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Sunday, April 5, 2015
Russia urges UN-mandated pause in Yemen air strikes
UNITED NATIONS, United States - Russia called on the UN Security Council Saturday to push for a pause in the air war in Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition pounded rebels in the country for a 10th day.
Chile's Bachelet visits flood-hit north after 25 killed
SANTIAGO, April 5, 2015 (AFP) - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet visited the flood-hit north of the country where at least 25 people died and 125 others are still missing, vowing to "rebuild" the stricken region.
Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in 14 months
HAVANA - Cuba's former president and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance in 14 months, local media reported Saturday.
Kenya said Saturday it had arrested five men in connection with the university massacre by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shabab militants that left nearly 150 people dead.
 > Africa
Brief eclipse seen over Pacific Rim
Sky-gazers in parts of the Pacific Rim observed an "unusually brief" total eclipse of the Moon on Saturday night, with the rare red-tinged satellite glimpsed from Japan's far north to the Hollywood Hills.
IS group shot, hammered away at Iraq's Hatra: video
Islamic State extremists at Iraq's ancient city of Hatra destroyed the archaeological site by smashing sledgehammers into its walls and shooting Kalashnikov assault rifles at priceless statues, a new militant video purportedly from the group shows.
The Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office yesterday continued to conduct investigations on the ongoing Apache photo scandal case at the Army Special Forces 601 Brigade.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Shock, defiance in Kenya after Shebab massacre 148 at university
GARISSA, Kenya - The bodies of the 148 students and security officers massacred by Somalia's Shebab Islamists in a Kenyan university were flown Friday to Nairobi where their desperate and grieving loved ones were waiting.
 > Africa
US state lacks evidence, frees man after 30 years
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row walked free two days after prosecutors acknowledged that the only evidence they had against him couldn't prove he committed the crime.
Taipei - The Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival will kick off on April 10 in Taipei, showcasing over 40 films, including cult classics and other non-conventional productions from around the world.
Army Command Headquarters (ACH, 陸軍司令部) yesterday announced the updated list of five penalized military officials involved in local celebrity Janet Lee (李蒨蓉) entering the cockpit of an Apache helicopter, including an Army Special Forces (航特部) lieutenant general commander, who is the highest ranking officer to be punished.
Taiwan -- US F-18 fighters depart Taiwan following completion of repairs
Two American F-18 fighters left Taiwan Friday afternoon after making an emergency landing at a Taiwanese Air Force base two days earlier due to a mechanical problem in one of the aircraft, Taiwan's Air Force said.
North Korea fired short-range projectiles into the sea for a second consecutive day Friday in an apparent protest against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills, South Korean officials said.
 > Korea
French lawmakers on Friday voted to ban ultra-thin models, despite howls of protest from modelling agencies in the world's fashion capital.
 > Europe
Commitments made, Iran and 6 powers advance tough nuke talks
With one phase of nuclear talks over, Iran and six world powers now have an ambitious to-do list that -- if implemented -- will cut significantly into Iran's bomb-capable technology while giving Tehran quick access to bank accounts, oil markets and other financial assets blocked by international sanctions.
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