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Kerry in Abu Dhabi for talks on Syria peace plan

ABU DHABI (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday to meet his Emirati counterparts on efforts to build a Syrian opposition coalition to lead peace talks with the Damascus regime. Kerry has scheduled meetings with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed ...

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Obama warns against overreaction to IS attacks

KUALA LUMPUR: Try­ing to reassure a nation on edge, President Barack Obama said on Sunday the militant Islamic State (IS) group “cannot strike a mortal blow” against the US, and he warned that overreacting to the Paris attacks would play into extremists’ hands. “We will destroy this terrorist organisation,” he ...

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Eight killed in NE Nigeria suicide bombing: relief agency

KANO (AFP) – Eight people were killed Sunday when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives among women and children arriving in Nigeria s northeastern city of Maiduguri seeking to escape Boko Haram violence in the countryside. Mohammed Kanar, a local coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the ...

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Obama calls upon youth to reject extremism

KUALA LUMPUR: President Barack Obama urged young people in Malaysia on Friday to reject the “terrible vision” that drove the Paris attacks, offering an alternative vision in which traditional cultures coexist with a diverse modern world. “You can set an example,” Obama told college-age youngsters in Kuala Lumpur. “Not just ...

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Coal mine fire in northeast China kills 21

SHANGHAI: At least 21 people died in a fire at a mine operated by northeast China’s biggest state-owned coal company, state media reported on Saturday, the latest accident in the country’s trouble-plagued resources sector. The fire broke out late Friday evening at a mine operated by state giant Longmay Mining Holding ...

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