Access for foreign aid designed to reach Syrians most in need has not improved despite a UN Security Council resolution passed two months ago, the UN chief said in a report Wednesday, according to AFP.
Australia's transport safety chief said on Thursday he was confident that debris picked up on a Western Australian beach this week had not come from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370, Reuters reports.
Ukraine's extremist organization Right Sector has moved its headquarters from Kiev to Dnepropetrovsk, said its leader Dmitry Yarosh who is running for president. "It's easier to monitor the situation in Donbass from Dneptropetrovsk," Yarosh said on Wednesday, according to Itar-Tass.
At least four people, including two policemen, were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Nairobi near a major Somali neighbourhood, Kenya's government said.
At least 57 people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said Wednesday, raising an earlier death toll as difficult rescue operations continued in the remote, swampy area.
For the 700 US public four-year colleges and universities the affirmative action loses its paramount importance in admission policies. Earlier on Tuesday the US Supreme Court upheld Michigan's law, ordering that the state has the right to determine whether racial criteria can be considered in college admissions. Racial quotas in employment and education were established in the US to ensure racial diversity. However, antagonists of such a measure claim that it is unfair and causes reverse discrimination.
The process of Syria's chemical disarmament is going on smoothly, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RT TV channel Wednesday. "We signed a deal on the chemical disarmament of Syria. The process has been going very well," Lavrov said in English, citing satisfactory assessments by the UN and OPCW personnel participating in the process.
On Wednesday India successfully test-fired its own supersonic surface-to-air Akash missile, local media reports. The launch was carried out from the test range at Chandipur in Odisha. The Akash missiles successfully hit an unmanned aircraft, Lakshya.
Genetically engineered soybeans, manufactured by American biotechnology corporation Monsanto, contain 'extremely' high levels of glyphosate, an active ingredient of Roundup herbicide, showed a study by Norwegian scientists.
Chinese couples who are unable to have children are going to ... America. By hiring American surrogates, they get around a ban on surrogacy in their own coutnry, as well as the country's birth limits. The practice - a new version of Chinese "birth tourism" - offers a solution to rising infertility in China, and even the added bonus of US citizenship for babies born in the States.
Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector ultra-right nationalist movement Dmitry Yarosh, who is wanted in Russia for terrorist crimes in Chechnya in 1994-95, has announced plans to create a special battalion, "Donbass", manned by activists from the Donetsk region, Ukrainian media report.
Vitali Klitschko, leader of the party UDAR, was nominated for the post of Kiev mayor at a recent conference of the party's Kiev city organization. Klitschko reiterated that his priority is to destroy the barriers that keep Kiev from developing freely and successfully, the UDAR press service reported on Wednesday.
According to the latest survey conducted by Pew Research Center, most Americans believe that technology will improve their life for the better. However, they are expressing concerns about the specific technologies, such as surveillance drones, wearable computing devices, social networks and other internet services which could pose a significant threat to their privacy.
Deadly protests broke out in a slum near Brazil's Copacabana beach after police and protesters clashed over the death of a professional dancer on Tuesday night. One person was reported dead in the shootout in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela and a 12-year-old boy was injured in the protest, according to local media.
Catalonia's political chief Artur Mas vowed on Wednesday to push ahead with a vote on independence from Spain on November 9, flying in the face of fierce opposition from Madrid.
Russia has banned poultry imports from California for 90 days due to the outbreak of bird flu in the state.
More than a half of China's underground waters are too polluted to drink, according to official reports. Local media are extremely concerned over the extent of ground water pollution in the country despite the government's pledges to address the issue. In early March, Beijing launched a major anti-pollution campaign, but experts fear that the interests of local landowners will make it hard to succeed.
Slovakia’s President Ivan Gasparovic is confident that there will be no military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, hence no point in discussing possible NATO deployments in his country. While helping Ukraine, he said on Wednesday, Slovakia should take care to avoid hurting its own interests, local media report.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of four different men, blames the United States of violating their rights by keeping them on the no-fly list after they declined to spy on local Muslim communities, notably in New York, New Jersey and Nebraska. Some view the move as a punishment, though more likely this is a rigid coercive tool, plaintiffs argue.
Croatia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned for a dressing down Australia’s ambassador to Zagreb. There was only one question: what was the reason for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s affinity for fascists? And what was the reason why he had decided to congratulate Australian Croatians with the anniversary of the creation of a Nazi state in Croatia in 1941? The ambassador had to listen to lots of unpleasant things and at the same time take a lesson in the Balkans’ history during World War II.