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Turkey, Saudi Arabia could launch anti-IS ground operation in Syria: Ankara
Turkey, Saudi Arabia could launch anti-IS ground operation in Syria: Ankara

Saudi Arabia and Turkey both see the ousting of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as essential for ending Syria`s five-year civil war and are bitterly critical of Iran and Russia`s support of the Syrian regime.

World has slipped into new Cold War: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev
World has slipped into new Cold War: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a new Cold War.

Large-scale terror attacks in Europe `a certainty`: French PM
Large-scale terror attacks in Europe `a certainty`: French PM

More major attacks in Europe are a "certainty", French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told an audience at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveils new cabinet line-up
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveils new cabinet line-up

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday announced the line-up of his new cabinet, emphasising the role of his younger and female colleagues.

Pakistan President says don't observe Valentine's Day as it is against Islamic culture
Pakistan President says don't observe Valentine's Day as it is against Islamic culture

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has asked his countrymen to avoid observing Valentine's Day, saying the western tradition was not part of "our culture".

Baloch nationalists protest in front of White House

Demanding an end to Pakistan's "forceful" occupation of Balochistan , hundreds of Baloch- Americans and leaders from this restive Pakistani province held a peaceful protest in front of the White House to seek US intervention and deployment of NATO troops in the region.

Former Afghan governor kidnapped in Islamabad

A former governor of Afghanistan`s Herat province has been kidnapped from a market in an upscale district of Islamabad, Pakistani police said Saturday.

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 112
Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 112

 The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 has risen to 112 with five people still reported missing, the authorities announced on Saturday.

US presidential race turns testy
US presidential race turns testy

 Ahead of the next round of nominating contests, the US presidential race is turning testy with rival candidates of both parties attacking each other with no holds barred.

Death toll in Taiwan earthquake rises to 109

The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan 's oldest city of Tainan a week ago rose to 109 today with an estimated nine people missing.

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire.

World powers agree to end Syria hostilities
World powers agree to end Syria hostilities

World powers today agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-torn Syria, but the Munich deal left out the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda's local branch, leaving analysts to doubt its viability.

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: Key points

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday held the first meeting in nearly a millennium between heads of their two branches of the Christian church.

Obama admin notifies Congress of sale of F-16s to Pakistan

The Obama administration today notified the US Congress of its decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan worth nearly USD 700 million, notwithstanding American lawmakers' demand for stopping the proposed sale.

Pope in Mexico after historic talks with Russian patriarch

Catholic faithful flocked to the streets of Mexico City to greet Pope Francis on Friday after the pontiff held a historic meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East.

Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks: WHO

The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

Pope, Russian patriarch call for new Christian unity

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, during a historic meeting Friday, called for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.

Pope, Russian patriarch kiss at start of historic meet

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill kissed each other and sat down together Friday for the first meeting between their two branches of the church in nearly a thousand years.

5 dead, about 30 injured in attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali

At least five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 others injured in an attack on a UN base in northern Mali, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said today.

Biden, Poroshenko discuss reforms needed in Ukraine: White House

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone for the second consecutive day on Friday to discuss the need for Kiev to quickly pass reforms needed for a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund bailout.

Drug cartel ruled in Mexico prison hit by riot

Authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen televisions at the Mexican prison where a brawl killed 49 inmates, officials said today, highlighting the control drug cartels hold over many penitentiaries.

US Congress adopts expanded sanctions on North Korea

The bipartisan measure would slap sanctions on any person or entity importing goods, technology or training related to weapons of mass destruction into North Korea.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

On Thursday anti-corruption crusader Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against Putin, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by the president`s son-in-law.

Two teens shot at high school in Phoenix suburb, police say

The incident occurred in an isolated area of the school campus, Glendale police Sergeant David Vidaure said in a statement.  

Assad vows to retake whole country, warns could `take long time`
Assad vows to retake whole country, warns could `take long time`

 Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake the entire country but warned it could take a "long time," in an exclusive interview with AFP that comes as international pressure grows for a ceasefire.

Turkey says 100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria

Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, including 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official said on Friday.

94-year-old Alzheimer's patient kicked, slapped, tortured; video goes viral - Watch
94-year-old Alzheimer's patient kicked, slapped, tortured; video goes viral - Watch

 Daughter installed a CCTV camera at her mum’s apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but was not expecting to see the horrific level of abuse. 

NSG waiver, Indo-US nuclear deal disturbed stability: Pakistan

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chowdhary said the waiver by the NSG created an opportunity for India to heavily increase its fissile material stocks.

Britain's Independent daily drops print edition: Owner

ESI Media said it was also selling off the "i" -- a cut-price sister title -- to fund the website of The Independent, which was set up in 1986.