Russia in military exercises amid tensions

August 20, 2014 11:16 pm

MOSCOW: The Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country as fighting intensified between rebels and government forces in Ukraine. On Tuesday, fighting erupted in the heart of major rebel … Read more »

Authoritarian regimes gloat over Brown shooting, protests

August 20, 2014 11:16 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: Global attention on the tension and violence in a Midwestern suburb has given the world’s authoritarian governments an opportunity to give the United States a dose of its own medicine on democracy, human rights, and the rule of … Read more »

IS threatens to behead ‘Time’ journalist

August 20, 2014 11:15 pm

The Islamic State (IS) insurgent group is threatening to behead a journalist identified as Steven Joel Sotloff, who attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) as a journalism major in 2002-2004. The group battling for control of Iraq released a … Read more »

Aid workers facing more dangers from killings, kidnappings

August 20, 2014 11:15 pm

THE number of aid workers killed, kidnapped and seriously wounded has reached the highest number ever recorded, according to new figures published on Wednesday on World Humanitarian Day. World Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the United Nations Headquarters bombing … Read more »

Israeli strike kills kin of Hamas official

August 20, 2014 11:14 pm

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli warplanes struck Gaza, killing the wife and child of Hamas’s top military chief, the Islamist movement said on Wednesday after truce talks in Cairo collapsed in a storm of violence. It was not immediately clear … Read more »

At least 32 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

August 20, 2014 11:14 pm

TOKYO: Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 32 people and left another nine missing on Wednesday, authorities said, after waves of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge. Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential … Read more »

Qatar financing IS jihadists: German minister

August 20, 2014 11:14 pm

BERLIN: Germany’s development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, on Wednesday accused Qatar of financing the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) operating in Syria and Iraq. “A story like this always has a history,” he said in an interview with public broadcaster … Read more »

Liberian president orders curfew over Ebola outbreak

August 20, 2014 11:13 pm

MONROVIA: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced a nighttime curfew from Wednesday and the quarantine of two neighborhoods, including one in the capital Monrovia, in a bid to stem the deadly Ebola outbreak. “Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be … Read more »

Taiwan population to start falling in 2022

August 20, 2014 11:13 pm

TAIWAN’S population will start declining four years earlier than projected in 2022, with seniors accounting for over 40 percent of citizens by 2061, according to the National Development Council (NDC) on Monday. “Taiwan is aging at an accelerating rate, faster … Read more »

Malaysia foils jihadist-inspired bombings

August 19, 2014 10:11 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police have foiled plans for a wave of bombings drawn up by radical Islamic militants inspired by Iraq’s extremist jihad group Islamic State, a top counter-terrorism official said on Tuesday. The 19 suspected militants arrested from April … Read more »