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Top News: World

N. Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think-tank

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a U.S. think-tank said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

Kiev - When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure.
In the Media by Oleksandr Savochenko (AFP)

Gaza doctors save baby from her dead mother's womb

Khan Yunis - Doctors in Gaza have performed an emergency Caesarian section on a young Palestinian woman killed in an Israeli shelling attack on Friday, saving her unborn baby.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

Hashmat Karzai the president's cousin killed by suicide bomber

Kandahar - Hashmat Karzai the powerful cousin of Afghan president Hamid Karzai was killed by a suicide bomber at his fortified home near the southern city of Kandahar as he was greeting visitors to celebrate the Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Indian government inaugurates youth empowerment center

Chennai - The government of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the Vivekananda Cultural Center in Chennai, to nurture youth development and young leaders.
In the Media by Sravanth Verma

Kerry's Gaza truce bid burdened by past U.S. failures

Washington - Waning U.S. influence and John Kerry's failed peace bid are hampering efforts to reach a Gaza truce, but America remains the sole power capable of brokering a deal to stop the fighting, analysts said.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

Ex-Catalan chief stripped of pension after admitting hiding cash

Madrid - Catalonia's elder statesman, and a leading advocate of its independence from Spain, will be stripped of his pension and privileges after admitting hiding money abroad for more than 30 years, the region's government said Tuesday.
In the Media by Anna Cuenca (AFP)

Tripoli fire rages as Libya warplane crashes in Benghazi battle

Tripoli - A huge blaze raged for a third day at a fuel depot near Tripoli's airport Tuesday, while a warplane crashed in Libya's second city Benghazi during fighting with Islamists.
In the Media by Imed Lamloum (AFP)

Dutch PM asks Ukraine to stop fighting near crash site

The Hague - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Tuesday to ask Ukrainian forces to stop fighting around the MH17 crash site, a government spokesman said.
In the Media by AFP

Obama plans to use executive power to allow illegals to stay

Washington, D. C. - U.S. President Barack Obama is planning to use executive authority to issue millions of work permits to those who entered the country illegally if no congressional action occurs by the end of summer.
In the Media by Justin King - 9 comments

Top Kosovo ex-fighters face organ trafficking, war crimes indictment

Pristina - Several leaders of Kosovo's 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials, face possible indictment for crimes against humanity including murder and organ trafficking, an EU probe found Tuesday.
In the Media by Claire Rosemberg (AFP)

Colchester Borough cancels festival for safety reasons

Set to take place in Colchester's Castle Park, the I Am Music Fest which was slated to draw 8,500 attendees was cancelled on Friday. The cancellation came from the Colchester Borough Council, who cited issues with safety.
In the Media by Simon Crompton

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies

Kuala Lumpur - Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, as haze mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies.
In the Media by AFP

Gaza truce offers fly, but so do shells

Gaza - The Palestinians said factions were ready for new Gaza truce and Washington said Israel had sought help Tuesday in calming a 22-day conflict that has killed nearly 1,200 in the enclave.
In the Media by Adel Zaanoun (AFP) - 1 comment

Japan teen murder accused 'wanted to dissect' someone: Report

Tokyo - A 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl has confessed to decapitating a classmate, police said Tuesday, as she reportedly told investigators she "wanted to dissect" someone.
In the Media by AFP

S. Korea ferry survivors recall desperate escape from sinking vessel

Ansan - Student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster testified Tuesday how passengers, abandoned by the crew, improvised means of escape, using fire hoses to pull people to safety as the vessel sank.
In the Media by Jung Ha-Won (AFP)

Afghan president's cousin killed in 'turban bomb' attack

Kandahar - A suicide attacker killed an influential cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country's new leader as US-led troops withdraw.
In the Media by Mamoon Durrani (AFP)

Australia's Qantas to continue flying over Iraq

Sydney - Australian airline Qantas said Tuesday it would continue flying over Iraqi airspace, despite alliance partner Emirates deciding to alter its routes over concerns about jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 crash.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Israeli attack destroys Gaza Ark

Gaza - The Gaza Ark project has been in the making for more than a year. The Ark was being built in Gaza and was to deliver goods and passengers to other ports in order to challenge the Israeli blockade by sailing out of Gaza.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment
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