Crisis

  • Political impasse in Pakistan continues as talks make no headway 1 hour 1 minutes ago

    Islamabad: A tense standoff continued in Pakistan on Saturday as overnight talks between the government and protesters demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation made little headway in breaking the political logjam. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri are protesting alleged vote rigging in polls last year and demanding...
  • Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief 2 days ago

    Gaza/Jerusalem: An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 100 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile...
  • 'No' from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings 3 days ago

    Dohuk: When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. But that did not satisfy the Sunni insurgents who are even more hardline than al Qaeda. The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving...
  • Unless blockade ends, Gaza faces years of misery: UN 4 days ago

    Gaza: Unless negotiations to end the Gaza war succeed in lifting a blockade of the territory, Gazans will not see any improvement in their lives for at least another 15 years, the head of a UN relief agency said on Monday. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are in Egypt trying to secure...
  • Gaza death toll rises above 2,000: Health Ministry 5 days ago

    Gaza City: The death toll in the war-torn Gaza Strip rose above 2,000 on Monday, the health ministry said as more people injured in over a month of fighting with the Israelis succumbed to their wounds. According to a ministry statement, a total of 2,016 people were killed and another 10,196...
  • Iraq: Kurds push to drive militants from Mosul Dam with US air support 5 days ago

    Dohuk: Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said. Islamic State militants have seized several towns and oilfields as well as Mosul Dam in recent weeks, possibly giving them...
  • Palestinians accuse Israel of violating Gaza truce 1 week ago

    Gaza: The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza accused Israel on Friday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said "We have no knowledge of such an incident." The Palestinian ministry in the coastal...
  • More than one million people affected by Ebola outbreak: WHO August 14, 2014

    United Nations: With more than one million people affected by the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the WHO has warned that there is "no early end in sight" to the severe health crisis and called for "extraordinary measures" to stop the transmission of the disease. According to the latest update...
  • Pope appeals to UN to end tragedy in Iraq August 13, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has written to the UN secretary-general appealing for "action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway" against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. In the letter released on Wednesday, Francis urged UN agencies "responsible for security, peace, humanitarian law and assistance to refugees" to aid the...
  • France to send weapons to Iraq August 13, 2014

    Paris: France says it will send arms to Kurdish forces in Iraq in response to the Kurds' "urgent need" of support against radicals of the Islamic State group. The French presidency said in a statement on Wednesday that the arms shipment will be delivered "in the coming hours" and has been...
  • US continues hitting ISIL targets, providing humanitarian aid August 12, 2014

    Washington: The US has continued with its two-pronged mission in Iraq, hitting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets and providing humanitarian aid to thousands of people stranded on Mount Sinjar. US military forces successfully conducting air-strikes on four ISIL checkpoints and multiple ISIL vehicles near Mt Sinjar...
  • Power struggle on Baghdad streets as Maliki replaced but refuses to go August 12, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad. Washington, which helped install Maliki following its 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam...
  • Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war August 12, 2014

    Gaza: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks mediated by Egypt on Monday to end a month-old Gaza war, Egypt's state news agency said, after a new 72-hour truce held for a day. Israeli negotiators flew in and out of Cairo on Monday, an Egyptian official said, but no details were...
  • Iraqi President appoints Deputy Speaker Haider al-Ibadi as new PM August 11, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's new President on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north. In a televised address Fouad Massoum gave...
  • UP faces power outages after two electricity generating units trip August 11, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh is facing power outages as two electricity generating units tripped on Sunday, officials said on Monday. The state is facing severe crisis, the gravest in the last few years, as generation from state-owned units has gone down, officials said. There is a wide gap of almost 2,000 MW between the...
  • Israel, Palestinians launch new three-day truce August 11, 2014

    Gaza: Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt that took effect at 2100 GMT. There were no immediate reports of breaches of the ceasefire although Hamas claimed it fired rockets as far as the Tel Aviv area...
  • Iraqi boy with shrapnel in his brain treated in Gurgaon August 10, 2014

    Gurgaon: Even as US aircraft started pounding bases of ISIS in Iraq on Friday, a 13-year-old Iraqi boy was recovering in a hospital bed in faraway Gurgaon. He is back from the jaws of death in his home country. Among many innocent victims of the bloodshed in Iraq, Haidar got...
  • Barack Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action August 10, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America's renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn't think "we are going to solve this problem in weeks" as the country struggles to form a new government. "I think this is going to take some time,"...
  • Renewed fighting jeopardizes Gaza truce efforts August 10, 2014

    Gaza: An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian man and wounded seven others on Sunday, medics said, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardized international efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in a more than month-old Gaza conflict. The parties remained far apart. Israel refused to send back...
  • Barack Obama says tackling Iraq's insurgency will take time August 9, 2014

    Baghdad: President Barack Obama said on Saturday US airstrikes had destroyed arms that Islamic State militants could have used against Iraqi Kurds, but warned there was no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to tear Iraq apart. Speaking the day after US warplanes hit militants in Iraq, Obama said it...
  • US launches three airstrikes in 24 hours on the Islamic state in Iraq August 9, 2014

    There has been another round of US airstrikes targeting ISIS in Iraq. This is the third round of airstrikes by the US in the last 24 hours. Their latest strike took place in the Kurdish city of Irbil and targeted Sunni militants. The Pentagon says the strikes are meant to...
  • US bombs Islamic state in Iraq, says airstrikes meant to protect their military personnel August 9, 2014

    Baghdada/Arbil: US warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent "genocide". The Pentagon also said that the strikes are meant to protect US military personnel in Irbil. Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in...
  • Obama authorises air strikes in Iraq but says won't drag US into war August 8, 2014

    US President Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes in Iraq for the first time since troops withdrew three years ago. However, he said that the US will be not be dragged back to war. ...
  • Libya calls for UN-supervised ceasefire August 7, 2014

    Tobruk: The newly inaugurated Libyan parliament has threatened to act against warring militias who don't abide by its call for an immediate cease-fire, which it says would be supervised by the United Nations. The parliament's call late on Wednesday is among its first since it convened in the eastern city of...
  • No country would tolerate terror attacks on it: Barack Obama August 7, 2014

    Washington: Strongly defending US' ally Israel, President Barack Obama has said no country would tolerate launching of rockets and terror attacks on its cities, as he called for the extension of a ceasefire in Gaza. "I have no sympathy for Hamas. I have great sympathy for ordinary people who are struggling...
  • 200 more Indians return from warzone Libya, say it's all bombing and shooting there August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: About 200 Indians who were stranded in Libya returned on Thursday morning at the Terminal 3 of Delhi IGI International Airport. Air India had sent a flight to Djerba in Tunisia to evacuate the stranded Indians. The 200 Indian national who reached home on Thursday includes a 18 year...
  • Dialogue only viable option to resolve Gaza crisis: India August 7, 2014

    United Nations: India has said the current crisis in Gaza can be resolved through a negotiated political settlement and dialogue remains the "only viable option" to effectively address issues confronting the region and its people. "We endorse completely Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's statement this morning that a crisis such as the...
  • Israel agrees to extend Gaza ceasefire August 7, 2014

    Jerusalem:Israel has agreed to extend beyond Friday a 72-hour ceasefire that has halted a month of fighting in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, officials said on Thursday as Egyptian efforts intensified to broker a long-term truce between the two sides. "Israel has agreed to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza beyond Friday,"...
  • Libya's new parliament calls for unity, militia factions battle on August 4, 2014

    Tripoli: Libya's newly elected parliament called for national unity at its first formal session on Monday, as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Even as the new House of Representatives met, heavy artillery and rocket...
  • Centre says there is no significant change in flow of water in Kosi river August 4, 2014

    As fear of massive floods is looming large over Bihar, the Centre on Sunday night said there was no significant change in flow of water in river Kosi so far and it has shared all technical inputs with the state government and Nepal on the emerging situation. Chief Secretary of Bihar...