Iraq insurgent advance slows, U.S. sends carrier to Gulf

(Reuters) – An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad. As Iraqi officials spoke of wresting back the initiative against Sunni militants, neighboring Shi’ite Iran held out the prospect of working with its longtime U.S. arch-enemy to help restore security in Iraq. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he was reviewing military options, short […]

Beijing hits back at Tokyo

China denies Japanese accusations regarding the near miss incident between Chinese and Japanese military planes, with Beijing saying that it is the Japanese plane that flew abnormally close to a Chinese reconnaissance aircraft. [youtube id=”MxrMRuSQ784″]

Hong Kong Vs. China?

[youtube id=”Zjhh9NYUx6A”] Pro-democracy Hong Kong nationals reacted strongly against an official paper from Beijing saying that the city is under the full oversight of Beijing and is not totally autonomous.

Storm in western Germany kills six, disrupts transport

(Reuters) — At least six people were killed in storms that swept Germany’s most populous state late on Monday, forcing Duesseldorf airport to shut down, with falling trees leaving some roads impassable. After a scorching hot three-day holiday weekend, thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain pounded the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, causing Germany’s third-largest airport in Duesseldorf to close for about an hour. Three people were reported to have died in the state capital […]

Shout of ‘murderer’ goes up in packed court as South Korean ferry crew face trial

(Reuters) – Fifteen crew members of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, most of them children, went on trial on Tuesday on charges ranging from negligence to homicide, with the shout going up of “murderer” as the captain entered the court. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 68, and three senior crew members were charged with homicide, facing a maximum sentence of death. Two were charged with fleeing and abandoning ship […]