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Iraq deputy PM appeals for more help

Iraq's deputy prime minister is appealing for greater international help in fighting the Islamic State group, saying its recent takeover of the key city of Ramadi was a "big disaster" and that the country's own forces could not adequately fight back.

Islamic State claims Yemen mosque attack - IS Twitter statement

A bomb exploded at a Shi`ite Houthi mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, wounding 13 people, a security source said, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter.

Obama's favourable rating highest in 2 years: Gallup

Americans' favourable ratings of Barack Obama have touched 53 per cent, marking the US President's highest score since September, 2013.

EU, Ukraine sign USD 2 billion loan deal at Eastern summit

The European Union and Ukraine have signed a 1.8 billion euro (USD 2 billion) loan deal in an effort to help revive the cash-strapped country's economy.

Lack of 'justice' fuelling extremism: Egypt president

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive crackdown on Islamists, says the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."

UN chief urges peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.

Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalise homosexuality.

Polish court adjourns Polanski extradition case until mid-September

A Polish court on Friday adjourned until mid-September a hearing on whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex crime conviction.

China takes exception to Abe's wife visit to Yasukuni Shrine

China on Friday took umbrage over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial for Japanese soldiers killed in World War-II, including convicted war criminals.

IS seizes Iraq-Syria border post consolidating 'caliphate'
IS seizes Iraq-Syria border post consolidating 'caliphate'

The Islamic State group on Friday kept up a counteroffensive that has rocked US strategy, seizing a key border crossing after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a renowned Syrian heritage site.

Unexploded WW 2 bomb uncovered near national stadium in UK

An unexploded 50kg World War II live bomb has been uncovered near UK's national football stadium here, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people living nearby.

Relatives in child-bride murder case `accept` withdrawal of charges

The brother of the Nigerian man allegedly killed by his 14-year-old wife told AFP Friday that he accepted the decision to drop murder charges against the girl after being offered financial compensa

US envoy urges Myanmar Rohingya `citizenship` to end exodus

A senior US diplomat called on Myanmar Friday to grant its persecuted Rohingya minority citizenship rights as a way to help reduce the current exodus of migrants across the Bay of Bengal.

Macedonia hands over nine killed in shootout to Kosovo

Macedonian authorities handed over to Kosovo on Friday the bodies of nine ethnic Albanian gunmen killed in clashes with the police earlier this month, officials said.

Top Shi''ite cleric urges plan to purge Iraq of IS after fall of Ramadi

Iraq`s top Shi`ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on Friday for a plan to purge the country of Islamic State militants after they overran the city of Ramadi.

New messianic message for Israel diplomats

A top Israeli diplomat, in a video seen by AFP on Friday, has instructed envoys to quote the Bible as giving Jews sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, including the West Bank.

Indian national charged with fraud in New York

An Indian national along with two other people was charged with conspiracy to trick distressed homeowners into selling their residences and reaping millions of dollars through the fraud.

`Hello dictator,` Juncker says to Hungary`s Orban

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga.

US police arrest suspect in mansion murders

After following a DNA lead collected from a pizza crust, US authorities have arrested a suspect in the grisly murder of a Washington family.

UK town council gets its first Sikh mayor

An Indian-origin councillor on Friday took charge as the mayor of Britain's Wokingham Borough Council, the first ever Sikh to hold this position.

IS seizes gas plant in Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants continued on Friday their advance on the Syrian province of Homs, bordering Iraq, and took control of a vital gas plant, according to the Syrian Observatory of Rights Human (SOHR).

Cleaning California oil spill could take months

It could take months to clean up the estimated 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled on Tuesday from a pipeline rupture on the Californian coast of Santa Barbara, according to the US Coast Guard.

School bus falls into pond in China, 2 children killed

Two children were killed and 21 others injured today when a kindergarten bus fell into a pond in China's southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

London cab driver jailed for killing US soldier

London, May 22 (IANS) A London cab driver has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of a US soldier in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2007, media reported on Friday.

Cameron starts push for EU reforms

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday said that he is determined to reform Britain`s relationship with the European Union (EU) as he seeks to kickstart talks with European leaders on his plans.

Arrests after anti-junta protests on coup anniversary

Police arrested several anti-junta activists Friday for small protests marking a year since Thailand`s generals seized power from the elected government, as the defiant junta leader said the country "may have collapsed" without his intervention.

Eiffel Tower shut as staff walk out over pickpockets

Iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

China declares victory in US surveillance overflight

China declared victory on Friday over an encounter with a US surveillance aircraft overflying the contested South China Sea, saying its military "drove away" the intruder with radio warnings.

Myanmar state handed over more than 200 boat people

 Myanmar`s navy on Friday handed over to the country`s western Rakhine State government 208 Bangladeshi nationals who were found drifting at sea on a migrant boat.

Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz

Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.