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Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

In this Friday, July 11, 2014 photo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. For Japan, the ramping up of sanctions by the West against Russia can be summed up in a familiar phrase: It’s complicated. The tug-of-war over Ukraine threatens to derail Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s moves toward rapprochement with Russia. Suga offered only vague support Thursday, July 17, for the coordinated American and European moves targeting Russian energy firms, financial institutions, arms suppliers and four individuals.“We are watching the situation of the EU and U.S.,” Suga said at a regular briefing. “Working with the international community is our stance regarding Ukraine, so we would like to take appropriate measures in line with that attitude.” (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan’s top government spokesman said Monday that the country is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.

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

Road rage on Edsa: Video of weapon-wielding drivers goes viral


An altercation between two motorists along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) was caught on video, which immediately went viral on social media.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

Palestinian medics run carrying children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, into the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

CNN calls for release of journalist in Ukraine

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CNN said Thursday a Ukrainian journalist working for the US news channel had been abducted this week by pro-Russian separatists, and appealed for his release.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars


US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »