Sunday 26 April 2015

Pressure mounts on EU after migrant boat disaster

As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. If the death toll is confirmed, it


Strong quake hits Japan, Taiwan; tsunami warning lifted

A strong earthquake rattled Taiwan and small islands in the far south of Japan on Monday, official monitoring sites said, briefly prompting a warning for a 1-metre tsunami for the Okinawa island chain. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in either country after


Oil extends gains on lower US rig count

Oil prices rose on Monday, extending last week's gains as a drop in the number of US rigs drilling for crude pointed to lower supply later in the year, while China's latest stimulus measure also underpinned the market. US oil drilling rigs fell for a record 19th straight


IS beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya

A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carri


Thousands of Yemeni troops side with President Hadi

The Yemeni commander of a vast military district covering half the country's border with Saudi Arabia pledged support to Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday, local officials said. The announcement puts at least 15,000 troops in the desert border area on th


700 feared dead after boat sinks off Libya

As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, a United Nations official said on Sunday. Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, south of the southern Italia

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