U.N. rights body mulls sending mission to Iraq to probe IS abuses

GENEVA (AFP) -- The UN Human Rights Council on Monday debated whether to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate suspected "crimes against humanity" by the Islamic State, as Baghdad called the jihadists an "imminent threa...

Russia breaks ground on new gas pipeline to China

MOSCOW (AFP) -- Russia launched construction Monday of a 770 billion ruble ($20.8 bn) gas pipeline that will help bring gas from the far east of the country to China."We are today starting the biggest construction project in the w...

India, Japan will shape 21st century: Modi

TOKYO (AFP) -- Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared Monday ties between India and Japan were moving to a "new level", during a summit pregnant with promise for a relationship they hope will offer a counterw...

Putin urges Europeans to have 'common sense' over sanctions threat

MOSCOW (AFP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Monday to show "common sense" and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions, in his first reaction to the threat of additional punitive measures over Ukraine."...