BREAKING NEWS: Three British teenagers detained in Istanbul trying to join Islamic State

ANKARA, March 15 (Reuters) – Three British teenagers have been detained in the Turkish city of Istanbul while planning to cross the border into neighbouring Syria to join the militant Islamic State group, Turkish officials said on Sunday. The three, who have not been named but are aged 18 and 19, were seized on Friday two separate sources told Reuters. Turkish authorities are in touch with their British counterparts to arrange their deportation to Britain […]

Pro and anti-mainland protests in Hong Kong

Hundreds of police were on standby at Hong Kong’s Government House on Sunday (March 15) at its bi-annual open day after threats of anti-mainland protests by radical groups. Although individuals attempted to protest by opening yellow umbrellas, a sign ofHong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, they were quickly escorted out of the area by police. Thousands of people lined up all day to enter the Chief Executive’s residence and gardens, including Mr Chan, a Chinese native who […]

Twin blasts at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78

Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday (March 15) services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. The blasts went off minutes apart in a majority Christian suburb of the eastern city. Police said it seemed they targeted two churches, one Catholic and one Protestant, that are very close to […]

Officials condemn gang rape of elderly nun in India

A 72-year-old nun was gang-raped in the Nadia district of India’s easternWest Bengal state on Friday (March 13) night. According to reports, around a dozen men entered the Convent of Jesus and Mary school and gang-raped the elderly nun when she tried to stop them from looting the school. The nun has been admitted to hospital and her condition is reported to be critical. “It is an unfortunate incident. No such incident has ever happened […]

Iraqi Kurds says Islamic State used chlorine gas against them

Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Saturday (March 14) they have evidence that Islamic State had used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against their peshmerga fighters. The Security Council of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region (KRSC) said in a statement that the peshmerga had taken soil and clothing samples after an Islamic State suicide bombing in northern Iraq in January. It said laboratory analysis showed “the samples contained levels of chlorine that suggested the substance was […]

At least 10 Americans flown to US after possible Ebola exposure

At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday. They will be transported by non-commercial air transport and will be housed near the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the CDC said. All of the individuals who […]

Japan hosts UN conference on disaster risk reduction

Japan hosted a United Nations conference on Saturday (March 14) and pledged $4 billion towards a new plan to reduce disaster risk. Addressing the conference in the north-eastern city of Sendai, United Nations Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-Moon said that this was the point to determine where to go next. “This is our first stop on our journey to a new future. To put our people of the world and this world on a sustainable path,” Ban told […]

UN Chief warns that damage in Vanuatu could be widespread

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon on Saturday (March 14) feared widespread damage on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu after it was hit by a powerful cyclone. Winds of up to 250 kilometres an hour (155 mph) ripped metal roofs off houses and downed trees on Saturday, as relief agencies braced for a major rescue operation and unconfirmed reports said dozens had already died. Witnesses described sea surges of up to eight metres and flooding […]