World

Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MONROVIA -- September 30, 2014: With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.
 
The already impoverished west African state was on the slow road to recovery after 14 years of ruinous civil war ended in 2003, following the deaths of 250,000 people....

view
IS closes in on key Syria border town
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DAMAS (Syria) - September 30, 2014: Islamic State group fighters closed in yesterday to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, despite new air strikes by the US-led coalition.
 
NATO member Turkey deployed tanks to reinforce its side of the border and said parliament would this week debate joining the coalition against the jihadists operating on the country's doorstep....

view
Bangladesh arrests Briton over 'IS jihad recruitment'
Monday, September 29, 2014

Bangladesh police said Monday they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State organisation.
 
Officers said Samiun Rahman, a 24-year-old Londoner of Bangladeshi origin, was picked up from a railway station in the capital around midnight on Sunday.
 
...

view
Hong Kong: A city divided
Monday, September 29, 2014

HONG KONG -- September 29, 2014: This territory has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover, as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.
 
Why is the city so divided?
...

view
Obama admits US under-estimated IS threat
Monday, September 29, 2014

WASHINGTON - September 28, 2014: President Barack Obama admitted today that the United States had underestimated the opportunity that a collapsing Syria would provide for jihadist militants to regroup and stage a sudden comeback. Speaking to CBS News, the president said that former Al-Qaeda fighters driven from Iraq by US and local forces had been able to gather in Syria to form the newly dangerous Islamic State group....

view
Ex-rubber tapper Silva out to land Brazil presidency
Monday, September 29, 2014

BRASILIA -- September 28, 2014: Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva only learned to read at 16 and endured a tough childhood as a rubber tapper in the Amazon before considering whether to become a Catholic nun.
 
Instead, she became involved in politics, as a green campaigner, a senator and then a minister.
 
...

view
MILF rebels start difficult disarming process
Sunday, September 28, 2014

The difficult process of disarming Philippine Muslim rebels after a decades-long insurgency have started, negotiators said Sunday, with the decommissioning of a first batch of firearms expected before year-end.
 
Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators started meeting in Malaysia on Saturday to discuss the disarmament process, key to ending the insurgency in the country's south and sealing a peace deal....

view
New underwater discoveries in hunt for MH370
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Remnants of volcanoes, towering ridges and deep trenches have been discovered on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean by experts mapping the underwater terrain as part of the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
 
Australian authorities released the three-dimensional images on Friday, revealing for the first time details about the seafloor where efforts are being concentrated to find the jet, which is presumed to have crashed into the sea on March 8....

view
Ukraine to shut Russia border; seek EU membership
Thursday, September 25, 2014

KIEV -- September 25, 2014: President Petro Poroshenko today ordered a temporary closure of Ukraine's porous border with Russia and voiced plans to apply for EU membership in 2020 as part of his ex-Soviet country's Westward shift.
 
A senior Ukrainian security source told AFP that the border security measures was designed to halt the alleged smuggling of weapons into the separatist east and would enter into force soon....

view
Kiev can't guarantee safe passage to crash site
Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK -- September 25, 2014: Kiev cannot guarantee safe passage for an international investigation team to enter the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 went down in eastern Ukraine last July because it is unsafe. Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday here that this was conveyed to him by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk when they met at the United Nations....

view
Syndicate content