At least three Nigerian soldiers and a policeman were killed on Thursday when IS-backed jihadists attacked the town of Gajiram in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, security sources and residents told AFP. Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) stormed the town around 0100 GMT in nine all-terrain trucksContinue Reading

President Vladimir Putin sought to lure Asian investment to Russia’s Far East on Thursday as the launch was announced of a huge Arctic gas project aimed at Asian markets. Hosting leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok,Continue Reading

Ricky Ponting, Australia’s greatest run-scorer, hailed Steve Smith as “a genius” Friday after his Ashes double hundred — an exploit his country’s media said was “Donald Bradman-like”. Smith has taken his game to a new level since returning from a 12-month ball-tampering ban this year, with his 211 in theContinue Reading

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has denied that it and Kyiv agreed on restoring Ukrainian jurisdiction over enterprises based in Donbas. “Darka Olifer, press secretary for Ukraine’s representative in the TCG [Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas] Leonid Kuchma, alleged that the [September 4 TCG] meeting reached some arrangement onContinue Reading