AMMAN: A coalition of Islamist rebels said they seized a Syrian army base in northwestern Idlib province at dawn on Monday after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda’s Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives inside and set it off.
VIENNA: OSCE observers said today they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February, as well as movement of heavy weapons.
BALTIMORE: Baltimore’s mayor and police on Sunday again blamed outside agitators for violence and vandalism that flared during a mostly peaceful protest over last week’s death of a young black man who sustained an unexplained spinal injury while under arrest.
BANGKOK: More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said today, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week.
KATHMANDU: Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has appealed to the public to donate blood for hospitals to treat more than 6,000 people injured in Saturday’s earthquake.
SEOUL: South Korea said it has approved a request by a private aid group to send fertilizer to North Korea, the first such move in nearly five years that signalled a slight relaxing of sanctions imposed after one of its navy ships was attacked.
SINGAPORE: Lee Kuan Yew International Airport? A banknote with the founding Singaporean leader’s face on it? A new national holiday?
UNITED NATIONS: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on today, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal.
JAKARTA: Metro Jakarta Police Women and Children Crime Investigation team uncovered an online underaged teen prostitution syndicate that is active in a condominium in Kalibata, south Jakarta.
WASHINGTON: The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her presidential campaign.
KIEV: Ukraine will press European leaders for peacekeepers to patrol its war-torn east and will angle for more international financial support at two days of high-level talks starting today.
SYDNEY: The mother of an autistic Filipino boy she says faces deportation because he would be a burden to the Australian taxpayer presented a petition Monday signed by tens of thousands of people begging authorities to let him stay.
KATHMANDU: Mountain rescue teams, helped by clear weather, used helicopters to airlift climbers stranded for two days at high altitude on Mount Everest after a powerful earthquake triggered an avalanche that killed at least 17 people.
SYDNEY: Australia today said it was deeply concerned about an Australian-trained doctor who appears in an Islamic State propaganda video which urges other medical professionals to join the jihadists.
FRANKFURT: Berlin knew the risks of flying over war-torn east Ukraine before Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky last year but did not inform German airlines, local media reported on Sunday.