Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Pakistani jets, ground forces kill 27 militants in separate strikes

Pakistani jets, ground forces kill 27 militants in separate strikes

The strikes and ground operation come just days after Taliban militants attacked an army-run school in Peshawar.

Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorist trials
Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorist trials

The decision has been taken to expedite the trial of militants who take advantage of traditional courts to delay convictions for years.

Boko Haram militants kill 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria
Boko Haram militants kill 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria

Locals were still counting those abducted in Sunday's attack in the remote area but that the figure could pass 100.

Lanka President Rajapaksa asks minority Tamils to 'forget the past'
Lanka President Rajapaksa asks minority Tamils to 'forget the past'

Sri Lankan troops allegedly killed about 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final months of fighting against LTTE in 2009.

US air strikes kill senior IS leadership: Pentagon officials       

The air strikes killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Vladimir Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear

"We aren't on the offensive, we aren't attacking anyone, we are only defending our interests,'' he said.

Kenya: MPs divided over terror law that bolster police but trims freedom

The law would allow police to curtail journalists' freedoms if they are deemed to be 'undermining' investigations.

Pakistan school carnage: Death and mourning all over

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Pakistan school carnage: Death and mourning all over

Cuban exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations

Older exiles whose relatives were killed or imprisoned following the 1959 revolution are less likely to approve of a thaw.

Explained: How Pak Taliban grew and grew

The group was founded in 2007 by jihadi commander Baitullah Mehsud.

Pakistan prepares to execute 55 death row inmates

The mercy appeals of 55 death row inmates have been dismissed by the Supreme Court and President Mamnoon Hussain.

'India should avoid confusion about its role in Asia-Pacific'

A Chinese think tank said that India should avoid falling into confusion about its role in Asia-Pacific framework.

Pakistan army chief leaves for Kabul to seek Taliban chief Fazlullah's extradition

Dawn reported that army chief will seek the Afghan military's cooperation for "a joint operation to counter terrorism".

Devils, massacre, mass slaughter: Pakistan dailies on Peshawar school attack

The Peshawar school attack which left 141 people, including 132 children, dead dominated the headlines of newspapers across Pakistan.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls for international mobilisation against terror

He asked all countries, political leaders and security-related officials to protect human rights and dignity.

Afghan insurgents storm bank in south, killing 10

Helmand police spokesman, Fareed Obaid, said three police officers were among those killed.

80 per cent back Putin even as ruble falls: poll

Even as the confidence in the economy is slipping, an overwhelming number of people showed support for Putin.

Funeral prayers held for those killed in terror attack in Pak

The funeral prayers were organised by the chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference.

Peshawar attack: 132 children among 141 killed, all 7 Taliban gunmen dead

Military officials said at least eight armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School.

Taliban attackers shot most Pakistan school students in head

"Most of the students have received bullets in the head," Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister said.

Sydney siege ends: 3 dead, including gunman, after police storm cafe

Media reports said two were killed and three others seriously injured in the raid but police said they cannot confirm the casualties.

European equities get caught in the rout of the rouble

Financial turmoil in Russia weighed on the region's stock markets.

Senate approves Obama's pick of Vivek Murthy for US surgeon general

Murthy is well-qualified and noted his promise not to use the position as bully pulpit for gun control.

German Chancellor calls for unity against anti-Islam forces

The movement began in Dresden by staging demonstrations every Monday to protest against the government.

6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

The shooting rampage started before dawn at the home of Stone's former sister-in-law in Souderton and ended about 90 minutes later.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank

Palestinian medical officials identified the dead man as 20-year-old Mahmoud Abdalla.

Mali: 4 prisoners exchanged for French hostage

Lazarevic's liberation revived debate over whether to negotiate with hostage-takers.

Hong Kong police close final protest site

Hong Kong police tore down barricades and arrested protesters on December 15 ending demonstrations.

11 killed, 24 injured in Karaoke bar fire in China

A fire broke out at a karaoke bar in central China's Henan province killing 11 and injuring 24.

China clears man 18 years after his execution

China is believed to execute more people for crimes than the rest of the world combined.

Effigies of black men found hanging in US campus spur debate

The photographic images were found hanging at two prominent spots on one of the most famous American campuses.

Turkish police conduct raids, pro-Erdogan journalists detained 

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, denies the accusations.

Abe vows to stick to reflationary policies after election win

"I want to boldly implement the 'Three Arrows'," Abe said.

Security force member dies while rescuing labourers taken hostage

An attacker armed with a rifle seized the workers near a mosque.

Thousands rally across US over police killings

The families of Brown and Garner were among the demonstrators in Washington for the "Justice For All March".

Congress sends US President Obama $1.1 trillion spending bill

The Senate voted 56-40 for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress' year-end agenda.

Enough! No more!: Ghani on terror attacks

Ghani called on all religious, political and social leaders to condemn the violence.

Indonesia: 26 dead, 82 still missing in mudslide

Hundreds have been evacuated from central Java where a flood of mud and water cascaded down a mountainside.


Protesters blocked traffic on both sides of a major highway in Berkeley.

The Garner case sparked protests and calls for federal prosecutors to intervene.

Climate Change  

By Monday evening, Beijing's levels of PM2.5 had reached nearly 200 — or about eight times the level considered safe by the WHO.

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


The move marks the first time globally that Google Inc. will shutter Google News.

The report also cited allegations of serious human rights abuses by armed groups including torture, detention, executions.

Asia Pacific  

A Chinese think tank said that India should avoid falling into confusion about its role in Asia-Pacific framework.

Police had told the protesters to leave "immediately" from the short stretch of road in Causeway Bay.