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Thai elections pushed back to September 2016: Junta

Thailand`s junta confirmed Wednesday that elections will not be held until September 2016, dealing a further blow to hopes that the kingdom`s generals will swiftly hand power back to a civilian government.

Sydney siege gunman may have had schizophrenia: Inquest

The gunman who carried out a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe last year may have suffered from chronic schizophrenia, a psychiatrist who had treated him told an inquest on Wednesday.

Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

A Singapore Airlines Airbus with 182 passengers and 12 crew on board lost power to both engines en route to Shanghai -- reportedly falling 13,000 feet -- the airline said Wednesday as it announced an investigation into the incident. 

Australia PM promises 'full and frank' debate on gay marriage

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today promised a "full and frank" debate on gay marriage in response to an opposition-backed push for reform, but said the issue was not a priority for his conservative government.

FBI, police find no threat on EVA Air plane at LA airport

Someone called in a threat to a flight from Taiwan that landed at Los Angeles International Airport, but nothing dangerous was found on board, authorities said.

Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after `undesirable` law

 Already branded "foreign agents" while endeavouring to help abuse victims or protect the environment, Russian activists fear a new law against "undesirable" NGOs will further stymie their work.

South China Sea critical to US national security: White House

Situation in South China Sea is critical to the national security interest of the United States, the White House has said.

South Korean President to visit US on June 16

 

Washington: US President Barack Obama will host his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye here at the White House next month to boost bilateral ties.

Pope`s finance chief ready to appear at Australia child abuse inquiry

 Pope Francis` finance chief said he was willing to give evidence at a child abuse inquiry in his native Australia, as the country`s most notorious paedophile priest gave evidence Wednesday.

Yemeni linked to al Qaeda in Pak pleads guilty to terror charges

A 40-year-old Yemeni man, with ties to senior al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan, has pleaded guilty before a federal US court to four terrorism charges, including conspiring to murder American nationals abroad.

US university cancels suspension of student who displayed Hindu swastika

Following outcry from several groups, a prestigious American university has decided to rescind its suspension order against a student who displayed a Hindu swastika on his residence hall's bulletin board.

Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded

Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous US city, officials said on Tuesday.

Papua New Guinea must stop `sorcery` killings: Amnesty

The Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea must crack down on crimes against people suspected of sorcery after a mob hacked a woman to death this week, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

No special treatment for Australian IS fighter's family – PM

The wife and five children of an Australian believed to have been photographed while holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers will face the "full severity of Australian law" if they attempt to return home, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday.

Sanders enters US presidential race

US Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched his populist, liberal campaign for the White House on Tuesday, reiterating his pledges to recalibrate an American economic system which created sharp disparities between rich and poor.

US court rejects Obama`s appeal on immigration

A US appeals court on Tuesday dealt another blow to President Barack Obama`s efforts to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

Obama administration asks U.S. top court to decline Google copyright appeal

The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company`s appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing.

Queen Elizabeth to unveil EU referendum plans as UK parliament opens

Britain`s Queen Elizabeth will set out the government`s plans for a European Union membership referendum on Wednesday as Prime Minister David Cameron faces pressure to explain when it will be held and what changes to the EU he wants before then.

Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty

The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Mexico rights body probes gunfight that killed 43

Mexico`s human rights commission formally opened an investigation on Tuesday to determine whether federal police committed any abuses in a shootout that killed 42 drug cartel suspects and one officer.

Canada wildfires displace nearly 7,000

Nearly 7,000 people in Canada`s Alberta province have been evacuated from the path of wildfires which threaten to ravage homes and businesses, including oil refineries in the region, officials said Tuesday.

Nigerian suicide attacks by women, children on rise: Unicef

The UN Children`s Fund (Unicef) has said there has been an increase in the number of women and children being used to conduct suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria.

Obama offers federal help for Texas flood recovery

US President Barack Obama has pledged federal assistance in the rescue and recovery of Texas` catastrophic flooding.

Hackers steal personal data from US tax agency IRS

Hackers stole information on 100,000 taxpayers from the online computers of the US Internal Revenue Service, the federal tax agency said Tuesday.

Yemeni pleads guilty in New York to Al-Qaeda conspiracy

A 40-year-old Yemeni, who fought US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in New York Tuesday to conspiring to murder Americans and to supporting Al-Qaeda, prosecutors said.

Obama urges NATO member states to help stabilise Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama urged all NATO member countries to play a role in helping stabilise Afghanistan.

Egypt sentences eight jihadists to death

An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced to death eight jihadists found guilty of acts of violence against the security forces and belonging to groups that incite "terrorism", a judicial official said.

Probe after Air France plane narrowly misses mountain

French accident investigators have opened an inquiry into a near accident involving an Air France Boeing 777 which narrowly missed central Africa`s highest mountain with 37 people on board.

14-Year-old "jihadist" sentenced to jail in Austria

An Austrian court sentenced a 14-year-old boy to two years in prison, not only for his wish to participate in the war in Syria, but also because he apparently had plans to commit terrorist attacks in Vienna.

Libya PM escapes assassination attempt: Spokesman

Libya`s Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani escaped unharmed when would-be assassins opened fire on his car on Tuesday, the spokesman for his internationally recognised government said.