International

Sri Lankan leader to discuss Chinese project on visit

Sri Lankan leader to discuss Chinese project on visit

Sri Lankas president was to hold talks with the Chinese president on a trip to Beijing that appeared to be aimed at balancing his nations relations with China and India, which are competing for influence in the Indian Ocean region.

UN: Syria, Iraq wars fuelling asylum appeals to new high

UN: Syria, Iraq wars fuelling asylum appeals to new high

Wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as other armed conflicts, have increased the number of asylum applications to industrialized countries to a 22-year high in 2014, the UN has said.

UN chief urges action for children trapped by war

UN chief urges action for children trapped by war

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that the world must act "collectively and expeditiously" to protect children caught up in wars worldwide.

Nigeria's 'liberated' northeast seized by election fever

Nigeria

Many Nigerians in the country's Boko Haram-wracked northeastern region are excited about upcoming March 28 general elections, citing "very good" improvements in the local security situation.

Hongkongers urged to vote out pro-democracy lawmakers

Hongkongers urged to vote out pro-democracy lawmakers

Hong Kongs chief executive CY Leung has urged residents to vote pro-democracy lawmakers out of the territory's semi-representative legislature, drawing criticism from opposition members.

UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967

UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967

The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning report on the humanitarian situation.

France-based firm pulls out of Jerusalem cable car project

France-based firm pulls out of Jerusalem cable car project

France-based utility giant Suez Environnement said Wednesday that, because of political sensitivities, it has decided not to take part in a cable car project linking west Jerusalem to the annexed Eastern sector.

ICRC: Israel offensive has left Gaza water unsafe for drinking

ICRC: Israel offensive has left Gaza water unsafe for drinking

Israel's offensive on Gaza last summer caused lasting and extensive damage to water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure in Gaza, according to a recent report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

EU criticizes Israeli policy in Area C

EU criticizes Israeli policy in Area C

EU representatives condemned Israel's failure to meet its obligations to Palestinians in Area C during a meeting with the Palestinian Prime Minister on Tuesday.