International

Ministers from coalition against ISIL to meet Dec. 3

Ministers from coalition against ISIL to meet Dec. 3

Foreign ministers from up to 60 countries forming the U.S.-led coalition against ISIL militants will hold their first meeting next week in Brussels, U.S. officials said on Wednesday

Venezuela to charge opposition leader for plot to kill Maduro

Venezuela to charge opposition leader for plot to kill Maduro

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, authorities said on Wednesday, a move Machado slammed as an effort to silence her

Germany calls on Israel to ensure rights of minorities

Germany calls on Israel to ensure rights of minorities

Germany has refrained from openly criticizing Israeli government for its controversial "Jewish state" bill, but called for it to take into consideration the rights of minorities

Catalonia moves closer to early election as dialogue hopes fade

Catalonia moves closer to early election as dialogue hopes fade

Catalonia's two main parties on Wednesday moved a step closer to calling a snap regional election they want to use as a proxy for a referendum on independence from Spain

Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbours Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus

Russia vows support for Syria to combat terrorism

Russia vows support for Syria to combat terrorism

Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat "terrorism" in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict

Nigeria says Shell should pay $4 bln for 2011 oil spill

Nigeria says Shell should pay $4 bln for 2011 oil spill

Nigeria's National Assembly said on Wednesday oil major Shell should pay $3.96 billion for a 2011 spill at its offshore Bonga oilfield in the latest assessment of damage to the environment

Spanish police arrest gang smuggling Syrians into EU

Spanish police arrest gang smuggling Syrians into EU

Spanish police on Tuesday have arrested members of an international human trafficking group, which smuggled families from Syria into the European Union

Ukraine decides to sue Russia for 'trillions' at courts

Ukraine decides to sue Russia for

Ukraine will sue Russia at international courts to seek compensation for damage it caused in the country, Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday

European Parliament debates recognizing Palestine

European Parliament debates recognizing Palestine

European Parliament MEPs discussed on Wednesday the impact recognizing an independent state of Palestine would have on the Israel-Palestine peace process, as well as the wider region