Wednesday 3 September 2014

ISIS, Syrian government committing war crimes: UN

The Syrian government and Islamic State insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their increasingly brutal fight against each other, UN investigators said on Wednesday. Islamic State forces in northern Syria are waging a campaign to instil fear, in


Asia stocks highest since 2008 as euro plunges

The euro came close to cracking on Wednesday as feverish speculation of further policy stimulus in the euro zone drove bond yields to all-time lows and lifted Asian stocks to peaks not seen in almost seven years. The groundbreaking call by European Central Bank President Mario Dr


US withdraws attack claim against Egypt, UAE

The US State Department on Tuesday backed off an earlier statement that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were behind air strikes on Islamist militants in Libya. At a regular State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: "We understand there were air strikes undert


Gaza ceasefire takes hold as focus turns to longer term

A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding early on Wednesday as the focus shifted to securing an arrangement for the long term. No clear victor emerged from what had become a war of attrition between t


Israeli air strikes target more Gaza high-rises

Israel bombed more of Gaza's tallest structures on Tuesday, bringing down a 13-storey apartment and office tower and destroying most of a 16-floor residential building after warning occupants to get out. The Israeli military, declining to comment specifically on the attacks t

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