U.N. chief Ban condemns Ukraine rebel offensive

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) ― U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a deadly rocket attack in Ukraine’s government-held port of Mariupol on Saturday and denounced “provocative statements” made by pro-Russian separatist fighter...

Japan condemns ‘outrageous’ hostage murder

TOKYO (AFP) ― Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as “outrageous and unforgivable” and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid growing global ...

U.S. and Saudi Arabia uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Long-standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mut...

Defense Minister Lungu wins Zambia’s presidential race

LUSAKA (AFP) ― Zambia’s defense minister Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front, has narrowly won the country’s presidential race, the electoral commission announced Saturday after an election marred by delays.Lungu won 48....