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Russian military continues massive upgrade

Russia's defense minister says the military received an array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Turkey says '100 IS fighters' left in Syria's Al-Bab
Turkey says '100 IS fighters' left in Syria's Al-Bab

Turkey said today fewer than 100 Islamic State jihadists were still holed up in a flashpoint Syrian town which has seen the bloodiest clashes of Ankara's half-year campaign inside the conflict-torn country.

Corruption allegations against Nawaz Sharif's family in Panamagate not ''frivolous'': Pakistan Supreme Court

Pakistan`s Supreme Court has observed that the corruption allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s family in connection with Panamagate case were not frivolous` as they could be right or wrong.

North Korea not cooperating in Kim Jong-Nam murder probe: Malaysia

Malaysian Police have alleged that North Korean authorities are not cooperating in their investigation into the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un`s half-brother Kim Jong-nam.

Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.

Washington jury charges over 200 for rioting on Inauguration Day

More than 200 people have been charged with rioting in connection with Inauguration Day protests in Washington last month.

Pakistan court seeks Punjab govt's reply on Saeed's detention
Pakistan court seeks Punjab govt's reply on Saeed's detention

A Pakistani court today served a notice on the Punjab government seeking a reply on the petition filed by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and four others challenging their house arrest under the anti-terrorism act.

 

Toll in Sri Lanka boat capsize rises to Thirteen

The deaths in a boat capsize in Sri Lanka has risen to 13 after rescuers on Wednesday recovered two more bodies.

Austria detains Ukraine tycoon after extradition ruling

Austria has arrested one of Ukraine's richest men, a fresh twist for the one-time ally of ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Guantanamo Bay prison 'healthy' for national security: White House

The Donald Trump administration has indicated that it is unlikely to close the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison for dangerous terror suspects, saying it is serving a "healthy purpose" towards the national security.

Don't meddle in our affairs: Cambodia tells US

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday urged foreign countries, particularly the US, not to interfere in its internal affairs.

Turkey sees change in United States stance towards operation in Syria's Raqqa: defence minister

Turkey's defence minister said on Wednesday there had been a slight change in the stance of the United States towards an operation on Syria`s Raqqa.

Donald Trump to end protection for transgender students
Donald Trump to end protection for transgender students

The Trump administration plans to roll back protection for transgender students, reversing federal guidance that required public schools to allow children to use bathrooms that matched their gender identities.

United States shutting down Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp

The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.

At UN, US envoy Nikki Haley stresses 'commitment' to European alliances

US Ambassador Nikki Haley has underlined America's "total commitment" to its European allies, echoing recent assurances by other administration figures to European leaders anxious about President Donald Trump.

British Islamic State suicide bomber was Guantanamo detainee

An IS suicide bomber who attacked Iraqi forces in Mosul was a former Guantanamo bay detainee and was originally from Britain, the BBC reported.

German Social Democrats still hard on heels of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives - Poll

Germany`s Social Democrats (SPD) held steady at 31 percent support in a survey published on Wednesday, remaining hard on the heels of Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservatives - on 34 percent - seven months ahead of a federal election.

Flooding forces hundreds from homes in San Jose, California

Murky, waist-high floodwaters swamped neighborhoods along a rain-swollen creek in the northern California city of San Jose on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders or advisories for more than 1,000 homes, city officials said.

Philippine minister doubtful of China row resolution 'during our lifetime'

The foreign minister of the Philippines expressed doubt on Wednesday that a maritime sovereignty dispute with China could be resolved "during our lifetime", so it was better to set it aside, engage Beijing and avoid an armed confrontation.

Mass deportation not goal of immigration memos: White House
Mass deportation not goal of immigration memos: White House

Mass deportation is not the goal of the Trump administration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said after new memos on Tuesday outlined a plan to detain and deport certain undocumented immigrants.

Anti-Semitic threats at US-Jewish centres horrible: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has denounced anti-Semitism after facing criticism for not coming out strongly enough against recent threats directed at US Jewish centres, the media reported.

Donald Trump respects free press, but it's a two-way street: White House
Donald Trump respects free press, but it's a two-way street: White House

The White House has defended President Donald Trump, as he continues to face the onslaught for his `enemy of the people` barb directed towards the press, saying that Trump has a healthy respect for the media, but it was a `two-way` street. 

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Australia amid Palestine controversy
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Australia amid Palestine controversy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived here on Wednesday amid controversy over his policies towards Palestine.

North Korea diplomat wanted over Kim Jong Nam's killing: Malaysia

Malaysian investigators are seeking to question a North Korean diplomat over the killing of Kim Jong-Un's brother at a Kuala Lumpur airport, national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday.

War on Islamic State takes a deadly turn as terror group now possesses a dangerous weapon
War on Islamic State takes a deadly turn as terror group now possesses a dangerous weapon

Islamic State – world's most dreaded terrorist organisation – is now using small remote controlled drones to drop bombs on security forces which are trying to drive jihadis out of Mosul in Iraq.

Guantanamo Bay prison healthy for national security: White House
Guantanamo Bay prison healthy for national security: White House

US President Donald Trump believes that the Guantanamo Bay prison is serving a healthy purpose towards the national security, the White House has said, indicating that its closure is unlikely.

Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban as elections loom

Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on Tuesday.

Mexico apologizes to indigenous women wrongly jailed for kidnapping

Mexico`s government on Tuesday took the rare step of apologizing to three indigenous women who spent more than three years in prison after being falsely accused by prosecutors of kidnapping seven police officers and carrying cocaine.

Malaysia identifies North Korean embassy official among suspects in Kim Jong Nam's murder
Malaysia identifies North Korean embassy official among suspects in Kim Jong Nam's murder

Malaysian police identified a senior official in the North Korean embassy on Wednesday as a suspect in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, and said another was linked to the North Korean airline.

Amnesty International says Donald Trump's 'poisonous' rhetoric makes world a darker place
Amnesty International says Donald Trump's 'poisonous' rhetoric makes world a darker place

Amnesty International said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump`s "poisonous" rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a "darker" place.