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Curfew lifted from riot-hit US city of Baltimore

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of the US city of Baltimore on Sunday lifted a city-wide curfew which had been in effect since Tuesday.

Egypt charges 40 over allegedly being Islamic State members

A Nile Delta prosecutor said on Sunday he referred 40 people to trial on charges of belonging to the Islamic State group and planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Egypt.

Freed Nigerian women tell of horror of Boko Haram captivity

Boko Haram fighters killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease, freed captives said on Sunday after they were brought to a government refugee camp.

Magnitude-3.9 earthquake shakes buildings across Los Angeles

A small earthquake has rattled the greater Los Angeles area, shaking buildings and waking residents. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Ethiopian Israelis protest against `police brutality`

Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis protested in central Tel Aviv on Sunday against alleged police brutality and institutionalised discrimination, an AFP correspondent said.

Egypt jails 14 policemen, doctor for torture deaths

Egypt`s top court on Sunday sentenced 14 policemen and a doctor to jail terms for torturing two prisoners to death in 2006, a judicial official said.

Costa Rica scare as ship carrying chemicals sinks

Costa Rican authorities declared an emergency on Sunday after a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate sunk off the country`s Pacific coast.

Saudi-led troops in 'limited' first Yemen deployment

The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen sent a "limited" force to the city of Aden on Sunday, Yemeni sources said, in what would be its first ground deployment inside the country.

Progress toward peace talks unclear as Taliban, Afghan figures meet

Taliban representatives met with Afghan political figures for a second day on Sunday, but it was unclear if the dialogue hosted by Qatar moved any closer to long-awaited formal negotiations to end Afghanistan`s devastating war.

Several killed as soldiers raid Nigerian communities

Nigerian troops have raided communities suspected of harbouring militiamen in central Plateau state, killing several people, a military spokesman said on Sunday.

Light earthquake shakes Los Angeles

A light, magnitude-3.9 earthquake shook the Los Angeles region early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

US, allies stage 17 air strikes against Islamic State: Coalition

The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period ending Sunday morning, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

PM Modi congratulates Nursultan Nazarbayev on re-election as Kazakhstan president

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wrote to re-elected President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to congratulate him on his fifth consecutive term.

Baltimore mayor announces immediate lifting of curfew

The mayor of Baltimore on Sunday lifted a nightly curfew that was implemented after residents in the US city rioted following the death of a man in police custody.

Kerry in Kenya to offer help against militants: Officials

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kenya on Sunday to offer help in countering Somali al Shabaab militants who have staged deadly attacks there and elsewhere in East Africa.

Merkel says Germans can never forget death camp horrors

Germans will never forget the "unfathomable horrors" that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

Bodies from Thai mass grave show no initial signs of violent death: Police

Twenty-six bodies exhumed at a mass grave in southern Thailand near a camp with suspected links to human trafficking bear no signs of violent death, police said on Sunday, following initial forensic examinations at the site.

Nearly 4,100 boat migrants rescued, operations ongoing: Italy
Nearly 4,100 boat migrants rescued, operations ongoing: Italy

Nearly 4,100 migrants were rescued near the coast of Libya by Italian and French navy vessels in 17 separate operations on Saturday and early on Sunday, as per reports. Italian coastguard spokesman said rescue operations are likely to continue throughout Sunday.

Chinese ecologists calls for halt in dam projects in Tibet

 Chinese ecologists have called for a halt in construction of dams, including one claimed to be the world's biggest, in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh citing adverse impact of hydropower stations over the potential habitat of newly discovered species of a macaque in the area.

Lebanon forces arrest IS-linked cleric: Security source

Security forces on Sunday arrested a Lebanese man accused of being a cleric and recruiting agent for the extremist Islamic State jihadist group, a security source told AFP.

First visitors for Britain`s baby princess

Prince William and his wife Kate showed off their new baby daughter to close relatives on Sunday as Britain eagerly awaited the name of the new royal princess.

With nobody set for majority, Britain braces for hung parliament

Britain is heading towards a hung parliament after Thursday`s national election, fuelling uncertainty about the country`s future in the European Union, its economic policy, and Scotland`s place in the United Kingdom.

Singapore orders shutdown of 'anti-foreigner' portal

Singapore Sunday ordered a local man and an Australian woman facing jail time for articles seen as hostile to foreigners to shut their website down, saying it threatens "public order and national harmony".

New York police officer shot in head while patrolling

 A New York City police officer was shot in the head as he tried to inquire about a suspect`s actions during his patrol on the street.

Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen: HRW
Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen: HRW

The Saudi-led coalition has been using US-supplied cluster bombs in its air campaign against Yemeni rebels, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday, warning of the long-term dangers to civilians.

Al Qaeda branch claims murder of Bangladesh-born US blogger

 Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the murder of an American atheist blogger in Bangladesh over two months ago, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Traffic accident kills 18 in western Afghanistan: Officials

At least 18 people were killed and three injured on Sunday when a minivan overturned in western Afghanistan, provincial officials said. 

IS group claims Iraq car bomb attack that killed 19

The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a late-night car bomb attack in Baghdad that killed at least 19 people, saying it was targeting a Shiite militia.

China, Taiwan to seek cooperation as heads of ruling parties meet

The leader of Taiwan`s Nationalist Party will sit down with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday in the first meeting between the heads of the ruling parties in the two rival states in more than 60 years.

Argentina invokes Gandhi over disputed islands with Britain

 With Argentina still going through sovereignty disputes to reclaim the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas with Britain, the South American country is applying the way of Mahatma Gandhi`s `ahimsa` - truth, love and fraternity - that brought independence to India.