Sunday 19 April 2015

700 feared dead after boat sinks off Libya

As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, a United Nations official said on Sunday. Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, south of the southern Italia


Iraqi forces retake most of giant refinery

Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, security officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex this week. The insurgents attacked Iraq's Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting t


33 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said on Saturday. Police were investigating whether there was a second explosion af


Gulf states unhappy over UN chief's truce appeal

Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about UN chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, UN diplomatic sources said on Friday. Ban on Thursday called for an immediate hal


Former Saddam aide reported killed in Iraq

Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, former right-hand man to late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq's Sunni insurgency, has been reported killed by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias. Douri was killed in a military operation, Raed al-Jubouri, the governor of Salahudd


UN chief urges immediate ceasefire ‘by all parties’ in Yemen

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate halt to the fighting in Yemen, the first time he has made such an appeal since Saudi-led air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels began three weeks ago. Ban said the poorest country in the Middle East was alread


World powers, Iran to meet in Vienna next week

World powers will hold talks on April 22 and April 23 with Iran in Vienna, the European Union said, as part of efforts to reach a historic deal to end a standoff over Tehran's atomic ambitions. "A bilateral meeting of EU Political Director Helga Schmid and Iran's Dep


Mining, utilities sink US industrial production

US industrial output posted its biggest drop in more than 2-1/2 years in March in part as oil and gas well drilling plummeted, highlighting the negative impact of lower crude prices and a strong dollar on the economy. The dour report from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday was the


Sanctions must end for nuclear deal: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Tehran will not accept a comprehensive nuclear deal with major powers if all sanctions imposed on Tehran were not lifted, state television reported. "If there is no end to sanctions, there will not be an agreement," Rou


Obama concedes Congress role on Iran deal

US President Barack Obama conceded on Tuesday that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran, reluctantly giving in to pressure from Republicans and some in his own party after they crafted a rare compromise demanding a say. The role for the Republican-contr

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