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4,000 killed in Ukraine conflict, claims UN

More than 4,000 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists, the UN has said as the Ukrainian president took steps to "unite" the country after elections.

Italy to end sea rescue mission that saved 100,000 migrants

Italy said on Friday it would close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a "surge of deaths" in the Mediterranean.

Boko Haram calls ceasefire, talks claims 'lies'

Boko Haram has denied that they had agreed to a ceasefire in a new video, describing the Nigerian government claims as a lie and apparently ruling out future talks.

Recovery hampered as Colombia mine flood kills 12

It could take three days to recover the bodies of 12 miners trapped in a Colombian coal shaft, authorities said Friday after ruling out any hope the men survived.

US blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama`s planned visit next month.

Syria rebels, Qaeda fight in restive northwest

Damascus: Moderate rebels clashed with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in Idlib province of northwest Syria on Friday, a monitoring group said.

EU calls for `democratic` Burkina Faso elections

The European Union called for "democratic, inclusive and transparent" elections in Burkina Faso as Brussels said it had "taken note" of the resignation of long-standing president Blaise Compaore on Friday.

Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations

Canada has announced it was suspending visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations in a bid to prevent the deadly virus from crossing its borders.

Liberia opens one of largest Ebola treatment centres

Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president has opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centres in Monrovia amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.

Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border

Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani where they were expected to join the battle against Islamist militants besieging the town, activists have said.

Two killed in Ukraine clashes

Fighting in eastern Ukraine killed at least two people and wounded five over the past 24 hours, authorities said Friday.

Three Iraqis arrested on terror charges in Switzerland

Swiss authorities Friday said they arrested three Iraqi nationals suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Europe.

NATO reports more Russian flights, intercepts

NATO reported more Russian military flights and intercepts today over the Baltics, North Sea and Atlantic, just days after it picked up "an unusual level" of activity over European airspace.

Israel cartoon highlights troubled ties with US

An Israeli political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu piloting an airplane heading for New York's Twin Towers has set off a firestorm of criticism and focused new attention on the troubled relationship between Israel and the United States.

New human remains found at MH17 crash site: Dutch PM

The Dutch mission in Ukraine has recovered new human remains of victims of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in press conference here Friday.

Two bodies found after UK fireworks warehouse blaze

British police have found the bodies of two men after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.

Kerry, Zarif to hold nuclear talks in Oman: Report

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister will hold nuclear talks in Oman on around November 10, the Austria Press Agency reported today.

Yemen rebels set 10-day deadline for new government

A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen warned President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Friday to form a new government within 10 days or a "national salvation council" would take its place.

Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays: Russia

Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said on Friday.

Remains recovered from Ukraine plane disaster site

The Dutch prime minister says investigators have recovered an unspecified number of human remains from the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.

Clashes in West Bank after Muslim prayers

Clashes erupted in the West Bank on Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flash point Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police.

IS militant group issues guidelines on how to be 'ultimate wives of jihad'

Woman should never undertake combat roles and can contribute to jihad through "feminine manual labour" such as cooking for and nursing fighters, according to guidelines issued by the dreaded IS militant group on how to be "ultimate wives of jihad".

International meeting on Afghanistan pledges programmes: China

China on Friday hailed an international conference on Afghanistan that it said agreed to launch dozens of programmes to boost development and help the country maintain peace as foreign forces draw down.

Zimbabwe's main opposition calls for fresh polls again

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-T party said Friday economic challenges confronting the country could only be resolved if the country holds free and fair polls.

Burkina Faso's President quits after violent protests, army chief takes over
Burkina Faso's President quits after violent protests, army chief takes over

Burkina Faso's army chief Gen Nabere Honore Traore assumed power Friday after President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation following violent protests against his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.

North Korea denounces South Korea for delaying OPCON takeover

 North Korea has denounced South Korea for delaying retaking wartime operational control (OPCON) of troops from the US, saying the move has taken the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war".

Fukushima operator TEPCO posts solid mid-term profit

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant posted a solid mid-term pre-tax profit on Friday, despite not restarting idle nuclear reactors or hiking electricity rates.

Malaysian state orders headscarves for women workers in market

All Muslim women employees in supermarkets, food outlets and other business centres in a Malaysian state have been ordered to wear headscarves or face a fine, triggering yet another controversy in this multi- ethnic Muslim majority country.

Malaysian woman charged for supporting IS militant group

A 25-year-old Malaysian Muslim woman was on Friday charged by a court here for giving support to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Fire breaks out at iconic French radio building

A fire broke out on Friday on the seventh floor of the "Maison de la radio" (Radio house), a vast circular building in Paris housing several media operations.