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Isolated skirmishes hamper Ukraine truce

Ukraine announced the completion of an initial phase of military pullback in east Ukraine Saturday as isolated clashes rattled a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels and observers warned the country was at a "crossroads".

UK`s first `anti-Islamisation` rally dwarfed by counter-demo

An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement`s first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said.

Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life

An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state.

Iran shrugs off Netanyahu bid to block nuclear deal

Iran on Saturday shrugged off a bid by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abort a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers by lobbying opposition in a speech to the US Congress.

Egypt court declares Hamas `terrorist` group

An Egyptian court on Saturday declared Hamas a "terrorist" organisation, a judicial source said, weeks after the Palestinian Islamist movement`s armed wing was given the same designation.

Brotherhood chief among 14 sentenced to life in prison

Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie along with 13 others was on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment while four members of the banned organisation received death penalty by an Egyptian court over the killing of protesters who stormed the group's headquarters in 2013.

Mugabe holds lavish 91st birthday bash by Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe`s President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish party by the spectacular Victoria Falls on Saturday, prompting many Zimbabweans to question once again when he would leave office and who would succeed him.

Egyptian court lists Hamas as terrorist organisation

An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial and security sources said on Saturday, one month after a judge listed the group`s armed wing as a terrorist group.

Islamic State fighters attack Samarra ahead of army offensive

Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, where security forces and their Shi`ite militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical Sunni militants.

Egypt Brotherhood chief handed fourth life sentence

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment the head of the banned Muslim Brotherhood over the killing of protesters who stormed the group`s Cairo headquarters in 2013.

Mugabe turns 91 with million dollar birthday bash

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday will celebrate his 91st birthday will a million dollar bash attended by thousands of faithful party supporters.

'Jihadi John' received anger therapy at school: Ex-teacher

The Islamic State (IS) militant known as `Jihadi John` received anger management therapy in his first year of secondary school after getting into fights, a former teacher has said.

Putin pledges to nail Nemtsov killers, as West condemns

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to bring the "vile" killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov to justice as Western leaders and Russia`s opposition roundly condemned the drive-by shooting near the Kremlin walls.

Egyptian court declares Hamas as terrorist group

An Egyptian court on Saturday listed Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, a month after the group's armed wing was proscribed declaring it a terror outfit.

Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram

Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital on Saturday to show support for the military's battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria's Islamic extremists.

Palestinian killed in blast near ruined Gaza airport

A young Palestinian was killed and his brother seriously wounded in an explosion on Saturday near the Gaza Strip's abandoned airport, the health ministry said.

Car bombs kill 27 people north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad

Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people on Saturday, authorities said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.

West condemns murder of Kremlin critic as Putin blames foes

Western leaders and Russia`s opposition on Saturday condemned the drive-by assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov while President Vladimir Putin suggested the crime was staged to throw suspicion on the state.

UN envoy in Damascus to seek quick Aleppo truce

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in war-ravaged second city Aleppo during talks Saturday with the Syrian government, an official said.

Indo-Canadian sues Canadian govt over miscarriage of justice

 A 35-year-old Indian-origin man has sued Canadian government over his wrongful conviction in a sexual assault case in 2005 that has left him as a rural farmer with few economic prospects.

Bombings kill 19 people in Iraq

A series of car bombs on Saturday ripped through a crowded marketplace and Shiite militia's checkpoint, killing a total of 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials said.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov's murder 'meticulously planned': Investigators

The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said Saturday, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers` knowledge of his movements.

US court denies request to move Boston bombings trial

A US court Friday denied a request by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his trial to be moved out of the city, just days ahead of opening statements.

AirAsia crash: Indonesia officially ends search operations

An Indonesian official Saturday said the search operation for bodies and wreckage of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 has officially come to an end.

Eight Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

At least eight Al Shabaab fighters were killed when military and Africa Union (AU) forces attacked the militant group in Somalia`s Bakool region, authorities said Saturday.

Indian-origin lawyer appointed judicial commissioner in Singapore

An Indian-origin senior counsel has been appointed as a judicial commissioner of the Singapore High Court, a media report said.

Prince William dons samurai gear on Japan tour

Britain's Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan on Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio.

Pakistan optimistic about final Iran-P5+1 n-deal

Expressing optimism about the clinching of a practical deal in the near future between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, Islamabad says very good progress has been made in the nuclear talks between the two sides over the past one-and-half years.

MH17 crash: Victims' kin can visit reconstructed wreckage site

Malaysian Transport minister Liow Tiong Lai Saturday said the relatives of passengers and crew of the crashed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 can visit a reconstructed wreckage site in the Netherlands.

Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat

Police in the German city of Bremen are warning of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and say they are stepping up security measures.