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CIA-trained Cuban ex-spy recounts his `story of failure`

The book details how CIA agent David Atlee Phillips recruited him in 1959 and trained him in Havana to kill Fidel Castro, who died last year of natural causes.
 

Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails end hunger strike: Prison Service

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails ended a 40-day hunger strike on Saturday, the Israel Prisons Service said.

Philippine military bomb Islamist militants in urban battle

Duterte declared martial law across the Philippines in response to the clashes, which have claimed at least 48 lives are part of a campaign by the IS group.

Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte jokes about rape amid concern over martial law abuses
Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte jokes about rape amid concern over martial law abuses

Duterte is known for his informal, no-nonsense style and his speeches are often loaded with profanity, threats and jokes about taboo subjects.

`Large part` of Manchester attack network held in Britain

Nine suspects are currently in detention on UK soil in connection with the blast, for which the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at age 89: Daughter

Brzezinski frequently wrote articles for newspapers and published several books, including "Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power". 

Indian Navy joins flood relief operations in Sri Lanka

INS Kirch operating in South Bay of Bengal has been diverted to Colombo in Sri Lanka to render immediate assistance in flood relief operations.

China arrests Taiwanese activist for "subversion"

After interrogation, Lee Ming-Che and his group confessed to engaging in activities endangering national security.

Russian with ties to former Donald Trump aide wants immunity for testimony: Report

Controversy has engulfed Trump since he fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9.

Manchester attack probe: 13 people in detention

A total of 11 people are in detention in Britain and Libya over Monday`s suicide bombing on a pop concert in the northwestern English city of Manchester by a British-born man of Libyan origin.

Death toll from Sri Lanka's landslides, floods rises to 91

Death toll from floods and landslides had risen to 91 while 110 people were reported missing and over 52,000 displaced after hours of severe rain and strong winds.
 

Rex Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department: sources

Since 1999, Democratic secretaries have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month.

Egypt launches air raids on Libya after Christians killed

President had ordered strikes against terrorist camps, declaring in a televised address that states that sponsored terrorism would be punished.

Donald Trump's son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: Sources
Donald Trump's son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: Sources

U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

British PM Theresa May warns terrorism ''evolving not disappearing''
British PM Theresa May warns terrorism ''evolving not disappearing''

Terrorist ideology is "evolving not disappearing", British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the Group of Seven (G7) summit of industrialised nations.

Masked gunmen kill 28 in attack on Christians in Egypt
Masked gunmen kill 28 in attack on Christians in Egypt

Eyewitnesses said masked men opened fire after stopping the Christians, who were travelling in a bus and other vehicles.  

Trump calls Germans 'very bad', vows to curb car imports

Trump vowed to block German car exports to the US during a meeting with top EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: Monitor

The Syrian army is in full control of the highway from Damascus to ancient Palmyra for the first time since 2014 after driving out jihadists.

United States probe finds over 100 civilians killed in Mosul air strike

A Pentagon investigation has concluded that at least 105 civilians died in an anti-IS strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March.

South Sudan frees UN journalist held for 2.5 years without charge

The South Sudanese government on Friday freed a South Sudanese journalist working for a United Nations radio station after two and a half years of imprisonment.

US takes 'full responsibility' for Manchester intelligence leaks: Tillerson

British police briefly suspended intelligence sharing with the United States on Thursday after private details of their investigation repeatedly appeared in American media.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warns of 'contamination' by Islamic State group

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning today that the country is at a grave risk of "contamination" by the Islamic State group.

Sri Lanka landslides, floods death toll rises to 91; over 100 missing

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 91 people while more than 100 are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations.

China says detained Taiwan activist confesses to harming state security

The Chinese government said on Friday that a Taiwan rights activist has been arrested on suspicion of subversion and has confessed to harming state security, in a case which has strained ties between China and self-ruled Taiwan.

Russia, China urge caution in countering North Korea's N programme

Moscow and Beijing also favour measures that would counter North Korea's nuclear programme, but at the same time not hamper a political settlement in the region, Lavrov said.

G7 leaders gather for 'robust' talks in Sicily

The heads of state of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States, plus the EU were expected to have a tough debate on issues, including terrorism, trade and climate change.

Gunmen kill 23 Christians on road to monastery in Egypt: Official

Gunmen killed 23 Coptic Christians and wounded 25 others on Friday as they were driving to a monastery in Minya province, south of Cairo, the provincial governor.

Nations bombing Islamic State failing to protect civilians: UN
Nations bombing Islamic State failing to protect civilians: UN

The UN on Friday urged all nations bombing jihadist targets in Syria to better distinguish between civilian and military targets, following reports that US-led coalition strikes killed dozens of non-combatants. 

Dalai Lama cannot change rituals to appoint successor: China
Dalai Lama cannot change rituals to appoint successor: China

China on Friday said the Dalai Lama has no right to change the rituals and processes, set by the Chinese government, for appointing his successor.

Russia, China urge caution in countering North Korea's nuclear programme

Russia and China agree that the development of North Korea`s nuclear programme should not be used as an excuse for deploying elements of a US global anti-missile system on the Korean peninsula.