El Nino places thousands at risk in Ethiopia

24 November 2015

ADDIS ABABA – Floods caused by El Nino could displace more than 100 000 people in Ethiopia, where more than eight million people are facing a food crisis because of the worst drought since a devastating 1984 famine, the United Nations said on Monday. Failed rains... Read More


Paris to protect water supply from attack during climate summit

23 November 2015

PARIS – France is to protect water systems from attack during the global climate summit that begins in Paris on November 30 with up to 45 000 people, including 138 heads of state, attending just over two weeks after Islamist militants struck in the French capital. ... Read More


Stranded migrants block railway, call hunger strike

23 November 2015

IDOMENI, GREECE – Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe on Monday, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns. ... Read More


Raids in Belgium

23 November 2015

BRUSSELS – Belgian armed police mounted raids across the country late on Sunday after the prime minister announced another day of lockdown in the capital for fear a new, Paris-style mass attack may be imminent. Shortly before midnight, the public broadcaster, announcing... Read More


Brussels put on maximum alert on risk of Paris-like attack

21 November 2015

BRUSSELS – Belgium put the capital Brussels on maximum security alert on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning people to avoid crowds because of a "serious and imminent" threat of coordinated, multiple attacks by militants. A week after Paris bombings and shootings... Read More


Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave

21 November 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook Inc. chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he will take two months of paternity leave after his daughter's birth, a strong statement from one of the busiest and most powerful US executives on the importance of family time. ... Read More


Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital

20 November 2015

BAMAKO – Malian special forces stormed a luxury hotel in Bamako on Friday after Islamist gunmen took 170 people including many foreigners hostage in the capital of the former French colony, which has been battling rebels allied to al Qaeda for several years. "They've... Read More


Republican Ben Carson compares Syrian refugees to 'rabid dogs'

19 November 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday likened refugees fleeing violence in Syria to "rabid dogs," and said that allowing them into the United States would put Americans at risk. "If there is a rabid dog running around your neighbourhood, you're... Read More


Two die in police raid targeting suspected Paris attack mastermind

18 November 2015

SAINT DENIS, FRANCE – A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and another militant died on Wednesday when police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of St Denis seeking suspects in last week's attacks in the French capital. Three sources told Reuters the raid... Read More


France, Russia strike Islamic State in Syria, EU aid invoked

17 November 2015

PARIS – France and Russia both staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday as Paris formally requested European Union assistance in its fight against the group behind last Friday's bloody attacks on the French capital. French warplanes... Read More


Sheen paid out $10m over HIV

17 November 2015

HOLLYWOOD – Charlie Sheen, former star of the hit US television comedy Two And A Half Men, said yesterday he was diagnosed HIV-positive four years ago and had been extorted for more than US$10 million to keep the information quiet. Sheen, 50, told NBC’s Today TV... Read More


France launches air strikes in Syria; Paris investigation widens

16 November 2015

PARIS/BRUSSELS – French warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria on Sunday as police in Europe widened their investigations into coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide... Read More


Cameron to urge Putin to focus on fight against IS

15 November 2015

BELEK, TURKEY – Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will urge Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to focus Russian air strikes in Syria on Islamic State militants. "We have our differences with the Russians, not least because they've done so much to degrade... Read More


France names first attacker, vows to destroy Islamic State

15 November 2015

PARIS – Police questioned on Sunday the relatives of one of the suicide attackers who brought carnage to Paris on Friday, with France denouncing the strikes as an act of war and vowing to destroy the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins... Read More


Islamic State claims Paris attacks that killed 127

14 November 2015

PARIS –Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for a coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed 127 people at locations across Paris that President Francois Hollande said amounted to an act of war against France. In the worst attack, a Paris city... Read More


At least 60 dead in Paris shootings, hostages held

13 November 2015

PARIS – France was rocked by multiple, near simultaneous attacks on entertainment sites around Paris on Friday evening and French media said at least 60 people were killed and hostages were being held in a concert hall in the capital. The apparently coordinated gun... Read More


Evidence mounts that British Islamic State leader killed in air strike

13 November 2015

BEIRUT – The United States targeted British Islamic State leader "Jihadi John" in an air strike in northern Syria and evidence was growing on Friday that he was killed. A US official said Thursday's attack in the town of Raqqa probably killed Mohammed Emwazi, a British... Read More


Obama commends Myanmar president, Suu Kyi for historic election

12 November 2015

YANGON – US President Barack Obama called Myanmar President Thein Sein on Thursday to congratulate him on successfully staging a historic general election in which democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi trounced the ruling camp. Obama also called Suu Kyi and her opposition... Read More


Finland readies to house asylum seekers in tents

10 November 2015

HELSINKI – Finland is preparing to house asylum seekers in tents and shipping containers as the inflow of refugees has accelerated after slowing down last month, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. The Nordic country took in just over 7 000 refugees in October... Read More


Chad declares state of emergency in Boko Haram-hit region

10 November 2015

Chad has declared a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region after a series of raids and suicide bombings there by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, the government said on Monday. Chad was instrumental in forcing Boko Haram to cede territory earlier this year,... Read More


Pentagon to list alternative US sites to Guantanamo prison

10 November 2015

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is expected to unveil a long-awaited plan this week outlining how it would close the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite fierce resistance in Congress to President Barack Obama's push to shutter the facility, officials say. ... Read More




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