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`At least 50 dead` in Shebab attack on AU base: Western sources

 At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed and another 50 are missing after Shebab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia on Tuesday, according to Western military officials.

HRW condemns `serious abuses` of detainees in Yemen

 Warring parties in south Yemen have committed "serious abuses" against civilians and fighters in their custody, including summary executions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Fresh migrant demo at flashpoint Hungary train station

Around 100-150 migrants staged a demonstration outside Budapest`s main international train station early Wednesday as police blocked some 2,000 from boarding trains to Austria and Germany, an AFP reporter said.

South Korea's Park thanks China for help easing tension with North

 South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday thanked China, during a summit meeting with President Xi Jinping, for help in defusing recent tension with North Korea that had pushed the neighbours to the brink of an armed conflict.

War crimes trial of Congolese rebel `The Terminator` opens

 The trial of former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda opened at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, where the ex-rebel dubbed "The Terminator" faces 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

21 Indian-origin candidates in fray for polls in Singapore

Twenty-one Indian-origin Singaporeans are among 181 candidates who have filed their nominations to contest the snap general elections next week in which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's ruling party's 50 years of political dominance will be tested by voters.

4,300 migrants arrive in Athens as govt holds crisis talks
4,300 migrants arrive in Athens as govt holds crisis talks

The Greek government was set to hold talks Wednesday on the huge numbers of migrants landing on its shores, as some 4,300 more people arrived in Athens overnight, most of them Syrian refugees.

Sixteen Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad

 Sixteen Turkish workers were kidnapped by masked men in northeastern Baghdad on Wednesday, Iraq`s Interior Ministry said.

'Eleven migrants drown heading from Turkey to Greek island'

 At least 11 migrants believed to be Syrians drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos, Turkey`s Dogan news agency reported on Wednesday.

North Korea warns South Korea over twisting peace deal
North Korea warns South Korea over twisting peace deal

 North Korea on Wednesday accused the South of misrepresenting their agreement to defuse tensions and warned the hard-won deal was being undermined by claims Pyongyang had made an apology for border landmine blasts.

Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France
Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France

Vietnam`s president on Wednesday urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.

Hong Kong activists plead not guilty over democracy protest

Hong Kong pro-democracy student leader Joshua Wong pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of inciting unlawful assembly over protests last year that triggered more than two months of paralysing street rallies in the city.

Blast suspect`s prints found on bomb equipment: Thai police
Blast suspect`s prints found on bomb equipment: Thai police

 The fingerprints of a foreign man arrested over last month`s deadly Bangkok blast match those found on bomb-making equipment discovered at a flat over the weekend, Thai police said Wednesday.

North Korea tells South not to crow about deal that ended standoff

 North Korea on Wednesday accused South Korea of claiming victory for an accord that ended an armed standoff, saying that was "cowardly" and urging the South to be "discreet in words and deeds".

Malaysia police to question Mahathir on anti-PM comments at rally

 Malaysian police will call former premier Mahathir Mohamad to give a statement on allegations he made against Prime Minister Najib Razak at an anti-government rally in Kuala Lumpur on the weekend, a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Eight dead in apartment fire in north Paris: Police

 A fire in an apartment building in the north of Paris early on Wednesday morning has killed eight people, including children, a police source said.

Europe in new migrant standoff as figures show scale of crisis
Europe in new migrant standoff as figures show scale of crisis

Hundreds of migrants were left stranded outside Budapest`s main railway station on Wednesday after being barred from travelling to Germany by police, as new figures highlighted the massive scale of Europe`s refugee crisis.

Former Australia PM Kevin Rudd wanted Hillary Clinton sympathy: Emails

 Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd sought a sympathetic phone call from Hillary Clinton after being dumped as leader in 2010, but days later had not got one, a new batch of emails from the US presidential front runner shows.

North Korea denies it apologised over mine blast

North Korea insisted on Wednesday that its recent expression of "regret" over a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers was not an apology, as Seoul claims it was.

Dominica pleads for help as storm death toll tops 30

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is pleading with world leaders to come to the rescue of his Caribbean island nation after it was battered by a tropical storm that killed at least 31 people.

China chemical plant explosion kills five

An explosion at a chemical plant in China killed at least five people, local media reported today, just weeks after a massive blasts in a northern port killed 159.

US announces raids on steroid trade linked to China

More than 90 people have been arrested in America in raids targeting trade in anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs made in and shipped from China, the US said today.

US launches secret drone campaign against ISIS in Syria

The US has launched a separate and secret drone campaign managed jointly by the CIA and Special Operation Forces in Syria to target the leaders of the dreaded ISIS in Syria, a media report has said.

Migrant chaos at Budapest train station; Germany says EU rules still hold
Migrant chaos at Budapest train station; Germany says EU rules still hold

Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest`s Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as the biggest ever influx of migrants into the European Union left its asylum policies in tatters.

Passengers stranded in dark after Eurostar trains suspended

 Eurostar passengers were left stranded in the dark after "trespassers" entered the tracks, in the latest disruption to the cross-Channel service by suspected migrants trying to reach Britain.

USIBC applauds Indian govt ruling on minimum alternative tax

Applauding Indian government's ruling on Minimum Alternative Tax, the US India Business Council (USIBC) today said the tax certainty will promote long-term investments in India.

Iran nuclear deal backers near votes to protect pact in U.S. Congress

Supporters of the international nuclear agreement with Iran moved within one vote of mustering enough support to protect the deal in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday when two more Democratic senators said they would support the pact.

Millions hit by US personal data hack still have not been told

The U.S government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

Watch: Phone video shows US police shooting man who had his hands raised up
Watch: Phone video shows US police shooting man who had his hands raised up

In what may further embitter the relation between law enforcement agencies and the communities, a cell phone video has captured how two deputies of Bexar County Sherrif, shot dead a man after he raised his hands up.

Mass grave found in northern Mexico

A  grave has been found in northern Mexico, authorities said Tuesday, as a rights group indicated it could contain 31,000 bone fragments corresponding to at least 31 bodies.