India woos neighbors as rifts open door to China

November 28, 2014 1:07 pm

KATHMANDU: India pledged a slew of regional investments at a South Asian summit this week, seeking to counter China’s growing economic inroads into its backyard as it remains embroiled in bitter rivalry with Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said … Read more »

Hollande embarks on trip to Ebola-hit Guinea

November 28, 2014 11:33 am

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Friday begins a visit to Guinea, making him the first Western leader to travel to a country hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus. Guinea has already lost 1,200 people to the disease which … Read more »

New US police shooting in spotlight, calm in Ferguson

November 28, 2014 11:11 am

FERGUSON: A video showing Cleveland police shooting dead a black youth raised new questions about US police treatment of young African Americans, as calm returned to the flashpoint town of Ferguson on the Thanksgiving holiday. Ferguson, a suburb of St … Read more »

NATO warns over Russian military build-up in Crimea

November 27, 2014 9:13 pm

KIEV: The top military commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said he was “very concerned” that Russia’s military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region. … Read more »

World powers to push for early Iran nuke deal

November 27, 2014 9:11 pm

BRUSSELS: Iran and world powers will try to conclude a nuclear deal before a new summer deadline, a senior European diplomat said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), just days after negotiations ended unsuccessfully in Vienna. “The extension is until June … Read more »

Ebola vaccine shows promise in first trials

November 27, 2014 9:11 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: Researchers say they’re a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field. The news comes … Read more »

Britain unveils tough anti-terror bill

November 27, 2014 9:09 pm

LONDON: Britain on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) unveiled draft legislation to ban extremist preachers from universities, increase surveillance on suspected radicals and stem the flow of jihadists joining the Islamic State group. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill has already come … Read more »

Pope to reach out to Islamic world

November 27, 2014 9:09 pm

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday with a brief to use his populist touch to rebuild bridges with the Islamic world that were damaged by his predecessor Benedict XVI. It will be the first papal visit to … Read more »

Syria raids on Islamic State ‘capital’ kill 95

November 27, 2014 9:08 pm

BEIRUT: Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State (IS) group stronghold Raqa have killed at least 95 people, while a delegation from President Bashar al-Assad’s government held talks on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) with key ally Russia. The bombing … Read more »

Thai elections may be delayed until 2016

November 27, 2014 9:07 pm

BANGKOK: Thailand’s junta said on Thursday elections in the military-ruled kingdom would likely be delayed until 2016, days after military officials ruled out lifting martial law any time soon. The admission will cause consternation among the kingdom’s international allies who … Read more »