JAPAN TENSE AS FATE OF ISLAMIC STATE HOSTAGES REMAINS UNCERTAIN

JAPAN TENSE AS FATE OF ISLAMIC STATE HOSTAGES REMAINS UNCERTAIN. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) talks with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Jan 30, 2015, as the Japanese government continues racing against time to confirm the fate of a Japanese journalist believed to be held by Islamic State militants, after a purported new deadline for a potent... Read More

MALAYSIA: OCEANARIUM IN MALACCA

MALAYSIA: OCEANARIUM IN MALACCA. Visitors take a picture of a school of fish at The Shore Oceanarium Malacca town, Malaysia on Jan 29, 2015. Visitors to the new acquarium can view around 500 marine species , including about 300 fish, other than corals, sea urchins, turtles and jellyfish. The commercial aquarium also features a variety of rare marine life from Indonesia, the Philippines and Hawaii... Read More

THAIPUSAM PREPARATIONS IN MALAYSIA

THAIPUSAM PREPARATIONS IN MALAYSIA. Hindu devotees cleaning a horse chariot made of silver as preparations for the Thaipusam celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia begin on Jan 29, 2015. Devotees prepare themselves for Thaipusam, which falls on Tues, January 3 spiritually by fasting and praying before performing acts of penance or thanksgiving like carrying 'Kavadis' and 'Paal Kudam' (pots filled... Read More

THAI BUDDHIST MONKS PILGRIMAGE PROCESSION

THAI BUDDHIST MONKS PILGRIMAGE PROCESSION. A Thai devotee pays respect to a Buddhist monk as he walks pass a path of petals during a pilgrimage rite procession in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan 29, 2015. 130 Thai Buddhist monks took part in the 422.6 kilometer (262 miles) long pilgrimage through seven provinces to pay their homage to Lord Buddha and for Thai Buddhist devotees. Photo courtesy Bangkokpost... Read More

EGYPTIAN PROTEST AGAINST WOMAN ACTIVIST KILLING

EGYPTIAN PROTEST AGAINST WOMAN ACTIVIST KILLING. Protesters chant anti-government slogans, "Wanted, the killer of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh" during a protest by women at the same location in central Cairo where activist Shaimaa Sabbagh was killed during a protest on January 29, 2015, one day before the anniversary of the popular uprising that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. A group of wom... Read More

ISLAMIC STATE HOSTAGES: JORDAN SEEKS PROOF PILOT IS ALIVE

ISLAMIC STATE HOSTAGES: JORDAN SEEKS PROOF PILOT IS ALIVE. Senate President Abdur-Rau’f S. Rawabdeh speaks during a parliamentary meeting during which Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour gave a briefing on the case of the Islamic State-detained pilot Muath Kasasbeh in Amman, Jordan on Jan 29, 2015. The government on Thursday reiterated that it will not release “prisoner” woman sucide bomber Sajida Rish... Read More

MEXICO CITY GAS TRUCK EXPLODES NEAR MATERNITY HOSPITAL

MEXICO CITY GAS TRUCK EXPLODES NEAR MATERNITY HOSPITAL. Rescue workers comb through the rubble of a children's hospital after a gas truck exploded, in Cuajimalpa on the outskirts of Mexico City on Jan 29, 2015. A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered the hospital on the western edge of Mexico's capital, and early reports said a woman and a baby died, a city spokesman said. Dozens of people w... Read More

AFCON 2015: GUINEA TAKES LAST QUARTER-FINAL SLOT

AFCON 2015: GUINEA TAKES LAST QUARTER-FINAL SLOT. Modibo Maiga of Mali and Issiaga Sylla of Guinea during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football match between Guinea and Mali at the Mongomo Stadium in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea on Jan28, 2015. The last quarter final pairing of the AFCON 2015 has finally been decided, with lucky Guinea taking on Ghana on Sunday at the Estadio de Malabo. Photo cour... Read More

INDIA’S WOMAN FOREIGN SECT SACKED AND REPLACED BY FORMER AMBASSADOR TO US

INDIA’S WOMAN FOREIGN SECT SACKED AND REPLACED BY FORMER AMBASSADOR TO US. S. Jaishankar takes charge as Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs on Jan 29, 2015. IndiaWednesday night sacked its Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and named its Ambassador to the United States S. Jaishankar as the top diplomat. Sources said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unhappy with Singh an... Read More

JAPANESE HOSTAGE CRISIS

JAPANESE HOSTAGE CRISIS. A woman holds a candle outside the prime minister's official residence as part of a demonstration in support of hostage Kenji Goto, in Tokyo Japan on Jan 28, 2015. Junko Ishido, the mother of Goto, the Japanese freelance journalist being held hostage by Islamic State group extremists, appealed publicly to Japanese Prime Minister to save her son Wednesday after his captors ... Read More

BEATING THE RETREAT CEREMONY IN INDIA

BEATING THE RETREAT CEREMONY IN INDIA. Tri-Services bands perform during the Beating the Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India on Jan 29, 2015. The ceremony is a culmination of Republic Day celebrations and dates back to the days when troops disengaged themselves from battle at sunset. Photo courtesy PTI Photo ... Read More

RARE MEGAMOUTH SHARK WASHED UP IN THE PHILIPPINES

RARE MEGAMOUTH SHARK WASHED UP IN THE PHILIPPINES. Fishermen use a stretcher with steels bars to carry a rare 15-foot (4.5-m) megamouth shark (Megachasma Pelagios), which was trapped in a fishermen's net in Burias Pass in Albay and Masbate provinces, central Philippines on Jan 28, 2015. A megamouth shark can reach to a maximum length of 17 feet (5.2 metres) with a life span of 100 years. It reside... Read More

PHILIPPINES PETROL POWERED SALAMANDER

PHILIPPINES PETROL POWERED SALAMANDER. Engineers test-drive a petrol powered Salamander, an amphibious tricycle, at Taal lake in Batangas city, south of Manila in the Philippines on Jan 28, 2015. The vehicle, which was invented by H20 Technologies, is capable of travelling on both land and water and can be used for rescue operations during flooding. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

GOLF: OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC- FIRST ROUND

GOLF: OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC- FIRST ROUND. World No1 Rory McIlroy, in action during the Pro-Am, is grouped with Martin Kaymer and Andy Sullivan for the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic in United Arab Emirates on Jan 28, 2015. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic attracts the biggest golf professionals, to come to Dubaiyear after year. It is from 26th January to 1st February 2015. Photo co... Read More

CUBA CELEBRATES JOSE MARTI'S 162 BIRTHDAY

CUBA CELEBRATES JOSE MARTI'S 162 BIRTHDAY. Thousands of Cuban students and government officials march in Havana to celebrate the 162th anniversary of Cuban national hero Jose Marti's birthday on Jan 28, 2015. Marti, a leader of the Cuban independence movement from Spanish rule and an illustrious poet and writer, is considered a national hero in Cuba. Picture courtesy Adalberto Roque ... Read More

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ASIA
IS VIDEO SHOWS SECOND JAPANESE HOSTAGE KILLED, DRAWS FRESH CONDEMNATION

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TOKYO, Japan Feb. 1 (NNN-Xinhua) -- The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed in a video posted online late Saturday that it had killed a second Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto.

Saturday''s IS executition video showed a hooded man ...

MIDDLE EAST
EGYPT COURT BLACKLISTS HAMAS MILITANTS AS "TERROR GROUP"

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CAIRO, Feb 1 (NNN-Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court on Saturday banned al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as "a terrorist organization."

"The court decided to ban the al-Qassam Brigades and to list it as ...

AFRICA
AU VOWS SANCTIONS ON WARRING FACTIONS IN SOUTH SUDAN

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 1 (nnn-Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Saturday reiterated its determination to impose sanctions on South Sudan's warring factions.

The AU Peace and Security Council said in a communique that sanctions will be imposed against those who continue to undermine the cessation of hostilities agreement ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
THOUSANDS AT RISK OF EXPULSION FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

SANTO DOMINGO, Feb 1 (NNN-EFE) --Amnesty International says that tens of thousands of Dominican-born Haitians are at risk of being expelled from the Dominican Republic with the Feb. 1 deadline to apply for naturalization. The Dominican government launched last June a court-mandated National Plan to regularize the status ...

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