Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki announced on Friday his decision to voluntarily take a two-thirds pay cut as the government grapples with a financial situation it has described as “critical.” “We are facing a financial and economic crisis. The state must be a model… That is why I have decided to ... Read More »
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Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki announced on Friday his decision to voluntarily take a two-third...
Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after mar...
A newly discovered rocky planet may be the most Earth-like yet found in another solar system, scient...
An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face...
Following the frequency of attacks in Nigeria in the past few days, the United States Department of ...
Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. But US President Barack Obama has cautioned it’s uncertain if Moscow will stand by the agreement. Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement laid ... Read More »
A newly discovered rocky planet may be the most Earth-like yet found in another solar system, scientists believe. Kepler-186f is almost exactly the same size as the Earth and occupies its parent star’s “habitable zone” where temperatures are mild enough to allow liquid surface water. If the planet has lakes ... Read More »
An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper has reported. The dramatic climax followed a rare public campaign to save the life of Balal, who when he was ... Read More »
Following the frequency of attacks in Nigeria in the past few days, the United States Department of States has warned American citizens living in Nigeria over possible attacks that might be carried out by extremists in the Northern parts of the country during the Easter celebration that will begin tomorrow ... Read More »
NATO is to deploy more air, sea and land forces in eastern Europe, as pro-Russian militants are accused of taking two Ukrainian soldiers “hostage”. The incident allegedly occurred in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk. The ministry said an officer and a soldier were seized by “extremists” and taken to ... Read More »
South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 462 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. National disaster agency officials said 174 people had been rescued, leaving 284 “unaccounted for”. ... Read More »
New York’s police department has disbanded an undercover spying operation against Muslims which rights groups said was baseless and unfairly targeted people solely because of their religion. Civil liberty groups on Wednesday welcomed the disbandment of the “Demographics Unit” while the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said the ... Read More »
The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 37. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said on Tuesday that it had received one more victim. The person’s name has not been released. The sheriff’s office says seven other people are still listed ... Read More »
Ukraine is on the brink of “civil war”, Russia warned Tuesday, after Kiev’s leaders ordered troops and tanks towards a flashpoint eastern city to push back a separatist surge supported by Moscow. The 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were the most forceful response yet by Kiev’s Western-backed government to ... Read More »
At least two people have been killed and nine wounded in gunbattles between Ukrainian special forces and pro-Kremlin militias that threatened to scuttle the first international talks on the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. The clashes across the ex-Soviet state’s separatists eastern rust belt broke out a day ... Read More »
A car bomb has gone off in a commercial area of a restive northern Iraqi city, killing at least 10 people, while a separate bombing killed 6 people, officials say. The explosives-laden parked car targeted a joint Iraqi army and police patrol while it passed through a busy commercial area ... Read More »
A second strong temblor struck the Solomon Islands in a day raising fear of a tsunami. The magnitude 7.7 quake struck at 11.36pm local time, with an epicentre 328 kilometres southeast of the capital Honiara and a depth of 20km, according to the US Geological Survey. This morning, a magnitude ... Read More »
Armed men of the Tehreek-e-Taliban have reportedly abducted at least 40 people in Pakistan’s northern Tirah valley, official sources say. Tirah valley is part of the Khyber Agency, one of the tribal areas where the Taliban is a powerful force. “Officials are now confirming these people [those abducted] were involved ... Read More »
A group of pro-Russian men armed with automatic weapons have taken control of the police headquarters in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, 150 km from the Russian border, local officials and witnesses said. An organised military unit of over 20 men wearing matching military fatigues and carrying automatic weapon took ... Read More »
Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture that kept 56,000 birds, after its owner reported on Saturday a lot of ... Read More »
Syrian state television and rebel forces have traded accusations over a poison gas attack that reportedly caused “suffocation and poisoning” of residents. Details of the attack on Friday in Kafr Zita, a village in Hama province about 200km from Damascus, remain sketchy. The Syrian National Coalition, the Western-backed opposition group, ... Read More »
Prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has told the world-famous athlete that he fatally shot his girlfriend through a toilet door as they were talking. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel insists that Pistorius intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp and put it Friday, during cross-examination of the double-amputee Olympian that “she was ... Read More »
Residents have fled villages near Peru’s Ubinas volcano, which this week began spitting out white-hot chunks of rock, some as big as 30cm in diameter. Domingo Ramos, a scientist from Peru’s mining institute, said the volcano reawakened several days ago. The renewed activity led the government to announce a state ... Read More »
Police say Indian Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chhattisgarh as they continue a campaign of violence aimed at disrupting a five-week national election. Police Director General A.N. Upadhyay says a land mine set by the rebels exploded Saturday and killed five ... Read More »