Lebanon will only survive if Hezbollah disarms: Saudi minister
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that Lebanon had been “hijacked” by Hezbollah and could only flourish if...
Flynn pleads guilty on Russia; reportedly ready to testify on Trump
Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts with...
Pope Francis takes a rickshaw ride in Bangladesh
Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature enjoyed a rickshaw ride during a visit to St Mary´s Cathedral in Dhaka,...
Tanzanian President sends condolences to Chinese President
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has sent a condolence message to the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, following a terrorist attack that killed 28 people and injured over 130 others.  According to a statement President Kikwete said: “I have received with great shock and sadness, the devastating news on the terrorist attack... Read more
Defiant Putin Allays War Fears but Holds on to Crimea
Russian President Vladimir Putin has calmed fears of an imminent war between Russia and Ukraine’s new authorities but also made clear that Moscow has no intention of loosening its new grip on Crimea in defiance of Western anger. The Russian leader said Russia would use force as a “last... Read more
Saudi Arabia has deported more than 12,000 people to Somalia
  Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Saudi Arabia has deported more than 12,000 people to conflict-ridden Somalia since the beginning of 2014.New deportees, including women and children, arrive on a daily basis at the Mogadishu international airport. Read more
Israeli Airstrike Kills 2 in Gaza
An Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and wounded two children on Monday evening, according to the Israeli military and Palestinian health officials, effectively continuing the increased violence between Israel and Gaza this year. Read more
US freezes military ties with Russia
The U.S. announced late Monday it was suspending trade and investment talks with Russia as well as all “military-to-military engagements” as penalties for its actions in Ukraine. The twin measures were announced only hours after America’s U.N. ambassador blasted Russia for its “dangerous military intervention” in Ukraine, calling it... Read more
Second day of ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius trial begins
The second day of Oscar Pistorius’s trial for the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp began Tuesday with his lawyer Barry Roux intensifying efforts to pick apart the prosecution’s main witness in cross-examination. Read more
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to meet U.N. chiefs in Geneva
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva on Monday at a human rights council session.They are expected to discuss the Syrian conflict as Brahimi has been trying to bridge the gap between the main negotiators since the last... Read more
Ops, I did it Again – “Bill Gates Tops Forbes Billionaire List”
Gates has topped the list Forbes Billionaire 15 times of the last 20 years and he did it again. According to the top of Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s richest people, Bill Gateswith a net worth of $76 billion, reclaimed the top spot after a four year... Read more
Exiled leader, Yanukovich urged Putin to use force to save Ukraine
Ukraine’s exiled leader Viktor Yanukovich has sent a request letter to Russian President to use Russia’s military to restore law and order in Ukraine. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin read an unofficial translation of the letter  stating “The country has plunged into chaos and anarchy,”  After the UN emergency meeting... Read more
Oil hits multi-month peaks; Ukraine war fears trigger surge
Gas and oil prices have risen amid fears the Ukraine crisis could have a damaging effect on one of Europe’s main energy supply routes. Gas futures climbed by up to 10% in early trading, while the benchmark price for oil rose by more than 2%. Traders are worried about... Read more
Russia says Kerry’s remarks about Ukraine unacceptable
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that recent remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry contained threats against Russia and were “unacceptable”. Kerry on Sunday condemned what he called Russia’s “incredible act of aggression” in Ukraine after Russian forces took control of the Crimea region and parliament... Read more
China knife massacre: police capture remaining suspects
Chinese police have seized the remaining suspects sought for the massacre of 29 people in Kunming this weekend, state media announced on Monday. “Of an eight-member group (six men, two women), four were shot dead by police at the scene, a wounded woman was arrested and the other three... Read more
North Korea Releases Australian Missionary
North Korea on Monday deported a 75-year-old Australian missionary, detained last month for distributing religious material, after he signed a detailed “confession” and apology. Hong Kong-based John Short arrived in Beijing on a commercial flight from Pyongyang just hours after the North’s official KCNA news agency announced he was... Read more
Putin’s Mission Accomplished
US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence on Sunday that “Russia is going to lose” in its confrontation with the West over Ukraine. But by the time Mr Kerry arrives in Kiev for urgent consultations with the country’s interim government, President Vladimir Putin will have already achieved his... Read more