Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
Qadri ends Islamabad sit-in, to hold demonstrations across Pakistan

Qadri ends Islamabad sit-in, to hold demonstrations across Pakistan

Fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri ended his over two month-long protest, vowing to spread it across the country.

US orders new screening for Ebola
US orders new screening for Ebola

Everyone coming to US from three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened.

UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions
UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday to move away from unilateral actions.

US strikes, Kurdish fighters blocking Islamic State in Kobani: Pentagon
US strikes, Kurdish fighters blocking Islamic State in Kobani: Pentagon

The Pentagon said that US air strikes has helped to keep Islamic State militants from taking Kobani.

Israel Defence Minister airs Iran nuclear concerns at Pentagon

Israel expressed concerns about the direction of talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme.

Oscar Pistorius gets five-year jail term for killing girlfriend

Months of suspense finally ended as disabled Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail.

Hong Kong government, democracy protest leaders begin talks

There are fears that these talks will fail as both sides seem unwilling to compromise.

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president

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Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president

Several UK flights cancelled as Hurricane Gonzalo strikes

Indian airlines such as Air India and Jet Airways, however, reported no disruptions and said they were "operating on time".

Few hopes of success in Hong Kong talks

Hong Kong’s 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement.

Head of Iran's top influential clerical body dies

The Assembly of Experts grants Iran's supreme leader an indefinite term but it retains the power to sack him.

US, China announce to launch Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue

David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia-Pacific Security Affairs would lead the US side.

Bombings kill 9 people in Iraqi capital

Police officials say a bomb at an out-door market in the southern district of Abu Dashir, a mostly Shiite neighborhood.

US only country that can galvanize the world community: Barack Obama

Obama said a few recent events have raised the anxiety level of the people.

WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over

The announcement comes after 42 days have passed _ twice the disease's maximum incubation period _ since the last case in Nigeria tested negative.

Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster

At least 41 people were killed last week when a blizzard and avalanches swept the mountains of the Annapurna region in northern Nepal.

Hong Kong leader claims 'external forces' at play in pro-democracy protests

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's statement was the first time he has alleged foreign involvement in the unrest.

US airdrops ammunition, weapons for Kurds in Syria's Kobani

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani.

Nigeria, Boko Haram agree to immediate cease-fire

The fate of more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents six months ago still is being negotiated.

'Commoner' Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's seventh president

Widodo is the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite.

John Kerry seeks Asian support to battle Islamic State and Ebola virus

Kerry led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Japan trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals

Political funding scandals are a chronic problem in Japan and key factor behind the revolving-door politics of recent decades.

20 injured in new Hong Kong protest violence

Hong Kong's government had confirmed yesterday that it would open talks with student leaders on Tuesday.

ISIS forced out of Kobani but new pressure on Baghdad

US-led airstrikes kills at least eight in ISIS-held Syria border town.

Iran says militants infiltrating from Pakistan

Iran has proof that militants are entering the country from neighboring Pakistan to carry out attacks.

US congratulates Iraq on new defence, interior ministers

Congratulating Iraq, US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was a "very positive step forward".

Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in blizzard; officials bring to safety new climbers on the same route

The dead from the blizzards and avalanches included foreign trekkers, local guides and villagers.

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's papers to be housed at Princeton

Papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison are now part of the permanent library collection of Princeton University.

Barack Obama reviews strategy in Iraq and Syria against ISIL

Six airstrikes took place near Kobani in Syria where reports indicate they successfully struck three IS buildings.

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned; experts say it might backfire

Obama said he didn't have a "philosophical objection'' to a travel ban.

Nepali troops seek at least 40 missing on blizzard-hit trek

Toll of those confirmed dead reaches 30.

Hong Kong activists regroup soon after riot police sweep

Hundreds of protesters tried to break through police lines and they used open umbrellas to shield themselves from pepper spray.

Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on despite imminent talks

Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement.

Baghdad not under 'imminent threat' from IS, says US

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, at the joint conference with Kirby, said the US is working with European leaders on de-legitimising the Islamic State.

Hong Kong police swoop in on democracy protest site

Ongoing sit-ins at 3 major intersections have caused significant disruption to a city usually known for its stability.

Pakistan accounts for 80 per cent of polio cases: WHO

Afghanistan and Nigeria, are the other two countries where polio remains endemic.

Ebola fears prompt big responses around globe

And people infected with Ebola aren't contagious until they start showing symptoms, such as fever, body aches or stomach pain, research shows.

At least seven dead in north Mali clashes

The fighting took place around 130 kilometres south of Gao and lasted more than six hours.

Ebola neglected because it started in Africa: ex-UN head Annan

Annan said 'the spread of the virus from Africa to countries overseas was only a matter of time'.

Afghanistan captures two senior leaders of Haqqani network

The Haqqanis have been blamed for spectacular attacks on Afghan government and NATO targets across Afghanistan as well as for kidnappings and murders.

Militant attacks in Iraq's Baghdad kill at least 38 people

The heavily guarded capital has been under nearly daily attacks by Sunni militants who have overrun vast areas in western and northern Iraq since early this year.

US-led airstrikes wiped out hundreds of Islamic State rebels: Pentagon

"One of the reasons why you're seeing more strikes there is because there is more ISIL there," said Pentagon spokesperson.

Turkey fails in bid to join UN Security Council

Special attention had been on Turkey as it is under growing pressure to do more about the war in Syria pushing up against its border.

Hurricane Gonzalo regains strength on way to Bermuda

Gonzalo was expected to slowly weaken late Thursday, a trend set to continue through Friday, forecasters said, but was still likely to hit Bermuda as a Category 3 hurricane.

Hong Kong police refrain from dismantling barricades by protesters

Public anger simmered over video showing police kicking a handcuffed protester on Wednesday night.

Diagnosis and cure: All you need to know about Ebola fever outbreak

The practice of consuming bushmeat in many parts of Africa may be one of the main reasons for the infections.

21 militants killed in Pak air strikes

The strikes are part of the ongoing military operation 'Zarb-e-Azb', launched on June 15 against militants.

Iran calls for 'confidence' over nukes, extremists Islamic State group

Larijani, formerly Iran's top nuclear negotiator, told a news conference in Geneva that it's necessary to build more confidence with West.

Existing protocols might not be enough for Ebola virus

The nurses' cases have brought new scrutiny to national Ebola protocols that had never before been put to the test at a general hospital.

Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive' in US: Barack Obama

Obama also sought to ease growing anxiety and fears in the U.S. in the aftermath of a second nurse being diagnosed with Ebola.

North, South Korea hold military talks after two shooting incidents: report

The two Koreas traded gunfire Friday after South Korean activists floated anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons across the border.

Hong Kong police drag pro-democracy activists, tear down barricades

Officers wielding pepper spray tore down barricades protesters used as road blocks around the underpass.

Conservative bishops move away from gay overture

The report signaled a radical shift in tone about welcoming gays and divorced Catholics into the church.

US says it could have done more to contain Ebola

"Essentially any hospital in the country can take care of Ebola. You don't need a special hospital room to do it," Dr. Tom Frieden.

6 top Pak Taliban commanders announce allegiance to ISIS

Al-Baghdadi, leader of the ISIS, declared himself as Caliph and renamed his dreaded group as the Islamic State.

Obama to meet with partners fighting against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would also participate in the meeting.

German hospital: UN worker dies of Ebola

The Ebola patient was the third to be flown to Germany for treatment.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes first appearance in 40 days

The recent absence was, in part, "probably an attention-getting device and it certainly works," said an expert on Korea.

Doctor gives blood for Ebola-infected Dallas nurse

Nurse Nina Pham was among about 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan.

Family of British hostage appeals to IS for direct contact

Jessica said she was speaking as the head of the Cantlie family because her father, Paul, was terminally ill.

Hong Kong police remove more barricades from pro-democracy protest zones

Dozens of police used electric saws and bolt cutters to dismantle the bamboo barriers that pro-democracy protesters had erected overnight.

Istanbul rattled by signs of Islamic State support

Pins bearing the militants' black-and-white flag are on sale at a jihad-themed bookstore near the Istanbul University campus.

Kurdish forces thwart Islamic State in Kobani; Turkey boosts involvement

IS poured in reinforcements and fired at least 11 rocket-propelled grenades into the town centre, said the Britain-based monitoring group.

Pakistan court orders record of expenses during Sharif's US visit

The petitioner also requested the court to ask the prime minister to seek permission from the Supreme Court for his future foreign trips.

Taliban ambush kills 22 Afghan soliders, police in north

"Twelve army and police vehicles are totally destroyed," Gov. Abdul Jabar Haqbeen said.

Ebola alert: US health worker tests positive for Ebola

The infected woman was among caregivers for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Wednesday at a Texas hospital.

Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem flashpoint

The clash came after demonstrators protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Putin orders troop pullback from Ukraine border: Kremlin

Some 17,600 servicemen, who had participated in military drills ion the border with Ukraine, would be pulled back.

Crowd tries to charge Hong Kong democracy protest

Several hundred people gathered in front of barricades on a main road Monday, chanting, "Open the road!"

Train service back in former Sri Lankan war zone

President Mahinda Rajapaksa bought a ticket and boarded the train for the last 43 kilometers (27 miles) of the journey.

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Gaza on Tuesday

I will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people of Gaza, he informed reporters in Cairo

Kurds urge more US-led air strikes in Kobani as Islamic State tightens grip

A group that monitors the Syrian civil war said the Kurdish forces faced inevitable defeat in Kobani.

Multiple car bombs kill 38 in Baghdad

The attacks come as Iraq faces its greatest challenge since the 2011 withdraw of U.S. troops and overture of militants.

Triple suicide bombing in Iraq kills 22 Kurds

The attack took place in Qara Tappah, in the eastern Diyala province about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Baghdad.

Typhoon Vongfong batters Japan; 35 hurt

At least 35 people have been reported injured in Okinawa and Kyushu.

Stampede at Imran Khan's rally kills 7 in Pakistan

It was the second deadly incident related to the campaign of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf protests led by Imran Khan.

Islamic State group kills Iraqi TV journalist

Raad al-Azzawi, who was a cameraman for Iraq's Salahuddin Television, was killed by militants on Friday.

Pak court dismisses petition to disqualify PM Sharif

The plea was filed in the Islamabad High Court under article 199 of the constitution.

Powerful typhoon churns toward Okinawa with strong winds

Fourteen people in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu were injured due to strong winds.

US military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola

Williams joined the American ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, at the airport to greet the aircraft.

IS jihadists execute nine people in northern Iraq

In the town of Az-Zab, 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of the oil hub of Kirkuk, six people were executed in public.

Three-year-old boy mauled by jaguars at Arkansas zoo in critical condition

The boy's father and grandfather said they threw a camera bag and an empty water hose spool at the animals, causing them to drop the child,

At least nine dead, 30 missing in Guinea boat accident

The boat's passengers were all inside when it capsized. Rescuers count nine bodies and there are around 30 unaccounted for.


Obama also sought to ease growing anxiety and fears in the U.S. in the aftermath of a second nurse being diagnosed with Ebola.

Nurse Nina Pham was among about 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan.

Climate Change  

Obama pressed other countries to follow US' lead on the issue of climate change.

Over the past 6 years, the U.S. has cut consumption by 195 million tons as power plants have burned cheaper natural gas instead.


The nurse's illness illustrates the danger that health care workers also face in medical centers of Europe and the United States.

Opinion surveys predict the biggest vote winner will be the center-right GERB party led by a former prime minister, Boyko Borisov.

Asia Pacific  

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's statement was the first time he has alleged foreign involvement in the unrest.

Widodo is the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite.


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