Ukraine government to verify 1 mn civil servants' loyalty

Kiev : One million civil servants in Ukraine will be screened for their loyalty to the new government, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.

The parliament passed a new law Tuesday, allowing the vetting of government officials and the removal of corrupt officials, BBC reported Wednesday.

Yatseniuk said all departments who worked under former president Viktor Yanukovych would be vetted.


Three killed in Kenya mosque collapse

Nairobi : At least three people were killed Wednesday when a mosque collapsed in the coastal town of Lamu.

Lamu County Commissioner Miiri Njenga said several worshipers were injured and other trapped when the mosque collapsed.

Miiri told Xinhua on phone that a rescue team comprising Kenya Navy, police and Red Cross has been dispatched to conduct a search and rescue operation.


Cameron confirms he will not resign if Scotland votes 'Yes'

London : British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday said he will not quit his post if the result of the Scotland Independence Referendum, set to be held Thursday, is a “yes” in favour of independence.

"My name is not on the ballot paper. What's on the ballot paper is 'does Scotland want to stay in the United Kingdom, or does Scotland want to separate itself from the United Kingdom?' That's the only question that will be decided on Thursday night," he said.


Toll in Nigeria building collapse hits 70

Abuja : The toll in a building collapse at a church complex in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos reached 70 Wednesday, a spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in the latest development on the incident which occurred last week.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman of the response agency in Nigeria's southwest region, told reporters at the site of the tragedy that a total of 70 bodies were pulled out from the rubble of the building during the rescue operation. A total of 171 survivors were also rescued during the operation, he added, according to Xinhua.


62 detained in China in social networking porn crackdown

Beijing : Police in Beijing and Guangzhou have detained 62 suspects for using social networking services to organise prostitution or spread pornographic content, according to China's anti-pornography authorities.

Beijing police have busted four operations and captured 25 suspects for organising prostitution via microblogs and instant messaging services since a campaign against pornography began in August, according to a statement jointly released by the National Anti-pornography and Anti-illegal Publications Office and the Ministry of Public Security.


Unicef seeks $200 mn to fight Ebola

United Nations : The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has said that it needs more than $200 million to respond to the Ebola virus disease outbreak that has claimed more than 2,400 lives in its death march across communities in West Africa.

This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for 987.8 million dollars that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.


Obama to send 3,000 soldiers to Africa to fight Ebola

By Lucia Leal,

Washington : US President Barack Obama has expanded his strategy to fight the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa with his decision to send around 3,000 soldiers to provide support to the local authorities and pledged to "mobilise the world" to stop what he considers a "global threat".


High turnout in Fiji general elections

Suva : High voter turnout was reported Wednesday in Fiji's first general elections since the 2006 military coup, a media report said. The country has a large ethnic Indian population.

Four polling booths across the country witnessed a 75-100 percent turnout, Fiji Live reported. More than 527,000 voters are eligible to cast their ballots.

Election supervisor Mohammed Saneem said the turnout was "encouraging".


No control over US surveillance in country: New Zealand PM

Wellington : New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Wednesday said his government and intelligence agencies had no control over what data the US National Security Agency (NSA) collected from its citizens.

Key has been under pressure since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden Monday revealed that the NSA had unfettered access to all New Zealand electronic communications, aided by the country's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), Xinhua reported.


Bobby Jindal to decide on presidential run after November

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Louisiana’s Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has acknowledged that he’s considering a 2016 run for president, and will make his decision after the November Congressional elections.

His decision would not hinge on polls or fundraising, he told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast here Tuesday.

Only 3 percent of Republican primary voters backed him in a new CNN/ORC poll of Republican presidential possibles in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the US presidential election cycle.