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Seoul hails N.K.’s release of American

South Korea on Wednesday welcomed North Korea’s release of one of three American citizens detained in the communist country, calling for Pyongyang to set free other detainees from a humanitarian pers...

Updated : 2014.10.22 20:14

Kurds weather IS assault, await reinforcements

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AFP) ― Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane awaited reinforcements Wednesday after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists.Fighting appeared to have diminished after a fierce attack begun by IS fighters almost 48 hours earlie...

Updated : 2014.10.22 20:13

U.N. tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) ―U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday to move away from unilateral actions stoking tensions and make the “tough compromises” needed to end their ...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:57

WHO to investigate Ebola response

GENEVA (AFP) ― The World Health Organization said Tuesday it would probe complaints that it had been slow to wake up to the scale of Ebola, but insisted the focus now must be on battling the epidemic...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:57

Myanmar migrants retract tourist murders confession

BANGKOK (AFP) ― Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and alleged they were tortured, lawyers said on Wednesday.Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were charged with the murder of David Miller, 24, and the rape an...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:57

Pakistani air strikes kill at least 28 militants

ISLAMABAD (AFP) ― Pakistan’s military Tuesday said it had killed 28 militants in air strikes in the restive tribal region near the Afghan border, a region where it has been battling Islamist groups for more than a decade.The strikes, that also killed a number of foreign fighters, took pl...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:57

Russia blames negligent airport officials for Total CEO’s crash

MOSCOW (AFP) ― Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the head of French oil giant Total, Christop...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:56

French scientists devise instant test for Ebola

PARIS (AFP) ― A new device similar to a simple pregnancy home-test could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes, its French developers said Tuesday.Trials at a high-security lab have validated the technique and prototype kits should be available in Eb...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:56

Yahoo profit rises on Alibaba divestment

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) ― Yahoo said Tuesday its quarterly profit surged with its sale of shares in Chinese Internet powerhouse Alibaba, and also saw improving results from its mobile Internet initiative...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:41

Ukraine, Russia end gas talks without breakthrough

BRUSSELS (AP) ― Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kiev and will resume European Union-sponsored talks next week. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukraine counterpart Petro Poroshenko had agreed on a broad thr...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:41

Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit

TOKYO (AFP) ― Japan’s shaky economy was dealt another blow Wednesday, as official data showed a widening September trade deficit that puts the world’s number-three economy on track to log a record ...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:41

EU fines JPMorgan over rate rigging

BRUSSELS (AFP) ― The European Commission fined U.S. banking giant JPMorgan more than 61 million euros ($78 million) on Tuesday for its role in rigging benchmark international interest rates.JPMorgan ...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:40

APEC chiefs meet amid global worries

BEIJING (AFP) ― The global economic recovery is beset by “downside risks,” China’s vice-premier told Asia-Pacific finance ministers Wednesday, a day after growth in the world’s second-largest eco...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:40

Watergate editor Bradlee dies

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down U.S. president Richard Nixon, died Tuesday. He was 93.Bradlee,...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:39

Kate makes first appearance since pregnancy announced

LONDON (AFP) ― Prince William’s wife Kate on Tuesday made her first public appearance since her pregnancy was announced as she welcomed Singapore’s President Tony Tan on his state visit to Britain....

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:36