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John Kerry briefs wary Gulf ministers after Iran nuclear talks
John Kerry briefs wary Gulf ministers after Iran nuclear talks

 US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday briefed wary Gulf ministers about his latest nuclear talks with Iran as Washington and its regional allies seek to stabilise a troubled Middle East.

Thai constitution panel seeks two-year political ban for junta members

A panel appointed by Thailand`s military government to draft a new constitution has proposed a two-year political ban for junta members to prevent them "hogging power", the chairman said on Thursday. 

US teacher jailed for showing school class violent movie

A former teacher convicted of showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

California man charged with trying to join Islamic State

A 21-year-old man previously charged with lying on a passport application so he could fly to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group was indicted on a charge of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Indonesia says to press ahead with executions, rules out Australian offer

Indonesia`s security minister said Thursday that Jakarta would press ahead with the execution of two Australian drug smugglers and other foreign convicts, ruling out an offer of a prisoner swap put forward by Canberra. 

Manchester terror plot release risked lives

A former detective who investigated a plot to blow up a Manchester shopping centre said lives were put at risk by the failure to prosecute the perpetrator in Britain.

Embattled Hillary Clinton says `let my emails be read`

 US Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the US State Department to release them swiftly.

Turkish leader using slander law to stifle dissent

An alarming number of Turks from students to celebrities are facing criminal charges over draconian laws prohibiting insult or disrespect to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, fuelling criticism that they are aimed at stifling dissent.

US says `tough challenges` remain in Iran nuclear talks

 The United States said tough challenges remained to seal a nuclear deal with Iran, vowing not to be distracted by external politics in its quest to stop Tehran acquiring the atomic bomb.

Australia PM suggests MH370 search could be scaled back

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday suggested the search for missing Flight MH370 may be scaled back, while expressing hope the jet would be found a year after it vanished.

US says North Korea nuclear and missile work ''of great concern''

 The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea`s nuclear program and the increased range and precision of its missiles were of great concern, a day after the isolated Asian country said it had the power to deter a US nuclear threat with a pre-emptive strike if necessary. 

Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: US attorney general

 A US probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.

Blasts, smoke and blood: Scenes of horror recalled at Boston trial

Clouds of smoke, improvised tourniquets and screams of pain were evoked in the first day of the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday as people who survived the deadly attack recalled one of the darkest days in the New England city`s memory.

Hindu leaders upset with New York Mayor for not including Diwali as holiday

Hindu community leaders in the US have expressed their disappointment over a decision by the city administration here of excluding Diwali from its list of school holidays.

Australia, Colombia police take down drug syndicate

Australian police Thursday said they had smashed an international criminal syndicate in a joint operation with Colombia, seizing more than 480 kilograms (1,058 pounds) of drugs hidden in lemonade bottles and flower boxes.

Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Yemen freed: State media

An Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Yemen has been freed and returned to Tehran on Thursday, official media reported.

NYC Hindu leaders upset over not including Diwali as holiday

Hindu community leaders in the US have expressed their disappointment over a decision by the city administration here of excluding Diwali from its list of school holidays.

Indian American woman may lose mansion for keeping illegal as slave

 An Indian American woman, who was convicted in 2013 of harbouring an illegal immigrant at her upstate New York mansion for over five years and subjecting her to slave-like conditions, has lost an appeal to overturn the verdict.

Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom

  Australia`s foreign minister said on Thursday she had proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days.

Mexico angry at spate of US police shootings

The family of Ruben Garcia Villalpando, one of three Mexicans killed by US police in separate shootings, prays for justice in front of his picture on an altar in their home.

World`s oldest woman turns 117 in Japan

 The world`s oldest person Misao Okawa, a mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six, turned 117 on Thursday in western Japan.

Japan court battles could delay nuclear restarts further

 The fight over restarting Japan`s nuclear industry is moving to the courts, where power companies face the risk of further delays in firing up idled reactors if judges side with local residents worried about nuclear safety.

German vandals ordered jailed, caned in Singapore

A Singapore court on Thursday sentenced two young German men to nine months in prison and three strokes of the cane for spray-painting a metro train in the city-state last year.

'Respect for Muslims': New York schools to close for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha
'Respect for Muslims': New York schools to close for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha

New York schools' calendars will now be adding two Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha as official off days, sparing the Muslim students a dilemma of choosing between their “school and religion”, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

North Korea justifies knife attack on US envoy to South Korea as 'punishment'
North Korea justifies knife attack on US envoy to South Korea as 'punishment'

The man who carried out knife attack on US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, was a pro-North Korean activist and miffed with joint US-South Korea military drills, reports said Thursday.

Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields after attacks

Libya's National Oil Co has declared force majeure at 11 oil fields after attacks by Islamists, a legal step protecting it from liability if it cannot fullfil contracts for reasons beyond its control.

US condemns `act of violence` after ambassador attacked in Seoul

The United States strongly condemned the "act of violence" which saw the US ambassador to South Korea injured in an attack by a razor-wielding assailant on Thursday in Seoul.

US man charged with trying to join ISIS

A California man who tried to travel to Syria last year has been charged with attempting to join the so-called Islamic state militant group, US prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Obama calls injured ambassador after South Korea attack

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called a former aide and now US ambassador in Seoul to wish him well following a blade attack in the South Korean capital.

Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels

Mexico City Mexican security forces on Wednesday arrested the leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel, the second high-profile capture of a kingpin in the past week and a boost to President Enrique