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Ukraine rebels deny downing Flight MH17, reject probe findings

A top pro-Russian separatist commander in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday denied Dutch findings blaming the downing of Flight MH17 on a Russian missile fired from rebel-held territory.

Ex-Israeli President Shimon Peres's funeral on Friday

The funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who passed away on Wednesday, will be held on Friday in Jerusalem, the Israeli embassy here said.

UN opens new centre in Pakistan for safe return of Afghan refugees

The UN on Wednesday inaugurated its second voluntary repatriation centre in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to facilitate safe return of up to 10,000 refugees daily.

MH17 downed by missile transported from Russia: Inquiry
MH17 downed by missile transported from Russia: Inquiry

The missile which brought down Flight MH17 two years ago over eastern Ukraine was transported into the area from Russia, a Dutch-led investigation found Wednesday.

13 civilians killed in airstrike on house in Afghanistan's Nangarhar: Official

At least 13 civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a residential building in a volatile district of eastern Nangarhar province early on Wednesday, an Afghan official said.

Hamas calls Peres a criminal, Palestinian Authority silent

Hamas welcomed the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres Wednesday, calling him a "criminal", while the Palestinian Authority made no official comment after the death of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

19 killed in coal mine explosion in China

At least 19 workers were killed and one other was listed missing when a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in northwest China, the latest mining disaster in the world's largest coal producing country.

Norway appeals court rejects Snowden extradition lawsuit

A Norwegian appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from fugitive former US spy contractor Edward Snowden against the Norwegian government, upholding the verdict of a lower court, it said on Wednesday.

Pakistani boy gang-raped in Greek migrant camp: Police

Greece is accommodating over 60,000 refugees and migrants stuck in the country after a succession of Balkan and EU states shut their borders earlier this year.

Shimon Peres worked `tirelessly` for two-state solution: UN chief
Shimon Peres worked `tirelessly` for two-state solution: UN chief

Shimon Peres shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Bulgaria changes candidate for UN secretary-general: PM

Bulgaria switched on Wednesday its support from UNESCO chief Irina Bokova to European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva as its candidate for UN secretary-general, potentially shaking up the race.

Five arrested in Europe on suspicion of forming Islamic State cell

Police have arrested five people suspected of forming an Islamic State cell and promoting Islamist militancy in Spain, Belgium and Germany, the Spanish Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

UGLY BRAWL! Georgia politicians fight during live TV debate; anchor got too scared - WATCH
UGLY BRAWL! Georgia politicians fight during live TV debate; anchor got too scared - WATCH

This video showing ugly brawl between Georgian politicians has gone massively viral on social media platforms.

Drone halts traffic at Dubai airport

Around 100 airlines fly to more than 260 destinations from Dubai, which is also home to major carrier Emirates.
 

Turkey arrests some 32,000 in coup plot investigation since July: Official
Turkey arrests some 32,000 in coup plot investigation since July: Official

Turkey has formally arrested 32,000 people in its investigation of a religious movement the government blames for staging a military coup attempt on July 15, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday.

Pervez Musharraf, accused of treason in Pakistan, shakes his leg with his wife; video goes viral
Pervez Musharraf, accused of treason in Pakistan, shakes his leg with his wife; video goes viral

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had gone to the UAE for treatment in March 2016. 

US Presidential elections: Donald Trump campaign raises USD 18 million
US Presidential elections: Donald Trump campaign raises USD 18 million

The Trump campaign has claimed to have raised USD 18 million after the first presidential debate, attributing the "massive" fundraising to "huge debate win" of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Tourists evacuated as Indonesian volcano erupts

Rescuers in Indonesia were dispatched Wednesday to evacuate nearly 400 tourists, most of them foreigners, after a volcano erupted at one of the country's most popular hiking destinations, an official said.

Lost a key world leader in Peres: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres and said the world has lost a key leader and friend of India.

Tough anti-corruption law takes effect in South Korea

A tough new anti-graft law came into force in South Korea Wednesday with many hailing it as a milestone to help root out widespread low-level corruption. Dubbed the Kim Young-Ran law after the former supreme court judge who drafted it, the sweeping legislation covers some four million public servants and employees of education institutions in the country of 50 million.

US to deploy anti-missile system in South Korea

The United States will speed up deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea given the pace of North Korea`s missile tests, and it will be stationed there "as soon as possible," the top US diplomat for East Asia said on Tuesday.

China shuts schools and recalls fishing boats as Typhoon Megi hits

China shut schools and cancelled dozens of flights as Typhoon Megi made landfall in the southern province of Fujian on Wednesday with winds of close to 120 km per hour (75 mph), the official Xinhua news agency said.

China shuts schools and recalls fishing boats as typhoon hits

China shut schools and cancelled dozens of flights as Typhoon Megi made landfall in the southern province of Fujian on Wednesday with winds of close to 120 km per hour (75 mph), the official Xinhua news agency said.

Donald Trump lacks preparation, temperament to be President: Barack Obama
Donald Trump lacks preparation, temperament to be President: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama repeated on Tuesday that the Republican candidate for the White House, Donald Trump, lacks the temperament and preparation necessary to occupy the Oval Office, in his first reaction to the televised debate on Monday night between the real estate magnate and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Obama names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades
Obama names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a thaw in relations in December 2014.

Donald Trump courts Hispanic vote in Miami`s Little Havana

Hillary Clinton holds a commanding lead over Donald Trump among Hispanic voters.

Philippine envoy's China trip on hold till 'proper time'

A visit to China by a Philippine special envoy tasked with rebuilding tattered ties with Beijing has been cancelled, his aides said on Tuesday, the latest turn in a foreign policy increasingly unpredictable under the new president.

US to deploy anti-missile system in South Korea ''as soon as possible''

The United States plans to speed up deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea.

Libyan leader says rival strongman to have voice in govt

Libyan prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj says military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who controls the north African country`s main oil ports, should be represented in a new, more inclusive government.