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Russia`s Lavrov heading to Vienna for Iran talks: Reports

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is heading to Vienna to join the Iran nuclear talks and is expected there late Sunday, RIA Novosti state news agency reported, citing a diplomat.

Controversial Washington ex-mayor Marion Barry dies

Former Washington mayor Marion Barry, who left office in disgrace and went to prison on drug charges only to return for a fourth term, died at a Washington hospital, a spokeswoman said Sunday. He was 78.

China could take down America's power grid: US official

China and probably one or two other countries have the capability to shut down America's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency has said.

Putin says Russia is not isolated: TASS

President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was not and would not be isolated on the international scene and dismissed the risk of "catastrophic consequences" for the Russian economy of Western sanctions combined with a oil price fall and rouble slide.

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Chinese President Xi Jinping injected a further 70 million yuan (USD 11.4 million) of aid money into Fiji as he wrapped up a round of talks in the Pacific nation today aimed at strengthening ties in the region.

Rights groups urge Gulf states to protect migrant workers

International rights and labour groups called Sunday for urgent action to protect migrant workers from abuse in Gulf countries.

Kiev says Russia has 7500 troops in eastern Ukraine

Ukraine has reportedly claimed that Russia has thousands of troops in conflict-torn Eastern Ukraine and has vowed to boost its own military capacity.

Afghan Parliament approves US, NATO agreements
Afghan Parliament approves US, NATO agreements

Afghanistan's Parliament has approved a bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year.

PM Modi copying my scheme of adopting villages, building toilets: Mulayam

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "copying" his schemes of adopting villages and constructing toilets.

250 Syrian migrants rescued off Cyprus

Some 250 Syrian migrants crammed onto a fishing boat were rescued off the northern coast of Cyprus on Sunday as the vessel hit rough seas in the Mediterranean, Turkish media reported.

Boko Haram kills 48 fish vendors in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria`s restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association told AFP on Sunday.

DU developing working module for community radios in India

 What does it take to start and successfully run a community radio station in India? A 'working module' is being developed by the Delhi University for this purpose.

Mother questioned after new-born found in Australia drain

Australian police were questioning a mother Sunday after passing cyclists who had heard crying found her new-born son abandoned in a 2.5-metre-deep (8.2-feet) drain in Sydney.

Gunman shot Danish citizen in Saudi Arabia: Report

The state news agency of Saudi Arabia is reporting that a gunman has shot and wounded a Danish citizen in the capital, Riyadh.

Flooding fears mount in snowed-in area of New York state

Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people, posed a major flooding threat Saturday with temperatures forecast to rise.

Iran considers extending nuclear talks up to one year: Iranian source

Iran is prepared to have nuclear negotiations with world powers extended by up to a year if no agreement is struck later Sunday, an Iranian source told AFP.

West Bank home torched in suspected settler attack

Suspected Jewish extremists firebombed a house in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, its mayor told AFP, pointing the finger of blame at local settlers. 

Sweden's Wallenberg dynasty prepares for sixth generation

Jacob Wallenberg, the 58-year-old head of one of Europe`s most enduring family dynasties, is trying to work out how the empire controlling much of Sweden`s economy could look with a woman or someone without the family name at the helm.

Very sad that UK govt cannot find money for Gandhi statue: Lord Swraj Paul

NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has said that he "feels very sad" that the British Government cannot find little money for the proposed Mahatma Gandhi statue to be installed at the Parliament Square here.

N Korea warns of `catastrophic consequences` over UN rights ruling

North Korea`s top military body warned Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of a UN resolution censuring its human rights record, as state media reported its leader presiding over a fresh military exercise.

'US-led anti-IS coalition air strikes kill 910 in Syria, including women, children'
'US-led anti-IS coalition air strikes kill 910 in Syria, including women, children'

It's been exactly two months since the US-led anti-jihadist group's warplanes started pummelling the Islamic State positions in Syria and according to a rights group, over 900 people have been killed in the strikes, the majority of those killed being IS fighters.

UN slams terrorist attack in Kenya

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the terrorist attack on a bus in northern Kenya that left at least 28 people dead.

Bomb blast near Egypt train station: Ministry

A bomb went off near a train station in southern Egypt Saturday night, as police found three other explosive devices planted on railway tracks in the region, the government said.

Iran nuclear talks may be extended as US sees "big gaps"

World powers and Iran struggled on Saturday to overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran`s atomic ambitions, raising the prospect of another extension to the high-stakes talks.

Tunisians go to polls for presidential election

Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

'Death toll rises to four after China earthquake'

The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China`s southwest rose to four on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued.

US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

 The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.

Strong quake hits Japan, houses toppled at ski resort; 39 injured
Strong quake hits Japan, houses toppled at ski resort; 39 injured

 An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured, police and public broadcaster NHK said.

West not expected to demand Iran atom bomb "mea culpa" in deal

World powers are pressing Iran to stop stonewalling a UN atomic bomb investigation as part of a wider nuclear accord, but look likely to stop short of demanding full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran to avoid killing an historic deal.