US Air Strike Targets Islamic State Militant In Syria

US forces have carried out an air strike targeting the British Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John”, the Pentagon has said. Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born British militant, was the target of an attack near Raqqa, in Syria. A worldwide hunt was launched for Emwazi after he was seen in videos of the beheadings of […]

Migrants Drown As EU Leaders Meet

Fourteen migrants have drowned in the latest boat sinking as European Union and African leaders gathered in Malta to discuss measures to stem the flow of people into Europe. Seven of those who died when a wooden boat sank between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos were children. Coastguards rescued 27 survivors. The meeting […]

Christmas Island: Migrant Centre ‘Under Control’

A stand-off between detainees and police at a migrant detention centre on Christmas Island has ended, Australian immigration authorities have said. The immigration department said all areas of the facility were now under “full and effective control” after negotiations with the detainees. The disturbances began on Sunday after a detainee who had escaped the camp […]

Russia Plane Crash: ‘11,000 Tourists Back’ From Egypt

Russia says it has flown 11,000 tourists home from Egypt in the past 24 hours, and more will return on Sunday. Moscow announced on Friday that it was suspending all flights to Egypt after a Russian plane crashed in Sinai – having initially dismissed suspicions that a bomb brought down the jet. Dozens of special […]

Russia Suspends Egypt Flights

Russia has ordered the suspension of all flights to Egypt following indications that the crash near Sharm el-Sheikh was caused by a bomb. President Vladimir Putin made the announcement after UK investigators said they believed a bomb was put in the plane’s hold prior to take-off, killing all 224 people on board. The UK has […]

Russian Plane Crash: UK Suspects Bomb Was Placed In Hold

UK investigators looking at what caused a Russian airliner to crash in Egypt believe a bomb was put in the hold prior to take-off, the BBC has learned. The government decided terrorism was likely after receiving intelligence based on intercepted messages between militants in the Sinai peninsula. Britain suspended all flights to and from the […]

Mexico Opens To Legal Marijuana

A narrow ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually clear a path to make recreational use of marijuana legal. Four people in the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use will now be permitted to grow and smoke their own marijuana. Marijuana still cannot be sold in Mexico but some say the court’s ruling […]

Taiwan And China To Hold Historic Key Summit

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday – the first ever meeting between leaders of the two sides. Both said the talks would focus on relations across the Taiwan Straits. China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when the Nationalist government fled to the island after […]

Russia Warplanes Bomb IS Positions In Palmyra

Russia says its warplanes have bombed Islamic State (IS) positions around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. A fortification, an underground bunker and anti-aircraft guns were destroyed in strikes by Su-25 jets, according to a defence ministry statement. Activists said the air strikes targeted the area around a reconstructed 13th Century castle perched on a […]

‘External Influence’ Caused Sinai Plane Crash

The Russian airline Kogalymavia has blamed “external influence” for Saturday’s Sinai plane crash which killed 224 people. A senior airline official said: “The only reasonable explanation is that it was [due to] external influence.” An investigation by aviation experts using data from the aircraft’s “black boxes” has yet to give its conclusions. A Kremlin spokesman […]

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