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Chinese general `dishonest` since youth: Media

Chinese media on Friday poured scorn on fallen military leader Guo Boxiong, accusing the "demon" former top general of dishonesty since his youth and his family of selling military posts for cash.

Settler arson attack `act of terrorism`: Israel minister

 Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Friday that an arson attack by Jewish settlers that killed a Palestinian toddler in the West Bank was an "act of terrorism."

Fourteen wounded as rebels storm base in Thai south

Fourteen people were wounded in an attack on Friday by suspected rebels wielding grenade launchers and automatic weapon in Thailand`s war-torn Muslim-majority south, officials said.

Anti-slavery protesters arrested in Mauritania: NGO

A Mauritanian anti-slavery organisation accused the police of injuring, arresting and using tear gas against several of its members Thursday, as they demonstrated in Nouakchott for the release of two imprisoned activists.

Probable MH370 debris to be studied in Toulouse

The plane wreckage found on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean will be transferred to Toulouse, France, to be analysed by the General Directorate of Armaments, a media report said on Friday.

China says former senior police chief suspected of murder

China`s anti-graft watchdog accused the former police chief of the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia of suspected murder on Friday, saying he would be prosecuted for crimes that include bribery and illegal possession of firearms.

Chad reintroduces death penalty with anti-terror law

Chad reintroduced the death penalty just six months after its abolition Thursday, as legislators passed a stringent anti-terror bill in the face of a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks.

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected Jewish extremist attack

A house fire suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child and injured several people in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Israeli police said.

Chinese professor accused of spying by US released on bail

A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail, US court records show, and his family said he was confident of clearing his name.

New CCTV images released in murder case of Indian woman in Australia

Australian police Friday released a new CCTV footage hoping to find the killer of a 41-year-old Indian woman who was brutally stabbed to death in Sydney, just 300m from her home on March 7 this year while she was talking to her husband over phone.

Kurds in Turkey`s Diyarbakir fear return to `dark years`

 With Turkish Air Force F-16s thundering in the night sky and tanks rolling through the streets, many Kurds in Turkey fear a return to war after a devastating bombing left a ceasefire in tatters.

Kurds in Turkey`s Diyarbakir fear return to `dark years`

 With Turkish Air Force F-16s thundering in the night sky and tanks rolling through the streets, many Kurds in Turkey fear a return to war after a devastating bombing left a ceasefire in tatters.

Australia `increasingly confident debris from MH370`: Search chief
Australia `increasingly confident debris from MH370`: Search chief

Australian search authorities on Friday said they were "increasingly confident" plane debris that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island is from missing flight MH370, with formal identification possible within 24 hours.

Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in

At the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia`s southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union.

Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack

A surfer was seriously injured as he fought a shark off the Australian east coast today, less than a week after a fatal attack, police said.

70,000 Liberian births unrecorded in Ebola crisis: UNICEF

More than 70,000 Liberian babies were born without being registered as the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaged the impoverished west African nation, leaving them without healthcare and vulnerable to trafficking, UNICEF said today.

Obama urges supporters to lobby for Iran deal

US President Barack Obama on Thursday told groups that support the Iran nuclear deal to make their voices heard to Congress to counter the millions of dollars in lobbying by those who want to derail the agreement.

US to deliver eight F-16 aircrafts to Egypt

 The United States will deliver eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as a part of its ongoing military support to Egypt.

Death toll in Mexico truck accident rises to 27

The death toll rose to 27 and authorities listed 149 others as injured after a truck lost control and slammed into a religious procession in a central Mexico town.

Nigerian army frees more than 50 women, children held by Boko Haram

Nigeria`s army said Thursday it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children, amid an ongoing offensive against the Islamist group in the country`s restive northeast.

Pentagon denies US-trained rebels captured in Syria

The Pentagon denied reports on Thursday that new graduates of its program to train Syrian rebels had been captured by rivals from an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

Chad says killed 117 Boko Haram fighters in two-week campaign

 Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks.

US opens probe into Cecil the lion killing

US authorities opened a probe today into the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, as the American doctor who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage.

Moldova chooses new pro-Europe PM

Tiny ex-Soviet Moldova on Thursday chose a new pro-European prime minister who pledged to crack down on corruption after a $1 billion banking scandal.

Chad mulls controversial anti-terror bill to fight Boko Haram

Chad`s parliament was to vote Thursday on a controversial anti-terror bill after a string of deadly Boko Haram attacks, raising fears among opponents and rights activists that the law may be used to curtail freedoms.

Russia to upgrade air defence missiles intended for Iran

A Kremlin official says that Russia is working to upgrade air defence missiles intended for Iran.

White House says will review ''Cecil the Lion'' petition

The White House said on Thursday that it will review the public petition to extradite the American dentist who allegedly killed "Cecil," a Zimbabwean lion.

Ukraine eyes September debt repayment freeze

Ukraine's finance ministry warned on Thursday it could declare a technical default in two months should its lenders fail to accept less stringent repayment terms and a possible partial debt write-off.

Mullah Omar: The Taliban`s mysterious one-eyed supremo

Mullah Omar cast a long shadow over Afghanistan ever since he led a young band of zealots to power almost two decades ago, imposing brutal Islamist rule over the country.

Leaders of Nigeria, Cameroon try to forge closer effort against Boko Haram

The presidents of Nigeria and Cameroon tried to overcome differences in their efforts to crush the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in two days of talks but they failed to announce a breakthrough on issues such as the right of cross-border pursuit.