A prominent Chinese newspaper has called for clarification about China’s envoy to Iceland, who has gone missing amid rumours he was a Japanese spy. via BBC News – Spy claims over absent China envoy.
A French aid worker from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, reports say. via BBC News – Ebola outbreak: MSF sends sick French aid worker home.
Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says. via BBC News – Nigeria ‘uses torture officers to extract confessions’.
British broadcaster the BBC has lodged a formal protest with Russian authorities, saying one of its news crews was attacked while looking into reports Russian soldiers had been killed near Ukraine’s border. via BBC complains to Russia after news crew attacked | Reuters.
Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said. via Gunmen kill 15 at college in north Nigeria’s Kano | Reuters.
A Japanese cabinet minister did not know that people with whom she was photographed years ago belonged to a right-wing group now known for “hate speech” demos, a government spokesman said on Thursday, the third recent case of politically embarrassing snapshots of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new leadership line-up. via
Egypt has moved to close down one of the last bastions of Muslim Brotherhood dissent with sweeping new rules to curtail violent protest at Al Azhar University, among the world’s most venerable centers of Islamic learning. via Egypt targets last bastion of Muslim Brotherhood dissent | Reuters.
Western powers told Iran on Thursday it must step up cooperation with a U.N. watchdog investigation into suspected atomic bomb research if it wants to get a broader nuclear deal that would ease sanctions on the oil producer. via West tells Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears | Reuters.
A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by China’s President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute. via Border standoff dominates China Xi’s visit to India |
Islamic State fighters captured villages and besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey on Thursday in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region. via Islamic State seizes villages in Syria as drone scouts skies