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France `concerned` about death row Iranian juvenile offender

France said Monday it was concerned about the fate of an Iranian juvenile offender who is on death row, just days after Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Tehran to revive ties between the two countries.


Russia launches hotline to prevent people from joining ISIS

A telephone hotline aimed at preventing people from joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been launched in Russia.

British town appoints first jester in 700 years

A small British town has appointed its first resident jester in more than 700 years, naming him in an elaborate medieval ceremony.

Several injured in double-crane accident in Netherlands

 Several people were injured in the western Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn on Monday when two cranes working on a bridge upgrade toppled onto houses nearby, the local fire brigade said.

Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal

 Many Israeli ex-generals and former security chiefs have signed a petition urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which he strongly opposes.

4 killed ahead of new Ukraine peace talks

 Ukraine on Monday reported the death of four soldiers in widespread clashes with pro-Russian rebels that came only hours ahead of fresh talks on ending the 15-month separatist revolt.

'Saudi King Salman left France holiday villa as planned'

 Saudi King Salman has arrived in Morocco from southern France as always planned, and had no problem with media reports about his controversial Riviera holiday, an official source said Monday.

Two dozen Cuban migrants land in Key West: Police

A group of 24 Cuban migrants landed early Monday on a beach in Key West on the southern tip of Florida after crossing from Cuba in a makeshift boat, local authorities said.

Malaysia's anti-graft panel clears Najib of any wrongdoing

Malaysia's anti-corruption commission today cleared embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak of any wrongdoing, saying that USD 700 million deposited into his personal bank account came from donors and not from a debt-ridden government investment fund.

Hillary Clinton lauds her mother in first campaign ads

 US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will air her first 2016 campaign television ads Tuesday, tributes to her mother that stress resilience, empathy and family.

US agrees to `expedite` arms sales to Gulf states: Kerry

 Washington has agreed to speed up arms sales to Gulf countries following a meeting with regional foreign ministers in Qatar, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Sudan offers guarantees for rebels to attend Khartoum talks

 Sudan`s government said Monday it is ready to offer rebels battling its forces legal guarantees to allow them to attend talks in Khartoum aimed at addressing the country`s multiple crises.

Turkey swinger suspects risk up to 177 years in jail

 Turkish prosecutors have demanded jail sentences of up to 177 years for 29 people in the southeastern province of Adana suspected of setting up swingers` clubs, local media reported Monday.

Pro-Hadi forces recapture Yemen's al-Anad military and air base: Commander
Pro-Hadi forces recapture Yemen's al-Anad military and air base: Commander

Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi recaptured al-Anad military and air base on Monday, the country`s largest, after heavy fighting in which dozens of Houthi fighters were killed or captured.

Iran nuclear deal was best available option: Qatar

 Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah on Monday backed the deal on Iran`s nuclear programme as the best available option, after talks in Doha with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Former British PM caught up in child sex abuse claim

 A former prime minister was drawn into the complex web of historic child sex abuse allegations in Britain Monday, when the police watchdog announced an investigation involving 1970s leader Edward Heath.

From Moscow, exiled ex-PM launches committee to `save` Ukraine

 An exiled former top ally of ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Monday launched a shadowy committee to "save" the war-torn country, pledging to bring down the current pro-Western government.

Madrid apartment block collapses after being evacuated

 A four-storey apartment building collapsed in Madrid on Monday just hours after firefighters evacuated all of its occupants, some of them clambering through windows.

Putin spokesman sparks row with `$620,000 watch`

 Pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin`s spokesman flashing a watch worth an alleged $620,000 on Monday sparked controversy in the crisis-hit country.

Parties prepare for October vote in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Thirty-four parties have registered to contest Kyrgyzstan`s parliamentary polls on October 4, electoral officials in the former Soviet state said Monday.

Iran bans newspaper of nuclear deal critic, warns others

 Iran banned a weekly newspaper owned by a critic of its nuclear deal Monday and issued a formal warning to the country`s leading conservative daily for alleged breaches of reporting guidelines.

Saudi beheads murderer in 110th execution since January

 Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded one of its citizens convicted of murder, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.

Syria army plane crashes in rebel-held town, 31 dead: Monitor
Syria army plane crashes in rebel-held town, 31 dead: Monitor

A Syrian military aircraft crashed while on a bombing run over the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, leaving at least 31 people dead, a monitoring group said.

We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry

 Iran`s nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighbourliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers.

Israel President threatened over `Jewish terrorism` comment

 Israeli police have opened an investigation into threats on social media against President Reuven Rivlin following his condemnation of "Jewish terrorism" after a fire bombing killed a Palestinian child, a presidential spokesman said Monday.

Yemeni refugees flee to Djibouti

 Djibouti appealed Monday for aid after hundreds of Yemeni refugees fleeing civil war arrived in the Horn of African nation, adding to thousands already being supported.

Six Islamist militants killed in North Caucasus: Officials

 Russian security forces have killed six Islamist militants with suspected ties to foreign terrorists in the country`s volatile North Caucasus, the anti-terror committee said on Monday.

Moroccan dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

A Moroccan man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase stowed in the boot of a car, the Spanish government said on Monday.

ISIS launches application for Android user to share 'news, videos'
ISIS launches application for Android user to share 'news, videos'

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly launched an application for Android users so that it can propagate its videos and photos through the phone.

Turkey vows `whatever necessary` in fight against militants

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to do "whatever necessary" in Turkey`s controversial fight against Kurdish militants, with no end in sight to a two-week cycle of violence.