US Secretary of State John Kerry and other top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East held talks in Paris Saturday to press efforts for a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Kerry met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and their counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar and Turkey as a 12-hour “humanitarian” truce in Gaza entered into force.
A group of 157 asylum seekers held at sea will be brought to the Australian mainland to be detained, Australia’s immigration minister says.The group has been held at sea by customs officials for almost a month.Rights groups had voiced serious concerns about their treatment. The case came to light earlier this month as Australia detained a separate boat of Sri
The Kuwaiti government’s decision to revoke the nationalities of the owner of a pro-opposition TV channel and newspaper, and a former MP along with three members of his family, has sparked fears for the political future of the Gulf state.
Kuwait’s dynamic political scene and vocal opposition have distinguished it from its Gulf neighbors, but recent years have been fraught
(AFP) McDonald’s said Friday that its restaurants in Japan had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, in a marked widening of a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants.
More than 3,000 restaurants across Japan had also halted imports of chicken products from the country, the chain said, as it switched to distributors in Thailand “to
(AFP) Congress gave its final approval Friday to legislation that compels US authorities to assist American mothers and fathers whose children are victims of international parental abductions.More than 1,000 international child abductions each year are reported to the State Department, with children often taken illegally from the United States by a foreign parent to countries like Brazil, England, India, Japan
For Gaza resident Mahmud Khalaf, it was a bizarre new experience, prostrating himself for his daily Muslim prayers beneath the gaze of an icon of Jesus Christ.But since the war in Gaza began, he has had no choice but to worship in a Christian house of God, where he took refuge after Israeli air strikes pummelled his
A military court in Cameroon has handed down prison sentences of up to 20 years to 14 Boko Haram members, the country’s state broadcaster Crtv reported Friday.The defendants, who were arrested in March after the discovery of a weapons cache, admitted to being part of the Nigerian extremist group at a “public hearing” in the northern town of Maroua, said the report.
Russia’s consumer watchdog announced Friday that it was suing American food chain McDonald’s for quality violations and improper labeling of its food items.“We found violations that make us doubt the quality and safety of food products in the entire McDonald’s chain,” a spokeswoman for Rospotrebnadzor consumer watchdog said, Interfax reported.
The Air Algerie crash was the third worldwide in the space of just eight days, capping a disastrous week for the aviation industry.On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down in restive eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. And a Taiwanese aircraft crashed in torrential rain in Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 48.
(AFP) All passengers and crew on board an Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali died in the tragedy, which completely wiped out several families, France announced.As the first images emerged of the crash site, showing a charred landscape and debris scattered over a wide area, French President Francois Hollande said in a sombre televised address: “Sadly, there are
(AFP) A Malaysian disaster response team including two air accident investigators was due in Kiev on Saturday after the country’s leader appealed for access to the MH17 crash site with Malaysian anger over the disaster mounting.Prime Minister Najib Razak said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone late Friday to stress the need for an objective, unfettered...
Iraqi Christians are fleeing Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a “protection tax”.A statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) was read out at the city’s mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the...
(AFP) Fresh Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts.The new peace push came as Israel’s campaign against the besieged Palestinian territory entered day 12 in the bloodiest conflict for several years, and the Jewish state stood poised to intensify a ground...
JK Rowling’s crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books, she has revealed.The author said her plans as Galbraith were “pretty open ended” and that his books would number more than the seven Harry Potter novels she wrote.The second novel under Galbraith’s name was published in June, and she said she was half-way...
(AFP) Scientists on Saturday vowed to press ahead with their quest for a cure for AIDS, despite losing a veteran colleague and suffering a setback in
research.Addressing a symposium on the search for a cure, Nobel prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said the death of Joep Lange, a frontline scientist in the 33-year war on AIDS, was a major setback.