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13 suspected jihadis arrested in police operation in Austria

Austrian authorities arrested 13 suspected jihadis in police operations as part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected militants Friday.


Syria says US-led strikes have not weakened Islamic State

Syria`s foreign minister said U.S.-led air strikes had failed to weaken Islamic State it in Syria and the jihadist group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls.

US protesters force closure of mall near Ferguson

US protesters forced a crowded St Louis mall to close for around two hours on Friday, demanding a boycott to post-Thanksgiving shopping and justice for an unarmed black teenager killed by police.


Taiwan votes in key elections ahead of presidential polls

 Millions of voters go to the polls in Taiwan Saturday for the island`s largest ever local elections, with the Beijing-friendly ruling party facing a rout in a key test ahead of the presidential race.


Verdict due in murder retrial of Egypt`s Mubarak

An Egyptian court is to deliver Saturday its verdict in the murder retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak, almost four years after he was overthrown in a popular uprising.


Britain to curb EU migrants benefit to reduce immigration

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that immigrants from the EU need to work in Britain for four years so they could claim benefits in the country.


Ireland to repay 9 billion euros IMF loans by year end

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Friday his country will repay 9 billion euros ($11 billion) of the bailout loans it owed to the International Monetary Fund(IMF) by the end of the year.

Indian among three foreign workers kidnapped in Nigeria

Three expatriate construction workers were kidnapped on Friday in Nigeria`s Bayelsa state in the delta region, a security forces spokesman said.

At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria`s top Islamic leaders.

Plane carrying MH17 victims' remains arrives in Netherlands

A Dutch military plane carrying the remains of victims onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at the Eindhoven Air Base in Netherlands Friday.

Libya strongman vows to `take Tripoli` from Islamists

An anti-Islamist former Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, said Friday he has given himself two weeks to take Benghazi and three months to recapture the capital Tripoli.

Nigeria mosque blasts: 92 dead at one hospital morgue

At least 92 bodies were counted in a Nigerian hospital morgue after a suicide bomb and gun attack at the main mosque in Kano city, an AFP reporter said.

Greenlanders go to polls in vote dominated by economy

Greenland voters were casting their ballots Friday in an early election dominated by harsh economic reality as the world`s largest island struggles to capitalise on its huge natural riches.

Ferguson protesters plan to clean up damaged store guarded by police

Protesters in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Friday planned to clean up a drugstore damaged in this week`s racially charged rioting but a line of police and National Guard troops blocked the entrance.

Leftist Vazquez poised for Uruguay presidential repeat

Tabare Vazquez, Uruguay`s first leftist president, is favored to reclaim the post in a run-off election Sunday, playing political leapfrog with his rabble-rousing, marijuana-legalizing successor, Jose Mujica.


Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease

Three cases of myiasis have been reported near Damascus, marking the first appearance of the flesh-eating maggot disease in Syria, UN health experts said Friday.


UN watchdog slams police shootings of blacks in US

A UN watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States, days after a decision not to prosecute a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen sparked nationwide protests.

'VIP' Madonna wins new Malawi president's praise

Pop diva Madonna met Malawi`s new president Friday after her VIP status was restored in the country where she adopted two children but then fell foul of the former government.

Cameron urges migrant curbs, warns on British EU exit

Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday promised tough curbs on welfare for EU migrants to counter a surge in arrivals and warned European leaders that resistance could put Britain`s EU membership in doubt.

Two dead as Islamists and police clash in Cairo

Two people were killed Friday when Islamist protesters and police clashed in Cairo just hours after unidentified attackers shot dead two soldiers including a senior officer in the Egyptian capital.

Egypt braces for Islamist protest

Egyptians on Friday braced for a major protest by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government.

Russian warships in English Channel due to `bad weather`

French authorities and NATO confirmed the presence of four Russian warships in the English Channel on Friday, but denied they were doing military exercises and said they were taking shelter due to bad weather.

Hashish stash sinks after high sea drama for EU patrol

It`s a tale to make any self-respecting pothead weep.

Clashes erupt as Turkish nationalist visits Kurdish region

Turkish security forces and pro-Kurdish protesters clashed on Friday as tensions erupted over the visit of a nationalist leader to a flashpoint eastern region, an AFP photographer reported.

MH17 remains arrive in Netherlands from Ukraine

Six more coffins carrying body parts of victims from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands from Ukraine on Friday, with nine victims of the July disaster still unidentified.

At least 100 feared killed in blasts during prayers at Nigeria mosque
At least 100 feared killed in blasts during prayers at Nigeria mosque

At least 92 bodies were counted in a Nigerian hospital morgue after a suicide bomb and gun attack at the main mosque in Kano city

Six coffins of MH17 remains flown out of Ukraine

Six more coffins holding remains of the victims from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was on Friday flown out of east Ukraine for The Netherlands, officials said.

US plans to release more detainees from Guantanamo Bay

The Pentagon is preparing to release more prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, in the coming weeks, official sources in the US have revealed.

UN panel raps US record on torture

A UN panel has concluded that the United States falls short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty.

US police kill gunman who targeted buildings

Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters on Friday, and a bomb squad was called in to search his vehicle.