By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Elaine Lies AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said every effort was being made to secure the release of journalist Kenji
Shells hit a cultural center and a trolleybus in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Friday, killing at least six people, Reuters journalists in the city said. A Reuters cameraman saw four covered bodies near the cultural center and a fifth dead person in a badly-damaged car nearby. The separatist administration in the city said at least seven people were killed, including five in the strike
Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday morning, while bombs in Baghdad and Samarra killed at least 21 people, security and medical sources said. Police in the northern province of Kirkuk said Islamic State launched mortars and attacked positions of Kurdish peshmerga fighters in four districts southwest of Kirkuk city. Islamic State has freq
By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday promised justice for 44 policemen killed in a clash with Muslim rebels but, underscoring his calls for the violence not to derail peace efforts, warned against an angry response to the violence. The government has described the clash on Sunday, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a "misencounter" during a bi
By Maggie Fick and Yusri Mohamed CAIRO/ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, after Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 30 security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula. Sisi's office said in a statement that Sisi would return to Cairo after Friday morning's opening session. The four se
A man who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded to go on live television had no known links to terrorist organizations and had acted alone, police said Friday. The 19-year-old said he had planted explosives and talked about a cyber attack, but police said he later admitted he had made the threats up. The gun he used to force his way into the studios was a replica, polic
The only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980 assumed the largely ceremonial role when he was handed the AU flag and gavel at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In his acceptance speech, Africa's oldest head of state spoke of the need to guard against foreigners exploiting the continent's mineral wealth and called for more assistance for African farmers.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A police official says the death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan has risen to 35.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.
A Ugandan Muslim sheikh and 17 others have been charged with killing two fellow clerics, a case police said Friday is linked to Islamist rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo. "There's a link definitely to the Allied Democratic Forces," police spokesman Fred Enanga told AFP, referring to the small group of Ugandan-led ADF rebels, who have terrorised pockets of eastern DR Congo for the last two
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian opposition fighters have detonated a large amount of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties on the government troops.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union.
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's army said on Friday state agencies were working to get information on an air force pilot held by Islamic State militants, after a deadline passed for a proposed prisoner swap, but offered no new word on his fate. "State organs are working round the clock following up on the case of the pilot ... and in the event of any developments the information would be shared at the
LONDON (AP) — Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with memorial services to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime has told detectives he was acting alone and had no links to any terror organization, police said Friday.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.
By Elizabeth Piper MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has handed a multi-billion dollar contract to build a bridge to the Crimea peninsula to an ally and former judo partner of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions. A government order published on Friday named Stroygazmontazh (SGM) as the contractor to build the bridge spanning the Kerch Strait to link Russia's mainland and Crimea, annexed from Ukr
France, the European Union's biggest agricultural producer, has delayed a target to halve pesticide use to 2025 from 2018 after plans to curb their deployment failed, the farm minister said on Friday. France had set a voluntary target of halving pesticide use in the decade to 2018 but it has in fact risen, partly due to adverse weather conditions. Like the EU as a whole, France has sought to bec
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Falling prices sent another worrying signal about the eurozone economy just before the European Central Bank starts a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort.
England will face Australia in Sunday's tri-series final after winning their one-day international against India at the WACA Ground in Perth on Friday by three wickets. Set a modest 201 to win after another disappointing batting effort by India, England stumbled early before recovering to edge their way to 201 for seven and win with 19 balls to spare. With the winner of the game advancing to Sun
PERTH, Australia (AP) — James Taylor and Jos Buttler made half centuries in a 125-run partnership which steered England to a three-wicket win over India on Friday and into the final of cricket's one-day international tri-series.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Mugabe, Africa's oldest president aged 90, shook hands with Abel Aziz in front of fellow leaders to applause at the AU summit in the Ethiopian capital. Mugabe, a former liberation war hero who is Africa's third-longest serving leader, is viewed with
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian health officials have raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.
NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Striker and captain Ahmed Khalil scored goals on either side of halftime and tournament scoring leader Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty as the United Arab Emirates clinched third place in the Asian Cup with a 3-2 win over a 10-man Iraq.
Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to beat 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an entertaining third-place play-off. The Al Jazira marksman took his tally for the competition to five with a nerveless second-half penalty, putting him a goal ahead of partner Ahmed Khalil who grabbed a brace. Khalil opened the scoring on 16 minutes, sli
The new chairman of the African Union, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, is the continent's oldest leader -- and one of its most controversial post-colonial figures. To most of Africa, he was an anti-colonial hero. Despite this, Mugabe -- who turns 91 next month -- remains admired in much of Africa and was already serving as the chairman of the regional Southern African Development Community. Ad
TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. "Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh," Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a
By Samia Nakhoul, Ned Parker and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that despite victories in the war against Islamic State, the global coalition against the group was inadequate and predicted a campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul would not happen before the fall. In an interview with Reuters late on Thursday, Barzani said there was little
MOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had hiked in previous months to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian athletes will have to scale back their training plans for next year's Olympics in Brazil because of the country's economic crisis, deputy sports minister Yuri Nagornykh said on Friday.