Actor Robin Williams dead at 63

Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday based on preliminary findings. Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant at midday on Monday in a bedroom. He was suspended from a belt wedged between a closet door and a door frame, in a seated position just off the ground, Marin County’s assistant […]

U.S. to bolster air, navy activity in northern Australia: source

SYDNEY Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:29pm EDT (Reuters) – The United States will bolster its air and navy presence in northern Australia, a source said on Tuesday, under a plan to strengthen defense ties with its regional ally and project more power into the Asia-Pacific, where China’s influence is growing. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry are in Sydney to finalize an agreement reached between U.S. President Barack Obama and […]

Exclusive: Iraq says Islamic State killed 500 Yazidis, buried some victims alive

(Reuters) – Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq’s human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the Sunni militants had also buried alive some of their victims, including women and children. Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he added. “We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime […]

Iraq accuses Islamic State of Yazidi atrocity, U.S. make new strikes

(Reuters) – Islamic State militants have killed hundreds of Iraq’s minority Yazidis, burying some alive and taking women as slaves, an Iraqi government minister said on Sunday, as U.S. warplanes again bombed the insurgents. Human rights minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani accused the Sunni Muslim insurgents – who have ordered the community they regard as “devil worshippers” to convert to Islam or die – of celebrating a “a vicious atrocity” with cheers and weapons waved in […]

China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions

(Reuters) –¬†China¬†appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Sunday as Southeast Asian nations declined to overtly back Washington’s proposal for a freeze on provocative acts. The lack of progress in resolving the maritime tensions at Asia’s highest-profile diplomatic meeting so far this year shows the tough task Washington faces in persuading smaller Asian nations to risk antagonizing the region’s rising power. Foreign […]

Slim chance of extension in Gaza ceasefire

In a negotiation in Cairo, Hamas militants are ready to continue their attacks against Israel, making it impossible to extend the ceasefire in Gaza which will end tonight. Hamas militants refuse long-term ceasefire as long as Israel maintains economic blockade in Gaza.