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UN peacekeepers in Syria ready to use 'deadly force' MANILA: Seventy-five Filipino members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights are ready to use "deadly force" to defend themselves, their commander in Manila said Friday. Talks were underway to free a separate group of 43 peacekeepers from Fiji who have been taken hostage by anti-Assad fighters, officials said. The United Nations Security Council "strongly condemned" the assaults against the peacekeepers, which it said were carried out by "terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups".The Filipino peacekeepers trapped at two posts on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were prepared to fight back rather than surrender, their commander in Manila said."We can use deadly force in defence of the UN facilities," Colonel Roberto Ancan told reporters."I (would) just like to emphasise our troops are well-armed, they are well-trained... they are well-disciplined warrior peacekeepers."Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra ...


Ukraine seeks to join NATO KIEV: Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two.He announced that rebels had succeeded in halting it, ...

UN urges US to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting GENEVA: The UN racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the US record."Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of ...

Britain raises its terrorism threat level LONDON: Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. The government said there was no evidence an attack was imminent but the assessment of the latest intelligence by security chiefs justified elevating the international threat level to "severe", meaning a strike was "highly likely". "What we're facing in Iraq ...

Iraq operations costing on average $7.5mn per day: Pentagon WASHINGTON: US military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department may have spent about $500 million since it became involved. "(The cost) has varied since the beginning in mid-June but on average it's costing about $7.5 million per day," said Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary."That's based on a ...

No specific threat to US homeland from IS: US WASHINGTON: United States is not aware of any specific threat to the US homeland from Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday after Britain raised its international terrorism threat level.Islamic State militants and their supporters, however, "have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. He noted DHS has taken steps over the summer to strengthen security at overseas airports ...


 



 
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