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Japan police arrest teen for `IS-inspired` killing

Japanese police on Friday arrested a teenager on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggested was inspired by Islamist extremist executions.

Canadian woman accuses Bikram yoga founder of sexual assault

A Vancouver yoga instructor has become the sixth woman to accuse yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sexual assault, alleging in a civil suit that the 69-year-old celebrity yogi forced sex on her multiple times over the course of three years.

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

A Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia.

France`s Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

French President Francois Hollande on Friday visited a remote Philippine town devastated by one of the world`s strongest typhoons, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit.

Indian-origin man faces jail for photographing underage boy

A 41-year-old Indian-origin man in Singapore is facing 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges of arranging a minor's sexual tryst with a part-time model and photographing them in a hotel room.

US intelligence chief warns of ''home-grown extremists''

A top US intelligence official warned Thursday that home-grown "violent extremists" continue to pose the most likely threat to homeland security, Xinhua news agency reported.

Army confined to barracks as Lesotho votes after coup bid

Lesotho`s army will be confined to barracks when the small mountain kingdom votes Saturday in a snap election to break a political deadlock after an attempted coup last August.

US-led coalition strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

The US-led coalition carried out air strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

Four killed in South Korea shooting rampage

Four people were killed and one was injured in an air rifle shooting rampage in Gyeonggy Province of South Korea, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Ukraine says pulling back arms as UN plans emergency session
Ukraine says pulling back arms as UN plans emergency session

Ukraine`s military said it had started withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline, bolstering a stuttering peace plan as the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency session Friday on the ceasefire deal.

Atheist US blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka on Thursday, police said, with the atheist writer`s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists.

Murdered US journalist`s family relish `Jihadi John` prosecution

The family of Steven Sotloff, an American-Israeli journalist murdered by the Islamic State group, said they were relishing seeing his killer face justice after the apparent executioner was named Th

US for a viable political opposition in Bangladesh

Expressing concern over the continuing political violence in Bangladesh, the US has called for a viable opposition to create inclusive processes and address the current impasse in the country, days after a court ordered the arrest of former prime minister Khaleda Zia in connection with two graft cases.

Barack Obama to attend Selma 50th anniversary

President Barack Obama will travel next week to an Alabama town famous for a march that was forcibly broken up by police 50 years ago in a seminal moment for black civil rights in the United States

UNESCO demands crisis meet over Iraq heritage destruction

The head of the United Nations' cultural agency has demanded an emergency meeting of the world body's Security Council following the mass destruction by jihadists of ancient artefacts in Iraq.

Syria refugee crisis nears 'dangerous turning point': UN

Syria's refugee crisis is approaching a "dangerous turning point" as nearly four million Syrians face worsening living conditions in exile, the UN refugee chief has warned.

U.S. military ends Ebola mission in Liberia

The United States military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities to combat an Ebola outbreak in Liberia on Thursday, months earlier than expected, in the latest indication that a year-long epidemic in West Africa is waning.

Georgia says Russia bent on ''creeping annexation'' of breakaway regions

Russia is moving ahead with the "creeping annexation" of two breakaway Georgian regions as part of an aggressive strategy to broaden its influence in the region, Georgia`s foreign minister said on Thursday.

IS jihadists destroy ancient artefacts in Iraq

Islamic State militants armed with sledgehammers and jackhammers have destroyed priceless ancient artefacts in Iraq`s city of Mosul, a video released by the jihadists Thursday shows.

Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism

A teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation.

Nigeria's president visits massacre site, as 35 killed in bombings

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene of what is feared to be Boko Haram's worst massacre and vowed that the insurgency would soon be over.

Kofi Annan in Cuba to boost Colombia-FARC peace talks

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrived in Cuba on Thursday to prod negotiators from the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas to clinch a dragging peace agreement.

U.S. jury convicts Saudi over Africa embassy bombings

A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden`s most trusted lieutenants was convicted in a federal court in New York on Thursday in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

US Senate panel endorses Obama's attorney general pick

The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 today to advance Loretta Lynch's nomination to be President Barack Obama's new attorney general.

Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea

Jordan and Israel signed a deal today to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages.

'China concerned about domestic unrest in Xinjiang, Tibet'

China is likely to remain concerned about potential unrest or terrorist acts in Xinjiang and Tibet regions leading to renewed human rights abuses, a top American offical told lawmakers here on Thursday who expressed concern over massive Chinese military modernisation.

Two blasts rock central Nigeria`s Jos, at least 17 dead: Military, witnesses

Two blasts targeting a bus park in the central Nigerian city of Jos killed at least 17 people on Thursday, the military and witnesses told AFP.

EU invites Russia, Ukraine to fresh gas talks

The EU said it has invited the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers to Brussels on Monday for talks on resolving a bitter gas supply dispute which threatens deliveries to Europe.

Tougher Internet rules hit US cable, telecom companies

US regulators on Thursday imposed the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks.

Hong Kong may yet take 'meaningful' step to democracy: Britain

Britain's foreign secretary on Thursday said Hong Kong could still take a "meaningful step" towards democracy after mass protests posed the most serious test to the city's stability since its handover to China.