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  • Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 7 years

    June 23, 2014 9:39 AM 5

    An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a case that has brought an outcry from rights groups. The sentences were handed down against Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy

  • George Osborne accuses EU leaders of sending mixed messages over reform

    June 23, 2014 9:30 AM 4

    GEORGE Osborne has blasted European leaders for giving mixed signals over the need for EU reform. He said: "The Prime Minister is arguing from a position of principle about getting the right people and making sure the right people choose the leader of the European Commission. "It's not about Britain versus the rest, it is about us collectively making

  • Ukraine urges Merkel, EU help end pro-Russian revolt

    June 23, 2014 9:08 AM 6

    Kiev: Ukraine pressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Western allies today to help settle a pro-Russian uprising that has raged on in the industrial east despite Kiev's unilateral ceasefire. President Petro Poroshenko conducted another furious round of telephone diplomacy as his foreign minister prepared to outline the details of Kiev's new peace

  • Hague says EU ready for more Russia sanctions if necessary

    June 23, 2014 8:08 AM 4

    LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Russia on Monday that the European Union was ready to impose more sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine if necessary. Speaking ahead of a meeting in Luxembourg of EU foreign ministers, Hague said the bloc's 28 member states would likely want to see how Moscow responded to Ukraine's

  • Kerry in Iraq to Press for More Inclusive Government

    June 23, 2014 7:53 AM 3

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq on an unannounced visit as the government faces the challenge of countering Sunni Islamist militants who have captured wide areas in the northern and western parts of the country. Kerry arrived Monday in Baghdad and was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as well as Sunni and Kurdish leaders

  • Kenya air strikes pound Somali Shebab bases: AU

    June 23, 2014 7:35 AM 2

    Kenyan fighter jets have bombed bases of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab with scores of fighters killed, the African Union force fighting the extremists said Monday. The air strikes on the impoverished villages of Anole and Kuday in the southern Lower Juba region are part of the offensive by the 22,000-strong UN-backed AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

  • David Cameron's EU reform battle: Something's got to give

    June 23, 2014 7:03 AM 3

    As Cameron faces a crunch week in his battle over EU reform, a new report backed by leading business figures warns... As David Cameron’s plans for EU reform enter a critical week, the UK faces a stark choice if renegotiation fails: either to join the euro or leave the bloc altogether by 2020 to protect the City, new research warns today. The nation is losing

  • South Korean Siege Soldier Captured

    June 23, 2014 6:45 AM 10

    Army conscript who killed five colleagues in grenade and gun attack is taken to hospital after failed suicide attempt. A South Korean soldier who opened fire on his own unit has been captured after a failed suicide attempt, according to an official. Thousands of soldiers had surrounded the army sergeant, identified only by his surname Yim, and were involved

  • Ukraine leader tells US of separatist attacks despite ceasefire

    June 23, 2014 6:28 AM 4

    Ukraine's leader has told US Vice President Joe Biden that Russian-backed separatists continue to attack Ukrainian forces despite a unilateral ceasefire declaration. Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to hold fire for a week on Friday as part of a broader peace plan aimed at ending the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War in the ex-Soviet

  • S. Korea troops corner young soldier who killed 5 comrades: Military

    June 23, 2014 6:02 AM 5

    The 22-year-old South Korean soldier threw a grenade and opened fire, killing five members of his unit and wounding seven at a base outpost in Goseong County.(SABC) South Korean troops cornered a conscript soldier who killed five comrades near the heavily militarised border with North Korea on Monday and were trying to negotiate a peaceful end to a manhunt