealed to have been a suspected pedophile under FBI investigation.
The Jakarta International School had already been ordered this week to close its nursery following allegations a six-year-old boy was sexually abused by cleaning staff in the toilets.Full Story
The Palestine Liberation Organization delegation to Gaza on Thursday briefed Palestinian factions on the reconciliation agreement reached with the Strip's Hamas rulers, as the Islamist movement contacted regional capitals in a similar move.
Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh called Qatari, Tunisian and Turkish leaders to fill them in on the unity deal, said the Hamas-run al-Rai news agency.Full Story
A young Algerian blogger, held since September for posting cartoons on the Internet mocking the president, has been granted bail ahead of his trial, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Abdelghani Aloui "was freed on bail on Wednesday by the indictment division of the court of Sidi M'Hamed in Algiers," Amine Sidhoum told AFP.Full Story
Malian prosecutors have charged 2012 coup leader Amadou Sanogo with complicity to murder over the discovery of a mass grave of loyalist soldiers, judicial sources said on Thursday.
Sanogo, who is already in custody facing accusations of complicity in kidnapping, was charged with the new offence after being interrogated before a court for the first time at the start of the week, his lawyer Me Tiessolo Konare told AFP.Full Story
North Korea has apparently sealed a tunnel at its nuclear test site, a government official said Thursday ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's arrival in Seoul for a two-day visit.
South Korea's defense ministry warned earlier this week that the North could be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, citing increased activity at the Punggye-ri site.Full Story
An air strike on a market on Thursday killed at least 21 people, including three children, in a village of the north Syrian province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.
The deadly raid comes amid a massive aerial offensive targeting opposition-held areas across Aleppo city and province that began in December 15.Full Story
President Francois Hollande will visit Georgia shortly, his foreign minister announced Thursday as France seeks to boost ties with the small ex-Soviet country that stands in the shadow of its giant neighbor Russia.
The French leader's visit -- due in May -- comes at a time when the European Union is seeking to boost ties with countries lying to its east, and as the West and Russia exchange increasingly strident barbs over the crisis in Ukraine where Moscow has already annexed the Crimean peninsula.Full Story
King Abdullah was in the Saudi commercial hub of Jeddah on Thursday in a bid to reassure a worried public as the death toll from the MERS virus hit 85.
The Red Sea city has seen a spate of cases among health staff in recent weeks that have sparked fears that the virus has mutated to make it more transmissible from person to person.Full Story
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an "utter denial" in failing to recognize World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, apparently brushing off Ankara's first ever offer of condolences for the tragedy.
In an unprecedented move described by the United States as a historic gesture, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences over the massacres, calling them "our shared pain."Full Story
Rebels in South Sudan said Thursday they were closing in on key oil fields and two state capitals, predicting an imminent collapse of the government and a "bloodbath".
A statement from the rebel's spokesman, General Lul Ruai Koang, said forces battling President Salva Kiir captured the town of Renk, close to the border with Sudan, on Wednesday and were advancing on the Paloich oil fields.Full Story