EU, Germany warn Greece over debt reduction ambitions

January 30, 2015 11:21 am

ATHENS: The European Union and Germany warned Greece’s radical new left-wing government Thursday that there is little support for a reduction in its massive debts, on the eve of its first talks with its eurozone partners. Radical Prime Minister Alexis … Read more »

Mexico hospital blast kills two, injures dozens

January 30, 2015 11:01 am

MEXICO CITY: A gas truck explosion demolished a maternity hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens while mothers grabbed their babies as the ceiling collapsed. Hundreds of rescuers, some with dogs, scoured the … Read more »

UN aid struggling to reach millions in Syria

January 29, 2015 6:57 pm

UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN relief efforts in war-torn Syria are struggling to reach 40 percent of civilians in need and face a major funding shortfall, a senior UN aid official said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). As the war heads … Read more »

Russia faces new sanctions

January 29, 2015 6:57 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: The United States gave a clear signal on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that Russia will face further sanctions for what the White House says is Moscow’s role in fueling violence in eastern Ukraine. Following a telephone call between … Read more »

Israel warns Hezbollah as two soldiers die

January 29, 2015 6:57 pm

MAJIDIYA, Lebanon: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah it will pay the “full price” after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war. A Spanish United Nations … Read more »

IS group issues new threat to kill Jordanian pilot

January 29, 2015 6:56 pm

AMMAN: Islamic State militants say they will execute a Jordanian pilot “immediately” if Amman does not hand over a female suicide bomber by sunset on Thursday, as Japan waits in anguish for news of a journalist the extremists are also … Read more »

Police gunfire killed Sydney siege victim

January 29, 2015 6:56 pm

SYDNEY: One of two hostages who died in a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in December was killed by ricocheting fragments of police bullets, an inquest into the deadly stand-off heard on Thursday. Barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, … Read more »

World’s top comics festival honors ‘Charlie Hebdo’

January 29, 2015 6:55 pm

ANGOULÊME, France: The world’s leading comics festival was set to open in France on Thursday under a tight net of security as it dedicated this year’s event to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. The four-day festival in the western … Read more »

Iran, Europe negotiators to meet Thursday in Istanbul

January 29, 2015 6:55 pm

TEHRAN: Iranian officials will meet with European members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul on Thursday under the ongoing diplomatic effort to secure a deal over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program. The meeting with British, French and German diplomats was announced … Read more »

Taiwan, IRRI ink rice research pact

January 29, 2015 6:55 pm

LOS BANOS, Laguna: Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) signed a memorandum of understanding with Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on Monday in Los Banos, paving the way toward greater collaboration on related research. Scheduled to take effect next year, … Read more »