Pope visits mosque in CAfrican capital

November 30, 2015 8:18 pm

BANGUI, Central African Republic: Pope Francis on Monday said Christians and Muslims were “brothers”, urging them to reject hatred and violence on a visit to a mosque in a flashpoint Muslim neighborhood of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui. “Christians … Read more »

Climate protesters, police clash in Paris

November 30, 2015 8:17 pm

PARIS: Hundreds of thousands of people rallied around the world Sunday on the eve of a Paris summit aimed at averting catastrophic climate change, but violent clashes in the French capital soured the show of people power. The global protests, … Read more »

ISIS executions in Syria top 3,500

November 30, 2015 8:17 pm

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its “caliphate” in June last year, a monitor said Sunday. In the last month alone IS executed 53 people — including … Read more »

Russian airstrike hits market in Syria

November 30, 2015 8:16 pm

DOHA (Al Jazeera): At least 44 people were killed and scores wounded on Sunday in a suspected Russian air strike on a crowded marketplace in Idlib province, activists have told Al Jazeera. The strikes hit the town of Ariha, which … Read more »

New Commonwealth chief pledges more group action

November 30, 2015 8:16 pm

VALLETTA: Critics brand the Commonwealth ineffectual, but its incoming chief believes the 53-country organization can use its strength to achieve miracles — such as eradicating domestic violence. Dominica-born lawyer Patricia Scotland, who was appointed the Commonwealth’s first female secretary-general on … Read more »

India, US face off at Paris summit

November 30, 2015 8:15 pm

NEW DELHI (Hindustan Times): India and the US appeared headed for a face-off at the Paris climate summit starting Monday with the world’s biggest democracies divided over who should share the larger blame for greenhouse gas emission and, therefore, do … Read more »

China accused of ‘tricking’ dissidents

November 30, 2015 8:15 pm

BANGKOK (Al Jazeera): The wife of one of two Chinese dissidents forcibly deported from Thailand to China has accused Chinese officials of posing as humanitarian workers to trick the men into signing their own deportation papers. On November 12, without … Read more »

West’s efforts on climate change ‘frustrating’

November 30, 2015 8:14 pm

NEW DELHI (Hindustan Times): China might be the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases but the success of the Paris climate conference depends on whether developed western countries were willing take the lead, a hard-hitting comment piece in state media said … Read more »

Public support for Abe rebounds in Japan

November 30, 2015 8:14 pm

TOKYO: Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rebounded since his government rammed through unpopular security legislation, according to polls published Monday, as he refocuses on the struggling economy. In September, parliament in the officially pacifist nation passed … Read more »

Beijing issues orange alert for heavy smog

November 30, 2015 8:14 pm

BEIJING: Beijing on Sunday issued its highest-level smog alert this year and urged residents to stay indoors as dangerous air pollution continued to cloak swathes of northern China. China’s capital issued an “orange” alert hours after levels of PM2.5 — … Read more »