Zimbabwe's main opposition calls for fresh polls again

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-T party said Friday economic challenges confronting the country could only be resolved if the country holds free and fair polls.

Burkina Faso's president quits, army chief takes power
Burkina Faso's president quits, army chief takes power

Burkina Faso's army chief Gen Nabere Honore Traore assumed power Friday after President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation following violent protests against his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.

North Korea denounces South Korea for delaying OPCON takeover

 North Korea has denounced South Korea for delaying retaking wartime operational control (OPCON) of troops from the US, saying the move has taken the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war".

Fukushima operator TEPCO posts solid mid-term profit

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant posted a solid mid-term pre-tax profit on Friday, despite not restarting idle nuclear reactors or hiking electricity rates.

Malaysian state orders headscarves for women workers in market

All Muslim women employees in supermarkets, food outlets and other business centres in a Malaysian state have been ordered to wear headscarves or face a fine, triggering yet another controversy in this multi- ethnic Muslim majority country.

Malaysian woman charged for supporting IS militant group

A 25-year-old Malaysian Muslim woman was on Friday charged by a court here for giving support to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Fire breaks out at iconic French radio building

A fire broke out on Friday on the seventh floor of the "Maison de la radio" (Radio house), a vast circular building in Paris housing several media operations.

UN warns of 'unprecedented' number of foreign jihadists

 Foreign jihadists from more than 80 countries have flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria on an "unprecedented scale", according to extracts of a UN report published by Britain's Guardian newspaper today.

Man slashes 3 schoolchildren in China: Official

Chinese authorities say a first-grader in the southeastern province of Jiangxi was slashed to death and two others severely injured in the latest violent attack on children in the country.

Cosmopolitan new Afghan first lady backs French veil ban

Afghanistan's cosmopolitan new first lady has backed France's controversial ban on the niqab, comparing the full veil to "blinders" as she prepares to campaign for more respect for women in her conservative adopted homeland.

Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan

Prosecutors say three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year.

Israel's Temple Mount reopens amid tension

 Israeli police Friday reopened a key Jerusalem holy site after its closure amid tension following the shooting of a Jewish activist.

Death sentences upheld in China terrorist attack case

 A Chinese court Friday upheld the death sentences of three men implicated in a terrorist attack that killed 31 people at a railway station in Kunming, the capital city of southwest China`s Yunnan Province, earlier this year.

China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia

China will dispatch an elite unit from the People`s Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to UN calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.

Five killed in Afghan road accident

 At least five people were killed and 46 others injured Friday when a passenger bus collided with a truck in Afghanistan.

Militants threaten to behead Malaysian captive

 Abu Sayyaf militants have threatened to behead a Malaysian captive if ransom is not paid in November.

Japan's Sendai nuclear restart in final stage: Local Governor

- The governor of Kagoshima prefecture, home to Kyushu Electric Power Co`s Sendai plant, said restarting the nuclear facility was in its "final stage" in a positive sign for the industry, as the trade minister reiterated support for reviving idled reactors. 

Kurds' battle for Kobane unites a people divided by borders
Kurds' battle for Kobane unites a people divided by borders

Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.

Over 29,000 Pakistanis still in Afghanistan

 Over 29,000 Pakistanis who fled North Waziristan because of an ongoing military operation are in Afghanistan, authorities said.

Norway to send troops to Iraq

 Norway announced that it will send 120 soldiers to Iraq.

Jerusalem Palestinian youths ready for new intifada

Fourteen-year-old Hisham, who was born around the start of the second Palestinian intifada, dreams of a new uprising so he can play his part in "defending" Jerusalem`s Al-Aqsa mosque.

Ukraine rebel vote drives further wedge between Russia and West

Pro-Russian separatists controlling swathes of east Ukraine are set to hold leadership polls on Sunday that Moscow has backed despite condemnation from Kiev and the West.

German kidnapped in Nigeria rescued

 A German national, who was abducted a week ago in Nigeria, has been "rescued", authorities confirmed.

China pledges financial aid to Afghanistan

 China Friday pledged to provide a non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan ($81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year, authorities said.

Jailed reporter's family urges Iran to release him

 The family of Washington Post`s Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian, held without charges in Iran for more than 100 days, has called on Tehran to set him free.

US nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

 A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine`s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage.

Mayor in China`s Xinjiang probed for graft: Govt

The Uighur mayor of a violence-racked city in China`s far-western Xinjiang region is being investigated for corruption, a government notice said, as central authorities broaden their highly publicised anti-graft probe.

Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

Obama urges progress in Myanmar ahead of rare roundtable

US President Barack Obama urged Myanmar`s government to make every effort to conclude a national ceasefire and protect the rights of minorities, just hours before the country`s president and the military chief met opposition political parties and ethnic minority groups.

60 years on, independence war defines modern Algeria

Sixty years on, the war of independence from France remains a defining moment for Algeria and its elite, like 79-year-old Zohra Drif, a senator who once set off a bomb that left three people dead.