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King Salman is friend of India, says Indian diplomat

India is looking forward to having stronger relations with Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman, who is a friend of India like King Abdullah, said Indian Consul General BS Mubarak.

UN defers action on 3 Pak NGOs after India seeks more info

A UN committee on non-governmental organisations has deferred action on the status of three Pakistani NGOs after India sought information about their funding and operational activities.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union called on Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria`s Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Philippines a `crying baby` for opposing China island-building: State media

China`s official news agency on Friday likened the Philippines to a "crying baby" for seeking international support against island-building in disputed waters by Beijing, denouncing its efforts as "pathetic".

Sinai clashes kill two children: Egypt officials

Two children were killed in clashes between the Army and jihadists in Egypt`s Sinai on Friday a day after at least 30 people died in violence there, security officials said.

Scotland court orders NRI woman to pay £1 for theft, to deport

An Indian-origin former bank worker, who siphoned off GBP 120,000 from her client, was ordered by a Scotland court to pay back a token one pound and be deported.

Israel to build 450 new West Bank settler homes: NGO

Israel on Friday published tenders to build 450 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a watchdog said, in a plan denounced by the Palestinians as a "war crime".

Italy votes for president after Renzi shrugs off Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi`s choice of a senior judge as his presidential candidate appears to have unified his fractious party, but it may spell an end to a reform pact sealed with rival Silvio Berlusconi. 

Singapore saw 47 liquor-related riot cases in 2014: Govt

Singapore on Friday said that 47 cases of rioting and 115 incidents of serious hurt linked to liquor consumption was reported in the country last year, prompting the government to restrict the sale and consumption of alcohol in public places.

Malaysia completes a third of undersea search for MH370

The undersea search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has covered almost a third of its target area, Malaysian authorities said on Friday, adding that they were confident the aircraft is in the zone.

UN chief tells African leaders not to `cling to power`

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people.

Malaysian PM says committed to finding Flight MH370

 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has assured the families of all 239 people aboard Flight MH370 that Malaysia, together with Australia and China, remains committed to locate the aircraft that mysteriously vanished over the Indian Ocean nearly 11 months ago.

Belgium arrests four in raids targeting Syria recruiters

Belgian police have arrested four people during nationwide raids aimed at smashing groups that recruit jihadists to fight in Syria, prosecutors said on Friday.

Egypt's Sisi cuts short Ethiopia visit after deadly Sinai attacks

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, following a wave of deadly attacks in the Sinai Peninsula claimed by Islamic State`s Egyptian wing.

French tourists arrested for nude photos at Cambodia`s Angkor

Three French tourists have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the country`s famed Angkor temple complex, officials said Friday.

Taliban very dangerous, but not a terror group, insists US

The US has said that the tactics adopted by the Taliban are akin to terrorism but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan unlike al-Qaeda or ISIS which have worldwide network.

Korean Air chief says he scolded daughter over nut rage

Korean Air Lines Chairman Cho Yang-ho said on Thursday he had scolded his daughter for expelling a crew member from a flight over the way she was served nuts in first class.

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remained in limbo on Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.

South Africa apartheid assassin `Prime Evil` granted parole

One of South Africa`s most notorious apartheid murderers, Eugene de Kock -- dubbed "Prime Evil" -- was granted parole Friday after 20 years in jail.

Palestinians denounce new Israeli settlements as `war crime`

Israeli plans to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank constitute a "war crime", a senior Palestinian official said Friday.

Boko Haram a threat for Africa: AU chief
Boko Haram a threat for Africa: AU chief

Nigeria`s Boko Haram militants are a threat beyond Nigeria`s borders and the crisis requires a "collective, effective and decisive response" by African nations, the African Union`s Commission chief said Friday.

Five troops, 19 civilians, killed in east Ukraine: Officials

Twenty-four people, including 19 civilians, were killed in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, officials said Friday.

Top Iraq Kurd officer among six killed in Islamic State attack

The Islamic State jihadist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters on Friday in a major attack in Iraq`s Kirkuk province, an officer and a doctor said.

Venezuela unveils new rules on use of deadly force at demos

Venezuelan soldiers overseeing demonstrations can open fire if they feel their lives are at risk, says a new regulation published a year after anti-government riots left 43 people dead.

Texas executes killer who claimed mental impairment

The state of Texas executed a convicted rapist-killer whose lawyers argued was severely mentally impaired, hours after the US Supreme Court refused last-minute appeals to spare him.

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, killing 3

Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.

Greek government set for first talks with eurozone partners

Greece`s new anti-austerity government is set to hold its first talks Friday with its eurozone partners about its ambitions to secure a reduction in the massive debts linked to its 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) international bailout.

South Africa's ''Prime Evil'' apartheid killer de Kock up for parole

Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed `Prime Evil` for his role in the torture and murder of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, will learn on Friday whether he will be released on parole after 20 years in prison.

Burundi rivals hold talks to ease pre-vote tensions

 Burundi`s ruling party has said it is "ready for compromise" with the opposition to ensure peaceful elections, as warnings mount of the risk of violence in the upcoming key polls.

Israel to build 430 new West Bank settler homes: NGO

 The Israeli government on Friday published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, the head of an NGO that monitors settlement activity told a news agency.