Iran has 'role' in fighting IS militants: Kerry
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:44:14 -0400
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Washington's arch-foe Iran has a role to play in tackling Islamic State militants who have overrun large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Kiev, rebels ink deal creating buffer zone
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:39:47 -0400
Minsk (AFP) - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday signed a deal creating a demilitarised zone in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after fresh talks aimed at ending a brutal five-month war.
Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:35:47 -0400
By Seyhmus Cakan SANLIURFA Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. The hostages, including Turkey's consul-general, diplomats' children and special forces soldiers, were brought to the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa in the early hours of the morning. Police formed a cordon outside the airport as they arrived in buses with curtains drawn, a Reuters witness said. ...
Jihadi ideologue calls for freeing British hostage
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:21:06 -0400
CAIRO (AP) — A renowned jihadi ideologue has urged the Islamic State group to release British aid worker Alan Henning, saying Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies.
Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:18:55 -0400
MANILA (Reuters) - Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding. Most schools on the main island of Luzon remained closed for a second day as a huge mopping-up operation began. Some public offices have reopened. "Some of our things are buried in mud, it will take awhile to clean up," a resident in Marikina City told Reuters while clearing up layers of mud and debris inside their residence. ...
Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:17:29 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago.
Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:07:56 -0400
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that 49 hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.
New shooting star fires China into life
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:55:29 -0400
Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - Zhang Menyuang became China's new shooting hero Saturday as the continental giant claimed three Asian Games gold medals to quickly establish its domination in Incheon.
India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:38:16 -0400
NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket.
Weather forces delay to SpaceX mission to space station
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:11:02 -0400
Washington (AFP) - Thick clouds and rain over the Florida coast early Saturday forced the California-based SpaceX to postpone the launch of its Dragon cargo carrier to deliver food and supplies to the International Space Station.