US confirms Steven Sotloff's death, says beheading video authentic
8.20 pm: The US has confirmed that the beheading video of a second American journalist was authentic, as President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to punish the Islamic State terrorist group, saying America would not be intimidated.
"This country will never give in to terrorism," UK PM David Cameron
6.10 pm: A day after American photojournalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS militants in Iraq, UK Prime Minister David Cameron today said that 'UK will not give in to terrorism.' This comes after the video of Sotloff's beheading shows that ISIS's next target is a British national.
China mulls opening of new route to Kailash Manasarovar
5.40 pm: Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to announce the opening of a new safe route for Indian pilgrims visiting Kailash and Manasarovar in Tibet via Sikkim during his forthcoming visit to India. Besides a package of major investments, Xi may announce the opening of the route sought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their first meeting in Fortaleza in Brazil in July this year. PTI
Security meeting in Nigeria as Boko Haram attacks intensify
5.00 pm: Foreign ministers from Nigeria and
neighbouring countries on Wednesday met to discuss Boko Haram as
the militants' rapid land grab intensified in the far
US President Barack Obama Reassures Baltic States on Edge About Ukraine
4.50 pm: US President Barack Obama announced plans to send more aircraft to the Baltics for he sought to reassure nations about Russia's military involvement in Ukraine and possible threats to the Baltic states.
Ebola: Drug trial begins
4.35 pm: The trial of a promising experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, that has been administered to seven people so far but is yet to be approved by regulators, is set to begin.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is convening a major meeting this week to prioritise the most promising experimental Ebola drugs and vaccines, and to discuss how clinical studies can best be carried out in the chaotic environment of a deadly disease epidemic, the journal Nature reported.
More troops to Baghdad
4.10 pm: The US will send 350 more troops to Iraq to protect its facilities and personnel in Baghdad but they will not engage in combat, the White House has announced.
"The request approved today (by President Barack Obama) will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad," the White House said in a statement.
Ebola: Nurses strike
3.50 pm: Nurses at a main treatment centre for the Ebola virus disease were on strike Wednesday to demand more pay and better protection against the fatal disease which is spreading through West Africa.
John Togba, a spokesman for the nurses at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia, said the nurses lacked the necessary equipment to protect themselves against the virus which is transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids from those already infected. [
Journo murders: US shocked!
3.00 pm: The US is appalled by the brutal murder of another American journalist, if a video purporting his beheading by the Islamic State terrorists is genuine, the Obama administration has said.
"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of US citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity," National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said. [White House in crisis mode]
Ebola threat in West Africa
2.35 pm: Doctors Without Borders, an international group warned on Tuesday that the world is failing to meet the challenge against Ebola and alleged that the patients were left to die alone at treatment units in West Africa, an AP report said. [World failing to face Ebola challenge: International group]
2.00 pm: Top UN officials have warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa "will get worse before it gets better" as they called for international action to deal with the crisis, saying misinformation about the disease will only exacerbate an already fragile situation.
"The fear factor plays a strong role in the crisis. I encourage the Member States and businesses and individuals as well, to take decisions based on scientific evidence, not on fear," UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said.
Pak soldiers killed
1.30 pm: At least 910 militants and 82 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan. The statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) added that 27 explosives and arms making factories have been destroyed and the operation in North Waziristan is going on according to plan, Dawn online reported.