US Senate approves Venezuela sanctions bill

BBC - The United States Senate has approved a bill which would impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials found to have violated protesters' rights. Thousands of activists who took part in anti-government protests which erupted across...

Syrian conflict: UN urges countries to take refugees

BBC - The UN refugee agency and more than 30 humanitarian organisations have urged countries around the world to accept more Syrian refugees. Richer countries will be asked to resettle at least 130,000 Syrians at...

Ukraine crisis: Shaky ceasefire holds as talks expected

BBC - Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine are observing a ceasefire after weeks of bitter fighting, officials say. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had earlier called for a "Day of Silence", to...

Israel arrests ‘relic looters’ from Dead Sea cave

BBC - A gang that was stealing ancient relics from a desert cave - close to where the famed Dead Sea Scrolls were found - has been arrested, Israeli officials say. The alleged thieves were...

Typhoon Hagupit sweeps across Philippines

BBC - Typhoon Hagupit is sweeping across the eastern Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening coastal areas with a powerful sea-surge. More than half a million people have fled coastal villages in the...

UK to establish permanent Mideast military base

Al Arabiya News - Bahrain will host the first permanent British military base in the Middle East as part of a deal to increase cooperation in tackling security threats in the Middle East, the...

Iran confirms it carried out air strikes in Iraq

Al Arabiya News - A senior Iranian official confirmed on Friday that his country had carried out air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq, in an interview with...

US hostage Luke Somers and SA Pierre Korkie killed during Yemen rescue bid

BBC - UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue bid. Saturday's operation was carried by joint US and Yemeni special...

Pakistan military kills al-Qaeda leader wanted in U.S.

Reuters - Pakistani helicopter gunships swooped on a militant hideout in a predawn raid on Saturday and shot dead a top al-Qaeda operative who was wanted in the United States for planning to bomb...

Hundreds of thousands evacuated from path of Philippine typhoon

Reuters - Around half a million people fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas in the central Philippines on Friday, a day before a powerful typhoon was expected to hit the island nation where thousands...

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