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Leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, jailed for violating a strict protest law, has been moved to a prison hospital.
Omar Hamilton, one of his cousins, said the 33-year-old blogger and software engineer was transferred to a prison hospital on Monday morning after his blood sugar level plunged.

The United Nations (UN) refugee agency has said in Nairobi that more than 826 Somali refugees living in Northern Kenya voluntarily returned home since a pilot project was launched on December 8, 2014.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that a total of 341 individuals returned to Somalia in January.
The Agency described it as a significant step toward pioneering durable solutions to many years of displacement.

Anti-austerity Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras has vowed to end Greece’s “five years of humiliation and pain” after his general election win.
Before cheering supporters, Mr Tsipras again pledged to renegotiate Greece’s massive international bailout.
With nearly all of the votes counted in Sunday’s poll, Syriza looks set to have 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority.

THE Islamic State militia threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless 200 million dollars in ransom is paid within 72 hours, the Japanese government said  yesterday.
“The government is trying to verify the authenticity of the video,’’ Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga said.
According to the government, it is the first time the militant group has threatened Japanese captives; meanwhile they have beheaded other foreign hostages.

NEAR the hillside shelter where dozens of men and women died of Ebola, a row of green U.S. military tents sit atop a vast expanse of imported gravel. The generators hum; chlorinated water churns in brand-new containers; surveillance cameras send a live feed to a large-screen television.
There’s only one thing missing from this state-of-the-art Ebola treatment center: Ebola patients.

IRAN’S hard line judiciary has banned a reformist newspaper for publishing a picture of Hollywood star George Clooney wearing a “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) button, Iranian newspapers reported on Monday.
Mardom-e Emrooz (Today’s People) had come under criticism after running the image of the U.S. actor at last week’s Golden Globes ceremony.

OFFICIAL of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), confirmed that one of its members has been abducted by the anti-Balaka rebel group in Bangui.
The official said on Tuesday in Bangui that the kidnapping took place as Dieudonne Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui was engaged in efforts to negotiate the release of a French charity worker and a local staff member who were abducted by anti-Balaka on Monday.

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