Ukraine Crisis: NATO should act now, not later
2014-04-23 09:32:01 UTC
<h3>NATO is waking up to the single most important lesson of history. Use a little force early to avoid the use of greater force later. Just think if that lesson had been learned before World War II, says Henry R. Nau.</h3>In Ukraine, a little for...
US President Obama embarks on weeklong Asia tour
2014-04-23 08:29:07 UTC
Japan was preparing for Obama's arrival on Wednesday, the first stop of the US president's trip that will also see him visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Obama's three-day stop in Japan, his first visit to the country since 2010, wi...
Moscow announces military exercises - US warns
2014-04-23 08:28:53 UTC
In late-night phone call, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, told Russian the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, of his "deep concern over the lack of positive Russian steps to de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine, a state department offic...
'Israel will bear full responsibility' for 2.5m Palestinian
2014-04-23 08:28:30 UTC
The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, has warned in explicit terms that Israel will have to reassume responsibility for the Palestinian areas – including providing basic services for some 2.5 million people – if the US-sponsored peace talks fin...
Three children were found dead in south London
2014-04-23 07:18:02 UTC
<h3>Breaking News:</h3>A 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a house in south London.
Officers were called to the property in New Malden at around 9.30pm on Tuesday where they dis...
Obama set to back Japan in islands dispute as Asia tour begins
2014-04-22 20:33:46 UTC
Barack Obama is expected to offer guarded support for Japan in its bitter territorial dispute with China over a group of islands in the East China Sea, as Washington seeks to reassure its Asia-Pacific allies of its commitment to regional security ...
Ukraine calls for action against pro-Russian separatists
2014-04-22 20:30:20 UTC
Ukraine's acting president has called for the resumption of military operations against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, claiming two of his party's supporters had been "tortured to death", in a further blow to an unravelling in...
Iranian guards use extreme violence against inmates
2014-04-21 16:31:52 UTC
Iranian guards and intelligence officials have used unprecedented levels of violence against political inmates in one of the country's most notorious prisons, opposition leaders claimed on Friday.
Kaleme, a news website close to an opposition l...
MH370 hunt 'still drawing blank'
2014-04-21 08:53:38 UTC
A submarine scanning the ocean floor for signs of a missing Malaysian airliner is two-thirds of the way through its search but has yet to find the plane, officials say.
The Bluefin-21 submarine was to embark on its ninth search mission on Monda...
France: Assad is still using chemical weapons against people
2014-04-21 08:00:10 UTC
French leaders have said there are "indications" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is still using chemical weapons against his own people despite vowing to dispose of his government's stockpile in an agreement brokered by the U.S. and Russia l...
Lavrov has promised assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis
2014-04-19 17:58:29 UTC
They say the Kiev authorities, who took power after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests, aim to suppress the country's Russian-speakers.
In response to this accusation on Friday, ...
US raises pressure on Russia over separatists in Ukraine
2014-04-19 06:26:35 UTC
The US has threatened tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international agreement to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a "guilty schoolboy"...
Kiev reaches out to eastern rebels
2014-04-18 21:04:00 UTC
<h3>Ukraine's interim authorities have appealed for national unity and promised to meet some of the demands of pro-Russian protesters in the east of the country.</h3>These include the decentralisation of power and guarantees for the status of the ...
Russia's Lavrov announces deal to 'disband illegal armed groups' across Ukraine
2014-04-18 06:13:34 UTC
Lengthy talks between Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU appeared to reach a breakthrough on Thursday evening, late in the first day of emergency negotiations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that all four sides had agreed o...
MH370 search sub completes first successful scan of Indian Ocean floor
2014-04-18 07:08:30 UTC
A robotic submarine has completed its first successful scan of the seabed in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but investigators say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.
The Bluefin-21's first two mission...
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87
2014-04-18 06:10:50 UTC
<h3>Colombian Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87. Best-known for his masterpiece 'One Hundred Years of Solitude,' he is credited with putting magic realism on the literary map.</h3>Sources close to his fam...
South Korea: 'Captain was not at the helm of capsized ferry'
2014-04-18 05:43:04 UTC
<h3>In his first statement since the accident, Lee said he felt "really sorry for the passengers, victims and their families." "I feel ashamed," the 69-year-old said.</h3>A prosecutor investigating the South Korean ferry disaster has said the capt...
Iran has cut higher-enriched uranium stock 'by half'
2014-04-17 11:55:03 UTC
Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, as per a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has been checking Iran's adherence to the deal, struck with si...
IRAN: Execution Stopped at Last Minute by Victim's Parents
2014-04-17 07:13:59 UTC
<h3>Convict had noose around his neck when victim's mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life</h3>When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds ha...
Nato to bolster forces in eastern Europe
2014-04-16 16:33:21 UTC
Nato has announced it has decided on a series of immediate steps to bolster its forces in eastern European as pro-Russian militia rolled into towns across eastern Ukraine in armoured vehicles.
"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on la...
Prosecutor has depicted Pistorius as a man with a disdainful attitude to authority
2014-04-16 08:26:36 UTC
It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius - doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.<a href="http://diaalnews.com/al...
Ship carrying 459 people sinks off South Korea
2014-04-16 19:52:43 UTC
Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea.
The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island ...
Putin, declared the Ukrainian moves "anti-constitutional acts"
2014-04-15 23:57:36 UTC
Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, declared the Ukrainian moves "anti-constitutional acts" and in a phone call to the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, demanded that the UN condemn them. But the US voiced strong support for the Ukrai...
Ukrainian troops clash with armed pro-Russian gunmen
2014-04-16 00:05:45 UTC
Ukrainian government forces launched their first significant military action in the east of the country on Tuesday, clashing with about 30 pro-Russian gunmen at a provincial airfield and heightening fears that the standoff could escalate into a ma...
Washington Post and Guardian share Pulitzer Prize
2014-04-14 23:06:02 UTC
<h3>The Guardian and Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for a series of stories on US electronic spying.</h3>Their reporting was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edwa...