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US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

 The United States has blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbours to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

Islamic State raises flag over citadel in Syria's Palmyra: Supporters
Islamic State raises flag over citadel in Syria's Palmyra: Supporters

 Islamic State fighters have raised their flag over an ancient citadel in Syria`s historic city of Palmyra, pictures posted online overnight by the group`s supporters showed.

Calm as Burundi truce starts after deadly protests

 Burundian anti-government protesters began a two-day truce Saturday after almost a month of deadly violence triggered by the president`s bid for a third term culminating in a deadly grenade attack Friday.

Ethiopia since the fall of Haile Selassie

 Ethiopia on Sunday holds its first general election since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi.

Leading `No` figure concedes in Irish gay marriage vote

 A leading campaigner against gay marriage conceded defeat in Ireland`s historic referendum on the issue Saturday as the official count took place.

Islamic State suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21

An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions.

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritise saving the lives of those still stranded at sea.

Shi''ite militia approach Islamic State-held areas from base near Iraq''s Ramadi

A convoy of Shi`ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday toward areas held by Islamic State insurgents, an eyewitness and a local official said.

Ireland backs gay marriage, ministers and opponents say

Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.

Singapore vows to protect name of founder PM Lee

 The Singapore government today said it will use the law to protect the name and image of the country's founding father Lee Kuan Yew from commercial use and exploitation.

South Sudan president warns sanctions will worsen war

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has warned that proposed international sanctions will only worsen the civil war ravaging his country.

Counting starts in Ireland gay marriage vote
Counting starts in Ireland gay marriage vote

Counting got under way Saturday in Ireland`s historic referendum on same-sex marriage, with thousands of people, some of whom rushed home from living abroad to vote, gathering to hear the results.

Suriname president looks to consolidate power in vote

 Desi Bouterse, the colorful dictator-turned-president who has ruled Suriname on and off since 1980, is looking to consolidate power when the small South American country holds general elections on Monday.

Afghan district governor killed in blast

 A district governor was killed in a bomb blast on Saturday in Afghanistan` Uruzgan province, an official said.

Top China, Taiwan officials meet amid protests

 China`s top Taiwan affairs official Zhang Zhijun met for talks with his Taiwanese counterpart Saturday, as dozens of angry demonstrators protested the visit.

German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets

 A 65-year-old German woman, who is already a mother of 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday.

Rights groups decry Ethiopia press clampdown ahead of elections

 Rights groups said elections on Sunday in Ethiopia, Africa`s second most populous country, would not be free or fair due to a clampdown on freedom of speech.

Woman chains herself to Shell ship in bay north of Seattle

A woman has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans, Bellingham police said. KCPQ-TV said the ship is anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle.

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

 With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.

Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis: US

Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top US diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis.

Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief

An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed that two people, including a district administrative chief, in the country's south.

Japan, South Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

Japan and South Korea on Saturday held the first dialogue of their financial chiefs in two and a half years, agreeing to improve economic ties despite diplomatic frictions between the two Asian countries.

Morsi, secular camp in dock for `insulting` Egypt judiciary
Morsi, secular camp in dock for `insulting` Egypt judiciary

Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi along with several secular figures behind Egypt`s 2011 uprising go on trial Saturday, as the authorities press on with a crackdown on all forms of opposition.

UN adopts resolution in stemming misuse of small arms

 The UN has adopted a resolution calling for stronger cooperation in stemming the illicit transfer and misuse of small arms and light weapons, underlining the suffering they have caused to civilians.

Kenyan Catholics celebrate beatification of Italian nun

 Tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in the Kenyan town of Nyeri on Saturday for the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun, a key step towards sainthood.

Saving migrant lives at sea `top priority`

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.

Peru declares state of emergency in anti-mining protest area

 Peru declared a state of emergency late Friday in the country`s south, where a violent protest against the Tia Maria copper mine has killed four people in two months.

Gambian migrants undeterred by horrors of Med crossings

Despite warnings from shipwreck survivors and the international community, Gambians are refusing to abandon dreams of a new life in Europe even if it means risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean aboard rickety boats.

ISIS close to buying nuclear weapon from Pakistan?
ISIS close to buying nuclear weapon from Pakistan?

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), in its propaganda magazine Dabiq, has claimed that it is 'infinitely' more possible to buy a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and transport it to the United States.

Activists denounce Africa`s silence over migrant drownings

Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners.