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China, US officials hint at underlying tensions in talks
China, US officials hint at underlying tensions in talks

 US President Barack Obama`s key national security aide and China`s top foreign policy official hinted at tensions that divide them on Friday ahead of a state visit to Washington by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial: Vatican

Former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who would have been the first high-ranking church official to go on trial on paedophile charges, died overnight, the Vatican announced Friday.

Malaysia blocks protesters'' website on eve of mass rally

Malaysian authorities have blocked access to the website of a civil society group that called for massive anti-government demonstrations this weekend, while a domestic news portal said the military could intervene if the protests get out of hand.

Obama lauds New Orleans' progress since Katrina, says more to be done

President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality.

US and South Korea troops stage massive live-dire drill

South Korean and US troops staged their biggest-ever joint live-fire drill on Friday, including a simulated mechanised assault deep into North Korean territory, just days after the two Koreas ended a tense military standoff.

Kim Jong-Un credits nukes not talks for deal with S Korea
Kim Jong-Un credits nukes not talks for deal with S Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said nuclear weapons - not negotiating skills - secured what he described as a "landmark" agreement this week with South Korea to end a dangerous military standoff.

More than 70 bodies found in Austrian refugee lorry

Austrian police have recovered more than 70 dead migrants from a lorry abandoned on a motorway, the government said Friday, in the latest horrific tragedy in Europe`s unrelenting migrant misery.

European migrant crisis: 200 bodies found floating off Libyan coast
European migrant crisis: 200 bodies found floating off Libyan coast

Around 200 bodies have been found floating off the coast of one of the main people-smuggling hubs in Libya after two boats carrying up to 500 migrants capsized off Zuwara, a port in western Libya.

Taiwan military tells veterans to avoid Beijing's World War II parade

Taiwan`s military on Friday urged war veterans to stay away from a victory parade in Beijing next week marking the end of World War Two, saying Nationalist forces led the war, after China announced old soldiers from Taiwan would attend the celebration.

IS struggle to make progress in Taliban bastion Afghanistan
IS struggle to make progress in Taliban bastion Afghanistan

 The Islamic State group had ambitious plans for Afghanistan, but Taliban resistance, US drone strikes, and a society less scarred by sectarianism mean the extremists have so far failed to repeat their Middle Eastern breakthrough.

Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border tension

Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors on Thursday for consultations, amid mounting tensions that began nearly a week ago when Caracas closed off their shared border.

Uyghur hand in blasts in China and Thailand

The August 12 blast in Tianjin, China, which killed 114 people, and the blast in Bangkok, Thailand, recently, was the handiwork of Chinese separatist Uyghur groups, and which the Chinese Government has been trying to hide, suggests a revealing story published in the Brussels-based European Parliament (EP).

Colombia recalls ambassador to Venezuela amid border crisis

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday recalled the country`s ambassador to Venezuela after the socialist-run country closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand Colombians.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un hails accord with South as landmark

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called this week`s accord between the rival Koreas "a landmark occasion" paving the way for defused military tension and improved ties, but said it was the strength of its armed forces that made the deal possible.

`I stopped counting`: Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead

Stiff lifeless bodies submerged in water -- it`s a sight Canadian doctor Simon Bryant won`t soon forget after he found dozens of dead migrants in the hold of a boat off Libya.

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states.

UN chief sets out framework for Syria poison gas investigation

Success of a new international inquiry aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapons attacks during Syria`s four-year-old civil war will require full cooperation of all warring parties, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

Spanish public radio pulls programme on Jews and Satanism

Spain public radio RNE said Thursday it had removed an episode of a programme that linked Jews to Satanism from its website after receiving complaints from Jewish groups.

US journalist killer `annoyed` colleagues: Ex-boss

 The disgruntled former US television station employee who murdered two journalists had "annoyed" colleagues but showed no signs at work of any mental health issues, his former boss said Thursday.

Cheater website Ashley Madison had few women: Report

If one analysis of hacked data from Ashley Madison is true, the affair-seeker website promoted a lot of talk, but little action.

Another 1,400 migrants rescued off Libya, 52 found dead
Another 1,400 migrants rescued off Libya, 52 found dead

A Swedish coastguard ship docked at the Sicilian port of Palermo on Thursday carrying more than 570 migrants and the bodies of 52 people, officials said. 

Two French journalists held for `attempted blackmail of Morocco king`

Two French investigative journalists were arrested on Thursday in Paris on suspicion of trying to blackmail the king of Morocco, legal sources in both countries said. 

German support for Barenboim concert in Iran draws Israeli ire

Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is holding talks to take one of Germany`s main orchestras to Iran, his employer Berlin State Opera said on Thursday, in the face of angry protests from Israel. 

At least 30 die as boat with 200 migrants sinks off Libya: Coast guard

At least 30 people died Thursday when a boat carrying around 200 migrants bound for Europe sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country`s coast guard said.

Cancer, transplant patients protest Venezuela's medicine shortages

Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, hemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas on Thursday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country whose health care system is beset with shortages. 

UN conference to discuss plight of minorities persecuted by Islamic State

 A UN conference on minorities persecuted by the Islamic State group will be held on September 8 in Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. 

Tropical Storm Erika powers toward Puerto Rico after killing 3

At least three were reported dead in the island country of Dominica Thursday as Tropical Storm Erika continued powering toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Qatar Airways `shamed` for sacking cabin crew for getting married or pregnant

Qatar Airways was shamed into relaxing its policy of sacking cabin crew for getting pregnant or marrying in their first five years of employment, a labour federation said Thursday, while welcoming the move.

US confident Islamic State cyber jihadist killed in Syria strike: Official

The United States is confident of having killed a top Islamic State cyber hacker and recruiter in a drone strike in Syria this week, US authorities said Thursday.

Saudi Arabian King to visit White House in September

Saudi King Salman will meet with President Barack Obama early next month during his first visit to the United States since acceding the throne, the White House said on Thursday.