World News

UN rejects Japan's complaint over Ban's China visit

 The United Nations on Monday brushed aside Japanese complaints over Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to attend a military parade in Beijing, saying the World War II commemoration was an opportunity to reflect on the past.

Sweden eyes Ecuador deal, paving way for Julian Assange probe

Sweden hopes to reach a judicial cooperation deal with Ecuador by year's end that would pave the way for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, officials said on Monday.

Barack Obama offended by attacks on Jews who back Iran deal

US President Barack Obama said people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he's "not black enough."

New Ebola death in Sierra Leone sets back efforts to beat epidemic

A woman who died last week in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday, in a setback for the country`s bid to gain Ebola-free status.

Car bomb damages Italy's ENI joint venture office in Libyan capital

A car bomb went off in Libya`s capital Tripoli on Monday in front of the headquarters of Mellitah, an oil and gas joint venture between Italy`s ENI and Libyan state oil firm NOC, witnesses said.

Two US Predator drones deployed to Latvia

The US military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator surveillance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia for a two-week training mission aimed at reassuring European allies wary of Russia.

Migrant trains reach Germany as EU asylum system creaks

 Trainloads of migrants arrived in Austria and Germany from Hungary on Monday as European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave of migration unprecedented in the EU.

Hurricane Fred forms, flooding in South Carolina from Erika's remnants

 Hurricane Fred strengthened on Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde islands but was forecast to weaken in the coming days, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to US forecasters.

Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing enemies in Colombia of trying to assassinate him as both countries prepare to spar at the Organisation of American States over an increasingly tense border dispute.

White supremacist aiming to kill Jews convicted in three Kansas murders

 A man who admitted in court to wanting to kill Jews was found guilty on Monday of murdering three people, including a teenage boy, outside two Jewish centres in Kansas last year.

Barack Obama mulling options for closing Guantanamo prison: White House

The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, declining to rule out executive action as an option. 

Ukraine points finger at ultra-nationalists after Kiev clash

A member of Ukraine`s National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country`s breakaway regions.

Cuba goes all in on English, amid closer US ties

Now that Cuba has restored diplomatic ties with the United States, teaching English in schools will be a priority, the communist party newspaper Granma has reported.

Scores more Hillary Clinton e-mails retroactively classified: Official

 Around 150 more of the e-mails that former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton kept on a private server have been retroactively deemed classified, the State Department said Monday.

20,000 demonstrate in Austria after migrant truck tragedy: Police

Around 20,000 people demonstrated in Vienna on Monday against ill-treatment of migrants after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in an abandoned truck last week, police said.

 Watch video: Israeli soldier trying to arrest minor Palestinian boy with broken arm
Watch video: Israeli soldier trying to arrest minor Palestinian boy with broken arm

Portraying a heart-wrenching scene, some images and a short video clip displaying an armed Israeli soldier trying to arrest an 12-year-old Palestinian boy with a broken arm in the West Bank went viral on social media.

Guardsman killed in protests as Ukraine MPs back more autonomy for rebel regions

A national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others protecting Ukraine`s Parliament were wounded by grenades hurled from a crowd of nationalist protesters on Monday as lawmakers backed reforms to give more autonomy to rebel-held areas.

Anti-ISIS coalition falling short, says Canada PM

Canada`s Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday the US-led coalition`s campaign against Islamic State was not doing as well as had been hoped in Syria and parts of Iraq.

Syrians take long way round by biking to new life in Arctic

A group of intrepid Syrian migrants have found a new, albeit long, way into Europe -- through Russia and into Norway`s Arctic, some of them cycling across the border. 

Bangkok bomb `suspect` living in Turkey, denies involvement

The hunt for a group behind the Bangkok shrine blast narrowed Monday as police revealed they had two new suspects -- one of whom told AFP she was innocent and living in Turkey.

Boko Haram killers on horseback massacre nearly 80 in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents said on Monday.

Adultery site Ashley Madison insists it`s not shutting down
Adultery site Ashley Madison insists it`s not shutting down

Ashley Madison, the embattled website catering to affair-seeking clients, on Monday rejected predictions that it will soon be forced to shutter its operations, saying its troubles have been "greatly exaggerated."

Refugee crisis tests Europe`s core ideals: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said the refugee crisis facing Europe is testing the core ideals of universal rights at the heart of the European Union.

Bizarre! Teen left horrified after doctors discover 26 cockroaches inside right ear
Bizarre! Teen left horrified after doctors discover 26 cockroaches inside right ear

A 19-year-old, who went to his doctor complaining of a ear ache, was horrified when he was told that 26 cockroaches were living inside his ear.

30 arrested for Kabul bombings

Afghanistan's intelligence agency arrested 30 militants and Haqqani network activists during special operations on Monday, media reported.

Train with migrants bound for Munich halted at Hungary-Austria border

A train that left Budapest for Munich at 0910 GMT with migrants on board is standing at the Hungarian-Austrian border at Hegyeshalom waiting for "authorities` action", Hungarian railway operator MAV told Reuters on Monday.

Poland backtracks on Nazi `gold train`

A regional governor in Poland said Monday he had serious doubts about the alleged discovery of a Nazi gold train days after a deputy culture minister revealed he was "more than 99 percent sure" one had been found.

Boko Haram kills nearly 80 in NE Nigeria villages: Locals

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead nearly 80 people in separate attacks on three villages at in Nigeria`s restive northeast Borno state at the weekend, a vigilante and residents said Monday.

Six soldiers killed in DR Congo ambush

Six Congolese soldiers were killed on Monday in Democratic Republic of Congo`s North Kivu province, a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels are known to operate, regional and military sources said. 

Palmyra temple appears intact after blast: Syria official

A blast rocked the ancient ruins in Syria`s Palmyra on Sunday but the site`s famed Temple of Bel appeared to be largely intact, Syria`s antiquities chief said.