Syria strike: Turkey-Russia tensions soar after attack

The leaders of Russia and Turkey held crisis talks Friday after 33 Turkish soldiers died in an air strike in Syria, as Ankara ramped up pressure on Europe by threatening to flood in migrants.

The United States and United Nations urged an end to the Russian-backed Syrian offensive against rebel holdouts, but Turkey appeared intent on easing tensions with Moscow by pinning the blame Continue Reading

United Nations condemns abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution on Friday strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention Continue Reading

Editorial: Put an end

Religious terrorism is raising its ugly head once again. The Taliban ambushed a peace convoy in western Afghanistan and abducted 26 activists, members of a peace movement, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Continue Reading

UN in red, staff salaries at risk; 64 countries owe money

The UN will not publicly identify those countries, but sources told AFP the main culprits are the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Iran. In all, 64 countries owe money to the UN. Also on the list of budget delinquents are Venezuela, North Korea, South Korea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading

India, US can contribute to building more peaceful, stable world: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who left on a week-long visit to the United States yesterday, expressed confidence that his visit would present India as a vibrant land of opportunities, a reliable partner and a global leader. Continue Reading