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ISIS claims to be minting gold coins, calls it 'second blow to US after 9/11'
ISIS claims to be minting gold coins, calls it 'second blow to US after 9/11'

In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State which has already been branded as the richest terror organisation in history, claims to have started its own currency by minting gold coins.

Greste calls for Sisi pardon after Egypt jails Al-Jazeera journalists

 Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste called Sunday for Egypt`s president to pardon him and two colleagues handed prison sentences in a shock ruling that sparked international condemnation and which he described as "politically motivated".

Bangkok bomb suspect uncooperative: Thai Army chief

 Thailand`s army chief on Sunday told AFP the man arrested in connection with last week`s deadly Bangkok bomb blast was not cooperating, as police announced he was part of a people-smuggling gang.

Greste calls for Sisi pardon after Egypt Al-Jazeera verdict

Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste Sunday called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to pardon him and two colleagues handed three-year prison sentences, describing the Saturday court decision as "politically motivated".

Katrina anniversary: New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life
Katrina anniversary: New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life

 New Orleans remembered the dead and celebrated its painstaking comeback from disaster on Saturday, a decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the "Big Easy" leaving devastation and chaos in its wake.

Pressure mounts on Malaysian PM as protests spill into second day

Thousands gathered for a second day of protests on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a multi-million-dollar financial scandal, their spirits lifted by unexpected support from Malaysia`s longest-serving leader.

Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

 Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Austria death truck suspects tell court they are innocent

 Four suspected human traffickers said they were innocent Saturday as they appeared in a Hungarian court over the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria, marking a sickening new low in Europe`s migrant crisis.

Lebanese in mass `You Stink` rally against politicians

Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services.

US `concerned` by Egypt court ruling on Al-Jazeera reporters

The US said it was "deeply disappointed and concerned" after an Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in prison, calling for the ruling to be overturned.

New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life on Katrina anniversary
New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life on Katrina anniversary

 New Orleans remembered the dead and celebrated its painstaking comeback from disaster on Saturday, a decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the "Big Easy" leaving devastation and chaos in its wake.

Thousands welcome refugees to Germany at Dresden rally

Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to send a message of welcome to refugees, after a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region.

Iran nuclear deal will `fuel terrorism`: Benjamin Netanyahu

The deal to curb Iran`s nuclear programme will bolster Tehran`s ability to fund global terrorism by providing the Islamic state with "billions of dollars" in sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Saturday.

Suspect arrested for killing Harris County Sheriff's deputy

One suspected person has been arrested in connection with the killing of the Harris County Sheriff's deputy, authorities in Texas have said.

17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police

A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said late Saturday.

South Sudan ceasefire takes effect after eleventh-hour clashes

A ceasefire aimed at ending a brutal civil war in South Sudan has come into effect, hours after fresh clashes between government forces and rebels, which sparked concern for a hard-won peace deal.

Tropical storm Erika drenches parched Cuba

Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba on Saturday, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Colombian President tours tense border city

Colombia`s President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city Saturday amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home.

Austria death truck suspects held, second vehicle found

 Four suspects in Austria`s migrant truck tragedy were remanded in custody in Hungary on Saturday, as Austrian police rescued three "severely dehydrated" refugee children packed into another vehicle.

15 held in Spain for smuggling migrants on water scooters

Fifteen people were arrested this month in Spain for smuggling Moroccan migrants into the country on water scooters, authorities said on Saturday, terming it a "very dangerous practice."

US NSA Susan Rice holds wide ranging talks with Chinese officials

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's State visit to the White House next month, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice has held wide ranging talks with her counterparts in Beijing, her spokesman said on Saturday.

Turkish jets join US-led coalition strikes on Islamic State

Turkish jets took part in US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

Iran president opposes parliament vote on nuclear deal

President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers.

38 girls die in crash on way to Swaziland beauty pageant

A road accident in Swaziland killed 38 girls and seriously injured 20 others who had been on their way to a traditional ceremony where King Mswati III can choose a new wife, pro-democracy activists reported.

Thai police charge foreign man over Bangkok bombing, likely to be 'Turkish national'

 Thai police on Saturday charged a foreign man over last week`s deadly Bangkok bombing, the first arrest connected to an attack that has rattled the junta-run kingdom and damaged its tourist-haven reputation.

Chad executes 10 Boko Haram suspects by firing squad

Chad executed 10 alleged members of Nigeria-based Islamist group, Boko Haram, by firing squad on Saturday, a day after they were found guilty of a double suicide killing that left 38 people dead in the capital N'Djamena.

Hollande, Merkel, Putin call for fresh summit on Ukraine

The leaders of France, Germany and Russia discussed the Ukraine crisis over the phone today and agreed to hold a new summit in the coming weeks, said the French presidency.

'US had 31% of world's public mass shooters from 1966-2012'

The US was the site of 31 percent of the world's public mass shootings from 1966-2012, despite having only 5 percent of the world's population, according to a new study.

Bangkok bomb suspect 'Turkish national': Thai officials
Bangkok bomb suspect 'Turkish national': Thai officials

A man resembling the prime suspect in Thailand's worst terror attack here that killed 20 people, who was on Saturday arrested with dozens of passports and several bomb-making tools and materials, is a Turkish national, security officials said today.

China toughens sentencing for corruption: Xinhua

China on Saturday amended the country`s criminal law, tightening corruption sentencing and reclassifying sex with underage prostitutes as rape, state media reported.