Kerry tells Russia to disarm Ukraine separatists ‘in hours’

(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia on Thursday to disarm separatists in Ukraine within “the next hours” as the European Union prepared to discuss deeper sanctions against Moscow. Washington and other Western powers have stepped up pressure on Russia to take concrete action to defuse the conflict in easternUkraine, where a ceasefire between Russian-speaking rebels and government forces has appeared to be crumbling. “We are in full agreement that it is critical for Russia to show […]

Malaysia jet most likely on autopilot when it crashed, Australia says

(Reuters) – Malaysia Airlines (MASM.KL) Flight MH370 was most likely on autopilot when it crashed into the Indian Ocean further south than previously thought, Australian officials said on Thursday, as they charted the next phase of a so far fruitless search. The new analysis comes more than 100 days after the Boeing(BA.N) 777, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on March 8 shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Investigators say what little evidence they […]

China says Philippines stirring tensions after Aquino expressed support for Japan

(Reuters) — China on Wednesday (June 25) accused the Philippines of creating tension in the region and urged Manila to show “sincerity” in upholding stability after President Benigno Aquino welcomed Japan’s more assertive military policy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it clear on Tuesday (June 24) he wanted an early agreement with his ruling party’s dovish junior partner to ease constitutional curbs that have keptJapan’s military from fighting abroad since World War Two. Aquino said after meeting Abe on Tuesday that “nations of […]

Egypt jails Al Jazeera journalists, U.S. calls sentences ‘chilling’

(Reuters) – Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years each by an Egyptian judge on Monday, in what Washington called “chilling, draconian sentences” that must be reversed. Cairo defended the journalists’ convictions – for aiding a “terrorist organisation” – and rejected the widespread condemnation as “interference in its internal affairs”. The three, who all denied the charge of working with the now banned Muslim Brotherhood, included Australian Peter Greste and Canadian-Egyptian national Mohamed […]


In 2014 the world marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, a global conflict which killed more than 16 million people and changed the nature of military conflict.

Kerry presses Maliki as Iraq loses control of Syrian, Jordanian borders

(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad’s forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control. Sunni tribes took the Turaibil border crossing, the only legal crossing point between Iraq and Jordan, after Iraqi security forces fled, Iraqi and Jordanian security sources said. The tribes were negotiating to hand the post over to […]