29 Sep 14
Ashraf Ghani to be sworn in as new Afghan president
Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani is set to be inaugurated in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul.
It comes after six months of deadlock amid a bitter dispute over electoral fraud and a recount of votes.
Riot Police Withdrawn from Hong Kong Protest Sites
The Hong Kong government said on Monday it has withdrawn riot police from city streets after pro-democracy protests began to calm down.
In a statement, a Hong Kong government spokesman also called on protesters to leave protest areas as peacefully as possible.
Baghdad steps up propaganda fightback with jihadist TV satire
As Iraqi forces struggle to pin back the Islamic State group on the ground, Baghdad is taking its war against the jihadists to the airwaves with a television comedy series.
Al-Qaida leader warns of revenge for airstrikes
The leader of al-Qaida's Syria affiliate vowed Sunday that his group would "use all possible means" to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would reach Western countries joining the alliance.
28 Sep 14
Japan volcano: Mt Ontake rescue teams find 31 bodies
The bodies of 31 hikers have been found near the top of Japan's Mount Ontake a day after a sudden volcanic eruption.
The hikers were not breathing and their hearts had stopped. The search for a total of 45 missing climbers has now been called off for the night.
The volcano, about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted without warning on Saturday, spewing ash and rocks.
Analysis: Israel increasingly anxious over world's flexibility to nuclear Iran
As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu departed to address the UN General Assembly in New York on Sunday, and to meet with US President Barack Obama, the fear in Israel was mounting with regard to the warming ties between Iran and the United States. Amid the struggle against Islamic State, there were more and more indications that the US and the Western powers were willing to relax their position regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet
The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.
Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users' privacy.
Catalonia president signs independence referendum decree
The president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence.
Artur Mas wants Catalonia to hold a Scottish-style vote on 9 November, but does not have the backing of the central government in Madrid.
Iran threatens to attack Islamic State "deep into Iraqi territory"
An Iranian military commander said that forces have been built up on the Iraqi border to counter the IS threat, and that they would attack into Iraq if necessary.
Liberia's chief medical officer under Ebola quarantine
Liberia's chief medical officer has put herself under quarantine for 21 days, after one of her assistants died from the deadly Ebola virus.
Bernice Dahn, a deputy health minister, said she had no symptoms but wanted to take every precaution.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says more than 3,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa.
Police: Ferguson officer shot; 2 suspects wanted
St. Louis County police say a Ferguson officer was shot after encountering two suspects at a community center who fired at him during a foot chase.
Thousands at Hong Kong protest as Occupy Central is launched
The leader of Hong Kong's Occupy Central pro-democracy movement has announced the launch of a mass disobedience campaign.
Benny Tai addressed thousands who had gathered outside government headquarters in central Hong Kong.
It comes a day after the arrests of more than 60 protesters who had entered a restricted area on the same site.
Islamic State crisis: Al-Nusra issues threat over air strikes
Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes as "a war against Islam".
In an online statement, the al-Qaeda-linked group called on jihadists around the world to target Western and Arab countries involved.
British warplanes return from Iraq without bombing
British warplanes flew their first mission over Iraq since parliament authorised strikes against Islamic State jihadists, but returned without bombing on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence in London said.
27 Sep 14
There’s A ‘Swarm’ Of 600 Earthquakes Striking California Right Now
More than 600 small earthquakes have struck central California’s Mammoth Lakes region in a mere 36 hours. The quakes, which started Thursday, have ranged in magnitude from 1.0 (“ehh, can’t even feel it”) to 3.8
Earthquake of Magnitude 5.0 Shakes Bárðarbunga
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 shook the northern rim of Bárðarbunga at 2 AM this morning. A total of 17 quakes have registered this morning, most in the northern part of the Bárðarbunga crater.
Bogus bug apps offer no relief in Japan's dengue outbreak
Tokyo, futuristic metropolis of the 21st century, is grappling with a public health problem it hasn’t seen since World War II—dengue fever. Nearly 150 confirmed and suspected cases of the tropical disease have been recorded in recent weeks. The cause? Infected mosquitoes lurking in public parks, possibly introduced by travellers.
Palestinian leader lays out plans for United Nations statehood vote
The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that the United Nations backs a "firm" deadline for Palestinian statehood as he attacked the "genocidal crimes" of Israel's "war machine".
An angry and emboldened Mr Abbas threw down the gauntlet at the world body when he said that Palestinians would for the first time pursue what some diplomats have called "the nuclear option" of a Security Council resolution on statehood.
1 in 4 Americans 25-54 Not Working
A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee shows a startling fact: Almost 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 25-54 (or prime working years) are not working.
"There are 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years (ages 25–54). Nearly one-quarter of this group—28.9 million people, or 23.2 percent of the total—is not currently employed.
Japan's Mount Ontake volcanic eruption traps hikers
Several climbers have been injured in Japan after Mount Ontake volcano erupted, sending huge plumes of ash and stones into the sky.
Witnesses heard a "thunder-like" boom before the eruption at the 3,067m (10,120ft) peak, situated between Nagano and Gifu prefectures.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the army will help rescue some 150 climbers sheltering in lodges near the summit.
British fighter jets set to strike ISIS in first mission since authorization
Two British fighter jets were flying over Iraq and ready to hit targets on Saturday, their first mission since parliament authorized strikes against Islamic State militants there, Britain's Ministry of Defence said.
Two Tornado jets left the British Royal Air Force's Akrotiri base in Cyprus at 0725 GMT, followed minutes later by a refueling aircraft, a Reuters witness said.
Anti-ISIS coalition grows, but that doesn't mean victory is near
he coalition is growing -- not just in words, but in action.
Just over two weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama vowed "America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat" posed by ISIS, more than 50 countries have signed up, so far, to support the fight.
Christian Pastor Shot Dead by Pakistani Police
A Christian pastor accused of blasphemy was shot dead by police in a Pakistani jail in Rawalpindi. A persecution watchdog group has said this is the latest incident of blasphemy laws being used to commit human rights violations.
US Condemns Abbas United Nations Speech
The United States has rejected a speech given by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations Friday, saying it included "offensive characterizations."
Rouhani: Nuclear Talks 'Extremely Slow'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says progress in ongoing nuclear talks with Western envoys has been "extremely slow" and warned that negotiations must speed up for a deal to be reached by a November 24 deadline.
Hosni Mubarak: Verdict due in protester killing trial
An Egyptian court is due to return a verdict in the retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and killing protesters during the 2011 uprising.
Mubarak, 86, is on trial alongside his sons and a former interior minister.
US says IS damaged by coalition air strikes in Syria
The US armed forces chief says Islamic State (IS) militants are being damaged by air strikes in Syria but air power alone is not enough to defeat them.
Gen Martin Dempsey said a political solution and a ground campaign would both be needed in Iraq and Syria.
Taliban behead 12 people in remote Afghan province
The Taliban beheaded 12 Afghan civilians, mostly family members of local policemen, in an assault that was part of a week-long offensive that has so far killed 60 people and wounded scores in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
Irus Probed In Paralysis Cases In 9 Colorado Kids
Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.
U.S. Professor Tells Africans Ebola Is Bioterrorism Experiment
A U.S. professor of plant pathology is suggesting to West Africans that the Ebola virus is a bioterrorism weapon developed by the U.S. being used on Africans.
The essay, published by Dr. Cyril Broderick in the influential Liberian newspaper the Daily Observer, comes on the heels of an announcement by the U.S. that it will be sending 3,000 troops to help contain the spread of Ebola.