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US sharpens criticism of Hamas

US sharpens criticism of Hamas

The United States on Sunday sharpened its criticism of Hamas and urged the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting with Israel. Calling it an "ugly" situation, Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel has a right to defend itself against frequent rocket attacks by...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Ranking of the country, Afghan vote auditing ...

FRAGILE States Index authored by the US-based Fund for Peace and published by Foreign Policy (FP) has ranked countries based on “an annual snapshot of their vitality and stability (or lack thereof).” It is the same research body that used to bring out Failed States Index. Now they have changed the name of the project into Fragile States Index, thinking that “fragility puts the emphasis on human beings” more than the states. Methodology, however, remains the same. The study has...

Pilots warned about Ukraine airspace dangers

Pilots warned about Ukraine airspace dangers

Aviation safety authorities in the United States and Europe warned pilots in April about potential risks flying in or near Ukraine airspace, where a Malaysian Airlines passenger airliner went down on Thursday. The US Federal Aviation Administration on April 23 issued a "special notice" regarding Ukrainian airspace to US aviators and air carriers advising...

US still wants political dialogue

The United States has said it has not changed its position on Bangladesh, and it still encourages dialogue between major political parties. “Absolutely, our position hasn't changed,” said Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State, at a regular press briefing in Washington DC on Monday when she was asked whether the US was still sticking to its stance on dialogue. The US has consistently said dialogue is the path forward in Bangladesh, she added. Responding to another question on fresh...

Russia to back Iraq against jihadists

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday offered Iraq's Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Moscow's total support to counter Sunni jihadists. "Putin confirmed Russia's complete support for the efforts of the Iraqi government to speedily liberate the territory of the republic from terrorists," the Kremlin said in a statement following a phone call between the two leaders. Maliki told Putin about steps Iraq was taking to turn back a lightning offensive by the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that...

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom. The...

China lodges protest with US over Tiananmen remarks

China lodges protest with US over Tiananmen remarks

China has lodged a diplomatic protest over US remarks on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, issuing a sterner rejection of Washington's call for it to account for those killed in pro-democracy protests. Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of...

Ukraine Crisis

Moscow urged to recognise new Kiev leader

Ukraine yesterday accused Russia of unleashing a mass propaganda campaign to persuade global powers not to recognise an election that gave the presidency to a pro-Western tycoon. The United States for its part acknowledged a "fundamental disagreement" with Russia and said President Barack Obama would extend his support to Petro Poroshenko when he meets the winner of the May 25 presidential election in Warsaw on Wednesday. The months-long fight for future of the ex-Soviet nation -- splintered between a more nationalist...

Beware of ticket touts

Beware of ticket touts

FIFA's enforcement arm on Sunday warned fans heading to the World Cup not to buy match tickets from touts, whether virtual or physical, saying they could end up out of pocket and unable to see the matches they want. MATCH Enforcement, the division of Zurich-based firm MATCH Hospitality that monitors such fraud for FIFA,...

Kidnap of 223 Nigerian Girls

US aircraft join search

US aircraft join search

Manned US aircraft were in the skies above Nigeria yesterday in the hunt for more than 200 missing schoolgirls, almost a month after they were kidnapped by Islamist militants. The United States said manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) aircraft were being flown and it had also shared commercial satellite imagery as part of...

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