UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sacked the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan following a damning report showing failure to protect civilians during recent violence in Juba. The report from a UN special investigation found that a lack of leadership in the UN mission culminated in a “chaotic and ineffective response” during […]

Turkey fires thousands more civil servants, shuts media outlets

Turkey fires thousands more civil servants, shuts media outlets

Turkey said it had dismissed a further 10,000 civil servants and closed 15 more media outlets over suspected links with terrorist organisations and U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July. More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the failed coup, in […]

Fires burn overnight at Calais ‘Jungle’ as evacuation enters third day

Fires burn overnight at Calais ‘Jungle’ as evacuation enters third day

Several fires burned inside the Calais ‘Jungle’ Tuesday evening one day after French authorities began a major operation to relocate migrants and demolish the notorious shantytown. More than 30 fires had been contained by early morning Wednesday, though several dozen shacks continued to smoulder. A Syrian man was taken to hospital with injuries to his […]

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

  North Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a submarine-launched missile that fell inside Japan’s air defence zone, fuelling tensions already raised to dangerous levels by ongoing South Korea-US military exercises. A statement from South Korea’s military Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile, launched in the early morning from a submarine in the East Sea […]

North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea near Japan

North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea near Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main body of the missile landed in Japan’s economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, […]

N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles, says South

N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles, says South

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles early on Tuesday which flew between 500 and 600 kms (300 and 360 miles) into the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of provocative moves by the isolated country. The U.S. military said it detected launches of what it believed were […]

North Korea fires second missile in defiance of UN resolutions

North Korea fires second missile in defiance of UN resolutions

North Korea launched what appeared to be a second intermediate-range Musudan missile on Wednesday morning after another launch hours earlier failed, South Korea’s military said. It was not immediately clear if the second launch, about two hours after the first, was successful. The first missile was launched from the east coast city of Wonsan, a […]