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Gunmen kill 20 at Sudan UN base–US envoy

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, speaks to journalists in Juba, on April 17, 2014.  Gunmen stormed a  UN base in South Sudan today to slaughter civilians from a rival tribe sheltering there, wounding dozens in an "unprovoked" attack before peacekeepers fought them off, the UN said. The top UN aid official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, said he was "outraged" by the assault in the war-ravaged town of Bor, in which two peacekeepers were also wounded. AFP

Gunmen killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others when they stormed a UN base in South Sudan Thursday, the US envoy to the world body said.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks

An image grab taken from Egypt's Nile TV shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi taking the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Constitutional Court in Cairo on June 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO/NILE TV

A little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr, claimed a series of attacks and vowed new ones targeting Egyptian security forces in a video posted on its Twitter account on Thursday.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama calls for irregular forces to lay down arms in Ukraine

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

US President Barack Obama urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine amid escalating tensions.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

At least 60 killed by suspected Islamists in Nigeria

Local people, some armed with swords gather around the bodies of suspected Islamic militants following an attack at the Giwa Military barracks in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Friday, March, 14. 2014, after the militants struck the northern city of Maiduguri Friday morning, attacking the main military barracks with gunfire and explosions. AP FILE PHOTO

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday killed at least 60 people in Nigeria’s troubled north-eastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official said.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

1 dead as coordinated blasts hit Thai south

Thai firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at the site of a car bomb that killed one and wounded 14 people in Thailand's restive southern province of Yala on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Thailand's three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces are in the grip of a decade-long insurgency which has seen 6,000 people killed—the majority of them civilians. AFP PHOTO/MUHAMMAD SABRI’

One person was killed and 14 wounded Sunday in a series of apparently coordinated blasts—including a car bomb—in a major town in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, the army said.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

AP photographer killed, reporter wounded

In this Sept. 9, 2011 photo, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus poses for photographers following a news conference for the opening of her exhibition at the C/O Berlin museum in Berlin. Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Azia)

An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in Afghanistan.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead—police

khost, afghanistan

A female Western journalist was shot dead and another wounded in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost on Friday, police said, on the eve of the country’s presidential election.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pakistan’s Musharraf survives assassination bomb attempt

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. AP FILE PHOTO

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday, police said.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuelan president accepts facilitator for talks

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a meeting with a South American delegation of foreign ministers at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. AP

President Nicolas Maduro has agreed to enter talks with Venezuela’s opposition with the help of an outside facilitator, a group of visiting South American foreign ministers said Thursday.

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

With Tiamzon’s arrest, it’s time for NPA to surrender—AFP

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AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. Photo from AFP Public Affairs Office

It took the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) more than 20 years to catch the slippery Benito Tiamzon, chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PH peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party's secretary general Wilma Tiamzon. Photo by Nikko Dizon/INQUIRER

Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents grew dimmer following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said Sunday.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Crimeans wary of future after secession vote

Pro-Russian people celebrate in Lenin Square, in Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. AP

Crimeans woke up to an uncertain future on Monday after a referendum that raises the prospect of months-long economic turmoil and a legal vacuum ahead of a planned merger with Russia.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU mulling next steps against Russia over Ukraine

Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, early Monday, March 17, 2014. Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. AP

The European Union on Sunday condemned the referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea as illegal and is taking steps to increase sanctions against Russia over what many believe is a planned annexation of the bordering peninsula.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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