Worst post-ceasefire violence kills 15 in east Ukraine

KONFRONTASI - At least 15 people have been killed in the worst fighting in eastern Ukraine since a ceasefire was declared between government and pro-Russia forces three weeks ago, official sources say.

Presidential aide, Yury Biryukov, said in Kiev that the shelling erupted around the airport of the flashpoint city of Donetsk -- which is currently being controlled by pro-Russians – and left seven government soldiers dead and nine others injured.

Pro-Russia sources said five of their fighters died and eight were injured in the shelling.

Media censor Argentina president's remarks at UN

KONFRONTASI - Mainstream media outlets have censored the comments made by the Argentine president at the United Nations General Assembly where she harshly criticized the US international policies.

During her speech before the United Nations 69th General Assembly on September 24, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner covered a variety of issues from economic reforms needed at the International Monetary Fund to the plight of Palestinians and the global fight against terrorism.

Bangladesh arrests British ISIL recruiter

KONFRONTASI - Police in Bangladesh have arrested a young British man on suspicion of recruiting militants for terrorist groups such as the ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Dhaka metropolitan police said in a statement on Monday that British-born Samiun Rahman, of Bangladeshi origin, was arrested at a train station in the capital.

The statement added that Rahman, also known as Ibn Hamdan, told police during a primary interrogation that he was in the country to recruit militants for both the ISIL Takfiri group and the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.

Hong Kong shares fall, banks close amid protests

KONFRONTASI - In Hong Kong, shares have tumbled and banks have temporarily closed down as protesters demanding election reforms continue to take to the streets despite confrontation by police forces.

On Monday, shares fell and Hong Kong’s dollar dropped to a six-month low while some schools, businesses, and banks closed down as a result of the protests.

Banks in Hong Kong including HSBC, Citigroup, Bank of China, Standard Chartered, and DBS temporarily closed down some branches.

Saudis, Bahrainis protest killing of activist

KONFRONTASI - People in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have taken to the streets to condemn the killing of a young activist by Saudi security forces in the country’s restive Qatif region.

Saudi protesters on Saturday staged a rally in the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province to protest the murder of pro-democracy activist Bassem Ali al-Qadehi.

Al-Qadehi died of the wounds sustained while police were trying to arrest him.

Carrying the photos of al-Qadehi, the Saudi protesters also chanted anti-regime slogans.

Obama: US underestimated ISIL threat

KONFRONTASI - President Barack Obama says it is “absolutely true” the United States underestimated the threat posed by the insurgents who formed the ISIL Takfiri group.

Obama made the comment in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” which is to be broadcast on Sunday. The channel released some excerpts of the interview before airing it.

60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft asked Obama about the remarks made by  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has said the White House  underestimated ISIL.

Syria terror group al-Nusra Front warns US-led coalition

KONFRONTASI - The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front says airstrikes carried out by the US and its allies will not defeat them in Syria, threatening reprisals against the countries joining the US-led coalition.

The leader of the terrorist group, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, on Sunday also urged American and European citizens to denounce Washington’s actions or risk moving the battle to the hearts of their homelands.

US policewoman injured amid anti-racial protests

KONFRONTASI-An American police officer has been shot in Ferguson, Missouri, as anti-racial protests continue over the death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown.

Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, said the incident occurred on Saturday night and that the officer was a woman.

The officer was shot in the arm and expected to recover.

The suspect fled the scene of the shooting near West Florissant Avenue and Stein Street.

Again, Bakrie Sued by U.S. Investors Over $380 Million in Bonds

Bakrie Telecom Pte (BTEL) and affiliates were sued in New York state court by investors who claim the company breached its contract involving a $380 million bond issue.

Investors holding more than 25 percent of outstanding notes said in a complaint filed yesterday that the defendants failed to pay interest due in November and May and have no plans to do so while they negotiate with a handpicked “steering committee” to restructure the debt.

Obama bombing ISIL in Syria to topple Assad: Columnist

KONFRONTASI - US President Barack Obama is using ISIL as a pretext to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a political commentator says.

“When that may happen, we don’t know, but it seems inevitable,” Veterans Today columnist Shamus Cooke said in a phone interview with Press TV on Friday.

He added that Obama has chosen to campaign against the ISIL terrorist group with the Persian Gulf monarchies that “are attempting to topple” the Syrian government.