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24 have been killed by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Twenty-four people have been killed by Cyclone Pam which tore through Vanuatu, the UN says, as the Pacific nation’s president pleads for help to rebuild the archipelago’s “completely destroyed” infrastructure. Aid workers said they expected the death toll to rise as more information filtered in from the nation’s 65 inhabited islands, where communication services are still not working following the cyclone ...

Taliban bombers kill 15 at two Lahore churches

In another gruesome attack on minorities in Pakistan, terrorists on Sunday targeted the Christian community in Lahore, killing at least 15 people in suicide hits on two different churches within a radius of 500 metres in Youhannabad. The incident, which also left 78 people injured, sparked violent protests, resulting in lynching of two suspected militants and damage to infrastructure. For ...

Australia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced aircraft tracking

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, which vanished last year during a ...

Greek leftist Tsipras sworn in as PM

Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in Monday as the prime minister of a new hard-line, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. The decisive victory by Tsipras’ Syriza in Sunday’s snap election reignites fears of new financial troubles in the country that set off the regional crisis in ...

‘Tidal wave of snow’ forecast to cripple north-eastern US

50 million told to ‘go home and stay home’ as planes are grounded and cars ordered off streets before giant storms sweep into New York and Boston A crippling blizzard predicted to dump historic snowfalls swept into the American north-east as shops reported panic buying, airlines cancelled thousands of flights and governors announced states of emergency and travel bans. Meteorologists ...

London to host international coalition summit on Islamic State

The United Kingdom is to host a British-American summit on fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group. A official source in the foreign ministry told Ahram Online that countries involved in US-led international coalition against IS will take part in the summit Thursday. Foreign ministers from 20 countries, including Arab states, will discuss how to further degrade and defeat the ...

Belgian police foil terror attacks on ‘grand scale’

Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch “terrorist attacks on a grand scale.” Coming a week after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris, the incident heightened fears across Europe of young local Muslims returning radicalized from ...

U.S. firm to conduct onshore gas survey

U.S.-based NEOS GeoSolutions will conduct an onshore oil and gas survey in Lebanon to complete its data acquisition despite the lack of political will to remove all hurdles before launching a licensing round, insiders and a lawmaker said. “The U.S. company intends to conduct a 2-D seismic onshore survey in some Lebanese regions within 10 days after [it] completed [its ...

We are all Germany, president tells Muslims

German President Joachim Gauck told the country’s Muslim community Tuesday that “we are all Germany” at a rally to condemn the Paris jihadi attacks and take a stand against rising Islamophobia. About 10,000 citizens, religious leaders and politicians, among them Chancellor Angela Merkel, joined the event, which started with a wreath-laying ceremony at the French embassy and an imam reciting ...

Obama seeks Congress’ authorization of war on ISIS

U.S. President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Tuesday he is committed to working with them on a text to authorize the use of military force against ISIS militants, the White House said. Obama met with top congressional leaders at the White House earlier in the day. “The president also underscored the importance of our diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing Iran ...