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Quake strikes mountainous central Italy

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled central Italy early on Monday, Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology reported.

'Spiderman' thief gets eight years for $100 million Paris art heist

A thief nicknamed "Spiderman", who snatched five masterpieces from a top Paris museum, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday over one of the biggest art heists in recent years.

Donald Trump expects `real progress` on NATO spending by end-2017: Mike Pence

US President Donald Trump expects NATO allies to make real progress by the end of this year towards meeting the increased defence spending target agreed by the alliance, his Vice President Mike Pence said Monday.

Iraq forces battle ISIS to close in on Mosul`s west bank
Iraq forces battle ISIS to close in on Mosul`s west bank

Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern Mosul on Monday and prepared to take on the Islamic State group`s stronghold in the city`s west bank.

Russia's ambassador to United Nations dies in NYC at 64

Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64.

Pakistan cracks down in PM Nawaz Sharif's heartland after series of attacks
Pakistan cracks down in PM Nawaz Sharif's heartland after series of attacks

A crackdown by the Pakistan Rangers in the port city of Karachi in 2013 drew accusations of rights abuses and the targeting of opposition politicians.
 

Saudi Arabia seeks death for suspect in Germans` shooting

Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia are seeking the death penalty for a suspect accused of opening fire on German diplomats, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Donald Trump aides in back-door Ukraine peace plan: NYT

President Donald Trump`s personal lawyer, a business associate and a Ukrainian lawmaker have drawn up a peace plan for the Russia-Ukraine conflict, presenting the proposal to the administration`s former national security advisor, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Gen Bajwa never said about 'emulating India', clarifies Pak Army as row erupts
Gen Bajwa never said about 'emulating India', clarifies Pak Army as row erupts

General Bajwa had only citied India as an example to explain how it managed its democracy without involving the Army in governance, the spokesman said. 

Mike Pence vows Donald Trump `strongly committed` to Europe
Mike Pence vows Donald Trump `strongly committed` to Europe

US Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure nervous Europeans Monday of Donald Trump`s strong commitment to transatlantic ties as he met EU chiefs amid anti-Trump protests.

Libya PM's convoy comes under gunfire, no casualties: Unity govt

The convoy of Libya`s contested unity government chief, Fayez al-Sarraj, came under gunfire in Tripoli on Monday, without causing any casualties, his administration said.

UK Parliament debates Donlad Trump's state visit

British Lawmakers will debate US President Donald Trump's proposed state visit to the UK after a petition opposing the tour amassed nearly two million signatures.

Kremlin denies plotting coup, assassination in Montenegro

On October 16, the same day Montenegrins voted in a Parliamentary Election, authorities arrested 20 people from neighbouring Serbia on charges of planning armed attacks against the state.
 

Son of murdered North Korean due in Malaysia: Report

An airline source said Kim Han Sol was arriving in Kuala Lumpur on an AirAsia flight from Macau.
 

Germany slams Russia over Ukraine rebel passports

Russia announced on Saturday a decree recognising such passports and other documents, a move Kiev called a "provocation".
 

Norway Nobel Committee chairwoman dies aged 65

Kaci Kullmann Five was married to Carsten O Five, a former finance magazine editor, and had two children. She died on Sunday.

Ukraine soldier killed in clashes despite ceasefire

One soldier has been killed and another wounded in eastern Ukraine, the army said Monday, as it accused rebels of breaking a new truce deal announced at the weekend.

Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, says his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

`Erdogan assassination plot` suspects go on trial in Turkey

The trial opened on Monday of almost 50 suspects accused of plotting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel on the night of the botched July 15 coup.

Chinese FM pledges more coordination for BRICS summit

China will increase coordination with BRICS members to prepare for the summit of the bloc`s leaders, a top official said.

Male Muslim students excused from shaking hands with women at Australian school

Male Muslim students at a public school in Australia can refuse to shake hands with women to adhere to their faith.

Afghan intelligence playing into India's hands: Pervez Musharraf

On the arrest of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Pervez Musharraf said Hafiz was not a terrorist.
 

Iraqi forces battle their way toward Mosul airport
Iraqi forces battle their way toward Mosul airport

Up to 400,000 civilians could be displaced by the offensive as residents of western Mosul suffer food and fuel shortages and markets are closed.

North Korean envoy says cannot trust Malaysian probe
North Korean envoy says cannot trust Malaysian probe

North Korean ambassador Kang Chol told reporters the embassy had only ever identified the victim as Kim Chol, based on passport carried by the dead man.
 

Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protests

Islamist groups have held two big rallies since November against the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for insulting the Koran.

We're not here for your oil: Doanld Trump's defense chief to Iraq
We're not here for your oil: Doanld Trump's defense chief to Iraq

The US military is not in Iraq "to seize anybody`s oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump before arriving on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday.

Islamic State rapes and tortures Sunni Arab women too: HRW

Fighters from the Islamic State group, whose abuses against Yazidi women have been well documented, are raping and torturing Sunni Arab women too, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Retired Philippine policeman says worked for ''death squad'' under Duterte

Police carried out killings in the Philippine city of Davao under the instruction of then mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the current president, according to a former policeman who said he was part of a "Davao death squad" tasked with eliminating criminals.

Adolf Hitler's personal phone sold at auction in US for whopping $243,000
Adolf Hitler's personal phone sold at auction in US for whopping $243,000

Adolf Hitler's personal phone, recovered from the Fuhrer bunker in Berlin after the fall of the Nazi regime, sold at an auction in the US for $243,000, a media report said.

10 civilians killed in Afghanistan grenade attack

At least 10 civilians were killed and four wounded in a grenade attack in Laghman province of Afghanistan, an official said on Monday.