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US urges 'immediate ceasefire' in Ukraine WASHINGTON: The United States called Thursday for an "immediate ceasefire" in Ukraine to ensure a proper investigation into a Malaysian airliner apparently shot down over the country's rebel-held eastern region.President Barack Obama earlier joined stunned world leaders in calling for a "credible and unimpeded" international inquiry to determine the causes of a disaster with the potential to further fan the flames of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War."It is critical that there be a full, credible and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement."We urge all concerned -- Russia, the pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine -- to support an immediate ceasefire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains."He noted that international organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization for Security and ...

EU leaders make no progress on top jobs BRUSSELS: EU leaders were making no progress on Wednesday as sharp differences surfaced over who should get the top jobs to steer the bloc over the next five years.Looming ever larger at the summit, the Ukraine crisis was making the choice of a successor to Britain's Catherine Ashton as head of the EU's foreign affairs arm even more sensitive.Without a deal on this key position, a decision about who should be president of the European ...
Macedonia moves to ban same-sex marriages SKOPJE: Macedonian lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favour of changing the constitution to explicitly ban same-sex marriages.Two thirds of politicians in the national assembly agreed to support a proposal by the conservative government, which would define marriage exclusively as "a union between a man and a woman".The government now has ten days to draft the amendment, which would be presented again to the 123-seat parliament for approval.Ilija Dimovski, a lawmaker from the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party, ...
Global AIDS can be controlled by 2030- United Nations LONDON: The United Nations said on Wednesday new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS were decreasing, making it possible to control the epidemic by 2030 and eventually end it “in every region, in every country”. “More than ever before, there is hope that ending AIDS is possible. However, a business-as-usual approach or simply sustaining the AIDS response at its current pace cannot end the epidemic,” the UN AIDS programme UNAIDS said in a global report. ...
EU leaders to haggle over top jobs BRUSSELS: EU leaders get down to serious haggling Wednesday over top jobs in the bloc, particularly on who will lead the high-profile foreign affairs arm as the bloc faces deepening crises in Ukraine and the Middle East.With Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed Tuesday by the European Parliament as the next head of the Commission, the specially called summit will also focus on the leadership of the European Council, which represents the bloc's 28 political leaders and sets ...
Russia detains two over deadly Moscow metro crash: investigators MOSCOW: Russian investigators said on Wednesday they had detained two Moscow metro workers in a probe into a devastating crash that killed 22 people and injured dozens.The Investigative Committee said it was holding two suspects: a maintenance foreman, Valery Bashkatov, and his assistant Yury Gordov. "The detained have already been questioned," the committee said, noting the men will soon be formally charged with safety breaches.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Ukraine sees Russian role in air strike on town KIEV: Ukraine has made fresh charges of Russian involvement in its conflict with separatist rebels, suggesting Moscow may have had a role in an air strike on Tuesday that killed 11 people.The accusations come a day before European Union leaders meet to discuss the crisis, where they might consider adopting fresh sanctions against Russia."Tomorrow in Brussels, the heads of state and government will again assess the situation on the ground and, should it be required, ...


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