China’s state television airs footage of 109 people being sent back from Thailand

  (REUTERS)  China’s state television CCTV on Saturday (July 11) aired video of 109 people being deported from Thailand. CCTV said they were mostly from the country’s western, Xinjiang region and were attempting to go to Turkey and then to join the Jihad in Syria and Iraq, and 13 of them were terror suspects. They were seen seated on the plane with black hoods over their heads flanked by police who wore face masks. Hundreds, […]

Cuba’s Fidel Castro appears in media at event recognizing agricultural workers

  (Reuters) — Cuban state media released on Saturday (July 11) images of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro at an event recognizing agriculture workers. The images show the former leader posing with workers during the event on Thursday (July 09). Fidel Castro presented the workers with certificates of achievement in the production of food and highlighted their achievements despite global challenges like climate change, droughts and international conflicts. The 88-year-old former leader made a rare […]

Stone-throwing crowd chases Serbian PM from Srebrenica event

(REUTERS)  Returning from an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told media he had been the victim of an organised attack. Driven from the event at Potocari in Bosnia and Herzegovina by a group of angry onlookers who jeered and threw bottles and stones, Vucic and his entourage ran to their vehicles. Serbia, which backed the Bosnian Serbs during the war with men and money, condemned […]

France: ‘Decision time’ has come in Iran nuclear talks

(REUTERS)  France’s foreign minister appeared to put pressure on the United States and Iran on Saturday to speed up nuclear talks, saying all issues were now on the table and that the time had come to make a decision. Western and Iranian diplomats close to the talks said they expected to work well into the night in hopes of a breakthrough, perhaps as early as on Sunday, on a deal to bring sanctions relief for […]

Trump promises to “take our country back”

(REUTERS) Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump was on the move Saturday (July 11) traversing from one state to another to take his message to the American people. The real estate mogul began his day with a speech in Las Vegas, Nevada before heading to Pheonix, Arizona, where he spoke passionately in front of more than 20 thousand people after the venue had to be changed due to a larger than expected crowd turn out. In […]

“Very difficult” Eurogroup talks on Greece resume Sunday – Dijsselbloem

(REUTERS)   Sceptical euro zone finance ministers demanded on Saturday (July 11) that Greece go beyond painful austerity measures accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras if he wants them to open negotiations on a third bailout for his bankrupt country to keep it in the euro. The ministers meeting in Brussels postponed until Sunday a decision on whether to recommend starting talks on a new loan for Athens and sought further commitments first on product market […]

Typhoon Chan-Hom brings heavy rains, flooding to east China province

  Torrential rains brought by Typhoon Chan-Hom have wreaked havoc in many parts of east China’s Zhejiang Province for the past two days, including causing severe flooding, landslides and damaging many roads. A total of 20 counties in the province reported more than 100 millimeters of rainfall during a 36-hour period. In the coast city of Zhoushan, where the typhoon made landfall on Saturday afternoon, the persistent downpour led to knee-deep floodwaters in the low-lying […]

Manny Pacquiao visits Filipino death row convict in Indonesia

JULY 10 (Reuters) — Filipino boxing superstar Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao visited an Indonesian prison on Friday (July 10) to meet a Filipina woman on death row for drug trafficking, hoping to draw attention to her case and get her sentence commuted. Mary Jane Veloso won a last-minute reprieve from execution in April this year, after officials in Manila asked Indonesian President Joko Widodo to let her give evidence in an investigation into a network accused […]

Thailand sends nearly 100 Uighur migrants back to China

(REUTERS) Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha insisted on Thursday (July 9) that Bangkok was only a middle country and the conflict should be resolved between Ankara and Beijing, after it confirmed it had forcibly returned nearly 100 Uighur migrants to China. “We are not part of the conflict so please stop trying to get us involved with all of the conflicts. We are a middle country, no matter the case, we have to follow […]

UN says Syria’s neighbours now host 4 million refugees

  (REUTERS) The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has passed 4 million, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday (July 9). UNHCR said that the total was on course to reach 4.27 million by the end of 2015. Some 630,000 Syrians are now living in Jordan, according to the UNHCR figures. But having escaped their war-torn homes, many of the refugees have found their new lives a struggle. According to the UNHCR […]

IMF says Greece spillovers limited to rest of world

  (REUTERS) Greece is a small part of the world economy, and its possible exit from the euro zone should have limited impact on the rest of the world, the IMF’s chief economist said on Thursday, though he warned similar crises could happen in other countries. Greece is racing to find a last-minute third bailout from its IMF and European Union creditors to avoid bankruptcy and exit from the euro zone. “In a world in which […]

EU’s Tusk urges debt relief as part of Greek deal

  (REUTERS)  European Council President Donald Tusk joined on Thursday (July 9) growing international calls for Greece to be granted debt restructuring as part of any new loan deal if it delivers convincing reforms to avert imminent bankruptcy. The call was an implicit challenge to Germany, Athens’ biggest creditor, which has so far ruled out any write-offs as illegal and taken a restrictive view of reprofiling the debt to help Greece over a major repayment […]