Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Monday, January 26, 2015   

Deadly day at Ukraine port
World leaders ramped up pressure on Moscow yesterday to stop pro- Kremlin rebels from embarking on a big new offensive in eastern Ukraine after rocket fire killed at least 30 people in a strategic government-held port.

North in fresh dig at `loser' Obama
North Korea has described US President Barack Obama as a "loser," accusing him of being obsessed with hostility toward Pyongyang.

Abe outraged at murder of hostage
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants "outrageous and impermissible" yesterday and demanded the release of a second hostage, amid a growing global chorus of revulsion.

Australians in line for Indo firing squad
An Australian drug smuggler on death row in Indonesia has lost his appeal for presidential clemency his final chance to avoid the firing squad days after five foreign drug offenders were executed.

Shell kills bus passengers
At least 14 civilians were killed when a shell or mortar hit a bus stop in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, regional officials said.

Better lives for poor forecast
The lives of the poor will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history, say billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.

Sri Lanka vows hunt for stolen billions
Sri Lanka's new government pledged to trace billions of US dollars in stolen wealth stashed abroad by members of the previous regime and said experts from the IMF and World Bank have agreed to help.

Yingluck on attack over impeach bid
Ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra attacked impeachment proceedings against her that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divide.

Pyongyang throws book at UN on rights
North Korea said admission of inaccuracies in the memoirs of a high-profile gulag survivor rendered any existing or future UN resolutions on Pyongyang's human rights record "invalid."

Alarms 'screaming' as pilots tried to avert AirAsia crash
Warning alarms on AirAsia flight QZ8501 were "screaming" as the pilots desperately tried to stabilize the aircraft just before it plunged into the Java Sea last month, a crash investigator said.

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