NEWS OF THE DAYEuropean Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued Monday that Britain is better in the European Union and warned that alienating its allies would be a “historic mistake”, as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics before elections. “In the years to come the UK could be facing a choice—to stay or leave the European Union,” the outgoing head of the 28-member bloc’s executive body said in a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.
MURSITPINAR: Washington made a first arms drop to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobane Monday as neighbouring Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish forces to join the fight. The weapons were dropped by air as Ankara has refused to deliver arms by land to the Syrian Kurdish fighters defending Kobane, who have links with Turkey’s outlawed rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). But in a shift of policy, Ankara announced on Monday that it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters—who are not linked to the PKK—to reinforce the town against a jihadist offensive now nearly... more ›
Maryland: US president Barack Obama marched on the campaign trail for the first time this year, accusing Republicans of peddling fear and cynicism on Sunday as he rallied voters for a democratic gubernatorial candidate in a heavily black corner of Maryland. Although Obama has raised money for Democrats this year at a feverish pace, he’s stayed away from appearing in public with candidates — due in large part to his sagging approval ratings in key states. Obama will rally in the coming weeks for another half-dozen Democratic candidates for governor, but is not venturing into the conservative-leaning states where... more ›
ABUJA: Africa’s most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days—or two incubation periods of 21 days—had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. “The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated,” he told a news conference in Abuja alongside the country’s health minister and survivors of the disease. “This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained.” Nigeria’s official Ebola-free status comes after... more ›
LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate’s second child, who will be fourth in line to the British throne, is due in April, an official statement said on Monday. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” said a statement from the couple’s official residence, Kensington Palace. It also said the 32-year-old pregnant duchess will make her first public appearance in more than two months on Tuesday at a ceremony in honour of Singaporean President Tony Tan. The duchess was last seen at a... more ›
KIEV: Amnesty Interna-tional charged Monday that Kiev’s forces fighting in eastern Ukraine may be guilty of extrajudicial killings, as well as the pro-Russian rebels. The rights group found evidence of deliberate killings “attributable to both sides, but not on the scale reported by Russian media and authorities,” the rights group said in a report. In particular, Amnesty looked into reports of mass graves uncovered in late September that Russia’s foreign ministry said had over 400 corpses. Amnesty said the location—a mine near the village of Nyzhnya Krynka east of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk—contained several graves but that the number of dead was vastly exaggerated by Moscow. “The delegation found strong... more ›
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