US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt in his campaign to form a broad coalition to tackle Islamic State (IS) militants.Mr Kerry is meeting Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and Egypt’s President Sisi in Cairo.He has enlisted the support of 10 Arab states so far, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but on Friday he ruled out Iran joining
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russia of wanting to “eliminate” his country and restore the Soviet Union.He said Ukraine was “in a stage of war” with the “key aggressor” being Russia.Ukraine and Western countries accuse Russia of intervening on the side of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies this.
Authorities in India are investigating how Hanuman, the monkey god, has been issued a biometric identity card.The card photo features the character from the Hindu epic Ramayana wearing gold and pearl jewellery and a crown.It emerged when a postman attempted to deliver the card, but could not find a Hanuman at the address.
The chief minister of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir has told a TV news channel that his government was caught off guard by the devastating floods as it could not predict the magnitude of the disaster.
Omar Abdullah said his government did not have a “response... designed for waters of this level”.
United Kingdom (AFP) Britain said on Friday it could contribute 3,500 troops to a NATO rapid response force defending against new threats like the Ukraine crisis and Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the alliance, set up in 1949 to protect Western Europe from the Soviet Union, had to show that its Article 5 collective security guarantee was
Seoul, South Korea (AFP) Robots built to traverse the rugged terrain of Mars battled it out in Poland on Friday in a competition to find the best way to explore the Red Planet.
The European Rover Challenge 2014 has drawn competitors from as far as Colombia, Egypt and India, keen to prove their machines have what it takes to conquer the giant mountains and unforgiving canyons of Earth’s neighbour. The automated vehicles,
Mogadishu, Somalia (AFP) -Somalia’s government warned Saturday that the country’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels were planning a wave of retaliatory attacks after it was confirmed their leader was killed earlier this week in a US air strike.
“Security agencies have obtained information indicating that Al-Shebab is now planning to carry out desperate attacks against medical facilities, education centres and other government
Hong Kong China (AFP) China may have won the latest round in its long-running battle with Hong Kong over genuine democracy, but in a city simmering with anger and ingrained with activism the issue will not go away.
Pro-democracy campaigners had threatened for more than a year to take over the streets of the city’s financial district if their demands for
United Kingdom (AFP) US President Barack Obama outlined plans on Friday for a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, but they received a cautious response from European allies.
Speaking at a NATO summit, Obama said the United States would also try to involve Middle Eastern allies in a strategy to counter the jihadists, who have
Lahore, Pakistan (AFP) Two days of torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 89 people in Pakistan, officials said Friday, as authorities ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas around a major river.
The deaths have all come in the most populous province Punjab and in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, with most caused by roof collapses and electric shocks.
(AFP) Nigeria’s military on Friday accepted that it was facing an uphill battle to stem the tide of Boko Haram violence, calling the insurgency a threat to national sovereignty.
But it rejected claims that it was in denial about the seriousness of the threat after recent militant gains in the northeast that prompted fears that the government risked losing control.
Venice, Italy (AFP) Movies from the United States, Indonesia and Japan are tipped by critics as the favourites to win this year’s Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival, due to be announced on Saturday.American comedy “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, directed by Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and starring Michael Keaton of “Batman” fame, opened
Washington, United States (AFP) A charter plane carrying about 100 people including Americans was briefly diverted to Iran during a flight from Bagram air base in Afghanistan, US officials said on Friday.
However the State Department, which said the plane had since landed safely in its original destination of Dubai, denied that the Iranian military had forced down flight FZ 4359 operated
(AFP) Gaza City, Palestinian Territories-Thousands of militants paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip Friday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky.
Calm returned to the coastal enclave in a Tuesday ceasefire, and Gazans were gradually starting to rebuild their lives after a bloody and destructive 50-day war, the
(AFP) London, United Kingdom- Crude oil and wheat prices were lifted this week by intensifying concerns over the Ukraine crisis, while gold advanced as many investors sought shelter from geopolitical tensions.
Many commodities also rose on bright economic growth data in the United States, a top consumer of many raw materials including crude oil.