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Egypt court again postpones verdict in Jazeera reporters` retrial

 An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed for a second time its verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, rescheduling it for August 29.

Suu Kyi's party shuns key players for Myanmar poll

 The party of Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected bids by 17 members of Myanmar`s respected "88 generation" to join its ranks and contest November`s election, a controversial omission of a group that was expected to galvanise its bid to dominate the ballot.

Malaysia says airplane debris found on Reunion Island part of Boeing 777
Malaysia says airplane debris found on Reunion Island part of Boeing 777

 Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which vanished early last year.

Chinese police probes Viagra alcohol

Two distillers in China were allegedly found adding banned food additive Viagra, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction, to their liquors.

Mystery shrouds death of Osama's family members in UK crash

 The death of Osama bin Laden's three family members, said to include the slain al Qaeda chief's stepmother and half-sister, remains shrouded in mystery as questions are being raised over the cause of the plane crash in UK despite normal weather and runway conditions.

ISIS child executioner who shot at Iraqi spy, killed in airstrike
ISIS child executioner who shot at Iraqi spy, killed in airstrike

A 14-year-old child who was recently shown apparently executing an Iraqi spy in an ISIS video, was reportedly killed in an air strike, reports said.

ASEAN, China discuss 'hotline' for sea dispute: Philippines

ASEAN and China are discussing setting up a "hotline" in case of an emergency regarding the territorial dispute over the South China Sea, a Philippine official said today.

Philippines vows action on Haiyan rebuilding after UN criticism

The Philippines on Sunday vowed to take further action to aid those displaced by deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, following UN criticism that the government`s response so far had been "inadequate".

Taiwan receives record visitors

 Some 2.8 million people from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macau visited Taiwan in the first half of 2015.

Hong Kong bra protest after woman jailed for `breast assault`

Dozens of activists including men wearing bras staged a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday after a woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months` jail for assaulting a police officer with her breast.

Suicide attack in Turkey: Two soldiers dead, 24 wounded
Suicide attack in Turkey: Two soldiers dead, 24 wounded

Officials say two soldiers have been killed and 24 others wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish rebels in eastern Turkey.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region
UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region

The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to spike, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoonal downpours brought misery to thousands across the region.

Australian beaches closed after new shark sightings

Several beaches on the east coast of Australia were closed today after fresh shark sightings as authorities warned swimmers to be vigilant following an attack that left a surfer with serious arm and leg injuries.

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.