Politics

Anti-austerity protests in Greece as bank shutdown bites

Tens of thousands of Greeks rallied on Monday to back their leftwing government's rejection of a tough international bailout.

Politics

Car bomb in Yemeni capital hits mourners, dozens wounded

A car bomb claimed by Islamic State exploded in the Yemeni capital Sanaa overnight, medics said, wounding at least 28 people gathered to mourn another attack earlier this month.

General

Man sets himself alight on Japan bullet train, second passenger dies: media

Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after one doused himself in oil and set himself ablaze on Tuesday, media reports said.

Politics

Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration: Pentagon

A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq & Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a US-led coalition but remains a potent force.

Politics

Greece imposes capital controls as crisis deepens

Greece moved to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system closing its banks & imposing capital controls that brought the prospect of being forced out of the euro.

Politics

Western officials suggest Iran tries to wiggle out of nuclear pledges

Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday.

Politics

Cautious Merkel on verge of biggest risk with 'Grexit'

"If you break it, you own it," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush before his invasion of Iraq.

Politics

Kuwait says mosque bomber was young Saudi man, detains driver

Kuwait identified the suicide bomber behind its worst militant attack as a young Saudi Arabian man.

General  

Tally of injured rises to 516 in Taiwan water park fire

The number of people injured in a fire at a Taiwan water amusement park rose to 516 on Sunday, government officials said, with more than 180 still in intensive care.

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 39 people

Beheading, explosion at factory in France; suspects captured

An attacker with suspected ties to French Islamic radicals rammed a car into an American gas factory Friday in southeastern France

IS 'executes 23 Kurds' in village near Syria's Kobane

Islamic State group fighters executed at least 23 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children, in a village south of the border town of Kobane on Thursday, a monitor said.

Indian PM Modi to skip donors" meet on Nepal reconstruction

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the June 25 international donors' meet on reconstruction of quake-hit Nepal as it coincides with a conclave in Delhi to announce the 'Smart Citie

Obama in first presidential podcast: US not cured of racism

President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case.

Politics  

Disputes linger as Iran, powers push for nuclear deal: France

An accord to curb Iran's nuclear program remains elusive due to disagreements on fundamental issues, France's foreign minister said on Saturday in Vienna.

Saudi soldier killed in cross-border shelling from Yemen

A Saudi soldier was killed and another wounded by shelling from forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi rebels near the Yemen border.

Kurds secure Syria's Kobani as Islamic State targets northeast

Syrian Kurdish fighters said they had fully secured the town of Kobani near the Turkish border on Saturday and killed more than 60 Islamic State militants.

Somali militants attack African Union peacekeepers' base

Al Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers' base south of Mogadishu at dawn.

Islamic State attacks Syrian army and Kurds in twin assault

Islamic State fighters have launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia forces, moving back onto the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-l

U.S. lawmakers lay down 'red lines' on Iran nuclear deal

U.S. lawmakers are sharpening warnings against a "weak" agreement and laying down red lines that, if crossed, could prompt Congress to trip up a carefully crafted international pact.

Environment  

Kota Kinabalu quake traps climbers on Malaysia mountain

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the state of Sabah on Malaysia's Borneo island early Friday, say US geologists said.

India heatwave toll passes 1,000

The death toll in the heatwave sweeping India has passed 1,000, with temperatures nearing 50C (122F) in some areas.

Papua New Guinea hit by 7.2-magnitude earthquake

A powerful earthquake has struck the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, prompting a tsunami warning for nearby coasts.

Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours - having lain dormant for decades.

Strong quake hits Japan, Taiwan; tsunami warning lifted

A strong earthquake rattled Taiwan and small islands in the far south of Japan on Monday, official monitoring sites said, briefly prompting a warning for a 1-metre tsunami.

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark

Authorities in Kashmir issued alerts and asked people to move to higher ground Monday after heavy rain flooded several parts of the Himalayan region.

Health  

South Korea reports three new cases of MERS, taking total to 169

South Korea's Health Ministry reported on Sunday three more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, bringing the total to 169 in an outbreak that is the largest outside of Saudi Arabia.

Schools reopen as South Korea seeks normality in MERS outbreak

Thousands of South Korean schools that were shut by worries over Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reopened as the country sought to return to normal, nearly four weeks into an outbreak.

South Korea seals off two MERS hospitals; worst may be over

South Korea has sealed off two hospitals that treated people with a deadly respiratory disease even as the outbreak that has been spreading through health facilities could have peaked.

South Korea cuts rates as MERS clouds outlook; 14 new cases

A deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) forced South Korea's central bank to cut interest rates on Thursday as authorities reported 14 new cases.

Hong Kong issues 'red alert' against South Korea travel due to MERS

Hong Kong issued a "red alert" advisory on Tuesday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported.

MERS fears escalate, five more cases reported

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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Security  

Russia 'playing with fire' with nuclear saber-rattling: Pentagon

Russia is "playing with fire" with its nuclear saber-rattling & the US is determined to prevent it from gaining a military advantage through violations, said deputy US defense chief.

Islamist fighters storm security training site in Somali capital

Fighters from Somalia's al Shabaab group detonated a car bomb and fought their way into a compound where national intelligence agency officials train, police and the militants said on Sunday

Attack on guest house in Afghan capital kills at least five

At least one gunman attacked a guest house popular with foreigners in Kabul on Wednesday killing at least five people, including an American and two Indians.

Police: Several people killed in shooting in Switzerland

Police say they have found several people dead after shots were heard in a town in northern Switzerland.

China warns on rising North Korea nuclear capability: WSJ

Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year.

Drone with radiation sign lands on roof of Japan PM Abe's office: media

A drone carrying a small camera, a water bottle and a flare and marked with a radioactive sign was found on the rooftop of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office on Wednesday.