Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
Canadian Parliament under lockdown after gunman shoots down standing soldier; Obama says need for vigilance reinforced
US increases security, though no threats cited
US increases security, though no threats cited

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

Islamic State jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar
Islamic State jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar

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

Barack Obama extends Diwali greetings to people across the world
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.

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.

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president

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Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president

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.

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.


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.


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  

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.


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