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UN chief launches inquiry of Mali protest deaths

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open an inquiry into the fatal shootings allegedly by UN troops of three protesters during demonstrations in northern Mali, his spokesman said Thursday.Witnesses said the three Malians were shot in Gao by UN troops during protests on Tuesday against a ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 09:34

(Photo News) Pushing back

A Kurdish man talks with a radio as he checks the eastern part of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontie...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:27

Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for bailout clash

ATHENS (AFP) ― Greece’s radical new government is to hold its first talks with a foreign dignitary on Thursday, hosting the head of the European parliament a day after announcing moves to roll back austerity measures.In sweeping announcements two days after taking power, Prime Minister A...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:25

Women joining IS as ‘cheerleaders, not victims’

LONDON (AFP) ― Western women who join Islamic State militants are driven by the same ideological passion as many male recruits and should be seen as potentially dangerous cheerleaders, not victims, experts said Wednesday.A new study from the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue s...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:22

Netanyahu warns after killings

MAJIDIYA, Lebanon (AFP) ― Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah it will pay the “full price” after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday in an attack that raised fe...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:12

Iran, Europe negotiators to meet in Istanbul

TEHRAN (AFP) ― Iranian officials will meet with European members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul on Thursday under the ongoing diplomatic effort to secure a deal over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.The meeting with British, French and German diplomats was announced by Iran’s foreign mi...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:11

IS suffers ‘devastating’ blows but biggest ...fighting still ahead

BAGHDAD (AFP) ― The Islamic State group has suffered “devastating” blows in Syria’s Kobane and on several Iraqi fronts, but analysts warn such victories in the fight against the jihadists cannot be replicated everywhere.Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led airstrikes this week ousted IS...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:10

U.N. aid effort struggling to reach millions in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) ― U.N. relief efforts in war-torn Syria are struggling to reach 40 percent of civilians in need and face a major funding shortfall, a senior aid official said Wednesday.As the war heads toward a fifth year, some 4.8 million Syrians or around 40 percent of the total 12...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:10

Lynch defends immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) ― U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, confronting skeptical Republicans, pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:08

Cuban leader demands end to U.S. embargo

BELEN, Costa Rica (AFP) ― Cuban President Raul Castro laid out Wednesday the conditions to normalize relations with the United States, demanding an end to the embargo, the return of Guantanamo and Havana’s removal from a terror list.Castro issued his demands a week after the highest-rank...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:04

Vietnam’s creaking education system pushes students overseas

HANOI (AFP) ― Wearied by the rampant cheating, endless rote learning and mandatory Leninist ideology classes, Vietnam’s middle classes are fleeing the country’s school system for overseas education.Every year, Vietnamese parents spend more than $1 billion sending their children to schoo...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:04

U.S. entertainer Joel Grey comes out as gay

LOS ANGELES (AFP) ― Oscar-winning American entertainer Joel Grey, best known for his star turn in the 1973 big-screen version of the musical “Cabaret,” came out as gay on Wednesday.The 82-year-old actor, singer and dancer, who had two children with ex-wife Jo Wilder before their 24-year...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:06

U.S. plans to open Atlantic to drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) ― The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Ocean to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas of the state of Alaska. The proposal envisions auc...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:39

U.S. Congress eases pressure for new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― U.S. President Barack Obama won breathing room Tuesday for his nuclear dialogue with Iran, as legislation calling for strict new sanctions against the Islamic republic lost some cr...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:34

Huge effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a “huge” international effort, a top U.S. military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria’s response to the emboldened extremists.Relations between the Nigerian and U.S. militaries have been strained wi...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:34