Officials have said 400 Mawozo gang is demanding $1m per hostage in ransom to release 17 members of missionary group.
Asadullah Haroon Gul was denied access to a lawyer, held for 14 years at Guantanamo without charge; now ordered freed.
US to launch Amazon-wide pact to reduce deforestation: Blinken
During visit to Colombia, Blinken announces initiative that will include financial support for protected areas.
UN sets up trust fund for Afghanistan amid cash shortages
UNDP says special fund aims to inject liquidity into Afghan households as the country suffers ‘economic implosion’.
US Fed bans officials from buying stocks after ethics scandal
The scandal recently led to the departure of two regional presidents and diminished confidence in the US central bank.
US stocks rise to all-time high lifted by solid corporate results
With stocks flying high, traders are bracing for market swings in the face of rising price pressures.
Syria says 24 executed for starting wildfires
Justice ministry says those executed were ‘criminals’ responsible for the deaths and damage to infrastructure.
Minnesota ex-cop resentenced to 57 months for shooting woman
Mohamed Noor claims he feared for his safety and that of his police partner when he shot the unarmed woman.
Winter is coming? Oil falls from 3-year peak on warmer forecast
A forecast for a warm United States winter put the brakes on a rally fuelled by tight supply and a global energy crunch.