Friday, Oct 31, 2014
US could not even commit a $1 billion loan guarantee when Modi came: Kerry

US could not even commit a $1 billion loan guarantee when Modi came: Kerry

The US is not sufficiently committing the resources it should contribute to the world, says John Kerry.

Four dead after small plane crashes into airport building in US
Four dead after small plane crashes into airport building in US

Four people were killed today when a small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building.

Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests
Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests

Burkina Faso has long been known for its relative stability in volatile West Africa.

Syrian air strikes kill over 200 civilians in 10 days
Syrian air strikes kill over 200 civilians in 10 days

Bombing runs by Syria over the past 10 days have killed at least 221 civilians, a third of them children.

Pak court reserves judgment in Musharraf's joint trial plea

Musharraf ruled from 1999 to 2008 when he lost power and went into self-imposed exile.

Iraq: Fearing uprising, Islamic State militants hunt ex-police

The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule.

US drone attack kills four militants in Pakistan

The killed Arab was identified as Adil while the exact identity of others was not known.

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

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No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

Pakistan to evacuate 50,000 people in wake of Nilofar cyclone

At present the estimated central pressure of cyclone is 996hpa and the average sustained wind speed is around 90-100 knots.

China at risk, seeks Japan aid: Ebola expert

In public hospitals in China, the level of infection control is poor.

US commando who killed Bin Laden to reveal identity

The operation was ordered by President Barack Obama after the CIA traced Bin Laden's courier to the high-walled compound.

Syria's Kobane will not fall in the hands of ISIS: US-led coalition chief

US-led coalition chief said he didn't think Kobane was about to fall in the hands of ISIS.

Palestinians urge UN to demand Israel end settlements

But no resolution was adopted and there was no Security Council statement condemning Israel.

Lift all sanctions before nuclear deal: Iran

Iran wants all Western sanctions to be lifted before striking a deal on its contested nuclear programme.

Girls' jihadi quest stirs Muslim communities' fear

The journey of three girls who authorities say tried to join ISIS militants has many worried.

Toronto schools set to reject Confucius deal, likely to irritate China

The move is likely to irritate Beijing just days before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to visit.

Islamic State uses captive UK soldier as war correspondent in propaganda video

A captive British journalist has been used by the Islamic State group to take on the role of a war correspondent.

Ebola vaccine trials to start in Switzerland this week

Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from authorities.

Bangladesh tribunal sentences Jamaat-e-Islami chief to death for 1971 war crimes

The court said in the unanimous verdict that 8 of the 16 charges levelled against him were proved beyond doubt.

Malaysia PM Najib Razak vows to bring MH17 culprits to justice

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday vowed to bring to justice the perpetrators of MH17.

Al-Qaeda still offers olive branch to IS: Analysts

The Islamic State group has seized about a third of Iraq and Syrian territory and is terrorising civilians.

Thousands mourn Canada soldier killed in Ottawa attack

Thousands of mourners lined the streets of the Canadian city of Hamilton for the funeral of the killed soldier.

Tunisians shun Islamists in vote for stability

Voters sought security and stability with familiar faces from Tunisia's more authoritarian past.

Security scare for David Cameron as UK man runs into him

Police detained the man briefly, but quickly released him after establishing that no threats were made.

NATO chief: what's needed to improve Russia ties

"NATO is here to say. Russia is here to say. So we're going to have some kind of relationship," Stoltenberg said.

Prominent defector says North Korea has taken his father hostage

North Korea says the accusations of human rights abuses are fabrications and "wild rumours" peddled by "hostile forces".

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff narrowly wins second term

Rousseff and Neves fought bitterly to convince voters that they can deliver on both growth and social advances.

Italy president to testify in Mafia trial

Mancino is on trial for allegedly negotiating with the Mafia following the 1993 bombings of churches in Rome,

UK troops end military operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province

Camp Bastion has been the center of U.K. operations in Afghanistan since 2006.

US strikes pound jihadists as Iraq Kurds prepare to join fight

The Kurdish regional government unveiled plans for up to 200 well-trained peshmerga to join Syrian Kurdish forces defending Kobane.

Ukraine voters embrace West and peace with rebels

Results with 30 percent of the precincts reporting had PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front leading with 21.7 percent of the vote.

Bilawal Bhutto booed during Kashmir 'Million March' in UK

The march was led by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, referred to as a former prime minister of PoK.

New York Governor outlines policy for Ebola quarantine

Twenty-one days is the incubation period for Ebola.

Islamic State threatens to kill British jihadis wanting to return home

Muslim extremists from Britain, who went to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State, are now desperate to return home.

European Union doubles assistance to 1 billion euros to combat Ebola

The EU nations also agreed to increase the deployment of medical and support staff in the affected region.

UK ends 13-year war in Afghanistan

All British troops will leave Camp Bastion within days, handing over the huge base to Afghan troops.

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing her alleged rapist

She had pleaded self-defence but failed to sway judges at various stages of appeal and had been kept in prison since her arrest.

Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm

Asian health systems and workers have experience in countering infectious diseases including SARS.

Iraq government forces, militias take control of strategic town Jurf al-Sakhar

Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias took control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar.

US students fight for lives after latest school shooting

Two teenage US girls were fighting for their lives after they were both shot in the head by a schoolmate.

Brazil elections: 'Ghosts of the past' versus 'Monsters of the present'

Brazilian voters electing a new president this weekend are being asked to decide what scares them least.

US to recognise gay marriage in another six states

The announcement means gay and lesbian married couples in those states will have the same legal rights and federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Iran re-arrests leading human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Iranian security forces arrested world-renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several others.

21 people killed in oil tank explosion and coal mine accident in China

More than 70 police officers and firefighters joined the rescue.

2 killed and 4 injured in US school shooting

According to CNN, the shooter used the gun of his father. It is a "high capacity" weapon, the channel reported.

Ebola test positive for New York doctor who treated patients in Africa

The first person diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil flew from Liberia to Texas and later died in a Dallas hospital.

Ottawa shooter had sought Libyan passport: Libyan embassy official

Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had recently sought Libyan passport: Libya Embassy Official

Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria: Police

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the attack would only strengthen Canada's response to 'terrorist organizations'.

U.S. nurse who had Ebola is virus free : Health officials

The NIH scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss Pham's discharge.

At least 824,000 displaced by Ukraine conflict: UN

Around 95 per cent of the displaced people are from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

Barack Obama extends Diwali greetings to people across the world

US President Barack Obama greeted Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists across the world on the occasion of Diwali.

Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: Alliance

NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace.

Pakistan's Assembly passes resolution against 'Indian aggression'

13 Pakistani nationals have been killed in exchange of fire since September 13.

Islamic State jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar

The Islamic State jihadist group has again surrounded Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

US increases security, though no threats cited

President Barack Obama condemned the shootings in Canada as "outrageous acts."

Canadian Parliament under lockdown after gunman shoots down standing soldier

The gunman reportedly ran toward Parliament Hill, which is under lockdown.

White House says US immigration plans not final yet

The White House has cautioned against making assumptions about Obama's changes to US immigration rules.

Situation in Kobani remains "tenuous": Pentagon

US Central Command (CENTCOM) said it conducted four airstrikes, while three others were conducted by its partner nation forces.

North Korea releases American detainee after six months

An American man, who was detained by North Korea, had a teary reunion with his family in Ohio, USA.

No let up in Hong Kong protests as pro-demoracy protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government

A wide chasm separates the protesters and the government, which has labelled their actions illegal.

Six months to contain Ebola virus: Red Cross

Red Cross said the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed.

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal.

Mexico mass murder: Hunt for 43 students highlights Mexico's missing

Instead of finding the 43, authorities are asking "Who are the 28?"

'Mr President, don't touch my girlfriend': 'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs

A young woman was voting next to Obama when her boyfriend decided to make a wise crack.

HK protests: US Jazz musician Kenny G's presence at protest site irks China

"I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation,'' he wrote.

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.

Hong Kong protest talks show a wide gap between students, govt

The students passionately explained why they had taken to the streets for more than three weeks to fight for greater democracy.

Call me by my nickname Jokowi, Widodo would sound strange: Indonesia prez

"Joko" would be awkward, and "Mr. Widodo or president Widodo" would sound strange, said the Indonesian president.

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.

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

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.

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.

America  

Instead of finding the 43, authorities are asking "Who are the 28?"

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

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.

Europe  

Results with 30 percent of the precincts reporting had PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front leading with 21.7 percent of the vote.

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

Asia Pacific  

A wide chasm separates the protesters and the government, which has labelled their actions illegal.

"Joko" would be awkward, and "Mr. Widodo or president Widodo" would sound strange, said the Indonesian president.