International News Headlines

H5N8 bird flu strain reported in Italy

Rome , Dec 18

Highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu strain was reported at a turkey farm in northern Italy, media reported Wednesday.

Four killed in Egypt military plane crash

Cairo , Dec 18

An Egyptian military plane crashed Wednesday during Egypt-United Arab Emirates (UAE)joint military drill, killing two Egyptian and two UAE officers, state-run Nile TV reported.

US, Cuba restoring ties very positive: UN chief

United Nations , Dec 18

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday heralded restoration of ties between the US and Cuba as "positive news", thanking leaders of both countries for "the very important step".

Somalia president appoints new prime minister

Mogadishu , Dec 18

Somalia's president Wednesday announced the appointment of former prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the country's new prime minister.

230 bodies found in mass grave in Syria

Damascus , Dec 18

More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were found in a mass grave in Syria's Deir al-Zour province, a media report said Wednesday.

Republicans slam Obama for Cuba decision

Washington , Dec 18

The leading Republican in the US House of Representatives Wednesday slammed President Barack Obama's decision to resume full diplomatic ties with Communist-ruled Cuba as a "mindless" concession to a dictatorship.

Brazilian Olympic hopeful banned for doping

Rio De Janeiro , Dec 18

Brazilian Olympic sprint hopeful Vanda Gomes has been banned from competing for two years for doping.

Johann Luif becomes new commander of EU force

Sarajevo , Dec 18

Major General Johann Luif became the new commander of the European Union Force, or EUFOR, during a ceremony in Camp Butmir near Sarajevo here Wednesday.

Obama announces new Cuba policy to normalise relations

Washington , Dec 18

US President Barack Obama Wednesday announced a historical, new policy toward Cuba, in a move to normalise relations and end more than five decades of estrangement between the two countries.

Cuba announces restoration of relations with US

Havana , Dec 18

Cuba and the US have agreed to the "re-establishment of diplomatic relations," which were broken in 1961, and they have made a commitment to "take mutual measures to improve the bilateral climate," Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday.