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ISIS photos show militants reducing Palmyra''s rare artefacts to dust

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly released photos showing its militants destroying what are understood to be looted artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria.The pictures showed six statues being hit with sledgehammers as a crowd looked on, reported the BBC.

Four Indian-Americans honoured as "The Pride of America"

 Four Indian-Americans are among 38 individuals being honoured for having "helped advance and enlighten our society, culture, and economy" as "Great Immigrants: The Pride of America" by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Boko Haram slaughters 150 in Nigeria
Boko Haram slaughters 150 in Nigeria

At least 150 people have been killed in an attack believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria`s north-eastern Borno state.

Blast rocks Mexico`s human rights commission

An explosion rocked the headquarters of Mexico`s National Human Rights Commission, the organization said Thursday, though no injuries were immediately reported. 

Japan frustrated over slow pace of North Korea abduction probe

Tokyo voiced its frustration on Friday a year after North Korea said it had started re-investigating the fate of Japanese kidnapped by Pyongyang`s spies decades ago, with no new leads in sight.

Philippines halts ferry rescue as hopes for survivors fade

 Rough seas on Friday forced Philippines rescuers to suspend the search for dozens of people still missing a day after a ferry disaster claimed at least 38 lives.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent
Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America`s `peripheral` countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

China firm to punish `unscheduled` pregnancies: Report

A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday.

Two years after Morsi, Egypt stuck in turmoil

Two years after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression that has killed hundreds.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits China's western Xinjiang: USGS

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit China`s western region of Xinjiang on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Nurse infected with MERS virus in South Korea

A nurse in South Korea`s capital city tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus on Friday, authorities said.

Italian nun brings life in DR Congo at risk to her own

 Still going strong at 81, Italian nun and midwife Sister Maria Concetta Esu recently asked Pope Francis to bless her hands, which have delivered more than 34,000 African babies.

US drone strike kills Islamic State leader
US drone strike kills Islamic State leader

A coalition airstrike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State leader, who has been responsible for moving fighters and weapons from Libya to Syria, the Pentagon has said.

`Series of errors` caused Air Algerie crash: Report

A French judicial probe has found a series of "tragic" errors caused an Air Algerie plane to crash in the Malian desert last year with 116 people on board, Le Figaro reported Thursday.

Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash

Malaysia has told the UN Security Council that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year.

Almost $700 million went into Malaysia PM's Razak personal account: WSJ
Almost $700 million went into Malaysia PM's Razak personal account: WSJ

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had close to $700 million in deposits from troubled state fund 1MDB wired into his personal account, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing documents from a government probe.

Four dead, two missing in South Korea storage tank explosion

Four workers were killed and two others were missing Friday when a waste water storage tank exploded at a chemical plant in the South Korean industrial city of Ulsan, authorities said.

6.1 magnitude earthquake in China`s Xinjiang: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck China`s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

French mother gets 9 years in prison for killing 8 newborns

A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a dramatic murder trial.

Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond

Agonising talks towards a grand bargain nuclear deal between Iran and major powers looked set today to drag into the weekend and beyond, with stubborn differences still separating the two sides in Vienna.

Air strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

A senior Islamic State leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday.

UN says Burundi election was not free, fair or credible

Burundi`s parliamentary election was not free, fair, transparent or credible and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms were committed, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Barack Obama mocks Republicans about 2016 `Hunger Games`

US President Barack Obama has one wish for the Republicans trying to succeed him: that the odds are ever in their favor.

Nearly 150 killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks in NE Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said Thursday.

14 killed as train falls into canal in Pakistan

At least 14 people including a senior army officer were killed on Thursday when a train carrying soldiers fell into a canal in Pakistan following the partial collapse of a bridge, as a government minister hinted at sabotage.

Six UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali

Militants killed at least six United Nations soldiers on Thursday in northern Mali, in one the deadliest ever attacks on the world`s most dangerous peacekeeping mission, claimed by Al-Qaeda`s north African arm.

Democratic ex-senator Jim Webb enters US presidential race

Former US senator Jim Webb of Virginia, a Vietnam war veteran who served as secretary of the navy, announced Thursday he is running for president, challenging frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

Malaysia moves ahead with proposed UN tribunal for MH17 culprits

Malaysia told the Security Council on Thursday that it plans to present a draft resolution soon on creating a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine.

Afghan ''hero soldier'' of parliament attack arrested in traffic death

An Afghan soldier hailed as a hero for defending parliament from a Taliban assault has been arrested after a fatal traffic accident in Kabul involving a car he had been given as a reward, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Five killed in Colombia mine explosion: Official

Five people were killed in a methane gas explosion at a coal mine in central Colombia, the head of the national disaster management agency said Thursday.