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Armed clashes set Libya``s Tripoli ablaze

A huge fire at an oil depot in Libya`s capital Tripoli set part of the city ablaze Monday after being hit by warring militia`s rocket attacks.

China wants peace cooperation between UN, regional organisations

China has called for enhanced peacekeeping cooperation and coordination between the UN and regional organisations to maximise their respective advantages.

New Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip kill 16

New air strikes by Israeli war jets on central and southern Gaza Strip killed 16 Palestinians and wounded more than 50 early Tuesday, medics and witnesses said.

Airlines to push for independent guidance on airspace safety after Ukraine crash

Global airlines will push to get "neutral information" on whether to use or avoid airspace over conflict zones at Tuesday`s meeting of the U.N. aviation agency and other airline bodies, a European-based airline industry source said.

U.S. marshals, police wounded, fugitive dead in NYC gunfight

Two U.S. marshals and a New York police detective were wounded and a fugitive wanted on sex abuse charges was killed in a shootout in the city`s upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood on Monday, authorities said.

NASA rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record

The US space agency`s Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA has said.

Ebola can spread like `forest fire,` US warns

The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities have said, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history.

Rights group: Torture in Brazil still a problem

Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite government efforts to curb it, a leading human rights group has said.

$4 mn for flood-hit northern Slovakia

Slovak government approved Monday a total of 3.06 million euros (over $4 million) in financial assistance for flood-hit Vratna Valley area in Northern Slovakia.

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town have fled their homes carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed.

Russian UN envoy accuses Kiev over crash site takeover

Russia`s envoy to the United Nations accused Ukraine of violating a key Security Council resolution with its campaign to seize control of the crash site of Malaysian airliner MH17.

U.S. officials defend Kerry from Israeli criticism

Obama administration officials rallied to the defense of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday after withering criticism in Israel of Kerry`s failed attempt to secure a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians.

Brazil president condemns Israel`s `massacre` in Gaza

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has condemned Israel`s offensive in Gaza as a "massacre", joining international calls for a halt to the bloodshed.

EU hits Putin business associates with sanctions: officials

The EU has agreed to impose asset freezes and travel bans on business figures and entities closely associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin who have benefited from the Ukraine crisis, EU officials said.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said on Monday, after having been held at sea by authorities for almost a month.

Court orders Russia to pay $50 bln for seizing Yukos assets

An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose ex-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin.

Britain to join NATO military exercise

Britain will send a battle group to take part in a major military training in October as part of a NATO package to reassure its allies in eastern Europe, the British defence ministry said Monday.

Israel must ready for ``prolonged`` Gaza campaign

Israel`s top political and defence leadership Monday night defied international calls for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, determining to continue the massive offensive there until risk posed by Gaza militant groups is "neutralised".

Fighting resumes in Gaza, death toll rises to 1,046

Intense shelling resumed in Gaza tonight after a lull with Israel warning of a protracted military campaign against Hamas despite mounting international calls for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to end the 21-day conflict.

US, major EU states call for Libya ceasefire, UN role

Top US and European leaders today called for a ceasefire in Libya and for the United Nations to take on a major role in helping to stop the spiralling violence and lawlessness.

Ban in fresh appeal for Gaza ceasefire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Israel and Hamas to stop the violence in Gaza, stressing they must "honor" world appeals for a ceasefire.

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious beliefs: US

Conflicts and repression around the world in 2013 triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, a US report said today, revealing millions had fled their homes.

No Egyptian killed in Tripoli rocket attack, Libya claims

Libya has denied reports that 23 Egyptians were killed in a rocket attack in strife-torn Tripoli.

Defence: Govt suppressed evidence in Blackwater

Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said today that the US government has suppressed evidence favourable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.

Andha Pradesh urges MEA for steps to bring back workers stuck in Libya

Amidst spiralling violence in Libya, Andhra Pradesh government on Monday sought the Centre`s intervention to evacuate the people from the state who are working in the North African country.

Woman delivers at hospital gate in Delhi, probe ordered

A woman delivered a baby at the gate of Guru Teg Bahadur hospital here allegedly after she was asked by the hospital authorities to get ultrasound test done from outside as the waiting period for it was three months.

Deepening ties with India is strategic imperative: Kerry

Calling India an indispensable partners for the 21st century, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today said the dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of this bilateral relationship is needed to solve some of world`s greatest challenges.

BJP, NCP assure HC they won`t put up illegal hoardings

BJP and NCP on Monday submitted written undertakings to the Bombay High Court stating that they would not put up hoardings anywhere in Maharashtra without obtaining the permission of local authorities.

Law and order failure responsible for Saharanpur violence: BJP

Hitting out at the Uttar Pradesh government over Saharanpur violence, BJP on Monday alleged that that clash was a result of "administrative laxity" and "failure" of law and order in the state.

New capital: AP Minister bats for Guntur-Vijayawada

Andhra Pradesh Minister P Narayana, heading a government panel to build a new capital city, today said Guntur-Vijayawada cluster is being considered as a possible location given its easy accessibility from all the 13 districts of the truncated state.

Controversy erupts over Commissioners` oath in Haryana

A row has broken out over Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda administering the oath of office to new information commissioners, appointed allegedly violating rules, but the state government claimed the appointments were "legal".

SGPC row: HC issues notices to Centre, Punjab, Haryana

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, the SGPC and HSGMC on a petition seeking quashing of an act that paved the way for formation of a separate Sikh body in Haryana to manage affairs of gurdwaras in the state.

US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban: Audit

Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said on Monday.

Sporadic violence mar Israel, Palestine ceasefire; toll 1,043

Sporadic attacks by Israel and Hamas on Monday punctuated a lull in fighting amid calls by the US and the UN for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" to end the 21-day conflict during Eid.

Three dead, 16 injured in Nigerian suicide attacks

At least three people were killed and 16 others injured in two suicide bombings Monday in northern Nigeria`s Kano state, officials said.

Indian sailor missing off Australian coast

A 41-year-old Indian sailor fell off from a Liberian crude oil tanker off Western Australia`s northern coast and authorities today said chances of his survival are bleak.

EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions: White House

The White House says it expects the European Union to impose new sanctions this week against Russia, including against key sectors of the Russian economy, and that the United States will implement additional measures as well.

Gaza doctors save baby from her dead mother`s womb

When the doctors gently pulled the tiny newborn from her mother`s womb in an emergency Caesarian section, the woman had already been dead for an hour.

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

More than 2,000 Syrians almost half of them pro-government forces have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country`s three-year civil war, opposition activists said on Monday.

BJP launches app to connect Delhi MPs with voters

With a view to ensuring better governance through technology, BJP on Monday launched a mobile phone app for Delhi which citizens can use to connect with their local MPs and register complaints and offer feedback.

AP Minister bats for Guntur-Vijayawada

Andhra Pradesh Minister P Narayana, heading a government panel to build a new capital city, today said Guntur-Vijayawada cluster is being considered as a possible location given its easy accessibility from all the 13 districts of the truncated state.

Candidates caught cheating in Army recruitment exam

Two candidates for an Army recruitment examination were caught cheating in separate incidents using bluetooth devices, an Army officer said on Monday.

Train-bus collision: Prez wishes speedy recovery for children

President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed deep condolence over the tragic death of 15 children in a train-school bus collision in Medak district of Telangana last week and has wished speedy recovery for those who have sustained injuries.

Naidu releases white paper on irrigation sector

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today released a white paper on the irrigation sector to highlight the "follies" of the erstwhile Congress government.

Bus-train collision: Death toll mounts to 17; five kids critical

The death toll in the last week`s school bus-train collision at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana`s Medak district rose to 17 with a seven-year-old boy succumbing to his injuries at a private hospital here today, even as the condition of five other students remained critical.

Notice to Hindu College over sports, extra-curricular quota

The Delhi High Court Monday issued notice to Hindu College on a plea by an admission seeker against scrapping of the five percent quota for admission to undergraduate courses for sportspersons and for extra-curricular activities (ECA).

Our generation sullied reputation of lawyers: Harish Salve

Senior Supreme Court lawyer and former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve on Monday said that the reputation of lawyers has been lowered by his generation, but expressed hope that the new talent joining the legal system would help lift it.

UP saw highest number of deaths in communal unrest: US report

Uttar Pradesh saw the highest number of deaths in communal clashes in India in 2013, according to a US report which said the world last year witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory.

President greets people on Eid-ul-Fitr

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and expressed hope that the festival will reinforce the nation`s commitment to mutual harmony and radiate the message of India`s composite culture to the whole world.

UN call neglects Israel``s security needs: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday criticised the UN Security Council`s call for ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, saying it strengthens Hamas and neglects Israel`s security needs.