Category: International News

Pakistan calls off talks with Taliban

Pakistan calls off talks with Taliban

The Islamabad government has called off so-called peace talks with the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group amid new reports of bloodshed in the country’s northwestern tribal region. This comes as a four-member government team was scheduled to meet with Taliban negotiators on Monday. But the chief government negotiator says the talks would be meaningless, after [&hellip

‘Revolution in Bahrain will triumph’

‘Revolution in Bahrain will triumph’

A political analyst has expressed optimism that the Bahraini people will emerge victorious in their revolution and achieve their democratic objectives. “I am very optimistic that at the end this opposition will be able to achieve something real on reforming this government and gaining all the rights that were taken from the Bahraini people,” said [&hellip

Belgium MPs pass child-euthanasia bill

Belgium MPs pass child-euthanasia bill

The Belgian parliament has passed a bill that extends the right to euthanasia to children under 18, making the country the first to completely lift age restrictions on euthanasia to minors. On Thursday, the lower house of parliament adopted the controversial legislation by 86 votes in favor, 44 against and with 12 abstentions. The adoption [&hellip

‘Spain accountable for migrant deaths’

‘Spain accountable for migrant deaths’

Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation into police’s role in the deaths of migrants trying to reach Spanish territory last week, saying the Spanish authorities must come clean on the issue. A dozen people were drowned after police opened fire in an attempt to stop some 250 sub-Saharan African migrants from entering the [&hellip

Italy’s prime minister steps down

Italy’s prime minister steps down

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has announced his resignation after the leader of his centre-left party, Matteo Renzi, pulled his support for the government. On Thursday, Letta issued a statement saying he will tender his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday at the Quirinale palace. Letta’s decision to quit came after the Democratic Party [&hellip

HRW urges probe into missing Rohingya

HRW urges probe into missing Rohingya

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for a probe into the fate of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims that Thailand says have been deported to Myanmar. The international rights group has called for a transparent inquiry into the whereabouts of 1,300 Rohingya Muslims that Thailand says were deported to Myanmar three months ago. “We want a [&hellip

Congo military says it killed 208 rebels

Congo military says it killed 208 rebels

The Congolese government says the military has killed 208 rebels in a month of clashes with a Uganda-based group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Friday that the country’s armed forces also lost 22 soldiers during the offensive against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Mende added that [&hellip

US storm blamed for at least 25 deaths

US storm blamed for at least 25 deaths

A heavy snowstorm in the US has left at least 25 people dead and hundreds of thousands without electricity. A pregnant woman was among the dead after she was struck by a mini-plow in New York City. Two other people were killed while trying to help a truck driver on a snow-covered interstate in North [&hellip

Libya army seeks parliament suspension

Libya army seeks parliament suspension

A Libyan military commander has called for the suspension of the interim parliament and the formation of a presidential committee to govern until new elections are held. “The national command of the Libyan army is declaring a movement for the new road map,” said Major General Khalifa Haftar in a Friday statement in which he [&hellip

Strong winds hit UK flooded areas

Strong winds hit UK flooded areas

At least one man has been killed and thousands of homes and businesses left without power as strong gusts of wind continue to lash various parts of Britain. On a day dubbed “wild Wednesday,” hundreds of people were left stranded as trains were forced to stop on their tracks and major transport links came to [&hellip