International  September 23, 2014
French PM vows 'no negotiation' with Algeria hostage-takers
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses members of the parliament, at the French National Assembly in Paris, on September 16, 2014France's prime minister on Tuesday vowed there would be "no discussion, no negotiation" with an Algerian group linked to Islamic State jihadists that has claimed the kidnapping of a French citizen and stressed Paris would continue air strikes on the extremists.Manuel Valls told French radio there would be "no discussion, no negotiation and we will ...  Full Story
Suicide attack kills four in NW Pakistan
Pakistani policemen cordon the area near the military checkpost following an attack by militants in the Sari Norang area of Lakki Marwat district, south of Peshawar on February 2, 2013A car bomb suicide attack targeting a senior military officer rocked Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding 24 others, officials said.Broken glass and human remains littered the scene of the explosion near the city's main railway station, where one SUV was blown to pieces while the wreck of anoth...  Full Story
Scuffles as Hong Kong students escalate democracy strike
Students try to rush at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (2nd L) at Chief Exectutive headquarters in Hong Kong on September 23, 2014Hong Kong students mobbed the city's leader Tuesday in angry scenes as they took their anti-Beijing strike to government headquarters, where more than 1,000 protested against China's refusal to grant full democracy.Organisers said 13,000 university students massed at a campus in the north of the semi-autonomous city on Monday to launch a week-long ...  Full Story
Ukraine rebels start pullback under peace deal
Ukrainian servicemen patrol an area on a road near Donetsk on September 20, 2014Pro-Russian rebels said Tuesday they were starting to withdraw their big guns from the frontline in eastern Ukraine under a peace plan forged with Kiev aimed at ending five months of conflict.However, AFP correspondents reported that separatist fighters and Ukrainian forces were battling around the airport in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk, un...  Full Story
US, Arab allies launch air strikes on IS jihadists in Syria
The United States and Arab allies launched strikes from the air and sea against Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday, opening a new front in the battle against the brutal jihadist group. The US Central Command said in a statement that Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had joined Washington in carrying out the ...  Full Story
Ebola cases to triple to 20,000 by November: WHO
A truck carrying bodies of Ebola virus victims leaves the John Fitzerald Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, on September 6, 2014The number of Ebola infections will triple to 20,000 by November, soaring by the thousands every week if efforts are not significantly stepped up to stop the outbreak, the WHO warned Tuesday."Without drastic improvements in control measures, the numbers of cases of and deaths from Ebola are expected to continue increasing from hundreds to thousands...  Full Story
China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism'
A court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent scholar from China's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority to life in prison for "separatism", an unusually harsh sentence for a long-time yet moderate critic of Beijing's policies in the restive Xinjiang region.The United States, the European Union, and several human rights groups have called for the release of Ilh...  Full Story
British PM to hold first direct talks with Iran's president since 1979
British Prime Minister David Cameron, pictured during a press conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, on September 15, 2014British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold face-to-face talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the premier's office said on Tuesday, in what would be the first such high-level meeting between the two countries since 1979.During the meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations summit in New York, Cameron will urge Rouhani to join an inte...  Full Story