• Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

  • Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

    Talks to guarantee that Russian gas imports flow into Ukraine throughout the winter appeared to be at an impasse Thursday because of doubts over payments from Kiev.

  • Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

  • German FM to visit RI in bid to boost maritime partnership

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Indonesia on Nov.2-3 to give an impetus to stronger maritime defense cooperation between Germany, the third-largest arms exporter globally, and Indonesia, whom President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has envisioned to become the world’s maritime axis .

  • Landslide

    Sri Lankan residents stand at the site of a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village in central Sri Lanka on Thursday. Soldiers using heavy diggers stepped up their desperate search for victims of a landslide in Sri Lanka, feared to have buried alive 100 people on a tea plantation. (AFP/ Ishara S. Kodikara)

  • Unrest

    Men shout slogans in front of burning cars, near the Burkina Faso's Parliament where demonstrators set fire, on Thursday in Ouagadougou, as they protest against plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. Police had fired tear gas on protesters to try to prevent them from moving in on the National Assembly building in the capital Ouagadougou ahead of a vote on the controversial legislation. But about 1,500 people managed to break through the security cordon and were ransacking parliament, according to AFP correspondents. Protesters ransacked offices, setting fire to documents and stealing computer equipment, and set fire to cars outside. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

  • RI, Dutch extend diplomatic training to 2016

    Indonesia and the Netherlands on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on diplomatic training, which is set to last until 2016, a top envoy said.

  • Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

    Myanmar has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state's international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists and the U.S. say, not so fast.

  • Obama on Ebola fight: US can't seal itself off

    Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from the afflicted region. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared.

  • Maine can't hold Ebola nurse without judge's order

    A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said Wednesday she plans to end her voluntary quarantine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials seeking to legally enforce it.

  • WHO: Ebola decline in Liberia could be real trend

    The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.

  • Returning ISIS fighters 'pose threat to region', says Indonesia's military chief

    The commander of Indonesia's armed forces (TNI) said yesterday that he plans to call for a meeting of his counterparts from the region to discuss how best to counter the threat of extremism from militant group ISIS.

  • Russia plans special maritime policy for Indonesia

    The Russian government will offer various forms of modern technology to support Indonesia’s maritime sector, which has been made a priority by new government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • RI’s focus on agriculture, maritime praised

    Leading international agencies dealing with food, agriculture and health affairs, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), have praised Indonesia’s political platform to accelerate the agriculture and maritime industries.

  • S'pore plane flies home after detention in Indonesia

    A Singapore aircraft with a pilot instructor and two trainees on board landed safely at Seletar Airport at 7.18pm yesterday, about 30 hours after it was intercepted by Indonesian fighter jets on Tuesday.

  • Fewer Chinese couples want second child

    About 700,000 Chinese couples in which one of the partners is an only child applied to have a second child by the end of August, and 620,000 of them got a permit, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Wednesday.

  • Peshmerga troops cheered by fellow Kurds in Turkey

    Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by Islamic State militants.

  • Zambian president dies after long illness

    Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed "Mr. King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader of a sub-Saharan African nation since 1994 when South Africa moved to majority rule.

  • WHO: Ebola decline in Liberia could be real trend

    The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.

  • Study: Young people more likely to survive Ebola

    Who survives Ebola and why? Health workers treating patients in Sierra Leone, including some who died doing that work, have published the most detailed report yet on medical aspects of the epidemic. The research suggests young people are less likely to perish, fever is the most common symptom when victims first seek care, and early help is crucial.

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