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US envoy `invited` to Merkel office to discuss spy reports
US envoy `invited` to Merkel office to discuss spy reports

Chancellor Angela Merkel`s office asked the US ambassador to come in Thursday to discuss new allegations of NSA spying, which threatened to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties.

English MPs to get new veto powers in UK parliament

English lawmakers from constituencies in England will get veto powers over laws affecting their region rather than the whole of UK under a new proposal which also removes the ability of Scottish MPs to vote on issues that deal specifically with England.

UK police hold two women for alleged terror offences
UK police hold two women for alleged terror offences

 British police on Thursday charged a 26-year-old woman with inciting terror through Twitter and membership of the Islamic State group, and arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of preparing an attack.

All clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting reports
All clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting reports

A US Navy installation in Washington was given the all-clear Thursday after locking down for several hours over unconfirmed reports that an active gunman was on the loose, authorities said.

Tunisian police arrest three, smash terror cell in port city

Tunisian security forces on Thursday broke up an alleged Islamic State (IS)-linked terrorist cell in the port city of Sfax and arrested three of its members, a radio station reported.

UK seeks political consensus for Syria air strikes
UK seeks political consensus for Syria air strikes

The British defence minister has appealed for political consensus while laying the groundwork for air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria, saying the terrorists needed to be targeted "at source".

Islamic State looting Syrian, Iraqi sites on industrial scale: UNESCO
Islamic State looting Syrian, Iraqi sites on industrial scale: UNESCO

 Islamic State militants are looting ancient sites across Iraq and Syria on an industrial scale and selling on treasures to middlemen to raise cash, Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO said on Thursday.

''No'' vote in Greek referendum could lead to Grexit: France
''No'' vote in Greek referendum could lead to Grexit: France

 French Finance Minister Michel Sapin warned on Thursday that if Greek citizens vote `No` in Sunday`s referendum regarding the country`s financial tailspin, it may well lead to Greece`s exit from the eurozone.

French court cancels elder Le Pen`s suspension from far-right FN
French court cancels elder Le Pen`s suspension from far-right FN

A French court on Thursday cancelled the suspension of veteran far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen from the National Front party which he founded.

Wikileaks exposes US spying of ECB, German ministries
Wikileaks exposes US spying of ECB, German ministries

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on the European Central Bank (ECB) and several German ministries, and also tapped telephone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to documents cited on Thursday by several German media outlets.

Saudi opens first privatised airport for pilgrims

 Saudi Arabia on Thursday officially opens a billion-dollar aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom`s first airport privatisation.

China sees `high possibility` of Iran nuclear deal
China sees `high possibility` of Iran nuclear deal

 China`s foreign minister said Thursday that he sees a "high possibility" of Iran and major powers agreeing a nuclear deal, but said all sides need to make "positive efforts".

Russia fumes at expulsion of TV reporter from Ukraine

 A new public relations war raged Thursday between Moscow and Kiev after Ukraine deported a reporter with Russia`s Channel One television for allegedly running "destructive" stories about the crisis-torn ex-Soviet state.

Fourteen Bulgarians charged with backing Islamic State

 Bulgarian prosecutors on Thursday charged 14 Muslim Roma with inciting racial hatred and spreading the ideas of the Islamic State jihadist group.

LIVE: US Navy confirms no sign of shooting at Washington Navy Yard
LIVE: US Navy confirms no sign of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

The US Navy has put the Washington Navy Yard on lockdown after there were reports of an active shooter present.

Turkey restricts Facebook in schools: Report

Turkey has restricted students from posting pictures and opinions about school life on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, local media said today.

US train with toxic chemicals derails, catches fire

A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Tennessee and caught fire, prompting a large-scale evacuation, firefighters said today.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and were taken into custody, said a legal source.

Mexico accuses 7 police of abuse in military 'slayings'

Mexican authorities have accused seven police of torturing three women who survived an alleged slaughter by the military a year ago, prosecutors said.

Court overturns death sentences in mob killing of Afghan woman: Judge

An Afghan appeal court has overturned death sentences given to four men for the mob killing in March of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Kabul, a judge said Thursday.

Deal with Iran in nuclear talks `not there yet`: German FM
Deal with Iran in nuclear talks `not there yet`: German FM

 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier raised doubts Thursday whether major powers and Iran had enough "will and courage" to seal an elusive deal to curb Tehran`s nuclear programme.

Four south Syria hospitals shut after regime raids: Monitor
Four south Syria hospitals shut after regime raids: Monitor

Four hospitals in the southern Syrian province of Daraa have been forced to close in recent days after intensive government air strikes, a monitor said on Thursday.

South Sudan rebels attack UN base in possible "war crime": UN
South Sudan rebels attack UN base in possible "war crime": UN

South Sudan rebels opened fire on a UN peacekeeping base sheltering 30,000 civilians, killing one and wounding six in a possible war crime, the UN has said.

Bobby Jindal's 'Ask Bobby' hashtag backfires on him
Bobby Jindal's 'Ask Bobby' hashtag backfires on him

Indian-American Republican presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal once again found himself at the butt of jokes after he invited questions on Twitter which attracted a barrage of tweets with people asking bizarre questions, poking fun at him.

71 journalists killed in first half of 2015: Report

 A total of 71 journalists were killed from January to June of 2015 in 24 countries, a 7 percent increase over the same period last year, a Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) report said.

Pet dog gnawed to the bone leg of Aus owner found dead: Report

A man, who was found dead in a home in suburban Australia, had his right leg missing and the left one gnawed to the bone by his pet dog, a media report said today.

Final British death toll in Tunisia attack rises to 30: Hammond
Final British death toll in Tunisia attack rises to 30: Hammond

 The final number of Britons confirmed killed by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia a week ago is 30 and all victims have been identified, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday.

Thai Navy votes to buy three Chinese submarines worth $1 bn

 Thailand`s navy has voted in favour of buying three Chinese submarines worth US$1 billion, an official said Thursday, the kingdom`s first such vessels in decades if the purchase is approved by the cabinet.

Japan news editors lash out at calls for press curbs

Two Japanese newspaper editors on Thursday warned that democracy and press freedom were under threat after a conservative lawmaker said media opposed to Tokyo`s hawkish military policy should be punished.

Iran talks are not near breakthrough yet: Britain's Hammond
Iran talks are not near breakthrough yet: Britain's Hammond

 Nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers are not near a breakthrough yet and foreign ministers will come and go to try to maintain momentum toward a deal, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday.