NEWS OF THE DAYThe wife of Turkey’s outgoing president Abdullah Gul has launched an angry and highly unusual attack on his critics, complaining he was subjected to “falsehoods and disrespect” while in power, media reported Wednesday. As president, Abdullah Gul was known for choosing his words with extreme care, but his wife Hayrunnisa showed now such caution at a farewell reception late Tuesday.
FERGUSON: The race-relations crisis engulfing America in the aftermath of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri intensified on Tuesday after police confirmed the shooting of a second African-American man from St Louis. The unnamed suspect, identified only as a 23-year-old, was approached by officers after reports of a store robbery and a “man with a knife acting erratically,” St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said. “As officers arrived, the suspect turned towards the officers and started to walk towards them, clutching his waistband. He then pulled out a knife in what we describe as an overhand... more ›
DONETSK: Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels left dozens of civilians dead on Wednesday as Ukrainian troops pushed on with a bloody offensive to break the insurgency in the east of the country. Deadly battles to crush the ailing rebellion appeared to intensify ahead of a fresh round of diplomatic haggling that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine sit down next week for their first meeting in months. Clashes in Donetsk region, one of the two separatist areas, have killed 34 civilians since Tuesday, regional authorities said, as troops reclaimed another town from the rebels. In the city of Makiyivka, adjoining the main rebel bastion Donetsk, residents were woken... more ›
BAGHDAD: Jihadists released a video apparently showing the beheading of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, in the most direct retaliation yet to nearly two weeks of US air strikes on Iraq. As calls mounted for Washington to expand its military intervention against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, it also threatened to kill another US reporter if the strikes did not stop. The video posted online Tuesday showed a masked militant beheading a man resembling James Foley, who has been missing since he was seized in Syria in November 2012. News of Foley’s apparent beheading comes as US air strikes appeared to yield some results, helping Kurdish and federal forces push... more ›
PARIS: French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday he would arrange a conference next month on the threat posed by Islamic extremists in Iraq, describing the current international situation as “the most serious since 2001”. “I think we are in the most serious international situation since 2001... I will therefore soon propose a conference on security in Iraq and the fight against Islamic State,” Hollande told Le Monde daily. A version of the interview provided by his office had specified that Hollande would lay out an “initiative... from September” but this did not appear in the final version of the... more ›
JABALIYA: Several thousand mourners on Wednesday joined the funeral procession for the wife and baby son of Hamas’s military commander Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel. Firing Kalashnikovs into the air, they carried the bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali, who were among at least four people killed in a deadly air strike on Gaza City late on Tuesday. The two bodies were wrapped in green Hamas flags as they were carried from the mosque to the cemetery in Jabaliya refugee camp. Mourners also carried the flag-wrapped bodies of two men killed in an air... more ›
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