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IS attacks Kurdish-held town near Syria bastion Raqa

Islamic State group fighters attacked a town near their de facto Syrian capital on Monday in a bid to recapture it from Kurdish and Arab rebel forces, a Kurdish spokesman said.

MP tells anti-gay rally: Obama should not push gay agenda in Kenya

Dozens of Kenyans rallied in Nairobi on Monday against homosexuality and a lawmaker said US President Barack Obama should not push a pro-gay agenda when he visits the country later this month.

Kuwait detains 26 over Islamic State suicide attack on mosque: Newspaper

Kuwait has detained 26 people suspected of involvement in a suicide bombing on a Shi`ite Muslim mosque last month that killed 27 people, a local newspaper reported on Monday, quoting the public prosecutor.

IS kills two youths for photographing Syrian oilfields

The Islamic State (IS) militant group killed two young men on Monday for taking photos of oilfields, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

Suspected Islamist militants kill 44 in central Nigeria city Jos

Suspected Islamist militants killed 44 people in attacks on a restaurant and on a mosque in the central Nigerian city of Jos, emergency service authorities said on Monday.

Austria files EU complaint against UK nuclear plant

Austria has filed a legal challenge at the European Court of Justice against EU-granted state subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain, government officials confirmed on Monday.

Airstrike hits market north of Yemen's Aden, over 45 killed

A massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels hit a local marketplace in Yemen, killing over 45 civilians on Monday, security officials and eyewitnesses said.

Iran pushes for end to arms embargo in nuke deal

A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed on Monday to lift the UN arms embargo on the country as a parallel deal - a demand that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran's Mideast clout.

Last few 'tough' nuclear issues in ministers hands: Iran

Only "a few" remaining hurdles need to be cleared to reach an unprecedented deal with Iran curtailing its nuclear programme, an Iranian official said on Monday.

Teenaged blogger jailed in Singapore for posting offensive videos

A 16-year-old blogger was sentenced to four weeks in prison in Singapore for posting offensive videos on YouTube in a trial that attracted much criticism from human rights organisations.

Jordan bans publishing information on alleged terror plot

Jordan`s State Security Court decided on Monday to forbid the publishing of information regarding an alleged Iranian plot to carry out terrorist attacks in Jordanian territory.

China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines

China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud with the Philippines over the South China Sea, Beijing's ambassador to Manila said on Monday.

Suspected cattle thieves kill 37 in Nigeria: Local govt official

 Gunmen suspected of being cattle thieves killed at least 37 people in a village in northern Nigeria`s Zamfara state, a local government official said Monday. 

Yemen government raises prospect of truce, air strikes kill 30

Yemen`s exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 30 people.

China downplays Hillary Clinton claim it hacked US information

China on Monday downplayed an accusation by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that Beijing had tried to "hack into everything that doesn`t move in America". 

PM Modi receives ceremonial welcome in Tashkent

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday received a ceremonial welcome, after he arrived here for the first leg of his eight day tour to five central Asian countries and Russia.

Bombs hit ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh's party headquarters in Yemen

The Saudi-led Arab international coalition targeting the Houthi Shia rebel movement in Yemen bombed the headquarters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's political party on Monday.

Bombs hit ex-president Saleh's party headquarters in Yemen

The Saudi-led Arab international coalition targeting the Houthi Shia rebel movement in Yemen bombed the headquarters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's political party on Monday.

British PM convenes meeting on Greek referendum

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday chaired a meeting of senior ministers and officials to assess the impact on Britain of Greece's "No" vote on its austerity package.

Man, girl parade outside UK Parliament with ISIS flags

In a bizarre incident, a man paraded past Britain's Parliament draped in an Islamic State flag with a young girl on his shoulders waving the flag's smaller version, even as police insisted they were "within the law".

Singaporean blogger sentenced to jail time already served
Singaporean blogger sentenced to jail time already served

A Singapore teenager who posted a video online deemed offensive to Christians and an obscene image of late leader Lee Kuan Yew will be released after the court sentenced him on Monday to jail time already served.

Man parading in Britain with ISIS flag did not break law: Police
Man parading in Britain with ISIS flag did not break law: Police

 A man, who paraded in London with an Islamic State (IS) flag wrapped around him, was found not guilty of breaking any law, police said.

Foreign ministers begin talks to seal Iran nuclear deal
Foreign ministers begin talks to seal Iran nuclear deal

 Foreign ministers from major powers began crunch talks in Vienna on Monday seeking to seal a historic nuclear deal to end a 13-year standoff, one day before a final deadline, officials said.

Iraqi jet mistakenly bombs Baghdad district, five killed

An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighbourhood on Monday, police and residents said, killing at least five people and destroying several houses.

Three al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Three Al Shabaab militants were killed in fierce fighting after the Al Qaeda-allied insurgents launched an attack on a government military base in Jala-laksi district of Hiran region in central Somalia.

Islamic State recaptures town from Kurdish forces: Syrian monitor
Islamic State recaptures town from Kurdish forces: Syrian monitor

Islamic State fighters seized a Syrian town from Kurdish-led forces north of Raqqa city on Monday, a group monitoring the war reported, two weeks after the jihadist group lost it to the Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes.

Egypt looks set to approve disputed anti-terror law
Egypt looks set to approve disputed anti-terror law

 Rattled by attacks on its soldiers and the assassination of the top prosecutor, Egypt is set to pass sweeping legislation critics say grants police impunity, censors media and further restricts freedoms.

Kurdish forces repel ISIS attacks in northern Iraq
Kurdish forces repel ISIS attacks in northern Iraq

 Kurdish security forces and US-led coalition aircraft on Monday repelled overnight attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants on three villages in Iraq`s northern province of Kirkuk, a provincial police chief and a medical source told Xinhua news agency.

US military developing hypersonic jet that flies faster than bullet
US military developing hypersonic jet that flies faster than bullet

The US military is developing a next-generation hypersonic jet plane that could fly at up to five times the speed of sound - faster than a bullet.

China says Xinjiang has no "ethnic problem" after Turkey protests
China says Xinjiang has no "ethnic problem" after Turkey protests

 China has no "ethnic problem" in its far west, and Muslim Uighur minorities there enjoy freedom of religion, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, following anti-China protests in Turkey over Beijing`s treatment of the group.