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Convicts in isolation cells, await execution in Indonesia

  Nine drug traffickers were being held in isolation cells at an Indonesian maximum security prison awaiting execution by firing squad, after Indonesian authorities notified them they had no hope of reprieve.

South Korea`s Park `regrets` bribery scandal

 South Korean President Park Geun-Hye expressed "regret" Tuesday over a bruising bribery scandal that implicated some of her closest aides and forced her prime minister to resign.

China probes doctor over $18 million bribes, 100 houses

 China`s top prosecutor is investigating a senior doctor in the country`s western Yunnan province for taking over $18 million worth of bribes in cash, real estate and parking spots, the official China Daily reported on Tuesday.

Australia formally advised of imminent Indonesia executions: Foreign minister

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had received a letter from her Indonesian counterpart late on Monday advising her of the imminent execution of two Australian drug traffickers and offering no hope of a reprieve.

Chikungunya kills 25 in Colombia

The virus chikungunya has killed 25 people in Colombia in less than a year, the National Health Institute said Monday.

Tibet quake toll rises to 25; 117 injured

The death toll in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region due to Saturday's earthquake and its aftershocks, climbed to 25 today, even as rescuers continued to reach out to the affected people in the remotest of areas.

UN peacekeepers must protect cultural sites: UNESCO chief

UN culture chief Irina Bokova urged the Security Council on Monday to task peacekeepers with protecting cultural sites and to help prosecute those who destroy historical treasures.

John Kerry to make historic trips to Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti

US Secretary of State John Kerry will make historic first official visits to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti in the coming days.

Chile volcano eruption costs region $600 mn: Official

Last week`s spectacular twin eruptions of the Calbuco volcano will cost southern Chile`s Los Lagos region, a tourism and agriculture hub, up to $600 million, a local business leader said Monday.

Thousands of stranded Yemenis to be flown home: Minister

Thousands of Yemenis stranded overseas because of fighting in their homeland will be flown home in coming days, a member of the exiled cabinet said on Monday in the Saudi capital.

Clashes after funeral of Baltimore man who died in custody

 Street clashes erupted on Monday in the US city of Baltimore after the funeral of a black man who died in custody, as protesters pelted police with stones and bottles.

Britain sends Gurkha soldiers for Nepal quake aid

A military transport plane laden with supplies and dozens of Nepalese Gurkha soldiers is to take off from a British air base today headed for their homeland.

Togo president ahead in weekend vote: Partial results

Togo`s incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe appeared set for a third term Monday after a weekend election, with partial results giving him a strong lead.

Three car bombs kill 19 in Baghdad

Three car bombs ripped through a busy streets and marketplaces in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 19 people, a day after a wave of bombings hit the capital.

Stage set for landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears landmark arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the contentious social issue converged on the white marble courthouse to voice their views.

WTO welcomes Seychelles as its 161st member

 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Monday welcomed Seychelles as its 161st member, ending 20 years of negotiating its accession terms.

Burundi police confront anti-president protesters, army on streets

Police on Monday fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters rallying in Burundi`s capital to oppose President Pierre Nkurunziza`s plan to run for a third term, a move they saw as a violation of the peace deal that ended a civil war 10 years ago.

UN: Israeli actions killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters

A UN inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war.

Global effort to help Nepal earthquake victims intensifies

The desperate effort to save lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal intensified today as aid flights arrived carrying emergency medical teams, search-and-rescue equipment and tarps for shelter.

UN envoy: Parties in Yemen had been 'very close' to deal

The UN's outgoing special envoy to Yemen said the parties there had been "very close" to reaching a political agreement before the current violence and that the main sticking point had been who would lead the Arab world's poorest country.

Lynch sworn in as top US law enforcement official

President Barack Obama`s choice for US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, was sworn in at her new job on Monday, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

John Kerry to raise Yemen crisis directly with Iran FM

US top diplomat John Kerry today said he would urge his Iranian counterpart to help ease the violence in Yemen, warning the country's future should not be decided by "external parties."

Building collapses at Saudi university, killing 4 workers

Civil defense authorities in Saudi Arabia say that four construction workers were killed when a building they were working on collapsed on a university campus.

Canada sends military transport to deliver aid to Nepal

Canada on Monday sent a C-17 military transport plane loaded with emergency supplies to Nepal and ordered 150 troops on standby to travel overseas to help earthquake victims.

U.S. boosts quake aid to Nepal, says supplies to arrive shortly

The United States on Monday announced an additional $9 million in aid for Nepal, where more than 3,700 people were killed in a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, bringing total U.S. disaster funding to $10 million.

Russia demands explanation from Poland after it denies entry to pro-Putin bikers

Russia on Monday demanded an explanation from Poland as to why it denied entry to a group of Russian bikers commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

26th Asean Summit ends, three declarations adopted

The 26th ASEAN Summit concluded here on Monday with the adoption of three declarations, including the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on a People-Oriented, People-Centred Asean, which aims to establish a regional community by the end of this year.

Inquiry says Israel fired on seven U.N. Gaza schools in 2014 war

Israel fired on seven United Nations schools during the 2014 Gaza war, killing 44 Palestinians who had sought shelter at some sites, while Palestinian militants hid weapons and fired from several empty U.N. premises, a U.N. inquiry found.

Pro-Putin bikers heading for Berlin barred at Polish border

Ten pro-Kremlin bikers on a controversial ride to Berlin to celebrate Soviet victory in World War II were on Monday denied entry into Poland at the Belarusian border, Polish border guards said.

US Green Berets join in Nepal earthquake relief

The Pentagon says two teams of US Army Green Beret soldiers happened to be in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck Saturday and are staying to help with search and relief efforts.