Indonesia rejects clemency plea of convicted drug offender from Australia

Indonesia rejected a clemency plea submitted by A convicted Australian drug trafficker on Thursday (January 22), a step that could further strain the tense relations between the two countries. Andrew Chan was convicted of drug trafficking in Indonesian and sentenced to death in 2006. He was arrested along with Myuran Sukumaran, in 2005. Sukumaran was also sentenced to death. His clemency appeal was rejected last month. Both were members of the so-called Bali 9, a […]

Japanese reporter’s bid to save friend led to Islamic State abduction

(Reuters) – It is an unlikely friendship that ties the fates of war correspondent Kenji Goto and troubled loner Haruna Yukawa, the two Japanese hostages for which Islamic State militants demanded a $200 million ransom this week. Yukawa was captured in August outside Aleppo. Goto, who had returned to Syria in late October to try to help his friend, had been missing since then. For Yukawa, who dreamed of becoming a military contractor, traveling to […]

Poroshenko: Russia has 9,000 troops in Ukraine

BY DMITRY ZHDANNIKOV AND NOAH BARKIN DAVOS, Switzerland Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:08pm EST Ukrainian servicemen fire their weapons during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Pesky village, near Donetsk January 21, 2015. CREDIT: REUTERS/OLEKSANDR KLYMENKO (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Wednesday of sending 9,000 troops to back separatist rebels in the east of his country, and the IMF chief said she backed extra financial help for Kiev as the conflict inflicts severe […]

Obama’s State of the Union Address

It’s “time to turn the page” from recession and war… That was U.S. President Barack Obama’s message during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” Obama touted his “middle-class economic” policies for trimming the jobless rate to 5.6 percent…. U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “This is good news people (laughter)” …and urged the […]