- Middle East 40 Jihadists, 17 Police and Army Killed in Iraq Clashes The Islamic State group launched attacks on Iraqi bases in two western towns that left at least 17 members of the security forces and 40 jihadists ... 02 October 2014, 13:55 3
- Lebanon Mashnouq: Positive Discussions Ongoing with Hizbullah on Arsal Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq stated that Hizbullah is demonstrating “openness” regarding resolving the situation in the northeastern border... 02 October 2014, 08:05
- World Three Killed in Suicide Attack on Afghan Army Bus A Taliban suicide attacker killed three people on an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, the latest deadly strike against such vehicles since t... 02 October 2014, 07:41
France said Wednesday it will beef up its military deployment in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq being waged by a U.S.-led coalition.
"The president has decided to reinforce the military presence engaged" in the battle, said a statement from the presidency, without specifying what this would amount to.Full Story
Myanmar authorities have seized more than 200 kilograms (440 lbs) of heroin on their side of the infamous "Golden Triangle", arresting three men armed with guns and a grenade launcher, police said Wednesday.
The haul, worth around $20 million, was made on Tuesday afternoon in a town in eastern Shan State bordering Thailand as a part of a wider crackdown on drug trafficking across the country.Full Story
Thousands of slogan-chanting Taiwan residents rallied late Wednesday to support the growing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, with one saying the city faces a "life-and-death" moment.
The crowd, many of them Hong Kong students studying in Taiwan universities, raised their fists and sang "Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies", a song by the 1980s Hong Kong band Beyond which has become a theme tune of the protests.Full Story
Seven Sahrawi men who launched a hunger strike last month at a jail in Moroccan-annexed Western Sahara have ended their protest after being promised better conditions, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
Citing witnesses, the London-based watchdog said on September 19 that the men had been beaten in front of other detainees at the prison in Laayoune after being arrested at a demonstration in early 2014.Full Story
Prime Minister David Cameron detailed his plan for winning the 2015 general election Wednesday with a raft of measures to help struggling Britons, designed to shut down support for the UK Independence Party.
Closing his Conservative Party's annual conference, Cameron unveiled a string of proposals on everything from cutting taxes to boosting employment which he said would "build a Britain that everyone is proud to call home".Full Story
Turkish police on Wednesday detained three students at Istanbul University suspected of being sympathizers of the Islamic State (IS) group following clashes at an anti-jihadist campus protest, reports said.
Police stormed the university's faculty of humanities and science in Istanbul's Beyazit district after Islamist students armed with sticks and stones attacked another group protesting against IS.Full Story
Acts of violence across Iraq killed at least 1,119 people last month, according to U.N. figures released Wednesday excluding the restive western province of Anbar and casualties among jihadists.
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said at least 854 civilians and 265 members of the security forces were killed in September, and close to 2,000 injured.Full Story
Months after the collapse of U.S.-led efforts to advance Middle East peace, experts say Palestinians and Israelis have finally agreed on at least one thing -- further talks would be futile.
And, as has so often been the case in the intractable conflict, neither side looks set to propose any kind of meaningful alternative.Full Story
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the international community to stem crises before they emerge, instead of waiting to pick up the pieces after they spin out of control.
"When there is a fire, everybody knows what to do. They bring all the fire engines to put out the fire. It looks very dynamic and heroic," Ban told a high-level meeting of the U.N. refugee agency.Full Story
He has been tormented by a bloody pro-Russian uprising and the near-bankruptcy of his young but bitterly conflicted former Soviet state.
Now President Petro Poroshenko's success in handling both crises will be tested when Ukrainians pick a new parliament that could make or break his post-war revival plans.Full Story