Suspect in Sydney cafe siege caught on camera

A man reported by local media to be a suspect involved in the Sydney cafe siege was caught on camera on Monday (December 15) by Australian TV channel Seven Network, Reuters reported. Police said they knew of one armed assailant involved in the incident at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the heart of Sydney’s financial district, but there could be more. Police locked down the center of the country’s biggest city on Monday after an armed man walked into […]

Police monitors social media but won’t confirm demands in Australia hostage drama

   Australian police said on Monday (December 15) they were monitoring alleged demands made on social media by hostages being held in a siege at aSydney cafe but would not confirm what any demands might be. Network 10 reported that two female hostages had called with claims from the gunman that two bombs were planted elsewhere in the city. Social media posts by possible hostages claimed the gunman wanted to speak directly with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Deputy […]

Hostages seen running from cafe under seige

An armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages in a central Sydney cafe on Monday, shutting down Australia’s largest city and raising fears it could be an attack by Islamist militant sympathisers. Six hours after the mid-morning siege began, television showed three hostages running out of the Lindt chocolate cafe and sheltering behind a heavily armed, black-clad SWAT team. Police said it was not known exactly how many more hostages remained in the […]

Abe coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout

(Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition has cruised to a big election win, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance, but record low turnout pointed to broad dissatisfaction with his performance. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner, the Komeito party, won 326 seats in Sunday’s election, more than the 317 seats in the 475-member lower house required to maintain a two-thirds “super-majority” that smoothes […]

Sweden says Russian military jet in near collision with passenger plane

(Reuters) – A Russian military jet nearly collided with a commercial passenger airplane in international airspace near southern Sweden on Friday, Swedish authorities said, but Russia insisted its jet had kept at a safe distance. Passenger flight SK1755, operated by a unit of Scandinavian airline service SAS from the Danish capital Copenhagen to Poznan in Poland, was diverted by Swedish authorities before a collision occurred, the authorities said. But Russia’s Defence Ministry on Sunday denied […]

Hostages held in Sydney cafe, forced to hold Islamic flag in window

An armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages inside a central Sydney cafe on Monday, police said, with local television showing some being forced to hold up a black flag with white Arabic writing in the window. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has warned of militant plans to strike Australian targets, said there were indications the hostage situation at the Lindt Cafe was politically motivated. “This is a very disturbing incident. I can […]

Hostages being held inside central Sydney cafe by suspected Islamic State militants

Hostages were being held inside a central Sydney cafe where a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window, local television showed on Monday (December 15), raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic militants. Australia, which is backing the United States and its escalating action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, is on high alert for attacks by radicalized Muslims or by home-grown fighters returning from fighting in the Middle East. Part of Martin Place, home to […]

HK police to clear out last protest camp in Causeway Bay today

The Hong Kong Police Force has vowed to clear out the last protest camp on Monday morning (December 15)  as scheduled, putting an end to demonstrations that have blocked traffic in the city’s streets for 10 weeks. The clearance of the protest area in the retail hub of Causeway Bay, which is the smallest and the last remaining site occupied by the student-led demonstrators, will start at about 09:30 on Monday, according to Reuters. It quoted police authorities […]

Korean Air executive apologizes after nuts incident sparks national outrage

The former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight because she was unhappy with the way she was served macadamia nuts apologised on Friday (December 12) over the incident, which fuelled outrage and ridicule in South Korea. “I sincerely apologise for causing trouble for everyone. I’m sorry,” said Heather Cho on her way into a transportation ministry office in Seoul, near Gimpo International Airport, where she was expected to answer questions about last Friday’s (December 5) incident at New York’s Johh […]

Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

 Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the early hours of Friday (December 12), police said, but no injuries or serious damage were reported. Four people on two motorcycles fired shots at the embassy building in a northern suburb of Athens. Bullets were lodged in the walls and 54 shell cases were found about 40 metres (yards) from the building, police said. The Greek government condemned the incident. “Greece remains a safe country and […]

South Korea pledges commitment to help Phl recover from Ruby

By Rowena dela Fuente (Eagle News Service) Busan, South Korea, Dec. 11 (ENS) — South Korean President Park Geun-Hye today pledged her country’s commitment to help the Philippines recover from the devastation brought about by Typhoon Ruby which hit Eastern Visayas, Southern Luzon and some Mindanao provinces. During the bilateral meeting between President Aquino and President Park today (Dec. 11), the South Korean leader expressed her sympathies and condolences to the families affected by Typhoon Ruby. […]