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  • Ukraine holds talks to end crisis, rebels not invited

    May 14, 2014 9:49 PM 15

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's interim leaders on Wednesday pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis. The talks brought together politicians and civil groups in an effort to quell a pro-Russian rebellion in the industrialized

  • Voice of Yemen : Yemen Army clashes with Al Qaeda militants, kills 16

    May 14, 2014 8:54 PM 7

    The fighting raged for nearly three hours on the fringes of the town of Azan in Shabwa province, the officials said. Government warplanes came to the aid of the troops as they defended the town, bombing positions of the attacking militants, added the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media

  • Ukraine 'on the brink of civil war'

    May 14, 2014 4:38 PM 15

    Updated: 10:59 pm, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, making it difficult to hold free and fair elections later this month. 'When Ukrainians kill Ukrainians I believe this is as close to a civil war as you can get,' Lavrov said in an interview with Bloomberg television. Lavrov added

  • Islamist group claims China station bombing - SITE - World

    May 14, 2014 12:18 PM 13

    BEIJING (Reuters) - An Islamist militant group called the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) claimed responsibility for an attack at a train station in China's western city of Urumqi in late April that killed one and injured 79 people, the SITE Monitoring service said. China had said the attack in its restive Xinjiang region, home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic

  • Pakistan among countries where torture is rife: Amnesty

    May 14, 2014 9:37 AM 5

    ISLAMABAD: Amnesty International has said in a report that torture is rife across the Asia-Pacific region, with China and North Korea among worst-affected countries. The report, Torture in 2014: 30 Years of Broken Promises, was released on Tuesday. It provides an overview of the use of torture in the world today. The report says that torture is used to force

  • Stop the strikes in Yemen: Why Sanaa should reconsider its offensive on Al Qaeda

    May 14, 2014 4:00 AM 9

    Government forces and Al Qaeda rebels are engaged in a bloody fight for the hearts and minds of Yemenis. It is a battle of will that many say is likely to lead to a drawn-out conflict and stalemate with tit-for-tat killings. Its forces took advantage of the weakness of the government in the south of the country and started taking control of different

  • UN Syria Brahimi envoy stepping down

    May 13, 2014 4:18 PM 12

    The UN special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has announced that he is stepping down from his role. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon praised the veteran diplomat but admitted that the UN had "not been able to make any progress" in Syria. Mr Brahimi took over the role in 2012 from former UN chief Kofi Annan. Around 150,000 people have died in Syria's

  • Criticism grows over North Korea racist, sexist slurs

    May 13, 2014 1:33 PM 33

    Criticism is rising on the peninsula and abroad as North Korea continues to churn out a deluge of scathing invectives against the leaders of South Korea and the U.S. and other parts of what it calls hostile forces. Pyongyang’s state media is notorious for vitriolic remarks and warlike rhetoric against the allies. But its tone appears to have grown more hateful

  • Jordanian ambassador to Libya freed - Al Arabiya TV

    May 13, 2014 5:25 AM 160

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Jordan's kidnapped ambassador to Libya has been freed by his captors, Al Arabiya television reported on Tuesday. The pan-Arab news channel said the Libyan foreign ministry had confirmed the release to them. Al Jazeera television also reported the news. Al Arabiya cited Jordanian state television as saying the ambassador was on his way back to Jordan

  • The pictures Kim Jong-un DID NOT want you to see: Haunting images from inside North Korea

    May 12, 2014 9:45 PM 8

    THESE haunting pictures give a rare glimpse of what life is truly like in North Korea. Mr Lafforgue, who had his camera confiscated while in the country, captured the photographs whilst in the company of state-approved guides. He was ordered to delete the shots and has now been banned from North Korea for refusing to delete the "offensive" images