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US uses air power to support beleaguered Syrian allies
US uses air power to support beleaguered Syrian allies

The United States on Monday said it has used air power in Syria in defense of allied rebel groups, signaling deeper involvement in the country`s brutal four-year civil war.

Super Typhoon Soudelor targets Japan, China as most powerful storm of 2015
Super Typhoon Soudelor targets Japan, China as most powerful storm of 2015

Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world`s most powerful storm of the year Tuesday as it took aim at Japan, Taiwan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas.

Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe’s view of war

 When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo - criticising the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs.

70 crocodile heads found in a freezer in Australia

 As many as 70 crocodile heads were found dumped and left to rot in a freezer in a small town in northern Australia, media reported on Tuesday.

Former South Korea first lady set for rare North Korea visit

The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung will make a rare trip to North Korea on Wednesday, raising cautious hopes of a thaw in cross-border tensions despite Seoul playing down the trip as a purely personal affair.

ICC must investigate president`s camp for wartime abuses: HRW

The International Criminal Court must broaden its investigation into the violence that ripped Ivory Coast apart in 2010 and 2011 to include violations committed by loyalists of President Alassane Ouattara, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Accused Taliban leader said he was doing ''God's work'': Testimony

A former American soldier testifying in the trial of Irek Hamidullin on Monday said the accused Russian Taliban leader was compliant when captured, and said he was doing "God`s work."

Asia security talks open with South China Sea tensions
Asia security talks open with South China Sea tensions

China was Tuesday on a diplomatic collision course with some of its neighbours and the United States over its controversial island-building, as regional security talks opened in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia graft agency says PM Najib's funds not linked to scandal
Malaysia graft agency says PM Najib's funds not linked to scandal

Malaysia`s anti-graft agency has said that nearly $700 million deposited into the prime minister`s personal bank accounts were from "donations" and not related to a brewing scandal.

US honours Indian security guards killed in Afghanistan

The US has honoured two Indians who were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan while they were working as security guards for an American government contractor last year.

 

Malaysia graft agency says PM`s funds not linked to scandal

Malaysia`s anti-graft agency has said that nearly $700 million deposited into the prime minister`s personal bank accounts were from "donations" and not related to a brewing scandal.

 

Trillions of dollars needed for UN anti-poverty plan

The United Nations is hoping to raise between $3.5 and $5 trillion annually for the next 15 years to fund a bold new anti-poverty agenda billed Monday as a "to-do list" for the world.

 

Turkey vows whatever necessary in fight against militants

 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to do "whatever necessary" in Turkey`s controversial fight against Kurdish militants, with no end in sight to a two-week cycle of violence.

 

Libya warns against diseases in Benghazi as meat rots in closed port

Libyan authorities warned on Monday that diseases might break out in the eastern city of Benghazi due to imported meat left rotting for months in containers at the city`s closed commercial port.

 

Kosovo votes for new war crimes court

Kosovo`s parliament voted to change the constitution on Monday and create a war crimes court, which the West wants to try ethnic Albanian former guerrillas for alleged war crimes including organ harvesting.

 

Venezuela opposition figure Machado barred from vote

Venezuelan opposition politician Maria Corina Machado said Monday officials refused to register her as a candidate for the country`s December legislative elections after she was controversially banned from public office.

Over 550 migrants rescued off Italy, five found dead: MSF

More than 550 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which also carried the bodies of five people who died at sea.

 

Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portrait

Workers in Cuba have begun building the altar where Pope Francis will deliver mass during a landmark visit next month, placing it just to the left of a giant image of Che Guevara.

 

US widens sanctions on Syria

The United States widened sanctions on Syria on Monday, targeting individuals and entities it says are providing energy products used by the Assad regime in fighting its own people. 

 

China wants no talk of South China Sea at ASEAN meeting

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

 

Mourning, outcry after Mexico journalist`s killing

 Family, friends and colleagues held a vigil Monday for Mexican photojournalist Ruben Espinosa after he was brutally killed in a multiple homicide.

11 soldiers killed in attack on Mali camp

Eleven soldiers were killed Monday in a "terrorist" attack on their camp in northern Mali`s Timbuktu region, said a government statement.

 

Catalonia to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge

The leader of Spain`s wealthy Catalonia region signed a decree on Monday calling early parliamentary elections on September 27 which he has said will act as proxy vote on independence.

 

Jury says Batman gunman mental illness no bar to execution

The US jury deciding the fate of James Holmes, who gunned down 12 people at a "Batman" movie premiere, on Monday refused to take the death penalty off the table.

 

Majority in US House oppose Iran nuclear deal: Lawmaker

A Republican majority in the US House of Representatives will vote to block the Iran nuclear deal, a lawmaker announced Monday, but in numbers shy of the two-thirds required to torpedo the accord.

 

Jewish extremist head arrested after anti-Arab violence

A Jewish extremist group`s leader was arrested Monday after a Palestinian baby died in a West Bank firebombing, as police investigated online threats against Israel`s president for condemning "Jewish terrorism".

Pro-Hadi fighters, Houthis recapture Yemen''s largest military base

Fighters loyal to Yemen`s exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, bolstered by Gulf Arab support, seized the country`s largest military base from Houthi forces on Monday after heavy combat in which dozens were killed or captured, a pro-Hadi commander said.

 

US to speed up arms sales to Gulf after Iran deal: Kerry

Washington has agreed to speed up arms sales to Gulf states, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday after talks in Doha on their concerns over the Iran nuclear deal.

 

Israel to allow harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects

Israel will allow harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants, with methods once reserved for Palestinian detainees, after a deadly West Bank attack blamed on ultra-nationalists, a minister said on Monday.