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Obama questions Russian commitment to Syria peace

Obama questions Russian commitment to Syria peace

He warned that "none of ISIL's leaders are safe, and we are going to keep going after them". But Obama said Thursday that negotiations are critical in achieving a political solution in Syria , and speed the demise of the Islamic State group there.



Fighting in Syria's Aleppo leaves 2 million without water

Citing U.N. figures, Power said Syrian government forces were to blame for almost 80 percent of the besieged areas throughout Syria. It has urgently called for a humanitarian pause in hostilities "to enable immediate access to fix the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need".



South Africa's ruling party suffers biggest election setback

But it lost to the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in the municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay, which includes the city of Port Elizabeth, a key manufacturing hub and port city. "The DA has a lot more appeal than before", said 30-year-old Port Elizabeth township resident Chimone Ferreira, who voted for the DA for the first time last week.


Former bishop Edward Daly dies aged 82

Former bishop Edward Daly dies aged 82

Over the last 22 years he provided much appreciated pastoral care to the terminally ill at the Foyle Hospice, an experience which gave him a further appreciation of the sanctity of human life and the importance of faith. He went on: "He was courageous in speaking out against injustice and took many personal risks for peace and reconciliation". Mehaffey, the retired Church of Ireland bishop of Derry and Raphoe, said Daly "was a man of God and a man of the people, a great church leader and a ...


ASEAN breaks deadlock on South China Sea, Beijing thanks Cambodia for support

ASEAN breaks deadlock on South China Sea, Beijing thanks Cambodia for support

Lajcak said the European Union welcomed the consensus reached between China and the ASEAN members on full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). Kishida said at meetings with his ASEAN counterparts that Japan has already provided their nations with more than 1.7 trillion yen ($16 billion) of a total 2 trillion yen pledged in 2013 in official development assistance over five years.



Thailand Votes In Favour Of New Constitution

For those who believe in democratic governments and self-rule, it would seem to be the political equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot. Thailand's baht climbed from a three-week low after voters approved a military-backed constitution that could mark the first step towards restoring democracy in the South-east Asian nation.