Wednesday, 27th August 2014

World

Residents from the city of Tabqa ride alongside Islamic State militants in a celebratory tour of the streets after the Sunni militants wrested control of Tabqa air base from Syrian government forces on Sunday. Their victory came after days of fighting over the strategic location, which was the Syrian army's last foothold in northeast Syria.- JAPAN TIMES
LEBANON: Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallemwarned the U.S. on Monday not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against Islamic State militants without Damascus’ consent, saying any such attack would be considered aggressive. Walid al-Moallem's words appeared timed to pre-empt any U.S. military action in Syria. President Barack Obama has resisted ordering U.S. military action in Syria for three years, even after a deadly chemical weapons attack a year ago near Damascus that he blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's government. But now, Obama faces pressure from his own military leaders to...
Fighting Ebola, an arduous task
UN: The United Nations warned on Monday that restrictions on flights to and from Ebola-hit West African countries could hamper the international community’s ability to fight and reverse the current outbreak of the deadly virus disease. “The United Nations system is focused on tackling the serious outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. However, there have been challenges with air transportation into and out of the countries affected,” Xinhua quoted U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as saying at a daily briefing. “The current limitations on flights into and out of affected countries...