Putin: Ready to talk solutions

Vladimir Putin says he’s ready to discuss resolutions to Ukraine’s conflict. Security forces loyal to the interim government in Kyiv have gained fresh ground in their efforts to take back Ukraine’s east from separatists.   At a meeting in Moscow Wednesday with Didier Burkhalter (left in photo), 2014 chairperson of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) said he would discuss options for ending Ukraine’s conflict. Clashes have killed […]

Thai Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong to be new prime minister

(Reuters) – Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan is to be Thailand’s prime minister in place of Yingluck Shinawatra, who was forced to step down by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday along with several ministers after being found guilty of violating the constitution. “The cabinet has decided that Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan will carry out duties in place of Prime Minister Yingluck,” Justice Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana told a news conference. Thailand has had an acting government since Yingluck dissolved the lower […]

Maritime disputes heat up between China, Philippines and Vietnam

China has found itself embroiled in two separate incidents surrounding maritime disputes. In the South China Sea, Vietnam’s navy tried to stop Chinese oil drilling, while Filipino police detained a Chinese fishing boat. Tensions threatened to flare between China and the governments in Vietnam and Philippines on Wednesday over existing maritime disputes in the oil- and natural gas-rich South China Sea. The Vietnamese government reported on Wednesday that one of its ships had hit a […]

Illegal alcohol kills at least 33 in Kenya

(Reuters) — At least 33 people in Kenya died on Monday night and Tuesday morning from drinking illegal liquor, medical officials said on Tuesday (May 06). Some 45 have been hospitalised and several have gone blind. Those victims who made it to the hospitals alive were seen writhing in pain. The victims came from eastern and central counties of Embu, Kitui and Kiambu. In Kiambu County, where nine people died, police said they were still looking for more victims and […]

Chinese Foreign Ministry urges Philippines to release ship and crew

(Reuters) –China has demanded the Philippines release a Chinese fishing boat and its crew seized in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday (May 7), the latest flare-up in the oil and gas-rich waters that are claimed wholly or in part by six nations. Philippine authorities said a maritime police patrol apprehended a Chinese fishing boat around 7 a.m. on Tuesday (2300 GMT May 6) off Half Moon Shoal in the Spratly Islands on the South China Sea. The boat has 11 crew and police found […]

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 6.1 struck off Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Island on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, according to the US Geological Survey. No tsunami warning was issued. The offshore quake was just one kilometer deep (around half a mile) and centred 96 kilometres southwest of the town of Panguna, according to a report of Agence France Press. But quakes of such magnitude are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of […]

Gunmen abduct eight more girls in Nigeria; U.S. to help search for 200 schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram

  (Reuters) – Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamists’ strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, while the United States made plans on Tuesday to help search for more than 200 schoolgirls seized by the militant group last month. “We’re going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them,” U.S. President Barack Obama told NBC News in an interview on Tuesday. “In the short term our goal is […]

Thai court says PM Shinawatra must step down for constitution breach; political crisis, prolonged

(Reuters) – A Thai court found Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of violating the constitution on Wednesday and said she must step down, prolonging a political crisis that has led to violent protests and brought the economy close to recession. The decision is bound to anger supporters of Yingluck, but the court did allow ministers not implicated in the case against her to stay in office, a move that could take some of the sting […]

66th Israeli National Day

President Peres of Israel marked the country’s 66th year by honoring 120 outstanding soldiers and singing songs as they headed out to the national parks for the traditional Independence Day barbeque in Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others joined then at the president’s residence where the Israeli leaders sang some of their favorite songs by the late Israeli singer Arik Einstein with some help from the nation’s famous singers, and enjoyed performances from the […]