(Reuters) – Sunni militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery, located in Baiji in northern Iraq, with machine-gun fire and mortars on Wednesday, Iraqi security sources and refinery employees said. The attack started at 4 am (0100 GMT) from outside two of the three main entrances to the sprawling facility, the sources said. One mortar hit a spare-parts warehouse and smoke billowed from the building, the sources said. On Tuesday, foreigners were evacuated from the refinery […]
As Iraq inches closer to civil war and recent violence threatens to undo years of U.S. peacekeeping efforts, one Marine widow says it’s too much to bear.
The Japanese government is set to implement a substantial relaxation of visa requirements for Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines – an initiative that is a part of their visa-free policy that aims to promote Japan as a tourism-friendly country.
An overloaded wooden boat capsized off the western Malaysian coast, with 66 of its 97 Indonesian passengers reportedly missing.
(Reuters) – For more than three decades, Chalad Vorachat’s hunger strikes have drawn crowds. Once, he even helped topple a government. But this time, the veteran Thai anti-coup campaigner says he’s contemplating a very different outcome: wasting away unnoticed on a Bangkok pavement. He wants to see Thailand’s military, which took power in a bloodless coup last month, set a date for a new general election to usher in a democratically elected government. “If it […]
The United States says it has captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a raid that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador. The 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador, and ignited a political firestorm in Washington. Now, the Pentagon press secretary says they’ve captured a suspected ringleader. Ahmed Abu Khatallah was captured in Libya Sunday, with […]
(Reuters) – China’s top diplomat began a round of meetings with Vietnamese officials in Hanoi on Wednesday as the two countries try to repair a rupture in ties over China’s positioning of an oil rig in disputed waters early last month. But many obstacles remain to resolving one of the worst breakdowns in Sino-Vietnamese relations since the neighbors fought a brief border war in 1979. Among the challenges likely to come up in talks: The […]
(Reuters) – Sixty-six people are feared to have drowned after an overloaded wooden boat carrying 97 illegal immigrants from Indonesia sank off Malaysia’s western coast, Malaysian officials said on Wednesday. The passengers included women and children and the boat was not fit for a sea voyage, said Muhammad Zuri, an official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. “This was an illegal boat and all the passengers were Indonesian,” Zuri told Reuters. Zuri had earlier said […]
Cambodian workers streamed across the border in Sa Kaew province on Tuesday (June 17), after rumours of a crackdown on illegal immigrants by the new military government. Around 170,000 Cambodian workers have already headed home over the past week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, although the exodus is now slowing. IOM Spokesman, Joe Lowry said many are likely to return to Thailand. “The next thing that will happen is people will go […]
The United States is deploying up to 275 military personnel to Iraq. President Barack Obama made the announcement to the U.S. Congress on Monday in a letter to lawmakers. He said he was notifying Congress under the War Powers Resolution. Obama said the forces are for securing the safety of American personnel in Iraq as well as the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. The move comes as militants seize control of the north of Iraq. They […]
(Reuters) – China’s top diplomat will visit Vietnam on Wednesday in a sign the two countries want to ease tensions over China’s deployment of an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea, but experts said there were many obstacles to healing the ruptured relationship. The visit by State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will be the highest level direct contact between Beijing and Hanoi since a Chinese state oil company parked […]
Indonesia supports the Philippines’ decision to settle its territorial dispute with China through a ruling of the International Tribunal of the Laws of the Sea.