Defense Department officials said late Wednesday that United States airstrikes and Kurdish fighters had broken the Islamic militants’ siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of the Yazidis trapped there to escape. An initial report from about a dozen Marines and Special Operations forces who arrived on Tuesday and spent 24
After years of waiting, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) and FedEx Corp have received licenses in China to extend domestic express package services to Beijing and other cities without needing joint-venture partners. via UPS, Fedex get approval for express services in more Chinese cities | Reuters.
India’s civil aviation regulator said on Thursday it has ordered Jet Airways to suspend two pilots after a flight to Brussels dived 5,000 feet, forcing air traffic controllers to issue an emergency warning. In a major scare, a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Brussels, carrying around 280 passengers, plunged
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday, throwing the October election and local financial markets into disarray. via Brazil presidential candidate Campos killed in plane crash | Reuters.
The Twitter account of Russia’s prime minister was hacked on Thursday. The infiltrators posted a message saying Dmitry Medvedev had resigned. The Russian-language feed, which has more than 2.5 million followers, was also filled with tweets denouncing the country’s president, Vladimir Putin. The impersonator wrote that Mr Medvedev would be
The international chemical weapons watchdog says that all the precursor chemicals for sarin gas removed from Syria have been destroyed. via BBC News – Syria conflict: Sarin gas chemicals destroyed.
Heavy shelling has been heard in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk as a Russian convoy approaches the Ukrainian border. via BBC News – Ukraine crisis: ‘Shelling hits’ rebel-held Donetsk.
A court in Azerbaijan has upheld the jailing of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, who faces pre-trial detention for at least three months. He was arrested on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Similar charges have been brought against other prominent activists in the
Police in the US state of Missouri have clashed with protesters for a fourth night amid growing anger at the fatal shooting of a black teenager by police. Heavily armed riot police fired tear gas as they moved in on demonstrators in Ferguson, St Louis, who had ignored an order
The UN has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as a humanitarian crisis follows the rapid advance by Islamic State militants in the north. Kurdish officials said the situation in Dohuk province, with 150,000 refugees, was now critical. via BBC News – Iraq: UN sounds alarm on humanitarian