Sunday 29 May 2016

Ship with 400 migrants sinks in Mediterranean

Migrants rescued from two boats in the Mediterranean this week told humanitarian workers in Italy that they saw another vessel carrying some 400 migrants sink, Save the Children said on Saturday. Three vessels carrying migrants already are confirmed to have sunk or capsized this


Dozens killed in clashes between IS, Syria rebels near Turkey

Fighting between Islamic State (IS) and Syrian rebels near the Turkish border has killed dozens of people in the last two days, as IS militants keep up an offensive that has led to rapid territorial gains, a monitoring group said on Saturday. Fighters from the militant group ente


Haj row escalates as Iran misses new deal

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the haj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the Shiite power to strike a deal. "At dawn on Friday, the Iranian mission expressed its desire to leave t


Pakistani PM to undergo heart surgery in London

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will undergo open heart surgery in London on Tuesday, his family and office said, in what will be his second cardiac operation in five years. Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif said on her official Twitter account that the surgery woul


Putin vows retaliation over US missile shield

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Moscow had no choice but to retaliate over the US missile shield in Europe, and warned that both Romania and Poland could find themselves in Russia's sights. Some elements of the US missile shield, which Putin said was a direct


Over 2,000 boat migrants rescued off Italy, 45 dead

At least 45 migrants died in a shipwreck and more than 2,000 were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean on Friday, the coastguard said, as the number of immigrants coming to Europe via Italy soared again. Around 14,000 people were taken off often flimsy vessels over the whole w


IMF expands Mexico credit line to $88bn

The International Monetary Fund on Friday boosted its flexible credit line with Mexico to $88 billion in a bid to support Latin America's No. 2 economy, whose currency has been battered by global volatility. The fund said it canceled a previous flexible credit line, which was


Nearly 1,000 killed in attacks on health workers in 2014-15

Nearly 1,000 people were killed in attacks on health centres worldwide over the past two years, almost 40 per cent of them in Syria, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday in its first report on the issue. The United Nations agency documented 594 attacks resulting i


G7 voices concern over emerging markets

Group of Seven leaders voiced concern on Thursday about emerging economies, a senior Japanese official said, as their host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a pointed comparison to the global financial crisis. "G7 leaders voiced the view that emerging economies are in


Gold drops to 7-week low on Fed rate hike prospects

Gold fell to a seven-week low on Wednesday after upbeat US home sales data in the previous session boosted expectations that the Federal Reserve will press ahead with interest rate hikes in the near term. The metal has fallen more than 4 percent since Fed meeting minutes last Wed

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