• Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Rebels offered three years of 'self-rule'

Ukraine Crisis

Rebels offered three years of 'self-rule'

Ukraine's president yesterday offered parts of the separatist east of his country limited self-rule for three years under the terms of a peace plan reached with Russia. Petro Poroshenko's official website said the pro-Western leader told top lawmakers the proposal would be part of a broader deal with the pro-Moscow rebels. He intended to...

Fight Against IS

World leaders vow to help Iraq

The world's top diplomats pledged yesterday to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by "any means necessary", including "appropriate military assistance", as leaders stressed the urgency of the crisis. Representatives from around 30 countries and international organisations, including the United States, Russia and China, gathered in Paris as the savage beheading over the weekend of a third Western hostage raised the stakes in the fight against the marauding jihadists. In a joint statement after the talks, diplomats vowed...

Scottish referendum raises Serbs' independence hopes

Bosnian Serbs are closely watching Scotland's independence referendum, hoping if Scots vote to break away from Britain it would set a precedent that could boost their own chances of proclaiming a separate state. After Crimea split from Ukraine and joined Russia following a disputed referendum in March, and with Scotland eyeing independence in Thursday's referendum, the president of Bosnia's Serb-run entity Republika Srpska has not hesitated to evoke the spectre of separation. "We are following what is going on in Italy...

Kashmir militants suspend jihad to help flood efforts

An alliance of pro-Pakistani militant groups fighting in Indian Kashmir announced yesterday it was suspending jihadist activities to carry out rescue and relief work for flood victims. The umbrella United Jihad Council was formed in 1994 and is widely believed to have close links to Pakistan's military establishment. Talking to AFP, Syed Salahuddin, the group's supreme commander accused the Indian government of not doing enough for ordinary flood victims in Kashmir. "The Indian government is rescuing only tourists and their troops and...

Israel sees mass Hezbollah incursion in future fight

A future war with Lebanon's Hezbollah could see the Shiite militant group cross the border in strength and seize Israeli territory, a senior officer said in comments widely reported by Israeli media yesterday. The Jerusalem Post quoted the unidentified officer as saying that Hezbollah had learnt much about ground tactics from Syria, where it has fought alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the three-and-a-half-year-old civil war. "Hezbollah's confidence is growing, along with its combat experience in Syria," it quoted the officer...

MH370 was the sixth 'suicide flight'

MH370 was the sixth 'suicide flight'

The pilot of the missing MH370 flight killed himself and his passengers by switching off the oxygen supply in what is the sixth example of such a suicide, according to an aviation expert. Ewan Wilson, head of Kiwi Airlines, believes Zaharie Ahmad Shah planned mass murder - locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit, depressurising the cabin and shutting down all communication links before turning the plane around. Having examined all other possibilities, Wilson insists that Shah, 53, is responsible for the deaths of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight, which disappeared on March 8. He said: 'There is a fundamental desire to ignore...

Nobel Laureates urge Zuma for Dalai Lama's visa

Nobel Laureates urge Zuma for Dalai Lama's visa

Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates have asked President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was forced to abandon a trip to the country. The Dalai Lama was to attend a summit of Nobel peace prize winners in Cape Town next month, the first-ever meeting...

Queen of Scots, but for how long?

Queen of Scots, but for how long?

Scottish separatists say they will keep Queen Elizabeth II if the country votes Thursday to leave the United Kingdom, but some question how secure the monarchy would be post-independence. Members of First Minister Alex Salmond's separatist Scottish National Party government have said that if independence wins it should be up to the people to...

Typhoon Kalmaegi leaves Philippines

Typhoon Kalmaegi swept out of the Philippines yesterday after causing chest-deep floods in some rural areas but largely leaving the storm-prone country unscathed, authorities said. The storm, with winds of 160 kilometres an hour, struck the northeast of the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday evening, then moved west across land before heading into the South China Sea yesterday. Six people were killed after a passenger ferry sank in the central Philippines on Saturday evening amid rough weather as the...

News in Brief

6 civilians killed in fighting in Ukraine's Donetsk Afp, Donetsk Six civilians were killed in fighting in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, the bloodiest day since a ceasefire was signed 10 days ago. "Six civilians perished during the hostilities over the past 24 hours," Donetsk deputy mayor Kostyantyn Savinov said yesterday, while the town hall said another 15 civilians had been injured. France begins reconnaissance flights over Iraq Afp, Al-dhafra French planes carried out their first reconnaissance flights over...