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Chiang statues become targets as Taiwan confronts history

 One has been beheaded, others defaced. Some are dressed in costumes by pranksters. Statues of Taiwan`s former ruler Chiang Kai-shek have been increasingly targeted as the island confronts its authoritarian past.

Conflicting reports over `killing` of Cecil the lion`s brother in Zimbabwe

Uncertainty surrounded the fate of another lion from Zimbabwe`s Hwange National Park Saturday after a conservation group reported that Jericho, brother of the lion slain by American dentist Walter Palmer, had also been killed.

Joe Biden considering presidential run: Report

 US Vice President Joseph Biden has begun to explore a possible presidential campaign, a media report said.

UK, France say ending Calais migrant crisis is 'top priority'

Ending the crisis that has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a "top priority", the interior ministers of France and Britain wrote in a joint statement on Saturday.

Five bodies with hands bound found in Mexico

Five bodies with their hands bound and some with apparent signs of torture were found in a home in Mexico City, police said today.

Iraqi Kurds urge PKK to leave as Turkish strike toll mounts

Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties.

Iran official urges quick approval of nuclear deal

Iran's deputy foreign minister on Saturday urged a speedy approval in Tehran of a nuclear deal so blame for any failure falls on US lawmakers who may yet vote against it.

John Kerry in Cairo for Egypt security talks

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.

Ukraine calls on Russia to negotiate end to war in east

Ukraine's foreign minister is calling on Russia to come to "real negotiations" about a cease-fire and stabilization in Ukraine's war-torn east which will require fair elections that are internationally monitored.

North Iraq urges PKK to leave as Turkish strike toll mounts

Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties.

John Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
John Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour

US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Egypt on Saturday to relaunch a strategic partnership with Washington's longtime ally, at the start of a regional mini-tour, a correspondent said.

Wing part arrives in France for probe into MH370 link

A piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early today, after Malaysian authorities said the part almost certainly came from missing flight MH370.

Egypt court postpones verdict on Qaeda chief's brother

An Egyptian court postponed its verdict expected today in the trial of al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's brother and 66 others accused of forming a "terrorist group" to carry out attacks.

Watch: Passenger plane dangerously oscillates before touching runway
Watch: Passenger plane dangerously oscillates before touching runway

In what may have put the lives of many travellers in danger, a KLM Asia passenger jet was seen perilously swaying left and right while landing at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour urges unity in ranks in first audio message
New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour urges unity in ranks in first audio message

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.

Chinese armed police enters Nepal from Tibet to repair highway

Chinese armed transport police entered Nepal from Tibet on Saturday to help repair the rain-ravaged China-Nepal Highway at the request of the Nepalese government.

Exiled Yemen PM, officials return to Aden to lead restoration

Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah flew into the devastated port of Aden from Saudi exile Saturday, two weeks after loyalist forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city, an airport source said.

Watch video: 164 skydivers form largest ever vertical formation, set new world record
Watch video: 164 skydivers form largest ever vertical formation, set new world record

In a breathtaking video, smashing all previous records, 164 skydivers flying head-down formed the largest ever vertical skydiving formation on Friday over central Illinois in Ottawa.

Rainstorm exposes ancient tombs in China

 Archaeologists have started excavating tombs believed to be more than 1,200 years old in China`s Hebei Province after they were exposed by a storm.

Hillary, Bill Clinton earn more than USD 139M between 2007-14

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned more than USD 139 million between 2007 and 2014, according to eight years of federal income tax returns released by her campaign.

Severe flooding hampers rescue efforts in Myanmar, 27 dead

Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts today as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Angry protests over poor services spread across Iraq

 Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated Saturday over the poor quality of water in the southern city of Basra, as protests demanding better services from the government spread across the country.

Yemen PM Khaled Bahah returns to Aden from Saudi exile

 Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah flew into the southern port of Aden from exile in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, after pro-government forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city, an airport source said.

Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man

German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter, saying that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial.

25 Syria rebels killed in failed Aleppo attack: Monitor

At least 25 Syrian rebels were killed in a failed attack on a makeshift army base outside the northern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

ISIS horror: Militants gives 4-yr-old boy sword, tells him 'this is to kill your mother'
ISIS horror: Militants gives 4-yr-old boy sword, tells him 'this is to kill your mother'

A Yazidi woman, who recently escaped the clutches of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has made shocking revelations that her four-year-old son was given a sword by the militants and told that 'this is to kill your mother'.

China gets 10 new generals

 China has promoted 10 senior military and armed police officers to generals, the highest rank for officers in active service in the country.

Will Reunion debris solve mystery of MH370?

 Will a two-meter long wreckage give hope to the search for the missing flight MH370? Some experts said probably not.

Severe flooding hampers rescue efforts in Myanmar, at least 27 dead
Severe flooding hampers rescue efforts in Myanmar, at least 27 dead

Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Some 260 PKK members killed in Turkey air strikes: Report

Around 260 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed and hundreds more wounded in Ankara`s week-long campaign of air strikes against targets of the group inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, the official Anatolia news agency said Saturday.