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13 killed in Libya clashes

At least 13 people were killed in violent clashes between Islamist militias and Libyan security forces in the struggle to control Benghazi city.

Australia, NZ mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history".

Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town

Kurdish peshmerga forces streamed across the Syrian border from Turkey late Friday to bolster defenders in the key border town of Kobane which is under assault by Islamic State group jihadists.

Third victim of US school shooting dies

A 14-year-old US girl has died after being critically injured when a fellow high school student went on a shooting rampage last week, hospital officials said Friday.

US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row

A US judge has ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious.

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls `married off`

Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday.

Lt Colonel Isaac Zida assumes power in Burkina Faso; President flees
Lt Colonel Isaac Zida assumes power in Burkina Faso; President flees

The second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said on Saturday he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital.

Malaysia Airlines sees first lawsuit on missing Flight MH370

Two children of a passenger on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have sued the company and the Malaysian government for damages, the first lawsuit to be filed over the aircraft which disappeared in March.

Greek Orthodox Church bans religious rites at cremations

The Greek Orthodox Church has said it would not provide religious rites for those who choose cremation, saying it disrespects the human body.

1.26 mn uprooted Iraqis need shelter: UN

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that some 1.26 million internally displaced people (IDPs) throughout Iraq need shelter and basic supplies, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday.

UN warns of worsening food crisis in Somalia

A UN food agency Friday warned that poor rains in Somalia may worsen the country's food crisis, a spokesperson said.

At least 14 killed in Honduras bus crash

At least 14 people were killed and scores injured when a bus carrying them plunged into a ravine in western Honduras, media reports said Friday.

US urges peaceful transition of power in Burkina Faso

The US Friday called for a "peaceful" transition of power in Burkina Faso, but refused to label the military's take-over as a coup.

4,000 killed in Ukraine conflict, claims UN

More than 4,000 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists, the UN has said as the Ukrainian president took steps to "unite" the country after elections.

Italy to end sea rescue mission that saved 100,000 migrants

Italy said on Friday it would close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a "surge of deaths" in the Mediterranean.

Boko Haram calls ceasefire, talks claims 'lies'

Boko Haram has denied that they had agreed to a ceasefire in a new video, describing the Nigerian government claims as a lie and apparently ruling out future talks.

Recovery hampered as Colombia mine flood kills 12

It could take three days to recover the bodies of 12 miners trapped in a Colombian coal shaft, authorities said Friday after ruling out any hope the men survived.

US blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama`s planned visit next month.

Syria rebels, Qaeda fight in restive northwest

Damascus: Moderate rebels clashed with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in Idlib province of northwest Syria on Friday, a monitoring group said.

EU calls for `democratic` Burkina Faso elections

The European Union called for "democratic, inclusive and transparent" elections in Burkina Faso as Brussels said it had "taken note" of the resignation of long-standing president Blaise Compaore on Friday.

Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations

Canada has announced it was suspending visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations in a bid to prevent the deadly virus from crossing its borders.

Liberia opens one of largest Ebola treatment centres

Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president has opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centres in Monrovia amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.

Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border

Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani where they were expected to join the battle against Islamist militants besieging the town, activists have said.

Two killed in Ukraine clashes

Fighting in eastern Ukraine killed at least two people and wounded five over the past 24 hours, authorities said Friday.

Three Iraqis arrested on terror charges in Switzerland

Swiss authorities Friday said they arrested three Iraqi nationals suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Europe.

NATO reports more Russian flights, intercepts

NATO reported more Russian military flights and intercepts today over the Baltics, North Sea and Atlantic, just days after it picked up "an unusual level" of activity over European airspace.

Israel cartoon highlights troubled ties with US

An Israeli political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu piloting an airplane heading for New York's Twin Towers has set off a firestorm of criticism and focused new attention on the troubled relationship between Israel and the United States.

New human remains found at MH17 crash site: Dutch PM

The Dutch mission in Ukraine has recovered new human remains of victims of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in press conference here Friday.

Two bodies found after UK fireworks warehouse blaze

British police have found the bodies of two men after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.

Kerry, Zarif to hold nuclear talks in Oman: Report

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister will hold nuclear talks in Oman on around November 10, the Austria Press Agency reported today.