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Bomb-making materials found in second Bangkok apartment: Thai police
Bomb-making materials found in second Bangkok apartment: Thai police

Thai police on Monday said they had found bomb-making materials in a second apartment following the arrest of a suspect over the Bangkok bombing that left 20 people dead.

US considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Report

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of US trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Boko Haram kills 68 in remote part of Borno State: Governor

The governor of Borno in northeast Nigeria says Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed 68 villagers in a remote area of his state.

Fire at Saudi oil workers' compound kills 10, many injured

Fire swept through an oil workers' residential compound in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, killing 10 people, the Civil Defence agency said.

Australia urges more European nations to join Islamic State air strikes

Australia on Monday urged more European nations to begin air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as a way of tackling the escalating refugee crisis gripping the continent.

Islamic State partially destroys ancient Roman temple in Syria's Palmyra
Islamic State partially destroys ancient Roman temple in Syria's Palmyra

The Islamic State (IS) militants destroyed parts of a famous ancient Roman temple in the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria, a monitor group reported on Sunday.

London`s colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicks off

London`s Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with a riot of colour despite grey skies on Sunday, in a celebration of Caribbean culture reputed as Europe`s biggest street party.

Hungary slams `groundless` French criticism of border barrier

 Hungary on Sunday lashed out at French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius over his criticism of the country`s new anti-migrant border barrier, accusing him of "shocking and groundless" judgements.

Vladmir Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy, wholesome side - See pic
Vladmir Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy, wholesome side - See pic

The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin`s rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips.

Nelson Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty, dies at 77

Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died. He was 77.

Tallest mountain in North America renamed: White House

 Mount McKinley, the tallest of North America`s mountains, is officially being renamed Denali, the White House said Sunday, on the eve of President Barack Obama`s historic visit to Alaska.

Wall between US, Canada `legitimate` idea: White House hopeful

 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the White House, said Sunday that building a wall between the US and Canada was a "legitimate" idea to explore.

`Utterly amazing` story of survival: US hiker missing for nine days found alive

A badly hurt missing woman who endured nine days without food in the fire-threatened Californian wilderness has been found alive in what rescuers called an "utterly amazing" story of survival.

Nelson Mandela rape-accused grandson in fresh trouble

A grandson of South African icon Nelson Mandela, who was freed on bail in a child sex case, is being investigated for assaulting a woman, police said on Sunday.

Journalist `confesses` to causing China market chaos: Report

 A financial journalist has "confessed" to causing "panic and disorder" on China`s stock market and inflicting "huge losses on the country", state media reported on Sunday.

Strong hurricane on track to spare Hawaii

Hurricane Ignacio moved menacingly closer to Hawaii on Sunday but the worst of the powerful storm should spare the American archipelago, according to latest forecasts.

Iran sentences 2 people to jail for spying for US, Israel

Iran's official IRNA news agency says two people have been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of spying for the United States and Israel.

Bulgarian PM`s plane makes second emergency landing

 A plane carrying Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made an emergency landing on Sunday because of a problem with the landing gear, the second such incident involving the leader in six months, the Transport Ministry said.

197 'punished' for spreading rumours in China

A total of 197 people have been 'punished' in a special campaign by police targeting online rumours about China's stock market, the recent fatal explosions in Tianjin or other key events.

Egypt elections to start on October 17

Egypt`s Legislative Elections, the first since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office, are to be contested in phases starting October 17, the electoral commission announced on Sunday.

Frederick Forsyth says he worked for British intelligence

Writer Frederick Forsyth, known for his spy novels, has said he worked for British intelligence service MI6 for more than 20 years.

In first, Saudi women allowed to run in local elections

Saudi Arabia allowed women to register to stand in local elections on Sunday, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.

Spanish bull run deaths rise to 12

A man in his 60s died on Sunday after being gored in a bull run in Spain, bringing the total number of deaths to 12 this year, the deadliest in 15 years.

'US considered nuking Afghanistan post 9/11'

A nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, Michael Steiner, a senior German diplomat has revealed, media reported on Sunday.

EU ministers to meet September 14 for urgent migrant talks: Statement

European Union home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks on September 14 in Brussels, the Luxembourg government said on Sunday, as Europe struggles to find a united front to cope with the escalating migration crisis.

IS in Syria executes over 90 people in month: Monitor

The Islamic State group has executed more than 90 people, a third of them civilians, over the past month in areas of war-torn Syria it controls, a monitor said Sunday.

Nigeria's security agency says arrested 20 suspected Boko Haram chiefs

Nigeria`s security agency said on Sunday it had made significant breakthroughs in the fight against Boko Haram and arrested 20 prominent members of the militant Islamist group accused of orchestrating several deadly attacks.

Osama bin Laden is alive, staying in  Bahamas, claims Edward Snowden
Osama bin Laden is alive, staying in Bahamas, claims Edward Snowden

It may be a little difficult to believe but Edward Snowden has claimed that Osama bin Laden was still alive.

Barack Obama invites Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to White House on October 22
Barack Obama invites Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to White House on October 22

US President Barack Obama has invited Pakistan`s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Washington October 22, the White House said in a statement Sunday.

Iran nuclear deal now backed by 31 US senators

US Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday he would support the nuclear deal with Iran, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands.