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Russia denies US claim that 4 Syria-bound missiles crashed in Iran

Russia's defence ministry denied a claim by a US official Thursday that four Syria-bound Russian cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea had crashed in Iran.

Republican chaos as Kevin McCarthy quits US House Speaker race
Republican chaos as Kevin McCarthy quits US House Speaker race

The congenial 50-year-old Californian, who as majority leader has built connections among conservatives and moderates alike.

European Union to speed up deportations to tackle migrant crisis
European Union to speed up deportations to tackle migrant crisis

European Union nations agreed on Thursday to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the worst migration crisis since World War II.

Pope Francis, Angela Merkel, anti-nuclear activists among Nobel Peace Prize contenders
Pope Francis, Angela Merkel, anti-nuclear activists among Nobel Peace Prize contenders

Pope Francis' opposition to nuclear weapons boosted his chances, alongside his help in brokering a deal between the US and Cuba.

Canada PM Stephen Harper denies delaying Syrians resettlement
Canada PM Stephen Harper denies delaying Syrians resettlement

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper rejected Thursday a report accusing his office of holding up the resettlement of Syrian refugees, less than two weeks before legislative elections.

French lawmakers adopt bill to block minors from leaving for Jihad

At the moment, children in France only need their identity card or passport to travel.

Israel, Russia seek mechanism to coordinate army activities

Israeli and Russian military officials have met in Tel Aviv to sort out a mechanism that would prevent accidents between their forces as Russia continues its operations in Syria, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has said.

US expresses concern over Russia's military action in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern over Russia's military action in Syria especially against non-Islamic State targets.

Obama calls for fair, orderly and lawful immigration system

Asserting that the US needs an immigration system that is fair, orderly and lawful, President Barack Obama has said his government is taking steps to reach out to people who are eligible to become citizens and attract immigrant entrepreneurs as well as educate STEM students.

UN official calls refugee crisis 'crisis of values'

 A top international protection expert for the UN refugee agency UNHCR on Thursday warned of growing risks of the lack of commitment from governments worldwide to the core human rights and rule of law principles and called the current refugee crisis "a crisis of values".

Republican presidential candidate favours increase in H1B visa

A leading Republican presidential candidate has favoured substantial increase in the number of H-1B visas, arguing that there is shortage of highly skilled manpower in the US, according to media reports.

US issues travel warning to its citizens in Nepal

The US has warned its nationals against traveling to Nepal citing concern about recent incidents of violence in the earthquake-ravaged country which might affect its tourism sector.

Mahindra USA to host national dealer meet in Kansas City

India's top automobile company Mahindra & Mahindra will host its fifth national dealer meeting in the US' Kansas City to celebrate the firm's rapid growth in North America.

Israeli police kills Palestinian near Jerusalem

A Palestinian was shot dead on Thursday evening in clashes with Israeli police in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shu'fat near east Jerusalem, medics said.

At least 160 people die violently each day in Brazil: Report

A total of 58,559 people died violent deaths in Brazil in 2014, or about 160 every day-- and police actions were the second-biggest cause, new statistics have said.

Vulnerable nations launch 'V20' to fight climate change

Finance ministers from 20 of the countries most vulnerable to climate change have launched the "V20" group to pool resources for their fight against the impact of global warming.

Pranab Mukherjee to get 3 honorary doctorates on West Asia trip

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will receive honorary doctorates from three leading universities in Jordan, Palestinian Authority and Israel during his maiden six-day visit to West Asia starting next week.

Top US commander in Afghanistan makes rare visit to India

In a first of its kind development, a top American commander in Afghanistan recently visited India to hold talks with senior Indian leadership on the country's role in the war-torn Afghanistan vis-a-vis Pakistan and China.

15 killed in mortar barrage, gunfire in Iraq

At least 15 people were killed and 30 others wounded on Thursday in a mortar barrage in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala and a gunmen attack in the northern city of Kirkuk, security sources said.

Rome mayor resigns over expense scandal

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino resigned today following a scandal over his expense accounts that became the convenient final straw in a months-long campaign by opponents inside and out of his Democratic Party to force him from office.

Russia denies US claim that four Syria-bound missiles crashed in Iran
Russia denies US claim that four Syria-bound missiles crashed in Iran

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the missiles landed in Iran on Wednesday, confirming a story first reported by CNN.

Israel reimposes ban on men under 50 from Aqsa Friday prayer

Israeli police said they would reimpose a ban on men under the age of 50 attending Friday Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound after a new wave of stabbing attacks.

US committed to freedom of navigation in South China Sea: WH

The US is committed to the principle of the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, the White House said today reaffirming its position that it favours peaceful resolution of territorial conflicts.

TPP agreement is core of Obama's Asia policy: White House

The multi-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which aims to link 40 per cent of the world's economy, is the core of Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific policy, the White House said today.

NATO leaves door open for troops to remain in Afghanistan

Urged on by the United States, NATO is open to keeping more troops in Afghanistan than initially planned after 2016, but officials said today the alliance is waiting for the Obama administration to announce its decision on a larger military presence there.

Israel hit by mostly unorganised 'wave of terror': Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today Israel was facing a "wave of terror" that was mostly unorganised, pledging action against those inciting violence, but warning there was no "magic solution."

India-US partnership in governance part of new paradigm: Singh

The cooperation between India and the US in meeting modern-day governance challenges such as tackling terrorism and megacity policing is part of a "new paradigm" of collaboration between the world's two largest democracies, India's Ambassador to US Arun K Singh today said.

Rocket with secret payload launches from California coast

A rocket carrying a secret payload for the US government has successfully launched from the central California coast.

Four Syria-bound Russian missiles crashed in Iran: US official
Four Syria-bound Russian missiles crashed in Iran: US official

The Russian Defence Ministry posted a graphic on its website showing 26 missiles overflying Iran and Iraq before striking inside Syria.

Sharif to raise Indian ceasefire violations issue with US

The meeting focused on deliberations regarding the issues of mutual interest between Pakistan and US, said a statement.