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Blast hits pilgrim bus in Damascus; nine dead, 20 injured

A blast ripped through a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least nine people, a monitor said, in an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda`s Syrian branch.

Greek finance minister says eyeing new debt deal by `end May`

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Sunday said he wanted to see a global agreement on his heavily indebted country`s financial situation "by the end of May".

Fierce fighting rages for key Ukraine town

Battles raged on Monday between government forces and pro-Russian rebels for control of a strategic transport hub as the death toll mounted in east Ukraine following the collapse of ceasefire talks.

Jordan committed to anti-IS coalition, despite hostage drama

Jordan remains "as committed as ever" to a US-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, the kingdom's foreign minister said late Sunday, amid heightened fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the militants.

Seven dead, 20 wounded in central Damascus blast: Monitor

At least seven people were killed and 20 wounded when a blast ripped through a bus in a central district of the Syrian capital on Sunday, a monitoring group said.

India, China exchange notes on modalities for opening second route for Kailash Mansarovar

India and China on Sunday exchanged notes on modalities for opening the second route for pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar yatra.

Death toll of off-piste skiiers in Swiss Alps rises to 11

Eleven people have died in off-piste skiing accidents in the Swiss Alps despite repeated avalanche warnings over the past four days, police said on Sunday.

Court battle over South African child's Hindu-Muslim surname

A legal battle over a South African child's surname between his Hindu father and Muslim mother is being seen as a challenge aimed at changing the country's legislation regarding children born out of wedlock.

Saudi Arabia frees women's rights activist close to blogger: Daughter

A woman who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef Badawi has been freed after about three months in prison, her daughter said on Sunday.

Egypt deports jailed Australian reporter Greste

Egypt deported Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste to Australia Sunday after holding him for more than 400 days despite global condemnation of his jailing on charges of backing the Muslim Brotherhood.

Suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria kills 7: Police

A suicide bomb attack targeting a political meeting killed seven people in northeast Nigeria`s Potiskum city on Sunday, just two weeks from national elections, witnesses and a police officer said.

Two blasts rock Nigeria's Gombe city, 5 dead: Sources

Two blasts rocked north Nigeria's Gombe city on Sunday, killing five people, with one of the attacks targeting a military checkpoint, witnesses and a military source said.

No one hurt as small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers

Thai police say two explosions at a transit hub near major downtown shopping malls were caused by small improvised explosive devices, but no one was hurt and damage was minor.

Top comics festival in France honours Charlie Hebdo contributor

A youngster`s tale of life torn between France and the Middle East by a Charlie Hebdo contributor scooped the top award at one of the world`s biggest comics festivals in France on Sunday.

Shiite militia sets deadline to unravel Yemen crisis

A Shiite militia on Sunday set a three-day deadline for political parties to resolve the power vacuum in Yemen since the president and prime minister offered to resign last month.

IS claims beheading of Iraqi security personnel

The Islamic State group beheaded an Iraqi police officer and a soldier, the latest in a long series of atrocities committed by the jihadists, according to pictures posted online today.

Syria aims to flush out all terrorists in 2015: PM

Syria`s prime minister said on Sunday the country would drive all insurgents out of its territory in 2015 and was prepared to back any attempts to fight global militancy.

Thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months.

Stop Germany bashing, EU parliament chief warns Greek PM

European Parliament head Martin Schulz on Sunday urged Greece`s new anti-austerity prime minister to stop lambasting Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government, saying anti-German rhetoric was "shortsighted".

African Union seeks financial independence

African leaders have agreed in principle to impose a flurry of taxes in a bid to finance their pan-African bloc, set up to push the continent`s diplomatic agenda but dependent on foreign handouts.

Pope to visit Sarajevo in June

Pope Francis said on Sunday he would make a one-day trip to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, his latest visit to a country where Islam is the dominant religion amid growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri `contained`: Nigeria military

An assault by Boko Haram on Sunday aimed at taking over the key northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri has been repelled, the military said, roughly 12 hours after fighting began.

Death toll mounts in Ukraine fighting after peace talks fail

Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed in the past 24 hours in the country`s separatist-minded east, Kiev authorities said, after the collapse of peace talks dimmed hopes of a near-term ceasefire.

Egypt orders deportation of jailed Australian reporter Greste: Police

Egypt has decided to deport jailed Australian reporter Peter Greste to his home country, a senior interior ministry official told AFP on Sunday.

I will never forgive IS, says Japanese PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday vowed to "never forgive" the Islamic State (IS) terror group after a video purporting to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was uploaded online.

UN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January

The United Nations mission to Iraq said on Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.

Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded

Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan on Sunday ordered heightened security precautions and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.

Iran's Ahmadinejad launches website ahead of vote

Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a website ahead of parliamentary elections next year in a sign he may be eyeing a political comeback despite a recent corruption scandal.

Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigeria's main city: Witnesses

Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, their second assault in a week on a city they hope to make the capital of a breakaway Islamist state.

I want Britain's first 'three-parent baby': Mom appeals to MPs

A British mother who is in line to be the first in the country to create a baby with three parents on Sunday appealed to lawmakers to change the law and allow her to give birth.