WHO: Ebola killed 120 health workers

Geneva : More than 120 health workers have died of Ebola across west Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, claiming the epidemic had affected an "unprecedented number of medical staff".

Japanese PM set to reshuffle cabinet

Tokyo : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday said he would reshuffle his cabinet Sep 3, the first time since 2012 when he took office.

"I would like to make fresh changes as we enter the second chapter of Japan's recovery featuring national security and regional economies," Xinhua quoted Abe as saying at a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Regarding the reshuffle, Abe said he intends to retain Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Finance Minister Taro Aso and Economics Minister Akira Amari.


Myanmar rebels urged to work for nation's development

Nay Pyi Taw : Myanmar President U Thein Sein has urged rebel groups to work for the development of the nation, officials said Tuesday.

In a meeting with leaders of armed groups from the Shan state, U Thein Sein guaranteed development of education, healthcare services and rehabilitation programmes in the ethnic areas, Xinhua reported.

The Shan ethnic leaders reaffirmed their commitment to safeguarding the sovereignty of the country and to promote a dialogue for peace.


Indian-American named to key post in US island territory

New York: Indian-American lawyer Reena Patel has been named civil division chief in the attorney general's office in the Northern Mariana Islands, one of the five inhabited US island territories.

Officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), it consists of fifteen islands in the western Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines.

Patel's appointment was announced recently by the territory's acting Attorney General Gilbert Birnbrich.

Israel destroys second largest residential tower in Gaza

Gaza: A series of powerful explosions wrecked the northern part of Gaza City after Israeli war jets struck a 14-floor residential tower with four heavy missiles, a TV report said Monday.

Around 25 people, most of them paramedics and journalists, were injured in the heavy airstrike on the residential tower, which consists of 100 apartments and 150 stores, the pro-Hamas al-Aqsa Television quoted Ashraf al-Qedra, the health ministry spokesperson as saying, according to Xinhua.

Israeli offensive kills 15 Gazans

Gaza: Israel's military offensive on the Gaza Strip killed 15 Palestinians Monday, including a local journalist, while wounding dozens of others, authorities said.

A 17-year-old Palestinian was killed and 25 wounded in an Israeli airstrike on a mosque in the old city of Gaza, Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza's health ministry spokesperson, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

He added that four other Palestinians were killed in separate airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, including freelance journalist Abdulla Murtaja from eastern Gaza, who was killed by a tank shell.

Israeli army strikes Hamas targets in Gaza

Jerusalem: A strike in central Gaza Monday afternoon targeted Army of Islam militants who were plotting an attack against Israel in the near future, Israel's military and Shin Bet security service said.

An aircraft, acting on intelligence provided by Shin Bet, targeted the gunmen while they were riding in a car in Gaza City, and that a direct hit was confirmed, Xinhua quoted a military spokesperson in Tel Aviv as saying.

250 Russian mercenaries killed in combat: Ukraine

Kiev : Some 250 Russian "mercenaries" have been killed in recent fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine, the Ukrainian military command said Monday.

An official statement said Ukrainian forces had "killed 250 Russian mercenaries and destroyed eight tanks of the enemy, in addition to ten armoured vehicles, three missile launchers and a mortar".

The report was not confirmed by other sources.


US senator pushes for more action against Islamic State

Washington: US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain Sunday reiterated calls for the White House to do more to tackle what he says is a threat from the Islamic State (IS), the Sunni militant group wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

"Unfortunately so far he (President Barack Obama) seems to be strangely detached and Americans don't believe that he is leading" in a way that will cause the "defeat -- not stopping -- but the defeat of IS, who are a direct threat to the US," McCain said on Fox News, according to Xinhua.

US confirms release of journalist held in Syria

Washington:The White House Sunday confirmed the release of an American journalist held captive in Syria for the past two years.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Peter Theo Curtis, who was kidnapped by militants near the Syria-Turkey border in October 2012, "is now safe outside of Syria," Xinhua reported.

"Today, we join his family and loved ones in welcoming his freedom," Rice said in a statement. "We expect he will be reunited with his family shortly."