Number of displaced civilians inside Ukraine doubles: UNHCR

Geneva : The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said the number of people displaced inside Ukraine has doubled in the past three weeks since the ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine is driving more people from their homes.

As of Sep. 1, UNHCR estimated that 260,000 people were displaced in Ukraine, compared to 117,000 in the first week of August, Xinhua reported.

The UN refugee agency said the displaced are from eastern Ukraine and are remaining in the Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kiev regions.


Ebola toll rises to 31 in DRC

Kinshasa : The toll from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has increased from 13 to 31, an advisor to the minister of health said Tuesday.

"The official account was 13 deaths, and then we add the 18 deaths, giving us a total of 31 deaths," Shodu Lomani told Xinhua.

The Ebola outbreak was recorded in Djera, a remote region in the country's northwest province of Equateur.

The government has banned travel out of the affected region by anyone who may show signs of the Ebola virus disease, said Lomani.

Russian forces could 'conquer' Kiev 'in a fortnight': Putin

Brussels : President Vladimir Putin has said that Russian forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev in a fortnight if he so ordered, the Kremlin has confirmed.

Moscow declined to deny that Putin had spoken of taking Kiev in a phone conversation Friday with José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing president of the European commission, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

Yuri Ushakov, a Kremlin foreign policy adviser, Tuesday said the Barroso leak had taken Putin's remarks out of context.


Tibetans celebrate their Democracy Day

Dharamsala : Tibetans Tuesday celebrated their 54th 'Democracy Day' and reiterated their commitment towards the "middle-way approach" for resolving the Tibet issue with China.

Asserting that the "middle-way approach" of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is the only way to resolve the issue, the cabinet of the Tibetan government-in-exile here said: "It's a win-win proposition to both sides."


IS committing crimes against humanity in Iraq: UN

Geneva : Violence carried out by militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation in Iraq, including murders, executions, abduction, sexual violence and torture, amount to crimes against humanity, the UN said Monday.

The UN's statement came after the human rights commission in Iraq gathered information about abductions by IS of more than 2,000 women and children and holding them captive.

A commission report said the real figure could be much higher.


Cameron may ban British jihadis returning home

London : British Prime Minister David Cameron plans to counter threats posed by Islamic State (IS) militants and may consider banning Britain-born jihadis stationed in Iraq and Syria from returning home.

According to officials Monday, British nationals suspected of being involved in terror acts would be allowed to keep their British citizenship but would be prevented from re-entering the country for an unknown period of time, BBC reported.


Australian unemployment rate worst in 40 years

Canberra : More than 15 percent of the Australians are unemployed, the highest level in nearly 40 years, a new research released Monday revealed.

A study from the Brotherhood of St. Laurence welfare group has found more than 300,000 young Australians have casual or part-time jobs but want either more work or full-time positions, Xinhua reported.

The group's spokesman, Tony Nicholson, said that the figure combined with those who are officially unemployed adds up to more than 580,000 young people.


Modi reaches Tokyo

Tokyo : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Sunday on the second leg of his five-day visit to Japan.

Modi reached the Japanese capital after a busy day in Kyoto where he visited two ancient Buddhist temples and sought Japan's help to combat sickle cell disease, prevalent in tribal regions of India.

Five deputy PMs in Thailand's royally-endorsed cabinet

Bangkok : A royal command appointing Thailand's interim cabinet headed by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was announced Sunday, with five deputy prime ministers included in the list.

The five deputy premiers are Prawit Wongsuwan, Pridiyathorn Devakula, Yongyuth Yutthawong, Supreme Commander Tanasak Patimapakorn and Wissanu KreaNgam, according to the royal command issued by the king Saturday and published in the Royal Gazette Sunday.


India, Japan sign Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement

Kyoto: India and Japan Saturday signed the Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement, an official said.

The partnership, which focuses on how to preserve heritage while building smart cities, was signed between Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa and India's Ambassador to Japan Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

"Partners in heritage. Kyoto-Varnasi partnership agreement signed in presence of @PMOIndia and PM @abeshinzo in State Guest House," Akbaruddin tweeted.