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Singapore a target for IS attacks: expert

The dreaded Islamic State terror outfit has identified Singapore, along with the US and the Philippines, as a possible target for its attacks, a noted expert said here today.

Majority of Americans support drone strikes in Pak: survey

Nearly 60 per cent of Americans support the country's policy of carrying out drone strikes against militants in Pakistan, according to a national survey.

Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province

The Syrian army has pulled back from the north-western city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government.

Crying baby gets Canadian singer kicked off flight

A Canadian singer-songwriter was kicked off a United Airlines flight in San Francisco because her two-year-old toddler would not stop crying, triggering outrage from her supporters.

Chinese blessing scam cons New York granny

A 61-year-old Chinese man pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $60,000 from a New York grandmother after he promised to bless her son`s alleged evil spirits away, prosecutors said.

Mexico catches 50 illegal migrants on plane

Mexican authorities intercepted 50 undocumented migrants from Cuba and Central America on a plane that was about to fly from Cancun to a city bordering Texas on Thursday.

Italian coast guard rescues 234 migrants off Sicily coast

The Italian coast guard broadcast footage of a rescue operation recovering 234 migrants from a fishing boat in a precarious condition in the Strait of Sicily, 200 km off the coast of the Sicilian city of Augusta.

Bombs outside two five-star Baghdad hotels kill at least 10

Car bombs exploded in the parking lots of two heavily fortified five-star hotels in central Baghdad late on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, police and medical sources said.

Yemen border strikes kill two Saudis, Yemen death toll near 2,000 – WHO

 Two Saudi border guards were killed and five wounded by shells fired from Yemeni territories, an Interior Ministry spokesman said late on Wednesday, as the United Nations said the war`s death toll was close to 2,000.

Boss can monitor workers' Facebook activity, top court rules

: Bosses who use the social networking website Facebook to spy on their employees at work are not breaking the law, Italy`s Supreme Court has ruled.

Egypt PM receives 8,000 e-mails from citizens in 24 hours

The newly-created presidential e-mail of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi received 8,000 messages in 24 hours, a media report said.

Conflicts displace 3.5 million people in Africa`s Sahel region: UN

The number of people displaced by conflicts in Africa`s Sahel has more than doubled in just over a year to a staggering 3.5 million, the United Nations said Thursday.

Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a `state secret`

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday banned the release of information about troop deaths in "special operations" during peacetime, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

UN agree to action to save Iraqi cultural sites

UN member-states on Thursday declared that the destruction by jihadists of Iraqi cultural sites may amount to war crimes and agreed to take steps to curb the trade of stolen ancient artifacts.

Cameron urges `flexible and imaginative` EU reforms

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for "flexible and imaginative" reforms from the EU as he swung through Paris Thursday on a tour of Europe to lobby for changes to the 28-nation bloc.

Oxford University nominates first female chief

The University of Oxford said Thursday that it had nominated a female vice-chancellor for the first time in its history, naming terrorism expert Professor Louise Richardson to the chief executive role.

Indian peacekeeper injured in fresh firing in South Sudan

An Indian peacekeeper has been injured in fresh firing in the troubled Malakal region in South Sudan, with the UN mission expressing concern over the incident and asking parties to respect the sanctity of UN staff.

US unveils plan to subsidize broadband for poor

The top US telecom regulator on Thursday unveiled plans to subsidize high-speed Internet for low-income households, saying the service was essential for people trying to better themselves.

Qaeda, allies take last regime-held city in Syria`s Idlib: monitor

A rebel coalition led by Al-Qaeda`s Syria franchise on Thursday seized Ariha, the last remaining government-held city in the north-western province of Idlib, a monitor said.

Baltics mull joint air defence system against Russia

Defence ministers for the three Baltic states said Thursday they are mulling a joint air defence system in response to security concerns over Russia`s activity in the region.

Major construction at North Korea rocket site, says US institute

Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, a US research institute said on Thursday.

US President Obama visits family of journalist slain by ISIS

US President Barack Obama met on Thursday with the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded last year by Islamic State militants.

Severe weather in Texas sets rain record, leaves 16 dead

Texas prepared for more flooding on Thursday while still reeling from torrential rains that killed at least 16 people, inundated major cities and set a record for the wettest month in the state`s history.

Airstrikes target Yemen's rebels as fighting rages in east

Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in their northern Yemeni stronghold on Thursday as fighting raged in an oil-rich eastern province, security officials and tribesmen said.

Spain judge opens terrorism probe into Boko Haram

A Spanish High Court judge said Thursday he is opening a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for suspected crimes against humanity and terrorism.

Pradhan to attend swearing-in ceremony of Nigeria's new President

Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, who is presently on a two-day official visit to Nigeria, would be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Muhammadu Buhari, the new President.

Little India riot: Court finds last defendant guilty

A Singapore court on Thursday found an Indian national guilty of failing to disperse despite police warning during the 2013 riot in Little India area of this city state, a media report said.

US charges fifteen Chinese nationals in SAT fraud scheme

Fifteen Chinese nationals living in the United States have been charged with developing a fraud scheme in which imposters took college entrance exams including the SAT, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe

In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of them little more than boys, to protect them on the journey across the Sahara toward Europe.

US Army chief says no human error seen in anthrax mishap

U.S. personnel working at an Army facility in Utah appeared to follow correctly all the outlined procedures to inactivate anthrax before they mistakenly shipped off live samples of the deadly bacteria, the Army`s top general said on Thursday.