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UN accuses Australia of breaching refugee deal

UN accuses Australia of breaching refugee deal

AFP, Sydney :The UN accused Australia Monday of backtracking on a deal to relax its strong stance on asylum-seekers and resettle some refugees now held in overseas detention on

Iran, Iraq vow to boost military ties

Iran, Iraq vow to boost military ties

AFP, Tehran :Iran and Iraq on Sunday signed deals aimed at boosting military cooperation during a visit by Baghdad's Defence Minister Irfan al-Hayali to Tehran.In a memorandum of understanding

China says it wants to `maintain stability` in disputed South China Sea

China says it wants to `maintain stability` in disputed South China Sea

Reuters, Bangkok :Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions

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More than 140 migrants reach Cyprus by boatAFP, Nicosia Cypriot authorities said a boat carrying over 140 migrants believed to be Syrians, more than half of them women and

Anti-Erdogan journalists face trial on ‘terror’ charges

Anti-Erdogan journalists face trial on ‘terror’ charges

AFP, Istanbul :Directors and journalists from one of Turkey's most respected opposition newspapers went on trial Monday in a case which has raised new alarm over press freedoms under

India and China face off in border standoff

India and China face off in border standoff

AP, New Delhi :It was the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan that sounded the alarm: Chinese soldiers had arrived with bulldozers and excavators, and were building a high-mountain road

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit

AP, London :Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Nick Hopkinson thinks it's a nightmare.The two Britons - a "leave" supporter

Syria strikes hit near Damascus despite ceasefire

Syria strikes hit near Damascus despite ceasefire

AFP, Beirut : Syria's regime carried out air raids on one of the last rebel strongholds near Damascus Sunday, a monitor said, a day after it declared a ceasefire in

Popularity tumbles for Macron: Poll

Popularity tumbles for Macron: Poll

AFP, Paris  :A poll out Sunday shows the popularity rating of France's new President Emmanuel Macron has slumped 10 points to hit 54 percent over the past month.While Macron

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US may conduct missile test next weekendAP, KodiakThe U.S. will conduct as soon as next weekend another test of a missile defense system meant to counter threats from North

EU sounds alarm, urges US to coordinate on Russia sanctions

EU sounds alarm, urges US to coordinate on Russia sanctions

Reuters, Brussels :The European Union sounded an alarm on Saturday about moves in the US Congress to step up US sanctions on Russia, urging Washington to keep coordinating with

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills eight

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills eight

AFP, Jerusalem  :Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced mounting pressure Sunday over new security measures at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a weekend of violence left eight people

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills eight

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills eight

AFP, Jerusalem :Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced mounting pressure Sunday over new security measures at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a weekend of violence left eight people

Greek holiday isle battles to recover from deadly quake

Greek holiday isle battles to recover from deadly quake

AFP, Athens :The Greek holiday island of Kos on Saturday was struggling to recover from a quake that killed two people and injured hundreds, with tourists facing flight delays

May to stay as PM until at least 2020, close ally predicts

May to stay as PM until at least 2020, close ally predicts

Reuters, London :British transport minister Chris Grayling, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's closest cabinet colleagues, has predicted she will remain in the job until at least 2020 and

Russian military could force US out of Syria, army command says

Russian military could force US out of Syria, army command says

Newsweek :The head of Special Forces said Friday that Russia had established a more credible foothold than the U.S. in Syria, and that Moscow could use this influence to

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16 Afghan police killed in US strikeAFP, Kandahar (Afghanistan) A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in Helmand province, officials said Saturday.The incident took place Friday

US presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea

US presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea

Reuters, Washington :Myanmar's military has maintained ties with North Korea, even though the civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and the Trump administration is pressing for a complete break-off of

Tillerson 'satisfied' with Qatar's progress in resolving crisis

Tillerson 'satisfied' with Qatar's progress in resolving crisis

AFP, Washington :US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday he was satisfied with Qatar's efforts to resolve a diplomatic crisis that has pitted it against Saudi Arabia and

Merkel may win election, but lose her Finance Minister

Merkel may win election, but lose her Finance Minister

Reuters, Sasbachwalden :Wolfgang Schaeuble has won his parliamentary seat a dozen times, survived an attempt on his life and guided Angela Merkel through the euro zone crisis. Now, the

Jihadist-rebel clashes intensify in Syria's Idlib

Jihadist-rebel clashes intensify in Syria's Idlib

AFP, Beirut :Clashes in Syria's Idlib province between a powerful jihadist group and a key rebel faction intensified overnight, spreading to a border crossing with Turkey, a monitor and

US bans travel to North Korea after Warmbier death

US bans travel to North Korea after Warmbier death

Reuters, Seoul :The United States will bar Americans from travelling to North Korea in the coming weeks, two travel agencies said Friday, a month after a US tourist, student

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Indian army firing kills  MuslimAP, SrinagarPolice and witnesses say a man has been killed after the Indian army fired at a group of protesters hurling rocks at soldiers in

Israel limits Muslims access to Jerusalem site amid tensions

Israel limits Muslims access to Jerusalem site amid tensions

Reuters, Jerusalem :Israel bolstered security in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday and prepared for possible clashes with Muslim worshippers after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided metal detectors

Saudi lets Qataris go on Hajj, despite diplomatic row

Saudi lets Qataris go on Hajj, despite diplomatic row

AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Arabia said Thursday that Qataris wanting to perform this year's hajj will be authorised to enter the kingdom for the pilgrimage, despite a diplomatic spat between

`Brexit lunch` to assess talks progress

`Brexit lunch` to assess talks progress

AFP, Brussels :Britain and the EU will wrap up four days of tough Brexit talks in Brussels on Thursday with a special lunch between their chief negotiators as major

India among five countries that faced most terror attacks in 2016: US

India among five countries that faced most terror attacks in 2016: US

AP, Washington :More than half of the terror attacks in the world in 2016 took place in five countries, including India and Pakistan, a senior US counter-terror official has

After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerilla warfare

After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerilla warfare

Reuters, Mosul :Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate

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Netanyahu slams EU's 'crazy' Israel policyAFP, Budapest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denounced the EU's political demands on Israel as "absolutely crazy", in remarks leaked from a

Pentagon warns of risks after Turkey discloses US forces in Syria

Pentagon warns of risks after Turkey discloses US forces in Syria

AFP, Washington :The United States reacted angrily Wednesday after Turkey's state news agency disclosed the locations of American military posts in northern Syria, a move the Pentagon warned could