Friday, Jan 30, 2015
Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

A deadline of sunset Thursday passed with no sign of whether the two hostages were still alive.

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadliest attacks in months
Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadliest attacks in months

Tweets from the Sinai Province's Twitter account claimed responsibility for each of the four attacks.

US-led air strikes hit Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq
US-led air strikes hit Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq

The Pentagon said this week the militants had been driven out of 90 percent of Kobani.

Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai kills 26 people
Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai kills 26 people

The attacks which happened on Thursday is the deadliest assault on security forces in recent weeks.

China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

It could be the latest sign of tightening government restrictions.

Afghan Taliban not a terrorist organisation: US

They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda," Josh said.

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children’s hospital, killing 3

Officials said two people died, including one woman found under the collapsed structure.

Blizzard shuts down New York City, much of US Northeast

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Blizzard shuts down New York City, much of US Northeast

Malaysia declares MH370 an "accident", airline to proceed with compensation

Malaysia Airlines was ready to proceed immediately with the compensation process, he said.

Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

It purportedly extended the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber.

French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash: Investigators

Iriyanto was believed to have taken over control of the aircraft from Plesel when it started to ascend & descend.

Australia Lindt Cafe seige: Hostage "killed by police bullet ricochet"

Dawson was hit by six fragments of a police bullet, or bullets, with one striking a major blood vessel.

Abortion rate doubles in 10 years in conservative Pakistan

"There were 50 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-49 in 2012 as compared to 27 in 2002," the report says.

Taliban bomb kills 4, attack kills 11 in Afghanistan

Bombing in Afghanistan, Taliban claims responsibility.

Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

An exchange would set a precedent for negotiating with IS militants.

Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas

Rajitha Senaratne said that his government will ease its military presence.

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

Iraqi security and govt officials have disputed the accounts saying radical jihadists from ISIS could have perpetrated the killings.

Israel tells UN will defend itself against Hezbollah

"Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis," Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said.

Mother makes emotional appeal to Japanese leader to save son

Junko Ishido, mother of journalist Kenji Goto, read to reporters her plea to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to "Please save Kenji,".

When Michelle Obama's 'no-scarf' in Saudi Arabia triggered controversy

Obama and Michelle visited Saudi Arabis to expresses condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah.

Boston Marathon bombing: Prosecutors oppose 3rd request to move Tsarnaev trial

Tsarnaev's lawyers had said 68 % who filled out questionnaires already believe Tsarnaev is guilty.

Israel fires at least 35 shells into Lebanon after missile strikes military vehicle

The Lebanese Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for attack targeting Israeli military convoy.

Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack

The group called "Islamic State in Tripoli Province" said it launched the attack to avenge the death of Abu Anas al-Libi.

Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king Salman

US President Barack Obama last visited Saudi Arabia in March 2015, when he held talks with Abdullah.

Gunmen storm Libya hotel, killing 10

The Corinthia hotel had previously come under attack in 2013 by gunmen.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe slams 'despicable' Islamist execution threat

The IS warned that they will execute Kenji Goto and Maaz al-Kassasbeh if they don't get their way.

Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

It is likely that the persecuted were ethnic Tibetans who traditionally practice a form of Tantric Buddhism.

Majority of Americans unaware about Sikhs and Sikhism: Survey

The rise in hate crimes against the community in America is credited to the lack of knowledge of the religion in the country.

10 killed as Greek F-16 jet crashes in Spain during NATO exercise

Another 21 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base in southeastern Spain.

America  

The Americans say the resumption in full diplomatic relations depends on how quickly its requests are met.

The holiday came against the backdrop of recent nationwide protests over the deaths of unarmed black men.

Climate Change  

Volcanoes may have caused cooling of 0.05 degrees to 0.12 degrees Celsius since 2000.

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

Europe  

Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births.

Students can look forward to explore notions of identity, self-hood and memory.

Asia Pacific  

Bombing in Afghanistan, Taliban claims responsibility.

It is likely that the persecuted were ethnic Tibetans who traditionally practice a form of Tantric Buddhism.