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Jerusalem Palestinian youths ready for new intifada

Fourteen-year-old Hisham, who was born around the start of the second Palestinian intifada, dreams of a new uprising so he can play his part in "defending" Jerusalem`s Al-Aqsa mosque.

Ukraine rebel vote drives further wedge between Russia and West

Pro-Russian separatists controlling swathes of east Ukraine are set to hold leadership polls on Sunday that Moscow has backed despite condemnation from Kiev and the West.

German kidnapped in Nigeria rescued

 A German national, who was abducted a week ago in Nigeria, has been "rescued", authorities confirmed.

China pledges financial aid to Afghanistan

 China Friday pledged to provide a non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan ($81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year, authorities said.

Jailed reporter's family urges Iran to release him

 The family of Washington Post`s Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian, held without charges in Iran for more than 100 days, has called on Tehran to set him free.

US nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

 A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine`s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage.

Mayor in China`s Xinjiang probed for graft: Govt

The Uighur mayor of a violence-racked city in China`s far-western Xinjiang region is being investigated for corruption, a government notice said, as central authorities broaden their highly publicised anti-graft probe.

Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

Obama urges progress in Myanmar ahead of rare roundtable

US President Barack Obama urged Myanmar`s government to make every effort to conclude a national ceasefire and protect the rights of minorities, just hours before the country`s president and the military chief met opposition political parties and ethnic minority groups.

60 years on, independence war defines modern Algeria

Sixty years on, the war of independence from France remains a defining moment for Algeria and its elite, like 79-year-old Zohra Drif, a senator who once set off a bomb that left three people dead. 

Myanmar President opens unprecedented talks with Suu Kyi, Army
Myanmar President opens unprecedented talks with Suu Kyi, Army

Myanmar President Thein Sein opened unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw Friday ahead of crucial elections next year.

Gorbachev allies feel betrayed by West, 25 years on

Swept along by the excitement as the Berlin Wall was torn down, former top Soviet officials now say, 25 years on, they feel stabbed in the back by the West.

Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita on Thursday, setting off an explosion and huge fireball, officials said.

US quarantines ''chilling'' Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF

Mandatory quarantines ordered by some US states for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa`s Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on aid work there, the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday.

US man pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State group

A US man has pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State jihadist group and now faces 15 years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine, officials said.

US hopeful of peaceful Burkina Faso transition

The United States on Thursday said it hoped for a peaceful transition of power in Burkina Faso following a violent uprising sparked by anger at President Blaise Compaore`s 27-year reign.

Barack Obama calls for 'inclusive' vote process in Myanmar

US President Barack Obama has called for an "inclusive and credible" elections process next year in Myanmar, where President Thein Sein was set to hold an unprecedented political summit today with his rivals.

South Korea activists launch anti-North leaflets

South Korean activists said they launched more than one million anti-North Korean leaflets across the border Friday, a move likely to infuriate Pyongyang, which has demanded Seoul ban such exercises.

Israel recalls ambassador after Sweden recognises Palestinian state

 Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden Thursday to protest the Scandinavian country`s decision to recognise a Palestinian state, an Israeli foreign ministry source said.

US urges restraint after Israel vows to reopen Al-Aqsa mosque

The United States has urged all sides in Jerusalem to exercise restraint amid spiralling tensions in the holy city, and said it was working with Israelis, Palestinian and Jordanians to try to restore calm.

US spy agencies spent nearly USD 68 bn in 2014

US spy agencies spent nearly USD 68 billion in fiscal year 2014, about the same level of spending on intelligence gathering in the previous year, the government has said.

US, Australia lift sanctions after Fiji elections

The United States and Australia said Friday they were ending sanctions against Fiji following elections in the Pacific island nation last month that ended eight years of military rule.

Burkina Faso President Compaore refuses to quit after day of violence

Burkina Faso`s President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new US engine

The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co`s defense division said on Thursday.

Burkina President Compaore says not resigning, open to talks

Burkina`s President Blaise Compaore said in a televised speech Thursday that he was not resigning and was open to talks about a transition of power, after the army dissolved the government and parl

Sri Lanka seeks assistance from US after the deadly landslide

Sri Lanka has sought assistance from the US on the recent massive landslide in the country that killed 10 people with nearly 160 others feared to have been buried alive.

US defense chief will not discuss "critical" Syria memo

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stressed the need for honesty in internal government discussions on Thursday as he declined comment on a two-page internal memo he wrote on Syria policy, described as critical by people familiar with its contents.

Kerry urges restraint, expresses worry over tensions in Jerusalem

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he was worried about the escalation of tensions across Jerusalem and urged leaders to reopen Temple Mount to Muslim worshippers.

UN chief calls for stop to South Sudan fighting

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on South Sudan's warring leaders to immediately stop fighting following the latest upsurge of violence in the oil-rich north.

Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights

Myanmar`s president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.