Bomb attacks in Shi’ite areas of Baghdad and in northern Iraq killed more than 35 people on Wednesday, following weeks of violence by Sunni Islamist insurgents determined to unleash sectarian confrontation.
Increasingly tough financial sanctions, an arms embargo and other international restrictions on trade with North Korea have significantly delayed expansion of Pyongyang’s illicit nuclear arms programme, according to a confidential report by a UN panel of experts seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Toppled in a 1999 military coup, jailed and exiled, Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and looks set to form a stable government capable of implementing reforms needed to rescue the fragile economy.
Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said yesterday, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 900.
A boat carrying about 100 Rohingya Muslims capsized off western Myanmar with many feared drowned at the start of a mass evacuation from low-lying regions ahead of an approaching storm, a UN official said on Tuesday.
A convicted Pakistani militant jailed in India died on Thursday after being beaten by another inmate in an apparent revenge attack for the death of an Indian spy prisoner, threatening already fraught relations between the nations.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday sent some 3 000 troops into the streets of the capital of Caracas to crack down on rampant crime that has made the Opec nation one of the most dangerous in the world.
Libya’s political crisis deepened on Wednesday as armed groups surrounding two ministries in the capital said they had formed an alliance to present an expanded list of six demands that included the resignation of prime minister Ali Zeidan.