North Korea orders troops on war footing after exchange of fire with South

21 August 2015

SEOUL – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 p.m. on Friday after his government issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. South Korean Vice Defence... Read More


Jimmy Carter to be treated for brain cancer

20 August 2015

ATLANTA – Former US President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday that his cancer has spread to his brain and he will start radiation treatment for it later in the day, adding that his fate was "in the hands of God." Carter, 90, held a news conference on his condition... Read More


Tsipras resigns, paving way for snap Greek election

20 August 2015

ATHENS – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece's creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in. Tsipras submitted his resignation... Read More


Fresh racial unrest in St Louis after police shoot black suspect

19 August 2015

POLICE SHOT and killed a black man in St Louis on Wednesday in a killing that drew angry crowds ten days after protesters marked the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed teen in nearby Ferguson. St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the shooting took... Read More


Hackers dump data online from cheating website Ashley Madison

19 August 2015

TORONTO – Hackers dumped online personal details of more than a million users of infidelity website, tech websites reported on Tuesday, the latest high-profile cyber-attack that threatens to wreak strife in relationships across the globe. After threatening... Read More


Europe struggles to respond as migrants numbers rise threefold

18 August 2015

BRUSSELS – More than three times as many migrants were tracked entering the European Union by irregular means last month than a year ago, official data showed on Tuesday, many of them landing on Greek islands after fleeing conflict in Syria. While the increase recorded... Read More


White House launches plan to counter explosion in heroin use

18 August 2015

EDGARTOWN, MASS. – The White House announced a new strategy on Monday to tackle the explosion in heroin use in a collection of eastern states, focusing on treating addicts rather than punishing them and targeting high-level suppliers for arrest. The move is a response... Read More


IRS says cyberattacks more extensive than previously thought

18 August 2015

WASHINGTON – The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Monday a hacking attack into one of its computer databases revealed in May was much more extensive than previously thought, with nearly three times as many taxpayers hit by data theft.The IRS said in late May the... Read More


South African prosecutors file Pistorius appeal

17 August 2015

JOHANNESBURG – South African state prosecutors filed an appeal on Monday against the verdict of culpable homicide passed on Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, arguing the athlete should have been convicted of murder. The Paralympic gold medallist admitted... Read More


Treacherous terrain hampers rescue efforts for crashed Indonesian plane

17 August 2015

JAKARTA – Treacherous terrain in Indonesia's Papua province on Monday hampered rescuers' efforts to reach a passenger plane that crashed with 54 aboard, the latest in a string of aviation disasters in the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago. Rescuers have yet to... Read More


Death toll more than 100 in China

16 August 2015

TIANJIN – The death toll from two massive explosions that tore through an industrial area in the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 104, state media said on Saturday, as China’s president urged improvements in workplace safety. Chinese President Xi Jinping... Read More


Flights cancelled on US east coast as tracking system goes down

15 August 2015

WASHINGTON – More than 200 flights were cancelled at airports along the United States East Coast on Saturday due to a problem with a flight-tracking system in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There were 220 flights cancelled... Read More


Greek PM faces biggest party revolt yet as bailout approved

14 August 2015

ATHENS – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced the widest rebellion yet from his leftist lawmakers as parliament approved a new bailout program on Friday, forcing him to consider a confidence vote that could pave the way for early elections. After lawmakers bickered... Read More


Huge blasts at Chinese port kill 50, injure more than 700

13 August 2015

TIANJIN, CHINA – Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said on Thursday.... Read More


Former President Carter says he has cancer

12 August 2015

FORMER US PRESIDENT Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. Read More


No arrests in Ferguson protests for first time in five days

12 August 2015

FERGUSON - Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over last year's police killing of an unarmed black teenager ended peacefully on Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials said, after shots had been fired and shop windows smashed earlier in the week. Read More


China central bank under pressure to weaken yuan further

12 August 2015

BEIJING – China's move to devalue its currency reflects a growing clamour within government circles for a weaker yuan to help struggling exporters, ensuring the central bank remains under pressure to drag it down further in the months ahead, sources said. Read More


Protests return to Ferguson streets, state of emergency declared

11 August 2015

FERGUSON – Riot police clashed early on Tuesday with protesters in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri marking the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black teen whose death sparked a national outcry over strained race relations. Read More


Greece, lenders clinch bailout deal after marathon talks

11 August 2015

ATHENS – Greece and its international lenders reached a multi-billion euro bailout agreement on Tuesday after talking through the night, officials said, potentially saving the country from financial ruin. Read More


Iraqi deputy PM resigns, faces corruption investigation

10 August 2015

BAGHDAD – One of Iraq's three deputy prime ministers resigned on Monday and will be investigated for corruption, officials said, the first tangible result of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's push to tackle corruption in the face of mounting unrest. Read More


Two killed in knife attack at IKEA store in Sweden

10 August 2015

STOCKHOLM – Two people were killed and one seriously injured in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the city of Vasteras, about an hour west of the Swedish capital Stockholm, police said on Monday. Read More




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