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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in Donetsk

Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in Donetsk

Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighbouring Belarus was aborted before it began.

NATO chief warns of challenges after black year

NATO chief warns of challenges after black year

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance must be ready to face further challenges after a black year of Russian intervention in Ukraine and terror attacks on Europes streets.

Greece opposes Canadian gold mine, to scrap gas utility sale

Greece opposes Canadian gold mine, to scrap gas utility sale

Greece's new left-wing government will cancel plans to sell the state natural gas utility and is firmly opposed to a Canadian gold mine that is among the biggest foreign investment projects in the country, the energy minister told Reuters on Friday.

Taliban Captures ISIL Afghan Chief Mullah Abdul Rauf

Taliban Captures ISIL Afghan Chief Mullah Abdul Rauf

Mullah Abdul Rauf a former Taliban commander , who had recently declared his allegiance to ISIL and was a recruitment cell for the radical group in Afghanistan has been captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

North Korean leader lashes out at 'rabid dogs'

North Korean leader lashes out at

North Korean state media issued an aggressive statement from leader Kim Jong-un Saturday after U.S. President Barack Obama's recent suggestion that Pyongyang's leadership would collapse under pressure from outside.

US says airstrike killed ISIL chemical weapons expert

US says airstrike killed ISIL chemical weapons expert

An prominent ISIL chemical weapons engineer was killed in a coalition airstrike, U.S. Central Command said Friday.

Greece finance minister rejects talking with 'trokia'

Greece finance minister rejects talking with

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Friday the country's new leftist government will not talk to the "troika" -- the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank -- over Athen's bailout program.

US says Israeli settlements illegitimate

US says Israeli settlements illegitimate

Israels approval for the construction of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegitimate, the U.S. said Friday.

Wahhabism, western double standards behind ISIL's rise: HRW

Wahhabism, western double standards behind ISIL

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), has said that Wahhabism and western "double standards" were behind the meteoric rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and other militant groups in the region in 2014.

IMF: Gaza war pushed Palestinian economy into recession

IMF: Gaza war pushed Palestinian economy into recession

The war between Israel and Gaza drove the Palestinian economy of Gaza and the West Bank into its first contraction since 2006, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.