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Yemen intervention to go on until Huthi `surrender`: Arab League

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday a Saudi-led offensive in Yemen will continue until the Huthi Shiite rebels "surrender" their weapons and withdraw from areas they seized.

Syria troops regroup after Idlib loss: Security source

Syrian troops were regrouping outside Idlib city on Sunday, a day after it became the second provincial capital to fall from regime control, a security source and media said.

Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify

US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honour of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran`s nuclear programme intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline.

Yemen president fires predecessor's son, escalating power struggle

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has fired his powerful predecessor`s son as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, a Yemeni official told Reuters, escalating a power struggle in the war-torn country.

Struggling middle class `Aldi Mums` at heart of UK election

Whether labelled "Worcester Woman" or "Aldi Mum", the struggling middle class is at the heart of the campaign for Britain`s May elections despite an economic recovery under David Cameron`s coalition.

`Poo protest` topples British imperialist in South Africa

A bucketload of human excrement flung at a statue has toppled a symbol of British imperialism in South Africa, marking the emergence of a new generation of black protest against white oppression.

Guinea president declares 45-day Ebola `emergency` in five regions

 Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions of the Ebola-hit nation in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly disease.

Uzbekistan declares polls set to re-elect strongman Karimov valid

 Uzbekistan on Sunday declared its presidential ballot valid after more than the required third of voters turned out in an election that 77-year-old strongman incumbent President Islam Karimov is almost certain to win.

Earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude strikes in Moluccas, Indonesia: USGS

An undersea earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck in Moluccas, Indonesia on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

Tunisian forces kill nine from main jihadist group: Ministry

Tunisian forces have killed nine men belonging to the country`s main jihadist group, which was accused of organising the attack on its national museum, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Syria regime executed prisoners before Idlib fall: Monitor

Syrian government forces apparently executed at least 15 prisoners in the city of Idlib before Islamist fighters overran the provincial capital, a monitor said on Sunday.

PM Narendra Modi meets Singapore leader, Israeli president

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met senior Singapore leader Goh Chok Tong and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin here on Sunday.

Tokyo eyes informal six-way talks on North Korea: Reports

Japan has sounded out other members of long-stalled talks about North Korea`s nuclear programme about holding an informal meeting in Tokyo possibly by the end of June, reports said Sunday.

Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension

Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria`s general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

Air strikes kill 15 Yemeni rebel troops: Military source

Arab coalition air strikes hit the headquarters of the rebel republican guard in Yemen`s capital, killing 15 soldiers, a military official said Sunday.

Pakistan sends 747 jumbo jets to evacuate distraught nationals from Yemen

Pakistan, which has yet to decide whether to offer military support to a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, is flying jumbo jets to the Middle Eastern country to evacuate hundreds of nationals, a Defence Ministry official said on Sunday.

Kerry cancels plans to attend Monday event back in US

In a sign that keenly watched Iran nuclear talks will go down to the wire, top US diplomat John Kerry has cancelled plans to attend a key event in Boston on Monday to remain at the negotiations in Switzerland.

Tunisians to march against extremism after museum massacre

Thousands of Tunisians, led by their president and joined by several foreign dignitaries, are to march in the capital Sunday to denounce terrorism after the museum massacre of 21 tourists.

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring "Black girls rock!" at the annual awards show of the same name.

Alps crash captain shouted 'open the damn door'

The captain of a passenger jet that investigators believe was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, shouted at the co-pilot to "open the damn door" as he made desperate attempts to return to the locked cockpit, according to a German newspaper said today.

Flare-throwing Montenegro fan turns himself in say police

 A 25-year old Montenegro fan suspected of hitting Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on the head with a flare during Friday`s Euro 2016 qualifier has turned himself in, Montenegrin police said on Saturday.

Air strikes cripple Yemen capital`s airport: Aviation source

Arab coalition warplanes targeting Iran-backed rebels have hit the runway at the Yemen capital`s international airport, taking it out of service, an aviation source said Sunday.

Air Canada flight comes off runway in Halifax, 25 slightly hurt

 An Air Canada plane came off the runway after landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia early Sunday, the airline reported, as passengers and crew were checked for injuries. 

Anti-depressants, torn-sick notes found during search at house of Germanwings co-pilot
Anti-depressants, torn-sick notes found during search at house of Germanwings co-pilot

As more details emerge about the co-pilot of the ill-fated Germanwings Airbus A320 plane, informations portray the 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz struggling with his unspecified illness, including psychiatric and deteriorating eyesight problems that he feared might cost him his pilot's job.

NDMC turns to 'power-fencing' for keeping monkeys away

Unsuccessful in dealing with the monkey menace in the areas under its jurisdiction despite having spent lakhs of rupees for the same, NDMC has now decided to go for 'power fencing' or 'simian tape' to keep them away.

Rain-soaked Singapore says goodbye to Lee Kuan Yew with 21-gun salute at his funeral
Rain-soaked Singapore says goodbye to Lee Kuan Yew with 21-gun salute at his funeral

It was a sombre day for Singapore as the country on Sunday prepared to hold the state funeral for its founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

Swiss pilot on solo odyssey dies in Ecuador volcano crash

A Swiss aviator attempting to circumnavigate the world in 20 months in a lightweight two-seater aircraft died Saturday after crashing into a volcano in central Ecuador, officials said.

Los Angeles train hits car on tracks and derails, 21 hurt

A Los Angeles commuter train struck a car that turned in front of it near the University of Southern California campus on Saturday, derailing into a major thoroughfare and injuring 21 people, two of them seriously.

Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS

Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a UN arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants.

India shares Singapore's grief over loss of Lee Kuan Yew: PM Narendra Modi
India shares Singapore's grief over loss of Lee Kuan Yew: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the funeral of nation's founder premier Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore on Sunday and said that people in India share Singapore's grief over the loss.