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Fears for pink iguanas as Galapagos volcano erupts

A volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in more than 30 years Monday, spilling streams of bright orange lava and raising fears for the world`s only colony of pink iguanas.

Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces

Iraq Monday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group.

Ukraine agents raid UniCredit in expanding terror probe

Ukrainian security agents today seized documents at the Kiev headquarters of Italy's UniCredit bank as part of a probe aimed at cutting off the suspected illicit financing of pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east.

Fallen US soldiers "a debt we can never fully repay" says Obama
Fallen US soldiers "a debt we can never fully repay" says Obama

The US President Barack Obama called the fallen US soldiers "a debt we can never fully repay" during a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery.

NATO and Nordics hold sub-Arctic wargames

Nordic air force exercises simulating a UN peacekeeping mission got underway in Sweden`s sub-Arctic north on Monday, the Swedish armed forces said.

Alleged UAE killer of American 'aware of her actions'

An Emirati woman on trial over two alleged jihad-inspired attacks against Americans, including killing a teacher, was aware of her actions the court said Monday, citing a medical report.

Ireland`s gay marriage vote was "a defeat": Vatican daily

The Irish vote in favour of gay marriage constitutes "a defeat" that highlights a gap between the Church and modern society, the Vatican newspaper said Monday.

Angry voters change political landscape in Spain polls

Spain faced a dramatically changed political landscape today after voters in local elections abandoned traditional parties, with anti-austerity groups topping polls in Barcelona and possibly taking power in Madrid.

Joe Biden tries to smooth Iraq ties after Pentagon outburst

US Vice President Joe Biden today sought to end an embarrassing rift between Washington and Baghdad after Pentagon boss Ash Carter blamed Iraqi forces for the fall of Ramadi.

Morocco jails three for homosexuality

Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in north-eastern Morocco, a rights group said on Monday.

Tornado kills at least 11 in Mexico

At least 11 people were killed today when a tornado tore through a Mexican town along the US border, officials said.

Turkey, US to provide air protection to Syrian rebels

Turkey and the US have agreed in "principle" to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle, Turkey's foreign minister said.

Gunmen kill 3 in Pakistan's Quetta

At least three persons, including two minority Shia Muslims, were killed and six others injured in separate firing attacks in Pakistan's southern Baluchistan province today in what appeared to be sectarian violence.

Beijing has over 30,000 surveillance cameras

Beijing has more than 30,000 surveillance cameras to help curb "immoral" and illegal activities, making the Chinese capital a highly-monitored city.

Asian mother, two children found dead near Paris

An Asian mother who fell from a fourth-floor apartment and her two young children, apparently stabbed, were found dead in Val-de-Marne southeast of Paris on Monday, witnesses and officials said.

Saudi Shiites hold mass funeral for bombing victims

Tens of thousands of Saudi Shiites on Monday held a mass funeral for the victims of a mosque bombing which authorities called an attempt by Sunni extremists to sow sectarian strife.

Boko Haram attacks NE Nigeria, military jets pound rebel positions


Abuja: Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in remote northeast Nigeria, a local government official saidon Monday, as the military claimed to have thwarted a fresh attack.

Netanyahu taps diplomat Gold for key foreign role

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today named Dore Gold, a seasoned diplomat seen as reluctant to make concessions to the Palestinians, as his director general of foreign affairs.

Obama praises 'fallen heroes,' touts end of Mid East wars

US President Barack Obama paid a Memorial Day tribute to America's "fallen heroes" on Monday, stressing the heavy burden of perennial wars and underscoring his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mystery blast in Syria regime bastion Latakia kills 4

At least four people were killed in a blast in the Syrian government stronghold of Latakia on Monday, but there were conflicting reports about what caused the explosion.

Burkina Faso begins exhumation of slain ex-leader`s remains

The remains of Burkina Faso`s slain former president Thomas Sankara and 12 of his colleagues who were assassinated during a coup d`etat in 1987 began to be exhumed on Monday.

Gunman, 7 other soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting

A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in the capital today, killing seven people before he was himself killed, a spokesman for Tunisia's Defence Ministry said.

Clashes with police kill 2 lawyers in Pak; Sharif orders probe

At least two lawyers were killed today in clashes with police when an anti-encroachment drive turned violent in Punjab province's Daska city, forcing authorities to deploy paramilitary forces to contain the unrest.

China wrap up underwater excavation in disputed South China Sea

A Chinese archaeological team has uncovered scores of relics as it wrapped up its 40-day underwater excavation today in the?disputed?South China Sea.

14 Indonesian students rescued after misjudging Alpine hike

May 25 Police in the southern German region of Bavaria say their biggest-ever helicopter rescue operation saved 14 Indonesian students who misjudged the weather during a spring hike in the Alps.

Sudan seizes print runs of 9 newspapers in crackdown

Sudanese security forces seized today print runs of nine newspapers and suspended the publishing licences of four of them in a major media crackdown, editors and an NGO said.

Thailand sets up naval task force to help Rohingya migrants

Thailand has set up a task force on a floating naval base equipped with medical facilities to help Rohingya Muslim migrants found adrift in Thai waters, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-Ocha said today.

'Poroshenko fails to turn into true president of Ukraine'

 Petro Poroshenko, dubbed "Chocolate King" for owning Ukraine`s largest confectionery manufacturer Roshen, has failed to turn into a true Ukrainian president, Andrei Zolotarev, the head of the Kiev-based analytical Third Sector Centre, said on Monday.

Boko Haram hacks to death 10 in NE Nigeria: Local official

Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official said.

Demonstrator shot dead as protest erupts outside Burundi capital

A demonstrator was shot dead and two others wounded in southern Burundi on Monday, a local official and witness said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting outside the capital Bujumbura.