Gunmen kill Hamas official in Gaza

Gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.Mazen Faqha was released along with more than 1,000 other Palestinians in exchange for ...

Israel ignores UN demand against settlements: diplomat

Israel has ignored a United Nations resolution demanding it halt settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territory that was criticized by the Trump administration, the UN Middle East envoy said Friday.Although the UN Security Council resolution...

Maduro asks for UN help on Venezuela medicine shortage

President Nicolas Maduro said Friday he had asked the United Nations to help address severe shortages of medicine in Venezuela, a rare acknowledgement of the crisis-hit country's desperate situation."I have asked the United Nations to regularize the wh...

Panama creates anti-narco force as drug seizures rise

Panama's president on Friday presented a new elite counternarcotics police unit to combat smuggling of increased cocaine production in neighboring Colombia.The Eagle force, as it is called, consists of 300 officers with access to intelligence.They are ...

Nishikori breezes through in Miami tennis

Japan's Kei Nishikori and Canada's Milos Raonic enjoyed comfortable victories as the top seeds got into action at the Miami Open on Friday.Second-seed Nishikori beat big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 on centre court and will face Fernan...

UN peacekeeping chief defends cost of missions

United Nations peacekeeping missions, under threat from budget cuts if Washington's promise to slash its UN spending goes ahead, are already costing as little as possible, a UN official said Friday.The comments come after US President Donald Trump this...

Three dismembered bodies found in Mexico resort town

Three dismembered bodies were found in a Mexican resort town as local and national officials held a meeting there on public security, authorities said Friday.The gruesome discovery was made on Thursday night in luxury getaway destination Los Cabos near...