US general approves Syria air strikes

September 18, 2014 12:40 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States is moving closer to conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria with President Barack Obama set to review, and likely to approve, a plan put up to him by his military leaders. … Read more »

Iran’s current uranium program ‘not acceptable’

September 18, 2014 12:39 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable, the top US negotiator said on Tuesday ahead of new nuclear talks with global powers. After months of intense negotiations the two sides have … Read more »

Police hunt suspect in British pair’s murder

September 18, 2014 12:36 am

BANGKOK: Thai police on Wednesday identified a man caught on security camera as the “prime suspect” in the murder of two British tourists on a resort island, as detectives raised hopes that a post-mortem examination would yield valuable clues. The … Read more »

IMF, World Bank warn of renewed Gaza violence

September 18, 2014 12:34 am

JERUSALEM: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Tuesday that insufficient funding and political efforts to rebuild Gaza would make economic recovery almost impossible and lead to further violence. The warnings came three weeks after Israel and … Read more »

Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark European Union pact

September 18, 2014 12:33 am

KIEV: Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday ratified a landmark European Union (EU) pact and adopted laws granting self-rule to the east in crucial votes that will shape the future of the splintered former Soviet state. But Russia signaled it had no … Read more »

Jihadists claim bomb that killed six Egypt police

September 18, 2014 12:32 am

CAIRO: Egypt’s deadliest militant group has claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where security forces frequently clash with jihadists. The Al-Qaeda-inspired group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), posted a video late … Read more »

China’s Xi sees ‘dynamic’ ties with India

September 18, 2014 12:31 am

NEW DELHI: President Xi Jinping pledged China’s help in developing India’s infrastructure and said the relationship between the Asian superpowers was the most “dynamic and promising” of the 21st century, in a charm offensive ahead of his first state visit … Read more »

Far more displaced by disasters than conflict

September 18, 2014 12:31 am

UNITED NATIONS, United States: Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued on Wednesday. The Norwegian Refugee Council, … Read more »

Mexico airlifts tourists stranded by hurricane

September 17, 2014 8:45 pm

CABO SAN LUCAS: Mexican military and commercial airplanes began on Tuesday to airlift tourists stranded in the Los Cabos resorts after Hurricane Odile left luxury hotels and communities in tatters. Some 30,000 tourists have been waiting for a ride out … Read more »

Actor DiCaprio is UN climate change messenger

September 17, 2014 8:45 pm

UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Academy Award-nominated actor and committed environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio, as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.  “Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental … Read more »