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Israel tests missile to defend against airborne attacks

Israel's military says it has successfully tested an advanced surface-to-air missile that analysts believe could play a key role in securing the country's offshore gas fields.

Vladimir Putin tells Francois ​Hollande 'ready for cooperation' in terrorism fight

Russia vowed today to cooperate in the fight against terrorism as French President Francois Hollande began the last leg of a diplomatic bid to step up efforts to crush the Islamic State group.

Four senior KPMG executives arrested in UK tax probe

London, Nov 26 (AFP) Four senior executives with business consultancy KPMG have been arrested in Northern Ireland as part of a tax evasion investigation, officials said today.

MH17 victims to get Dutch memorial at Schiphol: Report

The monument's unveiling is planned for July 17, 2017.

North, South Korea agree to high-level talks next month

An official in Seoul said the two sides would meet at the deputy minister level on December 11 in the Kaesong joint industrial zone, just inside North Korea.

Brussels terror alert reduced from highest level: Official

Belgian police on Tuesday charged a fifth suspect in connection with the Paris attacks after a series of raids carried out during the lockdown.  

By 2050, half of world's child brides to be in Africa

The total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050 if current trends persist, meaning almost half of the world's child brides will be African, a UNICEF report released on Thursday warned.

Trafficking in natural resources fuels instability, terrorism: Pope

Pope Francis on Thursday urged global action against illegal trafficking of blood diamonds, ivory and other natural resources, saying it caused political instability and "terrorism".

Germany 'to send Tornado reconnaissance jets' to fight Islamic State

Germany plans to send Tornado reconnaissance jets to support the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, the defence spokesman of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said on Thursday.

Indian-origin Maoist sect leader denies rape

A 75-year-old Indian-origin Maoist leader in the UK charged with modern day slavery, sexual assault and imprisonment of his own daughter on Thursday denied the charges and said his women followers competed among themselves to make sexual advances on him.

Man steals human brains and sells them on eBay

Charles gained entry to the Indiana Medical History Museum – formerly the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane – on multiple occasions, a court heard.

Man makes false ISIS bomb alert to skip work

Hammond made the 6 am call from a payphone outside his home. 

Thai general sought as royal defamation probe widens

Arrest warrants have been issued for a Thai general and two senior police officers for royal defamation, authorities said on Thursday, part of a snowballing probe linked to the palace that has seen two suspects die in military custody.

Closing borders not solution in Islamic State battle: UN refugee chief

UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that closing borders on Muslims fleeing violence by Islamic State is counterproductive and only risks helping the group grow stronger.

S-400 missiles already deployed in Syria: Russian agency

Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency is reporting that Russia has already deployed long-range air defence missiles at its base in Syria.

Hacker group replaces ISIS propaganda site with viagra advert
Hacker group replaces ISIS propaganda site with viagra advert

Earlier, hacker group Anonymous had declared war against the ISIS following the deadly terror attack in Paris.

Blast in Pakistan, two dead; federal minister Akram Khan Durrani escapes unhurt

Pakistan's federal minister for housing Akram Khan Durrani escaped unhurt on Thursday in an IED blast which killed two people in the volatile northwest of the country, police said.

Pakistan can defend itself from Indian aggression: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif
Pakistan can defend itself from Indian aggression: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif

Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself from any Indian aggression, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif asserted on Thursday.

ALERT: Days after Paris attacks, `anthrax` found in Brussels mosque
ALERT: Days after Paris attacks, `anthrax` found in Brussels mosque

Since the Paris attacks on November 13 by French and Belgian Islamic State militants, there have been reports of threats against mosques used by Belgium's half million Muslims.

Russia expects apology from Turkey, mulls economic sanctions
Russia expects apology from Turkey, mulls economic sanctions

Putin slammed the Turkish leadership for deliberately steering the Russia-Turkey ties into the dead end, which he said was "regrettable".

Saudi Arabia lists 12 Hezbollah leaders as terrorists

The 12 were added to the list due to their involvement in Hezbollah operations, and their companies' financing of the group's militia activities.

Largest Hindu temple to be opened in Australia on Nov 30

The new building will provide a house of Hindu worship to an ever-growing population of Indians and other Hindu nationalities in Australia's second largest city.

Indian NRI lawyer appointed to Council of University of Chicago

Sarosh Zaiwalla's appointment will enable him to join an illustrious group of members, drawn from countries like Brazil, France, India, Japan, Malaysia, the UK.

Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China

Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin was prevented from boarding her connecting flight in Hong Kong.

Bombing Islamic State in Syria will make UK 'safer': David Cameron
Bombing Islamic State in Syria will make UK 'safer': David Cameron

Britain should join air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and should not "sub-contract" its security to allies, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday in a written statement to MPs.

South Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule.

Russia holding up Turkish goods at border as relations sour

Customs officials along the Russian border are scrutinising Turkish goods due to "various reasons" including a possible terrorist threat, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Rights court upholds French headscarf ban in hospital job

Europe's top human rights court is upholding France's headscarf ban in the case of a Muslim social worker who lost her hospital job because she would not remove her scarf.

French group to help Japan dismantle nuclear reactors

French nuclear giant Areva on Thursday said it had linked up with Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy to help Japan dismantle boiling-water nuclear power stations.

Abdul Basit claims Pakistan wants to work together to combat terrorism
Abdul Basit claims Pakistan wants to work together to combat terrorism

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday stated that the world should unite to combat terrorism.