Friday 29 August 2014

Dozens of Iraqis killed in mosque shooting

At least 70 Iraqi worshippers were killed in a mosque carnage in a volatile province outside Baghdad yesterday (August 22), a report said. Militants first detonated a bomb near the entrance of the Sunni mosque and then used machine-guns to spray a deadly hail of bullets on fleein


US condemns Russian convoy into Ukraine

The US demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbour and threatening more sanctions. Moscow, which has thousands of troops close


Syria death toll tops 190,000 in 3 years

More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a UN report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a "wholly avoidable human catastrophe". UN High Co


Brent weakens below $103 on rising supply

Brent crude oil futures drifted lower on Friday, further below $103 a barrel, as a strong dollar and plentiful supplies continued to pressure prices. October Brent crude was down 13 cents to $102.50 a barrel by 1122 GMT. US crude was down 26 cents at $93.70 a barrel.


Iran denies report linking Iraq co-operation to nuke talks

Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme. France, one of the six nations in nuclear talks with Tehran, said on Wednesday it wanted Arab states, Iran and the f


Iran wants progress in talks before action on Islamic State

Iran is ready to do something to help tackle Islamic State insurgents in Iraq but first wants progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Iranian media. France, one of the six nations in nuclear talks


UN rights chief rebukes Security Council for failures to act

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay rebuked the UN Security Council on Thursday for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of global peace and security. "I firmly believe that


Israeli air strike kills 3 Hamas commanders in Gaza

Israel has killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed Al-Attar and Mo


Bank of America agrees $16.65bn settlement

Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with US regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities. The settlement announced on Thursday by the US Department of Justice calls for the second-largest US bank to


Hamas agrees abducting Israeli teens

A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement's involvement. Hamas, which controls Gaza, has up to now refused

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