International  October 24, 2014
Rebels, peshmerga set to reinforce Syria's Kobane
A militant of Islamic State (IS) is seen just after an air strike on Tilsehir hill near the Syria-Turkish border on October 23, 2014Hundreds of Syrian rebels are to reinforce Kurdish fighters defending the border town of Kobane, neighbouring Turkey said Friday, as Washington voiced confidence that its fall to jihadists could be averted.Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region also plans to send reinforcements to Kobane, which has held off a relentless assault from the Islamic State (IS...  Full Story
WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015
The first batch of the experimental rVSV Ebola vaccine arrives at Geneva University Hospital, on October 22, 2014Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by the middle of 2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and Mali."All is being put in place to start efficacy tests in the affected countries as early as December," WHO assistant director general Marie-Pau...  Full Story
US seeking to confirm if IS militants used chlorine gas
The CIA has warned that there are up to 30,000 jihadists fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and SyriaWashington is seeking more information on reports that Islamic State militants used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.The top US diplomat told reporters he could not confirm the reports, but said the United States took all such "allegations very seriously."The Washington Post reporte...  Full Story
Tunisia police kill 6 'militants' ahead of key polls
Members of the Tunisian military move to a position near a besieged house in the town of Oued Ellil near on October 24, 2014Tunisian police killed six suspected militants, five of them women, in a raid on a suburban house Friday after a 28-hour standoff, fanning tensions ahead of a landmark election.Two children were hospitalised after security forces stormed the home near Tunis, a day after a policeman was killed in a firefight with the suspects, interior ministry spok...  Full Story
Hollande tells Cameron all EU states must respect budget rules
French President Francois Hollande leaves on October 24, 2014 after giving a press conference on the second day of a EU summit at EU headquarters in BrusselsFrench President Francois Hollande told David Cameron Friday that all EU states must respect the bloc's budget rules after the British leader refused to pay a huge bill from Brussels."Respect for the treaties, that is for everyone," Hollande told a press conference after a summit dominated by a demand that London pay an extra 2.1 billion euros ($2....  Full Story
Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers
Sinai has turned into a hotbed for extremist militants who have killed scores of security personnel since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013A car bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 25 soldiers Friday, in one of the deadliest attacks against security forces since the military deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.Security officials said the attack took place near El-Arish, the main town in restive north Sinai, revising an earlier toll of 17 killed and 22 wounded.Jihadis...  Full Story
Used to rebuild Warsaw, Jewish tombstones return to cemeteries
An old Jewish tombstone is seen in a wall in a park in Warsaw, on October 14, 2014Two-year-old Krzys zooms down a slide in Warsaw and shrieks with delight, paying no mind to the workmen who are busy demolishing the playground walls. At first glance, there is nothing special about the old walls. But take a closer look and it becomes apparent that a couple of stones are inscribed with Hebrew.The tombstones, known as Matzevot, from...  Full Story
Exasperation in Calais as Britain-bound migrants pour in
Immigrants wait behind a lorry at a stop sign in the northern French city of Calais, on October 24, 2014"Fed up", an expression that comes up again and again in the French port city of Calais where residents are faced with a growing tide of hungry, penniless migrants sleeping rough.Whether fleeing wars or repression, hundreds of asylum-seekers have trekked across Europe to the northern city over the past months, camping out in flimsy tents as they wa...  Full Story