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Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Ukraine`s defence minister said Saturday that Russia has 7,500 troops in the east of the country, where pro-Moscow separatists have been fighting government troops for months.

Four soldiers, civilian killed in eastern Ukraine: Officials

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.

Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in Kenya bus: Police
Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in Kenya bus: Police

Al-Shabab militants from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said on Saturday.

FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects: Law enforcement source

Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

Thick fog closes highways, airport in China

A heavy fog shrouded many parts of China`s Shandong province Saturday, closing highways and delaying flights, authorities said.

Gunmen execute 28 on Kenya bus near Somalia border: Police

Gunmen seized a bus in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border early Saturday and executed 28 non-Muslim passengers, police said, blaming the attack on Shebab Islamic extremists.

Opposition boycott overshadows Bahrain election

Voting began on Saturday in Bahrain`s first legislative elections since a failed pro-democracy uprising in 2011, with the opposition boycotting the polls in the tiny Gulf monarchy.

Indonesia's new president causes a buzz by flying economy

Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo caused a stir this weekend by opting to fly economy class to watch his son's high school graduation in Singapore, drawing both praise and criticism online.

Philippines bans some foreign journalists over APEC Bali incident

The Philippines said on Saturday it had banned certain foreign journalists from the country over an incident last year, when President Benigno Aquino was taunted by a group of Hong Kong reporters during a visit to Indonesia.

Peru court denies ex-president Fujimori house arrest

Former Peru president Alberto Fujimori`s request to serve the remainder of his 25-year prison sentence under house arrest has been rejected, judicial authorities said Friday.

Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: Report
Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: Report

US President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Ailing Thai King unable to meet ministers

Thailand`s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old`s health.

Islamic State militants sell girls, force them to convert their religion: 15-year-old teen who escaped IS clutches
Islamic State militants sell girls, force them to convert their religion: 15-year-old teen who escaped IS clutches

Describing the brutal life under Islamic State a 'nightmare', a 15-year-old girl, who escaped the militant group's clutches, on Saturday revealed that she and many girls like her were forced to change their religion and marry the militants.

Indonesia`s new President causes a buzz by flying economy

 Indonesia`s new President Joko Widodo caused a stir this weekend by opting to fly economy class to watch his son`s high school graduation in Singapore, drawing both praise and criticism online.

Crusading reporter poses challenge to China's authorities

Under strong security and far from the media spotlight, reporter Gao Yu went on trial Friday on charges of revealing "state secrets", in what is seen by many as an attempt to silence a professional journalist who is too knowledgeable about the inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party for her own good.

Mexico ex-police official arrested in student abductions

A former police chief in Cocula, the Mexican town where witnesses say 43 missing students were massacred, was arrested for allegedly participating in handing the young men over to a criminal gang, prosecutors said on Friday.

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: Report
China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: Report

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said on Friday.

Once a stopover, Morocco becoming home for migrants

In a back alley in the Moroccan capital, the small household repair shop opened by Moctar Toure since escaping conflict in his native Ivory Coast is doing a brisk business.

18 injured in bus fire in China

 At least 18 people were injured when a moving bus caught fire in China's southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Germans charged with vandalism in Singapore face flogging

 Two German men were charged Saturday with breaking into a Singapore metro depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train, offences punishable by jail time and flogging with a cane.

Female Afghan MP injured but defiant after suicide attack

 Afghan women`s rights campaigner Shukria Barakzai speaks in a tired whisper as she recovers in hospital from an assassination attempt that nearly killed her a week ago, but her message is strong and clear.

Immigration row fuels early 2016 US presidential race
Immigration row fuels early 2016 US presidential race

When President Barack Obama unveiled his immigration plan and Republican rivals howled their disapproval, the drama signalled not just a clash of political positions: it kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.

Fears of army influence as interim Burkina PM picks team

Burkina Faso army strongman and new Prime Minister Isaac Zida is set Saturday to name his ministerial team, amid fears of continued military influence over the phased return to democratic rule.

Egypt's Sisi to visit France, Italy in first EU trip

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visits France and Italy next week in his first European trip since ousting his Islamist predecessor and overseeing a crackdown that damaged Egypt`s international standing.

Ebola could be contained by mid-2015: Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus could be contained by mid-2015.

US Senate committee confirms Indian-American as federal judge

A key Congressional committee has confirmed the nomination of an Indian-American counsel to the key post of US District Court judge for Washington, DC.

Major powers, Iran racing against time for nuke deal

The world`s major powers and Iran are racing against time to reach a deal over Tehran`s nuclear programme, with another extension of the negotiations not being the focus.

Barack Obama urges `peaceful` protests in Ferguson

US President Barack Obama urged calm on Friday ahead of a grand jury decision expected to trigger protests in the restive town of Ferguson, where the FBI arrested two men for buying explosives.