News : World

Earthquake hits Indonesia's Java island, 1 death confirmed

Saturday  01:44,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

<p>A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's most populous island of Java on Friday night, collapsing buildings and killing at least 1 person.</p>The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline that [...]

Victims of Mexico military abuses shudder at new security law

Friday  22:36,   15 december 2017
Reuters

Human rights activist Juan Carlos Soni fears a new security law passed by Mexico's Congress on Friday could mean his death after he suffered beatings, electrocution and abduction at the hands of the armed forces four years ago. Bucking[...]

France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen

Friday  20:40,   15 december 2017
Reuters

France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions. The United [...]

Putin looks for quick win, but voter apathy worries Kremlin

Friday  20:40,   15 december 2017
Associated Press

Russia's presidential election campaign formally lasts only three months, and President Vladimir Putin wants to make it as short as possible.With Putin's approval rating topping 80 percent, there is little doubt about the outcome of the[...]

Pentagon alarmed by uptick in close calls with Russia jets in Syria

Friday  20:39,   15 december 2017
AFP

The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap -- or even the nightmare scenario of a US jet shooting down a Russian warplane. Defense officials this week highlighted several recent[...]

Dutch police open fire on man with knife at Schiphol airport

Friday  20:39,   15 december 2017
AFP

<p>Dutch military police on Friday shot and wounded a man armed with a knife, who burst into their office at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol airport, police told AFP.</p>"This afternoon a man came into the office of the Marechaussee (military[...]

Brexit talks: Why 2018 will be no easier

Friday  20:39,   15 december 2017
BBC News

It looks like 2018 will be as tough for talks as 2017, writes Kevin Connolly.From a British point of view the best moment of Brexit so far has come and[...]

Palestinians, Israelis clash as Jerusalem fallout continues

Friday  20:38,   15 december 2017
Associated Press

Clashes broke out amid a fresh wave of violence across the West Bank and along Gaza's border on Friday.Protests in response to Trump's announcement, which departed from decades of U.S. policy that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through[...]

Catalonia election: Spain's restive region braces for a messy vote

Friday  20:38,   15 december 2017
CNN

In an apartment off Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia shopping avenue, Rosario Caceres debated with her grandson over Catalonia's bid for independence from Spain. The 95-year-old lived through the Spanish Civil War, and then the dictatorship of[...]

Could Russia knock out undersea cables?

Friday  20:38,   15 december 2017
BBC News

As the UK's top military officer raises fears, what would happen if Russia cut undersea cables?The UK's top military officer has warned that Russia could strike a "catastrophic" blow to the economy by targeting communications and internet cables [...]

'Youthquake' named word of year by Oxford Dictionaries

Friday  20:37,   15 december 2017
CNN

Oxford Dictionaries has crowned "youthquake" as its word of 2017 in a nod to the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer's election in the United Kingdom. An amalgamation of "youth" and "earthquake", the noun is defined as [...]

Russian court jails ex-minister Ulyukayev for 8 years in bribery case

Friday  14:50,   15 december 2017
Reuters

A Russian court sentenced ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in prison on Friday after finding him guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft. Court bailiffs put handcuffs on Ulyukayev and[...]

Miss Iraq forced to flee country over Instagram photo alongside Miss Israel

Friday  14:50,   15 december 2017
FOX News

Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, and her family had to flee their homeland after receiving death threats over a photo she posted online last month. Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel[...]

Bangladesh stops Rohingya preparing to board boat to Malaysia

Friday  13:52,   15 december 2017
AFP

Bangladesh police arrested an alleged human trafficker and intercepted two Rohingya refugees preparing to board a boat for Malaysia, officials said Friday. Police acting on a tip-off raided a home near the coastal town of Teknaf in southeastern[...]

Hopeful to succeed Netanyahu eyes Israeli-Saudi alliance against Iran

Friday  13:52,   15 december 2017
FOX News

A top Israeli politician said he would form a new “anti-Iran axis,” together with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni powers, to counter the Iranian threat in the region, if he succeeds embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yisrael Katz, Israel's[...]