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Japan condemns `outrageous` hostage murder

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as "outrageous and unforgivable" and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion.

Israel book chain drops Charlie Hebdo in-store promo plan

Israel`s largest book chain has dropped plans for an in-store promotion of the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the edition would be sold only online.

Three protesters killed as Egypt marks revolt anniversary

Egypt on Sunday marked the fraught anniversary of its 2011 democratic revolt, with the deaths of three protesters and a bomb blast in the capital underscoring tensions in the most populous Arab country.

Bombs kill 11 at central Baghdad restaurants

Bombs killed at least 11 civilians in central Baghdad on Sunday when they exploded at two restaurants in the Iraqi capital, police and medical sources said.

Gunmen kidnap Libya deputy foreign minister

Gunmen kidnapped a Libyan deputy foreign minister from his hotel room on Sunday in the eastern city of Al-Baida where the recognised government is based, a ministry official said.

Effort fails to raise AirAsia plane fuselage

A fresh attempt to raise the fuselage of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea last month killing all 162 on board, failed Sunday after it was considered to be too fragile to be lifted, a media report said.

Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi'ite group's takeover

No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country`s tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate.

Australian police probe Labor Party member over Syria conflict

Australian police said on Sunday they were investigating a former trade union official and member of the Australian Labor Party following reports that he has travelled to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State militants.

Syria UN envoy to head government team in Moscow talks

The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, will head the government team in peace talks due to open in Moscow, a pro-government newspaper reported.

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city as John Kerry visits

Nigeria's military fought Boko Haram militants in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in to discuss fears about election-related violence.

President Poroshenko says de-escalation is priority in east Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday de-escalating the conflict with pro-Russian rebels was the priority for the Kiev government, which stands by a September peace deal signed in Minsk.

Officials say bombings kill 10 in Iraq's capital

Two bombings ripped through commercial areas in Iraq's capital on Sunday, killing at least 10 civilians and wounding dozens, officials said.

Can go anywhere to warn about Iran: Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed criticism that he was undermining the authority of US president by accepting an invitation from the Republicans to address the Congress, saying he would speak "anywhere" to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear capability.

Greece votes with Europe austerity on the line

Greece voted Sunday in a crucial general election that could bring the radical Syriza party to power and present the strongest challenge yet to austerity policies for struggling European Union nations.

Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock today at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.

Nigerian troops fight Boko Haram in key city of Maiduguri

Nigerian troops on Sunday fought pitched battles with Boko Haram in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri, a day after President Goodluck Jonathan visited and again promised an end to the insurgency.

US `deeply concerned` by Ukraine attacks: Barack Obama
US `deeply concerned` by Ukraine attacks: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama expressed deep concern Sunday over ceasefire violations in Ukraine, after rocket strikes on a government-held port killed 30 people.

Saudi`s low-key mourning rooted in 18th century

Saudi Arabia`s low-key way of mourning the death of King Abdullah, and his burial in an unmarked grave, are in keeping with the conservative teachings of an 18th century Muslim scholar.

Japan using diplomatic channels to save hostages: Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday said all available diplomatic channels were being used to save the two Japanese nationals who were taken hostage by the Islamic State (IS) militants.

Israel`s Netanyahu defends US Congress address

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended his decision to accept a controversial invitation to address the US Congress that has sparked a bitter row with the White House.

Search for Earhart plane on remote Marshalls atoll

 A search is under way on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands aimed at solving the mysterious disappearance of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Obama's India visit aimed at containing China: Think tank

As US President Barack Obama arrived in India for an unprecedented second visit, a wary Beijing kept a close watch on its outcome amid commentaries by official think tanks here that the trip is aimed at containing China but New Delhi will not fall for it.

North Korea slams `loser` Obama for regime collapse remark

North Korea Sunday described US President Barack Obama as a "loser" over his criticism on its regime, accusing him of being obsessed with hostility towards Pyongyang.

Body of slain French hostage to be flown home from Algeria

The body of a French tourist who was kidnapped and beheaded by jihadists in Algeria last September is to be flown home on Monday, a source close to the case told AFP.

Nigerian troops fight Boko Haram in Maiduguri: military, vigilantes, locals

Nigerian troops on Sunday engaged Boko Haram fighters in a fierce battle in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military, vigilantes and residents said.

Six skiers killed in avalanche in French Alps: Police

Rescue workers on Sunday found the bodies of six skiers who went missing a day earlier after being carried away by an avalanche during a trek in the Queyras mountain range in the French Alps, police said.

New attempt to lift AirAsia jet's fuselage fails as rope snaps

A fresh attempt to lift the sunken fuselage of the doomed AirAsia plane from the Java Sea today failed when a wire rope snapped after the wreckage reached the surface of the water, Indonesian officials said.

`Islamist` protester killed in clash with Egypt police: Officials

An "Islamist" protester was killed in clashes with police in Egypt`s second city Alexandria on Sunday, officials said, as the country marked the fraught anniversary of its 2011 popular uprising.

Here's what President Obama, PM Modi had for lunch
Here's what President Obama, PM Modi had for lunch

US president Barack Obama and PM Narendra Modi on Sunday held the crucial bilateral talks at the Hyderabad House over lunch.

Bomb wounds two policemen on anniversary of Egypt uprising

 A bomb wounded two Egyptian policemen in Cairo on Sunday and security forces moved quickly to disperse small protests on the anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, officials said.