Top officials from anti-ISIS coalition to meet in Canada: sources

27 July 2015

OTTAWA – Senior officials from the US-led coalition battling Islamic State forces will meet in Canada this week to discuss how to improve the effectiveness of the campaign, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said on Monday. Read More


Cameron ready to bomb militants in Libya and Syria if plot threat seen

27 July 2015

JAKARTA/LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he was ready to order air strikes on Islamist militant targets in Libya and Syria to prevent attacks on the streets of Britain as he stepped up his rhetoric against Islamic State insurgents. Read More


Boy Scouts expected to lift ban on gay adult leaders on Monday

27 July 2015

DALLAS – The Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its ban on gay adult leaders on Monday, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organisation. Read More


Sandra Bland funeral draws hundreds

26 July 2015

LISLE – Hundreds of people on Saturday attended the funeral of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell days after she was arrested following a minor traffic offense, an incident said by activists to be yet another example of police brutality toward... Read More


Greece bailout talks start Monday

25 July 2015

ATHENS – Talks between Greece and its international creditors over a new bailout package should go ahead on Monday after logistical issues that delayed meetings this week are resolved, a Greek official said on Saturday. The meetings with officials from the European... Read More


Security worries delay start of Greece's new bailout talks

24 July 2015

BRUSSELS/ATHENS – Talks on tying up a new bailout deal for Greece failed to start on Friday as had been expected, with officials blaming security worries for delaying the negotiations with international creditors who are detested by many Greeks. Read More


Gunman kills two, wounds 7 in Louisiana theatre before killing himself

24 July 2015

AN ALABAMA DRIFTER fired at least 13 shots inside a crowded movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two women and wounding seven before taking his own life, police said. Read More


Greece faces recession warning as bailout talks set to open

23 July 2015

ATHENS – Greece's most influential think tank warned on Thursday of a sharp drop back into recession in a report that came hours after parliament approved a second package of reform measures aimed at securing a new bailout from international lenders. Read More


Dylann Roof to face federal hate crime charges

22 July 2015

WASHINGTON – The white man charged in South Carolina with killing nine blacks at a Charleston church faces federal hate crimes and firearms charges that could lead to the death penalty or life in prison, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday. Read More


Iran rejects sanctions extension beyond 10 years

22 July 2015

DUBAI - Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, an official said on Wednesday, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to sceptical hardliners. Read More


Traffic stop of woman who died in Texas jail escalated quickly

22 July 2015

PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS – Dashboard camera video released on Tuesday involving the traffic stop in Texas of a woman later found hanging dead in her jail cell showed how the incident quickly escalated into an altercation between her and a state trooper. Read More


Canada revises travel requirements from Barbados

21 July 2015

THE GOVERNMENT of Canada has issued a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter that country by air. Read More


Ashley Madison hacked, info could be leaked

21 July 2015

TORONTO – Hackers threatened to leak details including the credit card information, nude photos and sexual fantasies of as many as 37 million customers of a dating website that caters to cheating spouses, the KrebsOnSecurity blog reported. Read More


Cuban flag raised in Washington

21 July 2015

WASHINGTON – The Cuban flag was raised over Havana’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time in 54 years as the United States and Cuba formally restored relations, opening a new chapter of engagement between the former Cold War foes. Read More


Obama endorses Nigerian leader's agenda for defeating Boko Haram

20 July 2015

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Monday offered strong support for Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, saying he had a "clear agenda" for defeating the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and was working to root out corruption. Read More


Banks reopen, first repayments start as Greece aims for return to normal

20 July 2015

ATHENS – Greece reopened its banks and started the process of paying off billions of euros owed to international creditors on Monday in the first signs of a return to normal after a deal to agree a new package of bailout reforms. Read More


US, Cuba quietly open historic new chapter

20 July 2015

WASHINGTON – The United States and Cuba quietly ushered in a new era of post-Cold War relations on Monday, formally restoring diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago and re-establishing embassies in each other’s capitals. Read More


Five arrested in South Carolina protests

19 July 2015

COLUMBIA – At least five people were arrested on Saturday as white-supremacist and African-American groups clashed outside the South Carolina State House, where the Confederate battle flag was removed last week after a half-century, authorities said. Read More


Westgate mall reopens in Kenya

18 July 2015

NAIROBI – Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall reopened on Saturday, nearly two years after gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab massacred at least 67 people inside and held out for four days as security forces laid siege to the complex. Read More


Putin orders creation of reserve force

18 July 2015

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness at a time of international tensions with the West over Ukraine. Read More


Tyler Perry calls for respect for Bobbi Kristina

18 July 2015

ALTANTA – Film maker Tyler Perry appealed on Friday for prayers and respect for the daughter of late singer Whitney Houston as the young woman hangs onto life in a Georgia hospice. Read More




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