Wednesday 27 August 2014

Iraq, Iran urge global action against Islamic State

Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday during talks with Iran's foreign minister that international efforts would be necessary to destroy Islamic State Sunni militants who have seized swathes of his country and of Syria. Foreign Minister Mohammad J


Iran says shoots down Israeli spy drone

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have shot down a radar-evading Israeli spy drone that was trying to penetrate Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment site, state news agency ISNA said on Sunday, quoting the Revolutionary Guards. "The downed aircraft was of the stealth, radar-ev


San Francisco Bay area hit by 6.0 quake

An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude shook the San Francisco Bay Area early on Sunday, waking residents but not causing major damage, according to initial reports. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was eight km (five miles) northwest of the town of American Cany


Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza

Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate. Palestinian militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire in what has become a conflict


Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City. Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel,


Western Iran hit by quake of magnitude 5.2

A shallow earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck northwest of the western Iranian city of Dezful on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, some 300 miles (480 km) from Tehran, the capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The depth of six miles was the same as that of a


Hamas backs Palestinian push for Gaza war crimes probe

Hamas leaders said on Saturday they had given their consent for the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move that could open up both Israel and the militant group to war crime probes over the fighting in Gaza. Moussa Abu Marzouk, a Hamas leader based in


EU powers moot Gaza monitoring mechanism

Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said. The proposal was contained in an outli


Boat with 170 African migrants sinks off Libya

A boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Saturday. "The coast guards have rescued 17 of the illegal migrants," said Ayoub Qassem, spokesman of the navy. A search for th


Co-op Bank loses 38,000 customers after setback

Britain's Co-operative Bank said it lost around 38,000 customers in the first half of 2014, following its near collapse last year and a drugs scandal involving former chairman Paul Flowers. Chief executive Niall Booker said he regarded the loss of any customer as a 'morta

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