6:43 pm September 22, 2014 | No Comment
Myanmar’s efforts to secure a historic cease-fire agreement with ethnic armed groups are “at a crucial moment”, the government’s chief negotiator said Monday, at the start of a fresh round of negotiations.
4:11 pm September 22, 2014 | No Comment
Ankara. More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by Islamic State jihadists, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. “The number of Syrians has passed 130,000,” he told reporters in Ankara, warning that the number would likely rise. IS extremists have seized dozens of villages […]
1:07 pm September 22, 2014 | No Comment
Sydney. Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday warned Australians fighting with extremist groups in the Middle East they face lengthy jail terms if they return home. “My unambiguous message to all Australians who fight with terrorist groups is that you will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed for a very long time,” Abbott told parliament in […]
12:53 pm September 22, 2014 | No Comment
Hanoi. For Vietnamese sex workers like Do Thi Oanh, being caught touting for business used to carry a long stint in forced “rehabilitation”, but as fines replace detention, many detect a shifting attitude towards the world’s oldest profession. In 2008, Oanh was sent to one of Vietnam’s notorious rehabilitation camps on the outskirts of Hanoi, […]
10:25 am September 22, 2014 | No Comment
Shanghai. Two people were killed and several more injured in at least three explosions in China’s troubled far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported, but gave few details. The blasts came as China punished 17 regional officials and police “for being accountable” for a July 28 attack by masked militants that led to almost 100 […]
10:00 am September 22, 2014 | No Comment
The president of the Pacific island state of Kiribati favors buying more land abroad after a purchase in Fiji, to secure both food supplies and perhaps a future home if rising sea levels swamp low-lying atolls.
9:34 am September 22, 2014 | No Comment
Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan’s president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilized the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave.
5:32 pm September 21, 2014 | No Comment
Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be “the armor of God.”
5:20 pm September 21, 2014 | No Comment
Alan Henning, a volunteer British aid worker being held by Islamic State (IS) militants, should be released unharmed, his wife said in a statement issued a week after his captors threatened to murder him.