HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014


Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

The Philippine defense chief says Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been attacked by Syrian rebels who are holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage.

Kerry urges global 'coalition' to fight ISIS jihadists

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters' 'genocidal agenda' after President Barack Obama admitted he had no strategy to tackle the group.

Pussy Riot call on Australia to withdraw G20 invite for Putin

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this week that calls made by Pussy Riot for Putin to be excluded from the G20 talks in Brisbane in November given the situation in Ukraine were weighing on his mind.

Wounds yet to heal for families of Nepal’s disappeared

In April this year, eight years after a peace deal ended the civil war, Nepal’s parliament passed a bill on setting up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances.

Qadri issues 24-hour deadline for Sharif to resign

Amid Pakistan Army's mediation efforts, protesters have stepped up pressure on the embattled government with cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri setting yet another deadline of 24 hours for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit.

Ukraine seeks to join Nato; Putin targets Kiev

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in Nato, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.

UK terror threat raised to 'severe': Official

Britain on Friday raised the threat level from international terrorism from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’, reflecting the developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups were reportedly planning attacks against western countries.

Don't mess with nuclear Russia, warns Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression.

Experimental Ebola drug heals infected monkeys

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa - once more of it can be made.

With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

The arrival of recreational paintball to Afghanistan may seem peculiar to outsiders, especially in a country that's known decades of war, faces constant bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents.

Ukraine rebels will allow trapped govt forces to flee

Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

Malaysia Airlines to trim staff, routes in reform plan

Malaysia Airlines will slash thousands of staff, trim routes, replace its CEO and could see future stake sales to outside investors under plans announced on Friday to save it from bankruptcy after two devastating disasters.

Islamic State militants post another beheading video

The jihadist Islamic State group has posted video of the execution of a captured Kurdish fighter, in a warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders to end military cooperation with Washington, a monitoring group said.

MH17 trial in Malaysia or international justice court

The trial of those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July over Ukraine could be conducted either here or the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, a top minister has said.

Syria refugees top 3 million mark: UN

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country and the increasingly complex and bloody conflict has shown no sign of letting up, the UN refugee agency said Friday.
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