Archive for May, 2014

Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 6:56am

Ukraine rebel bodies repatriated to Russia

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Donetsk, Ukraine – The coffins were lined up in a car park at Kalininsky hospital the Donetsk, all 30 wrapped in bright white, red or black satin, stacked one on top of the other. They had been prepared for the bodies of Russians fighting with separatists for the city’s airport just days before. Leaders of the separatist […]

Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 6:56am

Ukraine leader promises to punish separatists

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Ukraine’s president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, has promised to punish pro-Russian rebels who shot down an army helicopter in the east of the country, killing 14 soldiers, including a general. The country’s newly elected leader called the separatists, who brought down the helicopter gunship in Slovyansk, “terrorists” and “bandits”. The fighters shot down the Mi-8 helicopter with […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 6:50pm

‘Dozens killed’ in attack on Nigerian village

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Gunmen on motorbikes have killed at least 32 people in the northeastern Nigerian village of Gurmushi, Reuters news agency has reported quoting a police source. The attack on Wednesday occurred along the Cameroon-border area of Borno state, the police official said on Thursday. Reuters reported that many of the dead had already been buried.  Borno state is plagued […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 6:50pm

Ukraine helicopter downed in fresh fighting

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A Ukrainian military helicopter has been shot down in Slovyansk, killing 14 people including an army general, as rebels and government forces fought fierce battles in the country’s east. Also on Thursday, a convoy of pro-Russian separatists was reported to be heading towards the Donetsk airport which government forces had recently recaptured. The airport was […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 6:50pm

Sisi elected Egypt president by landslide

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Former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won a landslide victory in the Egyptian presidential election, securing 93.3 percent of the votes cast, judicial sources have said. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi got only 3 percent of the votes. He later conceded defeat on Thursday after saying the vote was unfair. “The election process in […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 6:47am

MH370 underwater search ends without success

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The swathe of Indian Ocean where acoustic ‘pings’ were detected has been ruled out as the crash zone of missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet after a lengthy underwater search. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre said on Thursday it had completed the search of an area off the Australian coast where pings were believed detected in early […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 6:47am

Obama outlines US foreign policy vision

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Barack Obama has outlined his vision for the country’s foreign policy for the rest of his presidency, saying that the country will still lead, but will show more restraint before embarking on more military missions abroad. In a speech on Wednesday, the US president insisted that his country’s reliance on diplomacy over military intervention was […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 6:47am

Sisi headed for big win in Egypt election

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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief, is on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election, early provisional results suggested. Sisi won 96.2 percent of about 21 million votes cast, state television reported early on Thursday, with the ballots from 312 of 352 counting stations tallied.  Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate, received 3.8 percent of the […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 6:46pm

Syrian expats divided over presidential vote

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Beirut, Lebanon – This was not an ordinary voting day. It was a parade of Syrians celebrating their embattled president and expressing support for him in the battle to quell the uprising that erupted against his rule three years ago. Since early morning, tens of thousands of Syrians flocked to the heavily fortified area surrounding the Syrian […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 6:46pm

Libyan warplanes hit Benghazi bases

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Libyan warplanes have bombed bases of armed groups in Benghazi as part of a self-declared campaign by a renegade former general to purge the North African country of religious hardline militias. A Reuters witness and an air force official in Benghazi said two jets bombed a base belonging to the February 17th Brigade, one of […]

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