Oct 22, 2014

South Korea scraps 'Christmas tree' tower hated by North

South Korea said Wednesday it had dismantled a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea which had previously been used for a seasonal light show that drew angry protests from the atheist regime in Pyongyang. North Korea has repeatedly demanded the destruction ...

Kerry to seek help on Islamic State

Oct 20, 2014

Kerry to seek help on Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia on Monday to attend Joko Widodo’s presidential inauguration and press Southeast Asian nations to step up their efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. Kerry is among foreign dignitaries visiting Jakarta for ...

Oct 19, 2014

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobani repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey Saturday as troops battled the jihadists in neighboring Iraq. It came as the U.S. military said it had unleashed 25 more ...

Oct 19, 2014

Ukraine says it has agreed on interim gas price with Russia

Ukraine’s and Russia’s leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter, but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday. Poroshenko met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Milan on Friday to discuss ...

Oct 19, 2014

Sudan could be arming S. Sudan rebels, says report

Sudan’s government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the south’s civil war and return the region to a wider conflict, according to a leaked document. Sudan will provide tanks and artillery and share intelligence with rebels fighting ...

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Oct 18, 2014

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa’s most populous nation. The ...