The United States is consulting Asian allies about reports that the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was executed, a White House official said.
A petition to the White House from US public organizations, calling on the country's authorities to review the legislature concerning surveillance of online and phone communications, have already gathered over 100,000 signatures.
Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a 2-1/2-year civil war has killed over 100,000 people, according to a UN report published on Thursday.
The state of Connecticut hosted a ceremony to celebrate the first GMO labeling law in the US. Back in June citizens of the state approved the bill according to which all foods and products that contain GMO are subject to labeling. Now it is a matter of other states to follow the example of their neighbor.
North Korea has executed the uncle of its leader Kim Jong-Un after a shock purge, state news agency KCNA announced early Friday, branding the once-powerful Jang Song-Thaek a "traitor for all ages".
The Russian Federation may quadruple the level of its annual arms sales to $50 billion by 2020 a senior government official said on Thursday.
The Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev came to London this week to talk about Russia’s economic prospects. He said Russia has to create jobs in modern and efficient industries and invest in new facilities and plants. Mr. Ulyukayev outlined his speech to a room full of business journalists ahead of his lecture at the London School of Economics on Wednesday. VoR’s correspondent Juliet Spare asked Mr. Ulyukayev how trade between Russia and UK can be improved.
According to the State Department, the amount of the US aid to the Syrian opposition is about 260 million dollars.
Ukraine and the EU have agreed to prepare a road map for the implementation of the trade and association agreement, said EU commissioner Stefan Fule. The negotiations will take place without the participation of Russia, he added as quoted by RIA Novosti.
Hackers at the 2011 G20 summit in Paris used naked pictures of Carla Bruni, the former French first lady, as bait – and a very successful one – to trap dozens of diplomats, it has recently emerged.
Drone-flying courses have become a recent development in American aviation schools. Dozens of schools are now offering the so-called UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) training, that is, handling a range of devices from drones as big as small planes to 2-foot-wide mini-helicopters.
The US general who opened the Guantanamo detention camp said Thursday it was a mistake and should be shut down because "it validates every negative perception of the United States." "In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong," Marine Major General Michael Lehnert wrote in a column published in the Detroit Free Press.
A translator used to communicate with hearing-impaired people at a memorial service held for Nelson Mandela earlier this week wasn’t a "professional sign language interpreter", a South African government deputy minister said today. The owners of the company that provided the interpreter have "vanished into thin air."
Israel is scrapping a controversial draft law to relocate thousands of Bedouin residents of the Negev desert, an official said Thursday. Benny Begin, tasked with implementing the so-called Prawer Plan, said he had recommended to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "end the debate on the law" in parliament.
Bangladesh on Thursday hanged a senior Islamist leader known as the "Butcher of Mirpur", making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the country's bloody 1971 war of independence.
A man who survived the helicopter crash in the Scottish city of Glasgow last month died in hospital of his injuries on Thursday, police said, bringing the death toll to 10.
A plague spread by rats has killed 39 people in recent weeks in Madagascar, the health ministry said Thursday. A doctor in the ministry in Antananarivo said 90 percent of the cases were diagnosed as pneumonic plague, a vicious strain, which can kill within three days, leaving little time for antibiotics to work.
In a phone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on him to do everything to ensure that the international conference on Syria be held on the announced date, January 22, 2014.
EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is to visit Moscow next month to renegotiate South Stream gas pipeline deals on behalf of several member states, he said Thursday. The announcement comes days after the European Commission told the countries through which the pipeline is to pass that the deals they had struck with Russia are in violation of EU law.
Separatist parties in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region on Thursday agreed the wording of an independence referendum on November 9, 2014, but the Spanish government said the vote was illegal and would not happen.