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5 countries set to join world’s ‘top table’

Years of campaigning for a seat at the world’s “top table” come to a head this week when elections are held to the UN Security Council, which decides on such weighty matters as sanctions, war and peace.

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray

In this image provided by Shaho Pirani shows Shaho Pirani posing with an automantic weapon near the village of Koya in Iraqi Kurdistan in June 2014. The Iranian Kurd living in Denmark, was on a month-long training camp for the Kurdish diaspora organized by Iranian branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. He joined Kurds from Norway, Switzerland and Britain for a crash-course on politics followed by weapons training. Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The 30-year-old Kurd, who fled from Iran with his older brother in 1991, says he feels a moral duty to help the Peshmerga, the armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to fight the "psychopaths" of the IS group. (AP Photo/Shaho Pirani)

Kurdish officials said Tuesday their fighters recaptured a key Iraqi border crossing into Syria from Islamic State group militants in intense fighting, as Britain joined the U.S.-led international air campaign against the extremists, carrying out its first strikes in Iraq.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

North Korea denounces ‘forum of lies’ at UN

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, left, meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 27, 2014. AP /Jason DeCrow

North Korea’s foreign minister on Saturday berated the UN Security Council as a forum of lies and double standards, in the first UN address by a top Pyongyang official in 15 years.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN council condemns minority attacks in Iraq

Firefighters look for survivors at the site of a double car bomb attack took place in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The back-to-back car bomb attack took place near a Shiite Hussainia religious building that has been turned into a shelter for displaced Shiites, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. (AP Photo)

An alarmed U.N. Security Council on Thursday condemned attacks and persecution of minorities in Iraq as the Islamic State militant group expanded its grip on the northern part of the country.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

N. Korea test-fires missiles as Obama hosts summit

In this July, 2013 photo, military trucks carry Rodong missiles during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North’s security threat. AP/Kyodo News / JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles Wednesday, as US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit and pledged “unwavering commitment” to Tokyo and Seoul in the face of Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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