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Crisis-hit Venezuela pays tribute to Chavez, two years on

Fireworks lit up the dawn skies as Venezuela paid tribute to leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez two years after his death, but the movement he founded faces its worst approval ratings ever amid a deepening economic crisis.

Australia protests Indonesia's treatment of death row men

Australia has formally complained to Indonesia over the treatment of two men facing the firing squad, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, amid reports their execution could be delayed for up to 10 days.

South Korea police probe US envoy attacker`s links with North

South Korean police said Friday they were investigating possible links the man behind a shocking knife attack on the US ambassador may have had with North Korea, as Seoul voiced disgust at Pyongyang`s reaction to the incident.

China police shoot man dead after 9 hurt in knife attack

A man was shot dead by police and another detained after a knife attack at a Chinese train station which left nine people wounded Friday, police said.

Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition eyes `new strategy`
Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition eyes `new strategy`

Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad`s ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks.

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient site

Islamic State militants have "bulldozed" the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul using heavy military vehicles, the government said.

Lessons learnt as MH370 hunt marks one year

The hunt for Flight MH370 has failed to turn up any debris, but its unprecedented scale in one of the world`s remotest locations has provided valuable lessons for future search and rescue missions.

Russia concerned with US military deployment in Ukraine

 Russia is concerned with arrival of US military personnel on Ukraine soil, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Libya rivals in Morocco talks as UN presses unity deal

Representatives of Libya`s two rival parliaments on Thursday held UN-brokered talks in Morocco aimed at reaching an agreement on a national unity government and finding someone to head it, officials said.

Coca-Cola, McDonald's wage unhealthy 'war' on Russia: PM aide

Russian officials sharply criticised US fast-food giants Coca-Cola and McDonald's on Thursday for their "unhealthy" products, comparing aggressive advertising campaigns to a war on citizens.

Algeria passes law banning domestic violence against women

Algeria's parliament passed a law today criminalising domestic violence against women in a vote harshly criticised by conservatives as intruding on the intimacy of couples and contrary to Islamic values.

South Africa to investigate spy allegations

The South African government said today that it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the state ombudsman and opposition figures spied for the US.

US to support new entrepreneurs in Tunisia: Obama

 US President Barack Obama has said that the US would invest more than one billion dollars in the next generation of entrepreneurs in Tunisia and the world.

Jewish tradition to see Israel helping Gaza farmers

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish prohibition on agricultural work every seventh year could be a boon to struggling farmers in the Gaza Strip, Israel`s defence ministry announced Thursday.

Ukraine mourns 33 victims of mine disaster

Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning for 33 miners killed in an apparent gas blast at a notoriously dangerous coal mine in the eastern rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

UN says 28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq`s Tikrit

Some 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the UN said Thursday.

PLO body decides to end security cooperation with Israel

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation's central council decided to end security cooperation with Israel, in a potentially explosive move after the Jewish state cut off a key source of funds.

Top commander of Nusra Front killed in Syria blast
Top commander of Nusra Front killed in Syria blast

Al Qaeda`s official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting.

US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by North Korea

The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media.

Some people consider peace ''an existential threat'': Iran

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his supporters are trying to create "an atmosphere of hysteria" and "fear-mongering," the Iranian foreign minister has said.

US Supreme Court to take up lethal injection, gay marriage

The US Supreme Court said Thursday it will examine two of the nation`s most controversial issues -- the death penalty and gay marriage -- in back-to-back sessions late next month as they wrap up their calendar for the year.

Almost half a million people in Darfur displaced in 2014: UN

A new report from the UN secretary-general says nearly half a million people were displaced in Darfur last year, the highest number in a decade.

Boko Haram kills 68, including children, in Nigeria

 At least 47 villagers were killed in the latest attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria`s northeastern state of Borno, one of the three most-hit states by the terror group, a local security source said.

Bailed-out Cyprus eyes return to normal borrowing this year

Cyprus hopes to borrow on financial markets this year, its finance minister told Reuters on Thursday, saying the island`s economy had more in common with bailout turnaround Ireland than Greece.

Poll finds Pope Francis` popularity in US rising

Pope Francis` popularity among Americans is rising, six months before his first papal visit to the United States, a public opinion poll released Thursday suggests.

FBI urges `vigilance` against IS recruitment online

US authorities on Thursday issued an appeal to police and the public to remain "vigilant" against attempts by the Islamic State group to recruit young Americans online.

Skiers in cable car drama as storms wreak havoc in Italy

Around 200 holiday skiers in the Italian Dolomites were winched to safety on Thursday after getting stranded in cable car cabins buffeted by 70 mile (130 km) an hour winds.

Egypt to offer projects worth USD 35 billion during conference

Egypt's investment minister says his government hopes to attract up to USD 35 billion from about 50 projects offered to investors during a much-hailed international economic conference later this month.

Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence; 6 hurt

Officials say six people aboard a plane from Atlanta that skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing have injuries that aren't life threatening.

France begins troop drawdown in Central African Republic

France announced on Thursday it was reducing its troop numbers in the Central African Republic as it gradually hands over to a 8,500-strong UN peacekeeping force brought in to contain a deadly sectarian conflict.