International News Headlines

Australian state Victoria bans smoking in prisons

Melbourne , June 30

Smoking will be banned in Australian state Victoria's prisons from Wednesday, in a push to make prison life healthier for inmates.

UN chief deplores airstrikes on UN compound in Yemen

United Nations , June 30

UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon on Monday deplored coalition airstrikes on a UN compound in Aden, Yemen, urging a full investigation into the incident.

Tunisia makes arrests over Sousse terror attack

Tunis , June 30

Tunisia has arrested a "significant number" of suspects in the terrorist attack on foreign tourists at the beach resort of Sousse that killed at least 38 and injured dozens, Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli said on Monday.

Top IS leader killed in coalition airstrikes in Iraq

Baghdad , June 30

A prominent Islamic State leader was killed in airstrikes launched by the US-led international coalition west of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

World ignores 'atrocious' persecution of Christians: Pope

Vatican City , June 29

Pope Francis on Monday deplored the "atrocious, inhumane and inexplicable persecution" of Christians still taking place in many parts of the world and "often beneath the eyes and sealed lips of all".

Puerto Rico's governor calls for negotiated moratorium on debt payments

San Juan , June 30

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Monday announced his intention to call together the island's creditors and bondholders to seek a "negotiated moratorium" lasting several years on paying its huge debt, which has choked the public finances in an economy that has been practically stalled for the past 20 years.

IS families escape into Turkey from northern Syria

Ankara , June 30

At least 20 members of families living under Islamic State crossed from Syria into Turkey amidst the Kurdish advance on al-Raqqa, the main stronghold of the radical group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Monday.

Austria's Donauinselfest music festival attracts 3.3 mn visitors

Vienna , June 30

The 32nd Donauinselfest (Danube Island Fest) held here over the weekend, attracted a record 3.3 million visitors, its organisers said on Monday.

Greece lacks will to compromise: Merkel

Berlin , June 29

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday accused Greece of a lack of willingness to compromise, calling on the government in Athens to take "self-responsibility" in dealing with its debt issue.

European Parliament leaders call for resuming Greek talks

Brussels , June 29

The political group leaders of the European Parliament (EP) on Monday called Greece and the creditors to return to the negotiating table before the end of Tuesday.