NATO `vigilant` over Russian warplane activity in Europe airspace

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant over increased Russian military activity in European airspace.

Polanski freed after Poles question him on US sex case

Film director Roman Polanski was questioned by Polish prosecutors Thursday on a US arrest warrant for sex offences, but allowed to walk free.

Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves
Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves

The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday.

UN watchdog slams Israel abuses, demands Gaza war probe

A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza.

Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

Bullet holes, tear gas are aftermath of deadly Jerusalem raid

Four neat bullet holes pock-mark the wall on the roof of Muataz Hijazi`s family home in east Jerusalem, where Israeli police shot the 32-year-old dead at dawn Friday.

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants

France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday.

Swedish recognition of Palestine `deplorable`: Israel FM

Israel`s top diplomat on Thursday denounced the Swedish government`s recognition of a Palestinian state as "deplorable", saying it would undermine efforts to resolve the conflict. 

Chinese Communist leadership `fundamental` to rule of law: Party

Communist power is a "fundamental requirement" to ensure the rule of law in China, a party official said Thursday, days after a meeting of the organisation`s top leaders in Beijing.

China `vulnerable` to Ebola outbreak: Expert

China is "vulnerable" to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned Thursday.

Mexican president meets with kin of 43 missing students

President Enrique Pena Nieto met for the first time Wednesday with families of 43 students who went missing over a month ago in violence involving police and drug gang hitmen.

Indian-origin US student in Fiji court for Facebook intimidation

 An Indian-origin US student appeared in a Fiji court for luring a Fijian girl into sending her explicit photos and then intimidating her, media reported Thursday.

`Hope waning` for trapped Turkish miners

Hope is waning of saving 18 Turkish miners trapped by a flood in a mine in the south of the country, the energy minister acknowledged Thursday, as rescue efforts entered a third day.

Closure of Jerusalem`s Al-Aqsa `declaration of war`: Abbas

Israel`s closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a "declaration of war," Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas s

What happened to Amelia Earheart's plane? Fresh 'clue' found to 77-year-old mystery
What happened to Amelia Earheart's plane? Fresh 'clue' found to 77-year-old mystery

If an aircraft recovery group is to be believed, they could be closer to demystifying a decades old enigma of what happened to American aviatrix Amelia Earheart while she set out on her second attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

Sweden recognises Palestinian state
Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Sweden`s centre-left government will officially recognise the state of Palestine on Thursday, becoming the first major European country to do so, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.

Israel police kill Palestinian suspect in attack on right-winger

Jerusalem police on Thursday killed a Palestinian man suspected of a shooting attack on an Israeli hardliner which left him badly wounded, a spokesman said.

Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting far-right Jew

Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday after he fired at them resisting arrest in East Jerusalem hours after the attempted assassination of a far-right Israeli activist, police said.

Texas nurse returning from Ebola mission to be quarantined

 A female nurse who just returned to the US state of Texas after caring for Ebola patients in West Africa will voluntarily self-quarantine herself at home for the next three weeks, Governor Rick Perry has said.

Barack Obama lauds US health workers; cautions against restrictions

Lauding the heroism of US health workers battling Ebola, President Barack Obama has cautioned against discouraging them with restrictive measures upon their return from the West African region.

China probes Uighur mayor of restive Xinjiang city for graft

The ethnic Uighur mayor of a major city in China`s unruly far-western region of Xinjiang is being investigated for corruption, state media said on Thursday, one of the few minority officials to be caught up in the government`s war on graft.

United States praises China's growing role in Afghanistan

The United States welcomed China`s growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan`s stability on Thursday, saying a Beijing conference of foreign ministers on Afghan reconstruction this week shows its commitment to the region as Western troops pull out.

Ukraine PM calls for broad governmental coalition

 Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for a broad government coalition, except the opposition bloc of former allies of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych.

US Supreme Court late night rulings on death row fates

In an eleventh-hour reprieve, the US Supreme Court put a murderer`s execution on hold this week, a rare moment when a defense was able to slow, if only temporarily, the inexorable wheels of justice.

In US Ebola fight, no two quarantines are quite the same

In the US battle against Ebola, quarantine rules depend on your zip zode. For some it may feel like imprisonment or house arrest. For others it may be more like a staycation, albeit one with a scary and stressful edge. 

'US-led international coalition will destroy Islamic State'
'US-led international coalition will destroy Islamic State'

The US-led international coalition of more than 60 countries against the Islamic State will degrade and ultimately destroy the terror group, a top Obama Administration official has said.

Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma

Members of the west African community in New York have complained that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola.

UN to aid Sri Lanka after landslides

 UN humanitarian agencies are on standby to help Sri Lanka after heavy rains caused landslides, an official said.

HAPAC endorses nine candidates for Congressional polls

 A Hindu-American organisation has endorsed as many as nine candidates, including six incumbents, for the November 4 Congressional elections.

IS releases 25 kidnapped Kurdish students in Syria

 The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has released 25 Kurdish students it had kidnapped in Syria last May, a monitoring group said.