Category: International News

Charlie Hebdo publishes Prophet cartoon

Charlie Hebdo publishes Prophet cartoon

French magazine Charlie Hebdo has once again published a cartoon depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad on the cover of its new edition amid warnings that the move is provocative. Three million copies of the new edition of the satirical magazine hit newsstands on Wednesday. The magazine routinely sold only 60,000 copies each week before a January 7 attack [&hellip

HK rules out deviation from China policy

HK rules out deviation from China policy

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has stressed that his administration would not deviate from Beijing’s policy on elections in the Chinese city. “Hong Kong’s power originates from the central authorities (in Beijing),” Leung said on Wednesday in his first speech to Hong Kong’s legislature since street rallies hit the semi-autonomous Chinese city last September. [&hellip

Divers start examining AirAsia ‘jet body’

Divers start examining AirAsia ‘jet body’

Scores of Indonesian divers are investigating an object believed to be the fuselage of the downed AirAsia airliner spotted last week. The object believed to be the crashed jet’s main body was spotted on Sunday by sonar scans three kilometers northeast of the location where the tail section was previously discovered. The Airbus A320-200, carrying [&hellip

France Muslim groups call for calm

France Muslim groups call for calm

Muslim groups in France have called for calm after French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, unveiled a new cartoon of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in its special edition. The French Council of the Muslim Religion and the Union of French Islamic Organizations issued a statement on Tuesday, calling on Muslims in the country to “stay calm and [&hellip

‘61 UN staff members killed in 2014’

‘61 UN staff members killed in 2014’

The United Nations (UN) says at least 61 of its staff members were killed in 2014, up from 58 in 2013 and 37 in the year before. The 2014 victims included 33 peacekeepers, 16 civilians, nine contractors and three consultants, the UN Staff Union said on Tuesday. The deadliest place for UN staff last year [&hellip

N Korea proposes direct talks with US

N Korea proposes direct talks with US

North Korea has proposed to hold direct negotiations with the United States on an offer by Pyongyang to suspend its nuclear tests if the US cancels its annual joint military exercises with South Korea. “We are ready, the government… is ready to explain its intention behind its proposal directly to the United States,” North Korea’s [&hellip

Merkel joins Muslim leaders in tolerance rally

Merkel joins Muslim leaders in tolerance rally

​Members of the government and Muslim groups were among the many gathered at the Brandenburg Gate to promote interfaith understanding on Tuesday. “We are all Germany” President Joachim Gauck said in his speech. A solemn demonstration was held in Berlin to promote tolerance and religious freedom in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in [&hellip

Ugandan rebel chief to stand trial at ICC

Ugandan rebel chief to stand trial at ICC

The Captured Ugandan rebel chief will be sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) chief Dominic Ongwen, who is in custody of the US special forces following his last week surrender, has been wanted by the ICC for a decade over different charges, [&hellip

27k London bus drivers go on strike

27k London bus drivers go on strike

London commuters are facing severe travel disruptions as thousands of bus drivers across the British capital have begun a 24-hour strike over pay and working conditions. Some 27,000 drivers working for 18 different bus companies walked out at 04:00 GMT Tuesday calling for a single wage agreement. The strike will affect bus services across the [&hellip

‘Political tsunami awaits Israel in 2015’

‘Political tsunami awaits Israel in 2015’

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has warned that the Tel Aviv regime is in for a “political tsunami” in 2015 in its diplomacy particularly with regard to the much-awaited recognition of the Palestinian state. According to a classified document released by Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, the current year will be the worst for the Zionist regime [&hellip