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Leading the fight against female mutilation

Full ArticleCanberra Times

31 Oct 2014
EFUA DORKENOO 1949-2014 Efua Dorkenoo helped to lead a successful 30-year campaign against the tradition of genital cutting of girls and women, mainly inAfrica and the Middle East, by casting the practice as a human rights violation. Dorkenoo started organisations to battle genital cutting and coordinated the effort more broadly as acting director

Leading the fight against female mutilation

UN envoy proposes Syria 'fighting freeze'

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has presented an “action plan” for Syria, proposing to “freeze” fighting in local areas to allow for aid deliveries and to lay the groundwork for talks. De Mistura told reporters after meeting with the UN Security


Power struggle after Sata's death

Divisions could emerge in Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) over who will succeed president Michael Sata (77), who died on Tuesday. Sata leftDefence Minister Edgar Lungu as acting president on October 20 while he sought treatment in London.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks during a news conference Thursday Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state. Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled, "There is a territory, a people and government," she told reporters in Stockholm.

STOCKHOLM — Sweden‘s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel‘s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. The European

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall, Friday August 9, 2013, in Boston.

Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who said he attended so many community meetings over his two decades in office that he personally met half of the city’s residents, has died. He was 71. He died today after battling cancer, according

Sri Manka Mudslide

Colombo, October 30: Nearly 200 people are feared to have been buried alive in Sri Lanka after a deadly landslide destroyed the homes of mostly Indian-origin tea plantation workers with slim chances of any survivors being found even as India offered

Malala Yousafzai gestures as she speaks to an audience during a discussion of her book, "I am Malala" hosted by the John F. Kennedy Library and held at Boston College High School Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Dorchester, Mass. The Pakistani teenager, an advocate for education for girls, survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year on her way home from school.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban, has donated $50,000 towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza . The Nobel peace prize winner, speaking after receiving the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the

Ebola outbreak: Fewer burials, fewer new cases in Liberia, the WHO says

Full ArticleCNN

30 Oct 2014

October 30, 2014 — Updated 0713 GMT (1513 HKT) (CNN) — The fight against Ebolain Liberia got some welcome news — with a little caution. The number of new cases in the nation appears to be declining, with fewer burials and lab confirmations, and less-cramped hospitals, the World Health Organization said. If the trend continues, the hardest hit

A health worker sprays disinfectant onto a college after they worked with the body of a man, suspected of contracting and dying form the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

African Union Says a Sixth of Pledged Ebola Workers Ready to Go

African nations have more than 300 health workers ready to deploy in Ebola-affected nations, about a sixth of the number they pledged to help contain an outbreak of the disease, an African Union official said. Nigeria has about 250 workers “trained

WHO says Ebola epidemic in Liberia may be slowing down

The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over. The disease is still raging in parts ofSierra Leone and there

Poverty forces Afghan Children to work for food

By: Mirwais Jalalzai Instead of going to school and enjoying simple childhood times, many Afghan children have to work hard every day to earn a living for their families. Several years of civil war and extreme poverty inAfghanistan forced many

Editorial: A better plan for Afghanistan

The mission is far from accomplished in southern Afghanistan’sHelmand province, but U.S. and British commanders felt enough confidence inAfghan government forces’ combat abilities to withdraw all troops there this week and shut down the Camp

Barroso: Without EU enlargement, Russia would have gobbled up Bulgaria, the Baltics

Without the EU enlargement, Russia‘s appetite, today, would not focus on Ukraine, but on Bulgaria and the Baltic states, outgoing Commission President José Manuel Barroso told reporters at his last press conference, held Wednesday (29

UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion

A UN official has warned that Israel‘s plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman called on Israel on Wednesday “to

At least 3 million in Somalia in need of aid: U.N. Secretary General

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least three million people in Somalianeed humanitarian aid and the country is threatened with famine, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday. The United Nations said in September more than a million people

Afghanistan pullout: Just more territory for the Islamic State to swallow up

Full ArticleThe Malta Independent

29 Oct 2014

As concern increases about the presence of an Islamic State offshoot in Darnah, Libya, the last troops are pulling out of Afghanistan as the US Marines and UK military pull out of Helmand province. The US and UK led war in Afghanistan lasted 13 years and has left thousands of casualties in its wake some of them young western soldiers, some of

Afghanistan pullout: Just more territory for the Islamic State to swallow up

Supporters of presidential candidate Michael Sata hold his portrait during a rally prior to the Sept. 28 election, in Mandebvu Lusaka, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006. President Levy Mwanawasa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy is seeking a second term. But while the opposition is splintered, he is facing a surprisingly strong challenge from former Cabinet minister Michael Sata, who heads the Patriotic Front p

Zambian leader Michael Sata, a longtime opposition leader who was finally elected president in 2011, died after an illness, the Zambian government said Wednesday. The Cabinet held a meeting to discuss a political transition, which would include

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Rouhani says the international sanctions regime has crumbled and will not be rebuilt even if Iran and world powers fail to reach a final nuclear deal by a July 20 deadline. Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany reached an interim deal in November that limited Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange for the easing of some sanctions.

Iran’s parliament overwhelmingly rejected President HassanRouhani’s nominee to head the science ministry, in a boost to Rouhani’s hardline opponents. The president had nominated Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, the chancellor of Tehran

Future will show us war in Afghanistan was worth sacrifice

Well, it’s all over, bar the analysing and recriminations.Operation Herrick, Britain’s contribution to the campaign in Afghanistanconducted by the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), has finished. What has been achieved? And

Indian Paramilitary troop keep vigil in Srinagar Wednesday 22, October 2014. As security has been beefed across Srinagar Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcement that he will celebrate diwali with people of Kashmir.

Srinagar, October 29: Two more militants were on Wednesday killed by security forces on the second day of an encounter in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of theArmy had lost his life while an

Violence Against Children: UN Gets it Wrong

The United Nations has just issued a report, ‘Why Children‘sProtection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 DevelopmentAgenda‘ This is a worthy ideal. Unfortunately, the UN Report does not identify the fundamental cause of

Giant tortoises are characteristic reptiles of certain tropical islands. They occur (some species are now extinct) in such places as Madagascar, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Réunion, the Galápagos Islands, Sulawesi, Timor, Flores and Java, often reaching enormous size—they can weigh as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) and can grow to be 1.3 m (4 ft) long. However, giant tortoises also once lived on the mainland of Asia and Australia, as follows from fossil finds in the Shivalik Hills in India. Today, the world's largest population inhabits Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles, where there are approximately 100,000 individuals.

Saved: A giant tortoise on the Galapagos island of Espanola.Photo: Reuters/James P. Gibbs Conservationists say they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Espanola back from the brink of extinction, gaining a foothold strong

Ebola aid appeal launched by Disasters Emergency Committee

An appeal for the Ebola crisis in West Africa is to be launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee. It is the first time the DEC – a group of 13 UK aid charities – has sought funds over a disease outbreak, which it says is “a sign of how

War in Afghanistan – thirteen years of conflict

War in Afghanistan – thirteen years of conflict

Ukip 'enjoy huge poll surge after EU demand for £1.7bn surcharge'

Ukip‘s support has reached an all-time high after a shock £1.7billion cash demand from Brussels, according to a new poll. As Labourslumped by five points to drop to 30 per cent – the party’s lowest rating under Ed MilibandNigel Farage‘s Ukip was

Marines leave Afghanistan after tough war years

The Marines are putting America‘s longest war behind them. They are pulling up stakes in the patch of Afghan desert known as Helmand province, where 378 Marines were killed and nearly 5,000 wounded in fighting that peaked four years ago. On Sunday

Cholera patients lie on beds in Budiriro clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Zimbabwe's economic meltdown has been worsened by a cholera outbreak across the country which has killed nearly 3,100 people and infected 58,993 -- the worst Africa death toll from cholera in 15 yea

Niamey (Niger) , October 27: Niger has seen more than 1,300cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, with 51 people dying of the disease, the United Nations has said. In September alone there were 38 reported deaths from cholera, said the

UN chief voices concern over Ebola-related restrictions

United Nations, October 27: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonhas expressed concern about restrictions imposed by several countries and localities on travelers from major Ebola-affected countries, a spokesperson said here Monday. Ban believes that

Iraqi civilians gather the morning after a string of car bombs tore through busy shopping streets in several neighborhoods in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen, killed at least 38 people Monday, authorities said. The deadliest attack

Oscar Pistorius buries his head in his hand as he listens to cross questioning, in the second week of his trial, about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 10, 2014.

JOHANNESBURG – Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case said Monday they will file appeal papers in the next few days against the verdict and sentence after the Olympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide and given a five-year prison term for

A protester carries a Tunisian flag during a sit-in in support of the Tunisian people organized by the committee for solidarity with the people's uprising in Tunisia and Lebanon, in front of the U.N. headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011.

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s main secular opposition party was claiming victory on Monday over once-dominant Islamists in the country’s historic parliamentary elections. Partial results from the official election commission were expected to be

Boko Haram kidnaps 30 in northeast Nigeria

Full ArticleCNN

27 Oct 2014

October 27, 2014 — Updated 0500 GMT (1300 HKT) Kano, Nigeria (CNN) — Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls from a village in northeastNigeria during the weekend. The abductions are the latest in a string of recent kidnappings by Boko Haram that dims hope for the anticipated release of 219 schoolgirls ?held by the group since

File - Police women in riot gear block the route during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.


A health worker is sprayed with disinfectant after he worked with patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

A US nurse held in quarantine in New Jersey after treating Ebolapatients in West Africa says she will challenge her confinement in a federal court.Kaci Hickox said she was made to feel like a criminal after returning from Sierra Leone last Friday.

US and UK troops pull out of Afghanistan’s Helmand province

Combat operations in the province of Helmand officially ended yesterday for US marines and British troops stationed there, bringing an end to a decade-long struggle to keep a major Taliban stronghold and the region’s vast opium production in check.

EU row heaps pressure on Cameron

David Cameron faces a grilling on his increasingly fraught relations with Europe after a Cabinet minister warned that some towns were being “swamped” by immigrants from the continent. The Prime Minister is due to brief MPs on last week’s shock demand

Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko during his press conference in Kiev

Election day: Members of a district electoral commission work in a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Photo: AFP Kiev: Pro-Western and nationalist parties have scored a crushing victory in Ukraine‘s snap parliamentary polls,

People wait in line to vote in municipal elections outside a polling station in the Complexo da Mare slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members.

Brazilians voted in a bitterly contested election that pits a leftist president with strong support among the poor against a centrist senator promising pro-business policies to jumpstart a stagnant economy. Polls on the eve of the vote gave a slight
photo: AP / Silvia Izquierdo

‘Conditions’ dictate delay in S. Korea OPCON transfer

WASHINGTON — Political and strategic developments have compelled the United States and South Korea to shelve major plans for reorganization of allied forces on the Korean Peninsula, according to officials and outside experts. During a joint press

	'No safety guarantee' over Helmand

The Defence Secretary admitted there is no guarantee thatAfghanistan will remain “stable and safe” as British combat troops brought their costly campaign in Helmand province to an end. UK forces handed Camp Bastionover to Afghan officials,







Nurse criticizes Ebola quarantine, raising concern

Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

26 Oct 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program. KaciHickox, the first traveler quarantined under

File - In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014, a healthcare worker, right, wears protective gear against the Ebola virus before he enters the Ebola isolation ward at Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, the Eastern Province around 300km, (186 miles), from the capital city of Freetown in Sierra Leone.

DAKAR, Senegal — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. See also: Eyewitness to

In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency, defendants cover their faces as they sit in a court room in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009.

A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared. Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the

Israeli Military Kills Palestinian-American Youth

VOA News Israeli Defense Forces have killed a Palestinian-American teenager. The U.S. State Department has called for a quick and transparent investigation

A fuel tanker drives Past tents covering entrances to smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border, near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on July 7, 2013. Egyptian authorities closed on July 5, 2013 the Rafah crossing to Gaza following attacks in the Sinai peninsula in the wake of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's dismissal. Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers. The bombing yesterday was carried out by a suspected jihadist who rammed a checkpoint with his

FILE - In this July 7, 2013 file photo, presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita waves to supporters during a campaign rally at the March 26 Stadium, in Bamako, Mali.

By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) – A two-year-old girl who was Mali‘s first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after theWorld Health Organization warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she
photo: AP / Harouna Traore

Two die in shooting at US school

Full ArticleBelfast Telegraph

 Oct 2014

A student has opened fire in a US high school cafeteria, killing at least one person and wounding four other students, officials said. The gunman also died in the attack. Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the shooter was a student at Marysville Pilchuck High School, near Seattle, but he could not provide more information including

Police tape blocks the entrance to Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle








N.Y. doctor positive for Ebola had no symptoms until Thursday, officials say

Full ArticleCNN

 Oct 2014
October 24, 2014 — Updated 0402 GMT (1202 HKT) New York (CNN) — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, authorities said late Thursday. The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola
Riders stand inside an L-Train subway car, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in New York. Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, had taken the train after visiting a bowling alley in Williamsburg.

Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after attacks

Full ArticleBBC News

25 Oct 2014

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after at least 31 soldiers were killed in two attacks there. PresidentAbdul Fattah al-Sisi has declared three days of mourning in the wake of the suspected jihadist attacks. Egypt’s Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was also closed, state TV said. It was the

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, holds an emergency meeting of the National Defense Council with top officials after an attack in the Sinai Peninsula, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

Richard Rende: A generation without chores

I recently moderated a talk for a colleague of mine, who was addressing a large group of parents. She asked me to hand out a time wheel, which listed a variety of activities that could comprise a typical day in the life of a kid today. She instructed

Egyptian army soldiers stand guard on the border with Egypt in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on July 5, 2013. Egyptian official said the country's border crossing with Gaza Strip in northern Sinai has been closed indefinitely, citing security concerns. The decision comes hours after suspected Islamic militants attacked four sites in northern Sinai and Egyptian soldier was killed early today, targeting two military checkpoints, a police station and el-Arish airport, where military aircraft are stationed. Photo by Ahmed Deeb /  WN

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by

Masked Palestinians throw stones towards Israeli security forces, not pictured, during clashes erupted after demonstration against an anti-Islam film called "Innocence of Muslims" that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Shuafat refugee camp, Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.

A Palestinian boy was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank, medics and residents said. Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat

PM Modi conveys greetings on United Nations Day

New Delhi , October 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings on the occasion of United Nations Day. “I convey my greetings on @UN Day. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of the UN and look at a roadmap for the future,” Prime

US radar deployment in Japan draws Chinese rebuke

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, JapanChina has criticized the U.S.deployment of an anti-missile radar at a base in Japan, saying the move undermines “mutual trust.” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying avoided naming the United States, but her

Mali reports first Ebola case, a toddler from Guinea

Mali reported its first case of Ebola late Thursday, marking a major setback for West African efforts to contain the deadly virus that now has affected six countries in the region and left nearly 5,000 dead. Health MinisterOusmane Kone made the

A view of New Scotland Yard, the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police, with its sign in London, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

The Metropolitan Police is reportedly to pay more than £400,000in compensation to a woman who had a child by an undercover officer. The woman, known only as Jacqui, has a son with Bob Lambert, who was revealed in2012 as a member of the now-defunct

PM Modi conveys greetings on United Nations Day

New Delhi , October 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings on the occasion of United Nations Day. “I convey my greetings on @UN Day. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of the UN and look at a roadmap for the future,” Prime

US radar deployment in Japan draws Chinese rebuke

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, JapanChina has criticized the U.S.deployment of an anti-missile radar at a base in Japan, saying the move undermines “mutual trust.” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying avoided naming the United States, but her

Mali reports first Ebola case, a toddler from Guinea

Mali reported its first case of Ebola late Thursday, marking a major setback for West African efforts to contain the deadly virus that now has affected six countries in the region and left nearly 5,000 dead. Health MinisterOusmane Kone made the

A British Airways Airbus A318 flies over the financial district of Canary Wharf on its first longhaul transatlantic flight from London City airport to New York, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.

A health care worker who recently returned from Guinea was rushed to New York City‘s Bellevue Hospital on Thursday with Ebola-like symptoms. The man, who was working with Doctors Without Borders, has not tested positive for the virus. The New York

 Hokkaido,Japan - Volcano - Volcanoes - Mountains - Nature - Ecology - Tourists - Tourism. (ps1)

TOKYO, October 23 (RIA Novosti) – A massive volcanic eruption could disrupt all life in Japan over the next hundred years, a study by researchers from Kobe University says.

Buckingham Palace in Westminster, United Kingdom.

Travel deals LONDON – (AP) — British police say an officer assigned to the royal protection unit has been arrested after ammunition was found in personal lockers on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Police said Thursday the ammunition is thought to

In this file photo taken Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, a Nigerian soldier patrols in an armored car, during Eid al-Fitr celebrations, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Graphic new video footage from northeastern Nigeria shows the country's military carrying out abuses against civilians as part of their fight against the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram, Amnesty International said Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Published October 23, Facebook0 Twitter0 livefyre Email Print Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s remote northeastern Adamawa state were abducted by suspected Islamic militants, residents said Thursday. People in

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

Full ArticleThe Times of India

23 Oct 2014

GENEVA: The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, theWorld Health Organization said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace. The UN‘s public health body said 9,936 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the three countries at the epicentre of the world’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic — have contracted the

A healthcare worker in protective gear sprays disinfectant around the house of a person suspected to have Ebola virus in Port Loko Community, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Ebola survivors in Liberia are symbols of hope and help

Published October 23, 2014Reuters Facebook0 Twitter0 EmailPrint Four survivors of the Ebola outbreak, who were treated by Gorbee Logan, a Liberian doctor who says he has successfully treated Ebola patients with anti-retroviral drugs, walk at a

Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak

Aid workers in Liberia tried out a new tool this week to contain the world’s worst Ebola outbreak: the text message. Using technology that can target mobile phones in a specific area, workers with the United Nations Children’s Fund sent texts to a

Somali Pirates Still Holding 37 Sailors: UN Official

NEW YORK, October 23 (RIA Novosti) – Somali pirates are still holding 37 sailors, raising serious international concern, UN official Jeffrey Feltman stated. “Somali pirates are still holding 37 seafarers, which is a matter of serious international

US and UK asked Australia to send personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola crisis

A Liberian health worker helps at the Medecins Sans Frontieres(Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: AFPThe Pulse Live: Stephanie Peatling blogs live from Parliament Both the United States and the United

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.

Travel deals WASHINGTON – (AP) — President Barack Obamacondemned fatal shootings in Canada on Wednesday as “outrageous attacks.” ”We’re all shaken by it,” he said. Obama said the motive for the shootings remained unknown. But he said as more

Families of the victims of the September 2007 shooting by Blackwater security guards are seen at the prime minister's office in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 18. 2010.

October 22, 2014 — Updated 1938 GMT (0338 HKT) (CNN) — After marathon deliberations, a federal jury found four ex-Blackwater Worldwidecontractors guilty Wednesday in a deadly 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad‘s Nusoor Square. Nicholas Slatten, 30, of

Gaza inquiry

A probe into what happened in Gaza is late, but it’s never too late. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon surprised the diplomatic circles when he said that he will personally conduct an inquiry into the episode of death and destruction in

Climate change: What does real action mean for Europe?

Full ArticleAl Jazeera

22 Oct 2014

Well over half a million people in 2,000 communities around the globe marched last month to demand real action on climate change. That was an unprecedented scene. On the next day, several financial businesses announced they would no longer invest in the carbon intensive economy, but rather shift to invest in the new climate economy. Two days later

A damaged house in Jawhar Nagar Area which still is submerged in water three weeks after flash floods in Srinagar, India, Tuesday on September 30, 2014.

UN announces Gaza war inquiry

The UN says it will begin investigating attacks on its facilities during Israel‘s recent war against Hamas in Gaza, that killed more than 2,100Palestinians. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the world body was investigating a

A man, center, supervises a dancing group during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013.

WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have

Cuba Ebola Doctors

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban doctors and nurses departing forWest Africa to combat Ebola consider themselves lucky. Among the 15,000 who volunteered, they are among only 256 who have been chosen for the job. “There have been fights breaking out, heated

Petro Porochenko au Conseil de l’Europe Strasbourg 26 juin 2014

Reuters KYIV— Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a move to head off discontent before an election, signed a law on Tuesday that will allow ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych to be tried by court in his absence for crimes carried out while he was

Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.

“He will not be able to compete for five years”: International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence. Photo: Getty Images Oscar Pistorius will not be allowed to run in the Paralympics

WHO outlines next steps in Ebola crisis

October 21, 2014 — Updated 1220 GMT (2020 HKT) (CNN) –Ebola vaccine testing could start in the next few weeks, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as health officials scramble to quell the virus that has killed more than 4,500 people. The



Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers Party, gestures to supporters as she arrives to give her victory speech after winning the election runoff in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 31, 2010.

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff gained support over opposition candidate Aecio Neves even as the race remains in a dead heat less than a week before the runoff, according to a Datafolha poll published yesterday. Rousseff has 46 percent support and

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Full ArticleThe Irish Times

21 Oct 2014

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Masipa found Pistorius guilty last month of culpable homicide for negligently killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Ms Masipa said before giving the sentence: “a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Full ArticleThe Independent

20 Oct 2014

A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that could one day produce transplant “spare parts” for repairing diseased tissues and organs using a patient’s own skin cells. The miniature intestine grew from a single stem cell to the size of a fingertip and was able to carry out many of the

 A mouse looks on at an Argentine laboratory in Buenos Aires, Thursday Jan. 8, 2004. This laboratory develops transegenic mice with modified neurological genes that can be used to study possible treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's and schizophrenia.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, police and demonstrators clash outside the parliament as deputies repeatedly vote down proposals to officially recognize the Svoboda nationalist party - a contentious WWII-era partisan group as national heroes, Kiev, Ukraine.

Over the past few weeks, Ukrainian political activists have carried out a series of sensational actions, seizing politicians and local officials and throwing them into big bins. The activists, many from far-right groups, accuse the politicians of

 Comet Siding Spring buzzes Mars

Comet Siding Spring Mars flyby

October 19, 2014 — Updated 2345 GMT (0745 HKT) | Filed under:Innovations An artist drawing of Comet Siding Spring approaching Mars. (CNN) — The comet Siding Spring whizzed within 87,000 miles of Mars on Sunday — close enough to the Red Planet

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Friday, March 26, 2010

THE Swedish military has presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports of being on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine. Ever since the armed forces received a


Demonstrators hold banners in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Demonstrators were calling for support of the Kurdish resistance against the Islamic State group in Kobani and Rojava.

Britain’s “lock-them- up” approach to dealing with returningBritish jihadist fighters is doomed to failure and risks making it harder to find potential terrorists, warned one of the world’s leading terror experts yesterday. “Britain needs a

In this photo taken late Monday, June 30, 2014 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a televised address in Kiev, Ukraine. Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process. The cease-fire expired Monday evening.

VOA News Ukraine‘s President Petro Poroshenko says a preliminary energy deal reached with Russia will require Kyiv to pay $385 per cubic meter of natural gas through the winter months. Poroshenko disclosed

Chinese Foreign Minister  Yang Jiechi speaks during a joint press conference with Germany's Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the Diaoyutai State Guest house in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted China’s top diplomat at his Boston home for two days of talks aimed at easing tensions between the two nations. The meetings on Friday and yesterday between Kerry and State Councillor Yang Jiechi come about a

People walk in front of St. Peter Basilica at The Vatican Friday April 9, 2010

VOA News Just as it seemed the Roman Catholic Church might ease its stance on homosexuality, bishops from around the world removed language doing just that from a new Vatican



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By Humeyra Pamuk URFA Turkey (Reuters) – The fiercest fighting in days shook theSyrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State attacked Kurdish militants with mortars and car bombs. Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron 31 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, 13 October, 2014.

In this photo taken late Monday, June 30, 2014 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a televised address in Kiev, Ukraine. Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process. The cease-fire expired Monday evening.

VOA News Ukraine‘s President Petro Poroshenko says a preliminary energy deal reached with Russia will require Kyiv to pay $385 per cubic meter of natural gas through the winter months. Poroshenko disclosed

Chinese Foreign Minister  Yang Jiechi speaks during a joint press conference with Germany's Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the Diaoyutai State Guest house in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted China’s top diplomat at his Boston home for two days of talks aimed at easing tensions between the two nations. The meetings on Friday and yesterday between Kerry and State Councillor Yang Jiechi come about a

People walk in front of St. Peter Basilica at The Vatican Friday April 9, 2010

VOA News Just as it seemed the Roman Catholic Church might ease its stance on homosexuality, bishops from around the world removed language doing just that from a new Vatican

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. EU leaders on Friday agreed on tougher rules for spendthrift nations whose overspending threatens Europe's single currency and risks triggering a debt crisis.

MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti) – The United States imposed sanctions against some Hungarian officials and businessmen over their alleged involvement in corruption,


Members of Mexico's Sufi Muslim community say Friday prayers at a community center in Mexico City Friday, May 13, 2005.

Carolyn Presutti MIAMILatinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the organization, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And according to Latino American Dawah Organization



** FILE ** In this undated file photo provided by the Philippine National Police shown are al-Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf leader Khaddafy Janjalani, 2nd right partly covered by a tree trunk, with some of its members around a wood fire as they cook their meal inside their jungle camp in the island of Jolo in southern Philippines.

Two Germans freed after six months of captivity in the southernPhilippines by a militant group that threatened to behead one of them if ransom was not paid were flown to Manila yesterday under the care of their embassy, aPhilippine military

In this photo released on Feb. 4, 2012 by the state media website Cubadebate, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro speaks during the presentation of his book 'Guerrillero del Tiempo,' or 'Time Warrior' in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Travel deals HAVANA – (AP) — Fidel Castro says Cuba is ready to cooperate with the United States in the battle against Ebola. The 88-year-old ex-leader writes in state news media on Saturday that cooperation would be in the interest of “the peace of

World warned that Ebola ‘could be scourge like HIV’

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Britain and the US say inadequate international response to outbreak has allowed it to continue and worsen

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, today welcomed the arrival of a German aircraft which will be delivering needed supplies and material to countries in western Africa affected by the Ebola virus, 15 October, 2014

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Ebola crisis: UN launches urgent appeal for donations

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Ban Ki-moon has launched another urgent appeal for funds to help fight Ebolaafter a United Nations drive for donations fell short of its target. The UN chief said a $1bn trust fund he launched in September has received just $100,000 (£62,000) so far. He joins a growing chorus of world leaders criticising the global effort to tackle the Ebola

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, today welcomed the arrival of a German aircraft which will be delivering needed supplies and material to countries in western Africa affected by the Ebola virus, 15 October, 2014.

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff has been moved out of a New York lockup on his way to the Butner federal prison to begin serving his 150-year sentence, a law enforcement official said Monday. ; David McCallum served 29 years in prison after being coerced into offering a false confession for the kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old boy in 1985. After spending nearly three decades behind bars, he gave HuffPost Live

In this photo released by the Royal Palace, Morocco's King Mohammed VI flanked by his son Moulay El Hassan, left ,and his Brother Prince Moulay Rachid, right , listen to the national anthem after he delivered a speech to the nation, Wednesday, March, 9, 2011 at the king's Palace in Rabat. Morocco's king announced constitutional changes in a rare speech, aimed at consolidating democracy.

Travel deals RABAT, Morocco – (AP) — Morocco has denied reports it has withdrawn as host of next year’s African Cup of Nations football tournament although it wants the competition postponed. Information Ministerand government spokesman Mustapha


Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

Apple has revealed the latest version of the iPad, called the iPad Air 2. And this time it’s even thinner. The new iPad is just 6.1 millimeters thick, or 0.24 of an inch. That’s 18% thinner than the first iPad Air, which was 7.5mm. See also: The 25


Air France flight AF 028 landing at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, USA.

Three people with fever considered at risk for having Ebola were being tested Thursday in Spain for the virus, including one who arrived on an Air France jet that was isolated at Madrid‘s airport as a precaution, officials said. Other passengers were


FILE - In this Aug. 22, 1998 file photo, Jalaluddin Haqqani, then Taliban Army Supreme Commander talks to reporters in Miram Shah, Waziristan, Pakistan.

VOA News Afghan security forces have captured two senior leaders of the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, a group blamed for some of the most sophisticated attacks against Afghan and NATO troops in the


In this Feb. 10, 2014 file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

Selah Hennessy LONDONState repression is on the rise inUganda, according to the rights group Amnesty International, as it documents legislation that has been enacted during the past year and half. Analysts say fundamental human rights are


In this file photo taken on Oct. 8, 2013, women walk past the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah in southeastern Baghdad, Iraq. The number of Iraqis slain "execution-style" surged last month, the U.N. said Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Reuters BAGHDAD— Four car bomb attacks and a mortar strike on Shi’ite Muslim parts of Baghdad killed 36 people and wounded 98 within a span of two hours on Thursday afternoon, police and medical officials said. An Iraqi Shi’ite political
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At least 25 dead after blizzards, avalanches in Nepal

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16 Oct 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Search and rescue teams flying on army helicopters spotted the bodies of eight more trekkers killed in a series of blizzards and avalanches that have hit central Nepal in recent days, raising the death toll in the region to 25, officials said Thursday. About 70 people were still missing along or near the popular

In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, soldiers carry an avalanche victim before he is airlifted in Thorong La pass area, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders in


President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.

The United Nations also warned Ebola was outpacing efforts to combat the disease and said the world should dramatically expand the fight against the tropical fever. The Ebola epidemic is “the most serious international public health emergency

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facebook twitter pinterest googleplus more more + email tumblr stumble delicious reddit linkedin digg October 15, 2014 9:06 AM PDT Google After giving us all a taste of in June 2014, at the I/O developer conference, Google is finally releasing the to

ARCHIV: FIFA-Praesident Joseph Blatter (l.) und UEFA-Praesident Michel Platini unterhalten sich in Budapest (Ungarn) beim 62. FIFA-Kongress (Foto vom 25.05.12).

VOA News The head of European soccer’s governing body has strongly condemned the violence that erupted during Tuesday night’s Albania-Serbia qualifying match for the 2016 European Championship. UEFA presidentMichel Platini said,


In this photo released by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korea's Unification Policy Officer Chun Hae-sung, left, and the head of North Korea's delegation Kim Song Hye read statements during their meeting at the southern side of Panmunjom

The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years have ended in stalemate, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences on how to ease animosity after two shooting incidents last week.Generals from both sides met


File - Saudi Shiite protesters wearing masks chant slogans during a protest in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, March 10, 2011. Saudi police have opened fire at a rally in the kingdom's east in an apparent escalation of efforts to stop planned protests.

A Saudi court has sentenced prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr to death after convicting the anti-government protest leader of “sedition”, his brother and lawyer said. The verdict risks a further escalation of tensions with Saudi

Spanish national soccer team midfielder Thiago Alcantara smiles during a press conference in Bari, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Italy and Spain will play an exhibition match in this southern Italian city Wednesday.

The midfielder was “disappointed and desperate” after hearing the news he will be out of action for some time with another ligament injury and requires an operation Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara says he is “disappointed and







Mozambicans vote for new leader

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MAPUTO — Mozambicans voted on Wednesday in elections expected to return the ruling Frelimo party to power in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, and international observers reported voting was generally smooth and peaceful. Linesformed at polling stations in the port capital Maputo, as voters waited patiently to make their choice in the

An unidentified woman gestures after casting her ballot for the presidential, parliamentary and provincial assemblies elections in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.







UN medical worker infected with Ebola dies at Germany hospital

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Published October 14, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Email PrintBERLIN – A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberiahas died despite “intensive medical procedures,” a German hospital said Tuesday. The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walk and talk

US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, France. Photo: AP Paris: The United States andRussia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters – including intelligence



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HAVANA – A recent New York Times editorial urging the United States to end its embargo of more than 50 years against Cuba is a reflection of the “difficult situation” the North American country now faces, said former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. In an



A man that was hired by the community sprays chemicals to try and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, as local children look on, in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Geneva, October 14: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could reach 5,000 to 10,000 cases per week by the first week of December. “Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we face is

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $25 million Tuesday to an organization on the front lines of the fight against the Ebola virus, marking another major tech donation that seeks to make philanthropy faster and more


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Thomson ReutersU.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army See Also WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in

File - Saudi policemen form a check point outside Al Rajhi mosque where a demonstration was expected to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, March 11, 2011.

RIYADH: A former employee of a US defence contractor shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom. The alleged shooter, Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, right, attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany meet Iran in Geneva on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 to try to reduce concerns that Tehran wants to build nuclear weapons while satisfying Iran’s demands to recognize its right to peaceful nuclear activities.

VIENNA: Iran‘s foreign minister warned on Tuesday of “numerous” gaps in troubled nuclear talks with world powers but both he and US counterpart John Kerry, due in Vienna on Wednesday, insisted a deal remains possible by a November 24 deadline.












UN medical worker infected with Ebola dies at Germany hospital

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Published October 14, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Email PrintBERLIN – A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberiahas died despite “intensive medical procedures,” a German hospital said Tuesday. The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died

Health workers in protective gear load a body of a person suspected to have died from Ebola on the street of Monrovia ,Liberia. Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

British police seize over $400,000 suspected funds for ISIS

British police officers stand guard outside the Iranian Embassy in London, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.

London, October 13: British police have confiscated 250,000pounds (about 401,713 dollars) of suspected funds for the Islamic State (IS), the anti-terror authorities said Monday. Most of the money was seized from travellers departing from Manchester

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Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2being absorbed by plants, according to new research. Scientists say that between1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than previously thought. The authors say it

R&B singer Chris Brown appears in a Los Angeles courtroom with his attorney Mark Geragos Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

Rapper Chris Brown has shared his thoughts on the Ebola crisis.Photo: Getty Images Chris Brown has caused a stir on the internet after sharing his thoughts on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, saying he thinks the virus is “a form of population

File - In this April 29, 2010 file photo, a Turkish pilot salutes before take-off at an air base in Konya, Turkey.

ANKARA, TurkeyNATO allies Turkey and the United Statesdiffered Monday on where they stand on the use of a key air base, with Turkishofficials denying reports from the United States that there was a new agreement on its use for operations against

File - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

The major U.S. stock market indexes took a dive Monday, marking a three day downward trend for stocks driven by unease over Federal Reserve monetary tightening and a tumultuous global economy. The S&P 500closed at 1,875, down 1.7% for the day

British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with journalists as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels

13 October 2014, 22:45 MPs Vote To Recognise Palestinian StateTweet MPs have voted overwhelmingly to recognise a Palestinian state. The vote – which ended 274 to 12 in favour – is not binding on the government but has been described as “symbolically

An Iraqi airways plane sits on the tarmac at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad Wednesday Dec. 28, 2005

Never mind what America’s top general said. ISIS was never close to overrunning this strategically crucial location, Iraqi officials claim. ERBIL,Iraq — Iraqi security officials are shooting down claims from America’s top military officer that ISIS


ISIS militants march on toward Baghdad despite airstrikes, international outrage

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October 13, 2014 — Updated 0728 GMT (1528 HKT) (CNN) — Despite airstrikes and international outrage against ISIS militants, the terror group is overrunning Iraqi forces and slowly marching toward Baghdad. And as alarming developments piled up over the weekend, it appears the U.S. plan to “destroy” the group is slowly falling apart. Here are where

An Iraqi federal policeman stands guard as his colleague searches a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend’s death

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Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for a sentencing hearing that will determine whether he serves jail time for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, or walks out a free man. A stony-faced Pistorius stared straight ahead as police officers escorted him into the court building. He

Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend’s death




Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and Department of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale testify before the House Armed Service Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. on March 6, 2014. Hagel addressed the 2014 Department of Defense Budget Proposal as remarked on the steps the Department has taken to separate itself from military cooperations with Russia in response to the situation in Ukraine.  DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Michael Bowman WASHINGTON— America’s top military commander says Islamic State (IS) militants are adapting to a U.S.-led air campaign, making targets in Iraq and Syria harder for coalition forces to identify and eliminate. The chairman of the

A Palestinians inspect the destruction in Farouq Mosque after an Israeli air strike, in Rafah at the Southern Gaza Strip on July 22, 2014. Israeli army warns residents to evacuate their homes immediately. Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region with a mission to seek a ceasefire in the 14-day-old conflict "as soon as possible. Photo by Ahmed Deeb/WN

VOA News — Countries from around the world have pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave along the Mediterranean. Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende announced the total Sunday at the close of a


Indian army soldiers patrol inside the Rashtriya Rifles army camp at Safapora some 20 kms (12 miles) from Srinagar on February 27, 2014. A soldier in Indian Kashmir shot dead five of his colleagues before killing himself, an incident which experts said highlights the stress facing troops in the volatile region bordering Pakistan. The soldier was on night duty when he opened fire on his colleagues who were reportedly sleeping in their barracks at a military camp, 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the region's main city of Srinagar.

Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD— Pakistan, in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Indian fire across a disputed border has killed 12 civilians and wounded 61 people, including some soldiers, this month in Punjab province. The letter said the

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chats with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in London, UK, on May 14, 2014, at the outset of a meeting focused on Middle East Peace.

VOA News The United States has pledged $212 million in new aid for the Palestinians at a conference to raise money for rebuilding the war-hitGaza Strip. U.S. Secretary of State

File - An FBI agent walks along Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., Thursday, April 25, 2013, not far from where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught hiding in a boat Friday, April 19.

WASHINGTON, October 12 (RIA Novosti) – Boston Marathonbombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew that his older brother Tamerlan was involved in a triple murder in 2011, Fox News

Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko, left, walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in Ouistreham, western France, Friday, June 6, 2014. World leaders and veterans prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion this week in Normandy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

VOA News Ukraine‘s President Petro Poroshenko says he will meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week in Italy for talks on a peace plan for eastern Ukraine and an ongoing natural gas dispute. Poroshenko, speaking Saturday, said the

Father of Malala Yousufzai, Mr. Ziauddin Yousufzai called on Federal Minister for Interior, Senator A. Rehman Malik in Islamabad on October 25, 2012.

VOA News The father of Malala Yousafzai, one of this year’s twoNobel Peace Prize Laureates, tells VOA he is proud his teenaged daughter has emerged as a voice for peace from a region affected by terrorism and extremism.Ziauddin Yousafzai told





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In this image from TV, US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013.

Reuters HAVANA— Cuba has received no indication the Obama administration might change U.S. policy toward Cuba despite increasing support within the United States for closer ties, a top Cuban official said on Wednesday. “We don’t have those

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah appears before reporters with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on July 11, 2014, after he arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan for a meeting about steps to resolve the country's disputed presidential election between him and fellow candidate Ashraf Ghani.

William Gallo WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerrysays the completion of a power-sharing deal and successful political transition inAfghanistan could be a turning point for the war-torn South Asian country. The top U.S. diplomat played a

Policemen enforce restrictions in the Lal Chowk area as Separtist leader Mohammad Yasin Malik asked Traders and other people to converge at the city center to offer Eid prayers on Monday 06, October 2014

Ayesha Tanzeem Recent fighting across the Line of Controldividing disputed Kashmir is once more escalating tensions between India andPakistan, with each side accusing the other of starting the violence. The artillery exchanges – the most serious

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gestures at a function in New Delhi, India

New Delhi, October 10: Former prime minister Manmohan SinghFriday expressed hope that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Kailash Satyarthi, India‘s best known face against child labour, and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousufzai will

Dr. James LeDuc with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is silhouetted in front of a screen showing a map of Ebola outbreak areas in Africa at the start of the 49th Annual Conference for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, in Houston

The man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus inBrazil hails from Guinea, one of the three countries in West Africa that has been hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. The Independent reports that though the only symptom he is exhibiting is a

This photo taken March 1, 2013 and released on Tuesday March 5, 2013, by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French soldiers from the 2e REP legionnaires regiment patrolling in the desert in Northern Mali.

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – French forces destroyed a convoy in Niger transporting weapons from Libya to Mali and captured fighters linked to al Qaeda, the presidency said on Friday as France steps up efforts to stop militants crisscrossing the

This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the area, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

LONDON: Pakistani‘s teenager Malala Yousafzai’s doctor has congratulated her for winning the Nobel Peace prize and said she thoroughly deserves it. The British children’s doctor helped save Malala’s life after she was brought to UK from Pakistan