First remains of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive home
2014-08-22 07:02:01 UTC
Flags flew at half-mast in Malaysia on Friday as the remains of 20 of the country's nationals who perished in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The flight from Amsterdam was met by relatives...
Israel kills three Hamas commanders
2014-08-22 06:55:15 UTC
Israel dealt a blow to Hamas on Thursday by killing three of its most senior military commanders as uncertainty continued over the fate of the organisation's top military chief, Mohammed Deif, whose wife and children died in an air strike on Tuesd...
Cameron: Beheading suspect 'probably British'
2014-08-21 09:28:45 UTC
David Cameron has said it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British, as UK police try to confirm the militant's identity.
The PM said James Foley's killing was "deeply shocking" bu...
WHO ups Ebola deaths to 1,350
2014-08-21 08:00:11 UTC
The total number of Ebola deaths spiked to 1,350 Wednesday, with the toll mounting fastest in Liberia, which now has at least 576 confirmed dead of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
On Wednesday, the UN health agency also w...
'ISIS' is 'the greatest threat to journalists'
2014-08-21 06:07:21 UTC
<strong>How much do we know about the journalists who have been abducted in Syria?
Sherif Mansour: </strong>We have reported on many of those cases. We actually believe that as many as 80 and more were kidnapped since the civil war started. Tha...
The Ukrainian government claims wins in rebel stronghold Luhansk
2014-08-21 05:28:54 UTC
The Ukrainian government has announced control of the rebel stronghold Luhansk. The news follows a day of heavy fighting around the eastern city of Donetsk that left at least 40 people dead.
With street battles ongoing on Wednesday, Ukrainian t...
UK: Scotland Yard warn sharing James Foley killing video is a crime
2014-08-21 05:50:34 UTC
Scotland Yard has warned internet users they could be arrested under terrorism legislation if they viewed or shared the video of James Foley's murder, as Twitter and YouTube attempted to remove all trace of the footage from the web.
Germany 'ready' to arm Kurdish peshmerga forces
2014-08-20 12:35:33 UTC
Germany has announced that it plans to supply northern Iraq with military equipment. The Iraqi Kurds are battling Islamic State -ISIS- fighters who have taken over a number of cities and displaced minority populations.
German Foreign Minister F...
My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine
2014-08-20 09:29:06 UTC
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
Hamas leader's wife and child killed in Israeli airstrike
2014-08-20 08:23:12 UTC
The wife and child of a Hamas militant leader have reportedly been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza which have left 11 people dead.
A Hamas official in Cairo said Israel had been targeting Mohammed Deif, the head of its armed wing.
ISIS Video Shows Execution of U.S. Journalist James Foley
2014-08-22 06:20:56 UTC
Militants from the Islamic State have released a video showing a jihadist speaking with a British accent beheading an American journalist in what it says is a revenge killing for the ongoing US air strikes in Iraq.
The chilling message in the v...
Australian fisherman killed by a giant saltwater crocodile
2014-08-19 18:40:37 UTC
A man has been killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he was fishing with his wife in northern Australia.
The man, 57, was attacked by the 4.5-metre (15ft) reptile as he waded into the Adelaide River to unsnag his line, south of Darwin.
Refugee convoy hit by Pro-Russian rebels rockets
2014-08-18 21:47:41 UTC
Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed on Monday when a convoy carrying refugees was hit by rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.
Government forces and pro-Russian rebels accused...
Julian Assange: I am leaving the Ecuadorian embassy soon
2014-08-18 11:02:04 UTC
Julian Assange has rebuffed reports that he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in order to hand himself in to police, saying only that he will leave "soon".
Media reports had surfaced ahead of a press conference on Monday morning sugge...
Kurdish Peshmerga retake dam as Obama writes to Congress
2014-08-18 05:33:57 UTC
The US on Sunday launched two waves of air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in northern Iraq, in the most extensive American military operations in the country since the withdrawal of ground troops in 2011.
The strikes helped Kurd...
Assange could go to international court of justice
2014-08-17 20:47:31 UTC
Ecuador's foreign minister has accused the British government of having no real interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the confinement of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has spent more than two years in the country's embassy in Lon...
1,200 Ukraine rebels 'trained in Russia'
2014-08-16 17:16:32 UTC
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTub...
Germany 'spied' on U.S. Government and NATO Member
2014-08-16 17:03:13 UTC
German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, Der Spiegel has reported.
The German foreign intelligence agency, BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry ...
Ukraine destroyed Russian vehicles after crossing border
2014-08-15 22:27:09 UTC
Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country's east, a day after a column was spotted moving across the border.
Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, told David Cameron in a phone call that his country's armed force...
German intelligence (BND) spied on Hillary Clinton
2014-08-15 20:53:56 UTC
German intelligence spied on Hillary Clinton on various occasions.
According to a report in the German news publication Süddeutsche Zeitung, German intelligence apparently spied on Hillary Clinton while she was in office and during various trip...
Hamas will only sign deal that meets Palestinian demands
2014-08-15 07:00:19 UTC
Hamas believes there is a "real opportunity" to reach an agreement with Israel in Cairo negotiations to end the conflict in Gaza, saying it is "not interested in more bloodshed".
The positive signals from the Islamist organisation, which has fo...
WHO: Ebola crisis vastly underestimated
2014-08-15 05:31:33 UTC
* Outbreak of an undetermined viral haemorrhagic fever begins in Guinea in February.
* Identified as Ebola in March.
* Researchers have since traced the first case to the death of two-year-old Guinean child in December 2013.
Ukraine crisis: Rebel head 'quits', 'Tsar' takes over
2014-08-14 16:55:33 UTC
<strong>The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned.</strong>
Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, confirmed the ...
Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas agree to extend ceasefire by five days
2014-08-14 16:41:49 UTC
Hamas and Israel have agreed five more days' truce to allow further talks after a tense final countdown to the end of the current 72-hour ceasefire on Wednesday night.
The current truce, which is the eighth bid to end the five-week long war, ha...
Shells hit Ukrainian city of Donetsk amid Russia convoy row
2014-08-14 15:59:57 UTC
Heavy shelling has hit the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk, amid a continuing row over a controversial Russian aid convoy.
People poured out of offices in the city centre after an evacuation warning sounded. At least one person has died.