International  January 31, 2015
Mediators seek Ukraine truce as 15 troops killed
People stand beside the body of a man killed after a shell hit a residential area, killing two civilians in DonetskKiev's pro-Western leaders and mediators hoped to reach a "binding" truce with pro-Russian separatists Saturday despite Ukraine suffering one of its bloodiest days yet in the nine-month conflict with 15 troops killed."In the last day, 15 soldiers died and 30 more were wounded. That is the figure for the whole frontline," Defence Minister Stepan Pol...  Full Story
Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president
Little-known Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella is elected Italian presidentLittle-known constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella was elected Italy's new president on Saturday after four rounds of voting by lawmakers and regional representatives.The 73-year-old Sicilian, who enjoyed the backing of centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, succeeds the hugely popular Giorgio Napolitano, 89, who is stepping down because o...  Full Story
Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies aged 94
Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker has died aged 94Former German president Richard von Weizsacker, hailed for his moral leadership in post-war Germany, has died, the president's office said Saturday. He was 94.Weizsacker, a member of German chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat party, played a major role in Germany's handling of its Nazi past, calling May 8, 1945, a day of "liberation" for...  Full Story
Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers killed in latest fighting
Ukrainian police officers stand during a ceremony in Kharkiv on January 30, 2015, before their departure to the east of the country to take part in "Anti-Terrorist Operation"Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces in the east of the country has left 15 government soldiers dead and 30 wounded over the past 24 hours, Ukraine's defence minister said Saturday. "In the last day, 15 soldiers died and 30 more were wounded. That is the figure for the whole frontline," minister Stepan Poltorak told journalists....  Full Story
Civilians killed in Philippines anti-terror raid
Relatives cry at the coffin of one of the 44 police commandos killed in a botched anti-terror operation at Camp Bagong Diwa, in Manila on January 30, 2015An eight-year-old girl and three men -- one with his hands bound -- were among those killed in a botched anti-terror police operation in the Philippines last weekend, a local official said Saturday.Mamasapano town mayor Benzar Ampatuan said residents had told him police tied up the man to stop him tipping off their targets ahead of the pre-dawn rai...  Full Story
Hungary under pressure to pick sides in Russia-EU standoff
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet at the German Chancellery in Berlin on May 8, 2014 Hungary's maverick Prime Minister Viktor Orban has spent the past year straddling the divide between Russia and his European Union counterparts on the crisis in Ukraine.But he may soon be forced to pick sides.On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to visit Budapest for the first time since Orban came to power five years ago. Ukraine is e...  Full Story
Pakistan's Shiites mourn 61 killed in mosque bombing
Pakistani people participate in a protest action during a strike called following the deadly bomb attack at a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur district, on January 31, 2015Thousands of Shiite Muslims rallied Saturday to protest against the killing of 61 people in a suicide bombing at a mosque, as southern Pakistan shut down to mourn the nation's worst sectarian attack in nearly two years. The blast hit the mosque in the Shikarpur district of southern Sindh province, around 470 kilometres (300 miles) north of Pakista...  Full Story
Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked'
Demonstrators stage a rally to demand Islamic State free Japanese hostage Kenji Goto in front of the Prime MinisterJapan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked", local media reported Saturday.Yasuhide Nakayama, who is leading Tokyo's emergency response team in Amman, told reporters in the Jordanian capital late Friday that there had b...  Full Story