Suicide bomber kills 22 outside bank in E. Afghanistan: officials

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Suicide bomber kills 22 outside bank in E. Afghanistan: officials

A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and wounded 50 others in an attack Saturday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, provincial officials said."The explosion happened outside a bank where government employees collect their monthly salaries," Nangarhar provincial p...

Updated : 2015.04.18 15:38

Abe tells Okinawa expanding other U.S. base is only solution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the governor of Okinawa prefecture that expanding other U.S. military facilities on the island is the only way to shift a Marine air base out of an urban area.The two met in Tokyo on Friday for the first time after Takeshi Onaga won office in November vowing ...

Updated : 2015.04.18 15:00

U.S.-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow

Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double t...

Updated : 2015.04.18 11:48

Intense Yemen bombing, Qaeda attack after U.N. peace call

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for international action to end the Saudi-led air campaign on Huthi rebels as intense bombing hit Yemen again Friday and Al-Qaeda seized more ground in the chaos.Columns of smoke rose over an arms depot targeted by warplanes east of the capital San...

Updated : 2015.04.18 11:34

Colombia's president wants rebels to set deadline for peace

President Juan Manual Santos delivered a sharp rebuke to Colombia's largest rebel group Friday, calling on its leaders to set a deadline to reach a peace deal following this week's slaughter of 11 soldiers while they were sleeping. Santos didn't propose any cutoff date to conclude peace t...

Updated : 2015.04.18 11:10

Murakami urges Japan to apologize for history

Haruki Murakami, a world-renowned Japanese novelist, said Japan needs to offer an "open-ended" apology for its wartime atrocities, according to a news report Friday."Apology is not a shameful thing," he said in an interview with Japan's Kyodo News Service, adding that his country's past in...

Updated : 2015.04.17 11:37

Chinese president to visit Pakistan next week: Islamabad

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan next week, Islamabad said Thursday, with investment in the energy sector and Taliban talks in neighbouring Afghanistan likely to feature on the agenda.   Xi was originally scheduled to visit Pakistan last September but Beijing cancelled th...

Updated : 2015.04.16 22:03

Putin defends Iran missile decision during call-in show

President Vladimir Putin sternly urged the West to respect Russia's interests in global affairs and defended his move to sanction the delivery of a long-range air defense missile system to Iran during a marathon TV call-in show with the nation Thursday. Putin scathingly criticized Washing...

Updated : 2015.04.16 21:57

Pro-Russian journalist gunned down in Ukraine's capital

A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was gunned down in broad daylight in Kiev a day after a pro-Russian lawmaker was found dead, local police said Thursday. Oles Buzyna, 45, who worked as editor-in-chief of a leading daily until March, was killed early Thursday afternoo...

Updated : 2015.04.16 21:53

Netanyahu likens Iran to Nazis during Holocaust remembrance

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seized on Israel's annual remembrance of the Holocaust Wednesday to compare arch-foe Iran to Hitler's Germany."As the Nazis sought to stamp out civilisation and to set the master race to rule across the earth... while wiping out the Jewish people, so does ...

Updated : 2015.04.16 09:33

[Newsmaker] Obama moves to drop Cuba from terror list

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama is set to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, in a landmark step paving the way towards restoring ties frozen for five decades.Obama on Tuesday...

Updated : 2015.04.15 20:02

Clinton takes White House bid on the road

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Hillary Clinton embarked on an extraordinary campaign road trip Sunday after launching her bid to become the first woman to win the White House with a pledge to champion “everyday Americans.” With an eye to putting behind her the jet-set image of a former first lady, ...

Updated : 2015.04.15 17:57

Blackwater guards get heavy sentences in 2007 Iraq killings

A former Blackwater guard was sentenced to life in prison and three others received 30-year sentences Monday for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Iraq that left at least 14 civilians dead.The four ex-employees of the US private security firm were convicted last October on an array of...

Updated : 2015.04.14 09:22

Nina Ricci heir convicted of tax fraud after HSBC leaks

The heiress of the fashion and perfume house Nina Ricci has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay heavy fines and back taxes for having hidden millions of euros in HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland.    Monday's ruling was the first involving a famous name in the so-calle...

Updated : 2015.04.13 21:31

Singapore's PM urges pause in paying tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called Monday for a pause for reflection, after a series of proposals on ways to honour late founding father Lee Kuan Yew.   The prime minister, who is also the late Lee's eldest son, was responding to a variety of suggestions in parliament, inclu...

Updated : 2015.04.13 21:18