Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration, Iraq’s outgoing foreign minister said on Wednesday. via Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi government: foreign minister | Reuters.
Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance. via Pakistan cleric’s supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs
A senior U.S. Treasury official said on Wednesday that the U.S. and Japanese governments are completely unified that sanctions are needed on Russia to encourage it to stop taking steps that the United States says are destabilizing Ukraine. via U.S. official says unified with Japan on need for Russian sanctions
President Cristina Fernandez on Tuesday unveiled legislation that seeks to push bondholders to swap defaulted debt for new notes governed by Argentine law, a move aimed at skirting a U.S. ruling that prevented her government from paying its creditors. via Argentina aims to skirt U.S. court, bring debt under national
World stocks mostly halted their recent rally on Wednesday before the latest policy signal from the U.S. central bank, while UK stocks and bonds fell after Bank of England minutes showed two rate-setters voted to raise interest rates earlier this month. via Global stocks halt rally, BoE jolts UK markets
Islamic State insurgents posted a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq. via Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist | Reuters.
A group of soldiers in north-eastern Nigeria is refusing to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants until they receive better equipment, one of the mutineers has told the BBC. The soldier, who requested anonymity, said at least 40 of his colleagues would refuse orders to deploy. via BBC News – Boko
Liberia has imposed a night-time curfew and has quarantined an area of the capital Monrovia in a bid to halt the deadly Ebola outbreak. via BBC News – Ebola crisis: Liberia orders curfew and quarantine.
Venezuela says it has arrested 13 people and seized 136 tonnes of food since it launched an anti-smuggling operation on its border with Colombia. via BBC News – Venezuela holds 13 and seizes tonnes of food in smuggling crackdown.
Sanctions Russia has imposed on agricultural products from the European Union will cut Dutch exports by “at least 300 million euros” ($400 million), based on 2013 figures, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday. via Russian sanctions to hit Dutch exports by $400 million euros: stats office | Reuters.