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Number of displaced people in world reaches over millions

 The number of people displaced by conflicts has reached a record high of 38 million people, equivalent to the population of major metropolitan cities such as Beijing, London or New York, the UN and the Norwegian Refugee Council, (NRC) said.

Aide of Indian-American Kamala Harris arrested

 Three people including an aide of Indian-American Attorney General of California Kamala Harris have been arrested on charges of running a rogue police force.

Maldives minister says jailed ex-president can appeal, won't get pardon

The Maldives would welcome an appeal by its jailed former president against his 13-year sentence, but he was found guilty of terrorism and cannot expect to be pardoned, Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon told Reuters on Wednesday.

First Princess Charlotte souvenirs on sale in Britain

 The first souvenirs commemorating the birth of Princess Charlotte were rolling off the production lines on Wednesday, in a race to fill London tourist shops and meet online orders.

Netanyahu manages inks coalition in the nick of time

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to clinch a deal with the nationalist Jewish Home party on Wednesday night, securing a new ruling coalition with a tiny majority in the 120-member parliament.

Yemen urges ground intervention to save country - letter to U.N

Yemen urged the international community "to quickly intervene by land forces to save" the country, specifically in the cities of Aden and Taiz, according to a letter sent to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. 

ISIS a threat both in Iraq and Syria: Carter

 The dreaded Islamic State terror outfit is posing a continuing threat both in Iraq and Syria and the US is combating it with the help from its partners in both the countries, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said.

Over 120 die in Yemen as Houthis take key Aden district

Yemen`s Houthi militia battled its way into Aden`s Tawahi district on Wednesday despite Saudi-led air strikes, strengthening its hold on the city whose fate is seen as crucial to determining the country`s civil war. 

Labour and Conservatives tied again ahead of UK election - YouGov poll

Prime Minister David Cameron`s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are tied at 34 percent popular support ahead of Britain`s general election on Thursday, according to a YouGov opinion poll for the Sun newspaper published on Wednesday.

Australia announces $19m aid for Pakistan

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during his two-day visit to Pakistan announced a $19 million aid package for Pakistan that includes help for areas hit by conflict and natural disasters, media reports.

Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defence at U.S. summit

President Barack Obama is expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defence system to guard against Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their anxieties over any nuclear deal with Tehran, according to U.S. sources.

3,000 Nigerians escaping Boko Haram deported from Niger

Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said today.

David Cameron hopes for majority, still open to coalition

British prime minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron has insisted that his party can secure a majority vote in Thursday`s elections, but at the same time opened the door for coalition strategising.

Danish intelligence chief steps down after criticism

The head of Denmark's intelligence agency today stepped down as an investigation criticised parts of the police response to February's deadly twin attacks in Copenhagen.

Canada police announce 41 arrests in child porn probe

Canadian police announced today the arrest of 41 people in Canada and the United States for child pornography distributed through social media in 17 countries.

US Air Force contingency response group reaches Nepal

A US Air Force contingency response group has reached the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to help the Nepal government in its recovery and rescue mission after a devastating earthquake hit the country recently.

New leftist Alberta leader seeks to reassure energy sector

 The new leftist leader of Canada`s oil-rich Alberta province sought to reassure energy investors Wednesday, saying she would work with industry to plan cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and on taxation.

First Libor jury trial delayed in London

The London trial of Tom Hayes, a former UBS and Citigroup trader who is the first person in the world to face a jury trial over allegations of a conspiracy to rig Libor interest rates, has been delayed by two weeks.

US city mayor asks Justice Department to probe police practices

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has asked the US Justice Department to conduct a civil rights investigation into the city police practices after the death of 25-year-old African-American man Freddie Gray thrusted the city into the vortex of a heated national debate over police brutality in minority neighborhoods.

Iran's seizure of Maersk ship concerns free flow of trade: WH

 The Iranian action to seize the the Marshall-Islands flagged Maersk Tigris container ship in the Strait of Hormuz last month raises concerns about free flow of commerce in the region, the White House said today.

Iraq`s largest oil refinery under threat from IS: US

 Iraq`s largest oil refinery is under growing threat from Islamic State jihadists, who have advanced inside the perimeter of the facility, the US military said Wednesday.

Hundreds of child soldiers freed in DR Congo: UN

More than 400 child soldiers have escaped the grip of armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo this year thanks to a string of operations targeting militants, the UN mission said today.

Autopsies: 2 of 3 Muslim students shot with gun held to head

A man charged with killing three Muslim college students appears to have held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in the doorway, according to autopsies released today.

Burundi president says a third term would be his last

Burundi`s president said on Wednesday that, if elected for a third term in June, it would be his last and he would not run for office again after that, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

EU pushes global investment court to save US trade deal

 The EU`s trade commissioner defended plans Wednesday for an international investment court that could deal with any disputes arising from a massive free trade treaty with the United States.

Iraq's unity ''voluntary and not compulsory'' - Kurdish leader

The unity of Iraq "is voluntary and not compulsory," the head of the country`s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said on Wednesday, while stressing the Kurds had no immediate plans to break away from the central government in Baghdad.

Tightest UK election in a generation goes down to the wire
Tightest UK election in a generation goes down to the wire

A late burst of opinion polls suggested on Wednesday that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour challenger Ed Miliband had fought each other to a standstill on the eve of Britain`s most unpredictable election in a generation.

ISIS opens 5-star hotel for jihadist commanders in Iraq: Report

Dreaded Islamic State terror group has purportedly opened its own 5-star hotel complete with 262 rooms, restaurants, ballrooms and gym in Iraq's Mosul city for its Jihadist commanders, according to a media report.

Syria safe zone would require `combat mission`: US

 Creating a humanitarian safe zone in Syria would entail a "major combat mission" requiring US troops to fight Islamist jihadists and the Damascus regime, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Nuclear deal can make Iran region's 'number one' energy power

A nuclear agreement will allow Iran to become the number one energy player in the Middle East and herald major opportunities for foreign companies, top Iranian officials said on Wednesday.