Issue: March 08, 2013   (Archive)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   

N Korea nuke threat as UN turns screw
The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions against North Korea amid escalating tensions as the North threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.



'Stunt' fear on Ebola shutdown
Sierra Leone's 72-hour nationwide shutdown went into its final day yesterday as criticism grew that the extreme action aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus was no more than a poorly planned publicity stunt.

I'm new Fiji PM, says coup leader
Fiji coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama declared himself the Pacific nation's new prime minister yesterday, four days after the country's first democratic election in eight years since he took power.

Thousands flood into Turkey as IS advances on border town
Islamic State fighters closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town as tens of thousands fled in terror into Turkey.

Barrages follow Ukrainian pact
Gunfire erupted around the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk yesterday as NATO's top commander said there was a cease-fire "in name only." This was the day Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels were supposed to pull back to create a 30-kilometer-wide buffer zone under a plan hammered out in the Belarussian capital of Minsk.

Fears Ebola clamp will backfire
Sierra Leone is set for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move experts fear could worsen the epidemic.

Thai chief says sorry for bikini jibe
Thailand's junta chief has apologized for suggesting tourists in bikinis may be more vulnerable to attack, comments which caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British holidaymakers.

Oz homes hit in 'beheading plot'
Australia's largest counter-terrorism raids detained 15 people and foiled a plot by Islamic State jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings," reportedly including beheading a member of the public on camera.

Cardinals reject marriage move
Pope Francis' hopes of easing the Catholic Church's tough stance on remarried couples have hit a stumbling block, with five cardinals coming out against reform ahead of a key meeting, Italian media reported.

American held in North swim
South Korean soldiers detained a US citizen trying to swim across the river border into North Korea reportedly to meet leader Kim Jong Un the South's defense ministry said yesterday.

Lava lights up alarm scene at `perfect' volcano
Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano, the 2,640-meter Mayon in southern Luzon's Bicol region, as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands of nearby residents.



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