Imprisoned Kurdish journalist in Iran awarded human rights prize
2014-12-17 06:26:01 UTC
Toronto, Canada—Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudwand, an imprisoned Kurdish journalist in Iran has been awarded the 2014 Prize by the International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) for his contribution to human rights in his country.
Ardeshir Zarezadeh, c...
Kobane: Kurdish forces started a major assault on ISIS
2014-12-15 02:54:05 UTC
Kobane (Kurdistan) – Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane captured seven important locations from the Islamic State (IS) in a joint major assault, a Peshmerga official told Rudaw.
Meanwhile, YPG forces kil...
Six men released from Guantanamo arrive in Uruguay
2014-12-08 09:07:45 UTC
The Pentagon identified the released detainees as Abu Wael Dhiab, Ali Husain Shaaban, Ahmed Adnan Ajuri, and Abdelahdi Faraj, from Syria; Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan, Palestinian; Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, from Tunisia.
A lawyer for 43-ye...
Mexico missing student identified among charred remains
2014-12-07 08:31:05 UTC
A family member of one of the students, Alexander Mora, confirmed that the remains identified were his.
The relative said the family had received the information from a team of forensic experts.
The students were allegedly seized by local po...
Washington Post reporter charged by Iran court
2014-12-07 08:18:52 UTC
A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran for months was formally charged on Saturday after a day-long proceeding in a Tehran courtroom, the newspaper reported.
Jason Rezaian, the newspaper’s bureau chief in Tehran since 2012, appeared in cou...
Powerful typhoon struck the eastern Philippines
2014-12-07 08:25:41 UTC
More than half a million people have fled coastal villages in the area, which was still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan last year.
In Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Haiyan, roofs have been blown away and streets are flooded.
Kurdish forces stop ISIS attack on three fronts in Kobane
2014-12-07 08:25:02 UTC
KOBANE — Islamist militants attacked the Kurdish forces in Kobane on three fronts Friday morning, a commander told Rudaw - a Kurdish media network-, and the Kurds responded with heavy fire, stopping the attack and killing several militants.
US Airstrikes Target Gathering of Islamic State Leaders
2014-11-09 06:19:24 UTC
BAGHDAD — US Fighter jets carried out an airstrikes on Saturday and destroyed 10 armed Islamic State trucks around the Mosul in northern Iraq. An Iraqi security official and a military commander said that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ...
Mexico gang members 'admits student deaths'
2014-11-08 10:53:03 UTC
Mexico City - Suspects in the disappearance of 43 students have described a macabre and complicated mass murder and incineration of the victims carried out over an entire day and ending with their ashen remains being dumped into a river.
South African prosecutors appeal against Oscar Pistorius verdict and sentence
2014-11-04 18:29:45 UTC
Oscar Pistorius’s five-year prison term for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was “shockingly light, inappropriate and would not have been imposed by any reasonable court”, according to prosecutors who have filed for leave to appeal against...
Peshmerga fighters to deploy to Kobane with heavy weapons
2014-10-29 22:11:28 UTC
Turkey (AFP) - Crowds of flag-waving Kurds greeted Iraqi peshmerga forces travelling through Turkey Wednesday to join rebel fighters reinforcing the Syrian town of Kobane against an attack by the Islamic State group.
Flashing victory signs, the...
Pro-Western blocs 'win Ukraine poll'
2014-10-27 02:50:16 UTC
Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after the first elections to the body since February's revolution, exit polls suggest.
As votes are counted, President Petro Poroshenko's bloc looks set to win the most, with PM Arseny Yats...
Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected president of Brazil
2014-10-27 01:42:16 UTC
An official count showed her rival, centrist candidate Aecio Neves, taking just over 48% of the vote.
In her victory speech, Ms Rousseff said she wanted to be "a much better president than I have been until now".
She faced protests last year...
Gunman kills soldier at National War Memorial in Ottawa
2014-10-23 15:46:22 UTC
Canadian police have confirmed there was only a single gunman involved in a brazen gun attack on the national parliament on Wednesday that left a soldier dead.
Ottawa police said that they are satisfied there was one attacker, and police chief ...
Video: IS seized some of the weapons airdropped for Kurds
2014-10-21 21:44:52 UTC
In a new video, IS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control.
At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Kobane appears to have fallen into the hands of IS, a ...
Oscar Pistorius: Five years in jail for culpable homicide
2014-10-21 09:13:44 UTC
Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
South African legal experts say Pistorius must serve at least one-sixth of his sentence before being considered for house arrest. On a five-year sentence...
KOBANE: U.S. planes drop weapon to Kurdish Peshmerga
2014-10-20 07:19:40 UTC
U.S. military aircraft dropped weapons and supplies to Kurdish peshmerga defending the Syrian city of Kobane against the 'Islamic State' IS, despite its ally Turkey’s declarations opposing such a move.
The airdrops on Sunday were the first of t...
Kofi Annan 'bitterly disappointed' by response to Ebola
2014-10-17 07:31:14 UTC
The World Health Organization is to "ramp up" efforts to prevent Ebola spreading beyond the three countries most affected by the deadly virus, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Fifteen African countries will receive more help in areas including p...
The Ebola outbreak could grow to 10,000 new cases a week
2014-10-15 07:12:11 UTC
The Ebola outbreak could grow to 10,000 new cases a week within two months, the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday as the death toll from the virus reached 4,447 people, nearly all of them in west Africa.
Dr Bruce Aylward, the WHO assi...
American killed by gunman in Saudi Arabia
2014-10-15 05:45:48 UTC
An American defence contractor was shot dead and another injured in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, the State Department said.
The two US citizens were employees of Vinnell Arabia, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, the Virginia-based defence...
Turkish government denies U.S. use of Turkish airbase
2014-10-15 05:45:37 UTC
Turkish officials have denied reaching a new agreement to let the US use its Incirlik airbase in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) militants, in comments which ran contrary to a statement made by US national security adviser Susan Rice on Sun...
Kurdish fighters in Kobani call for heavy weapons
2014-10-11 17:21:20 UTC
A group that monitors the Syrian civil war said the Kurdish forces faced inevitable defeat in Kobani if Turkey did not open its border to let through arms - something Ankara has so far appeared reluctant to do.
ISIS 'Islamic State' is getting s...
Mikhail Gorbachev discharged from hospital
2014-10-10 17:18:59 UTC
A spokeswoman for Gorbachev’s foundation confirmed to AFP that the last leader of the USSR had arrived at their headquarters and that “everything was back to normal.”
Gorbachev — who has been suffering from ailing health — had earlier said he w...
Islamic State militants control 40 percent of Kobane
2014-10-11 08:05:38 UTC
“ISIS now controls 40 per cent of Kobane,” after entering eastern districts on Monday and attacking from the west and the south, said the Britain-based Observatory, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria.
Fierce fighting had raged for...
Australian Major General says ISIS will be defeated in Iraq
2014-10-10 16:58:49 UTC
Australian Major General Craig Orme says the Coalition is supremely better and maintaining connection to Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerger ground forces than ISIS is at supplying its own fighters.
“These are problems all military forces face. They’ve ...