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Militants attack bus on Kenyan coast, no injuries

Islamist gunmen on Saturday opened fire on a passenger bus along the Kenyan coast but fled without injuring anyone, witnesses and officials said, nearly a month after Shebab militants executed 28 non-Muslim bus passengers in the country.

UK, Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight

Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak.

China arrests US aid worker on North Korean border: Lawyer

China has arrested an American Christian aid worker based near its border with North Korea, his lawyer said on Saturday, as authorities deepen an apparent crackdown on religious groups in the region.

Nigeria military, Islamists clash near site of latest kidnap

Nigerian troops have repelled a Boko Haram attack near the village where 185 people were kidnapped last week, killing several insurgents, soldiers and witnesses said on Saturday.

FBI mishandles large portion of US evidence: Report

The FBI has mishandled large amounts of evidence in its offices across the United States, a media report has said after reviewing an internal report from the investigative force.

ISIS extremist mum luring teenage girls, promising an 'awesome life' as 'jihadi bride'
ISIS extremist mum luring teenage girls, promising an 'awesome life' as 'jihadi bride'

Even as Islamic State (IS) militants are being killed by the US-led anti-terror coalition air strikes, a middle-aged British mother-of-two and former rock band member who had recently joined the ISIS, is luring teenage girls to Syria through Twitter with the promise of an 'awesome life' as a jihadi bride, Daily Mail reported.

US sends four Afghans back home from Guantanamo

The Pentagon said on Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre have been returned to their home country in what US officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: Report

The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said on Saturday.

North Korea proposes joint probe with US into Sony cyber attack

North Korea called Saturday for a joint investigation with the US into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, denouncing Washington`s "slandering" after President Barack Obama warned Pyongyang of retaliation.

Europe's oldest man set to celebrate 111th Christmas

 Europe's oldest man, a Punjab-born Sikh ex-labourer, is set to celebrate his 111th Christmas this year.

US sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan

Four Afghans held for over a decade at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow-moving push by the Obama administration to close the facility.

Iraqi forces repel IS attacks in western Iraq

Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen Saturday repelled attacks by the Islamic State (IS) militants in a military airbase housing US advisors in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said.

French journalist sparks outcry with 'insular Muslim' comments

Prominent French journalist Eric Zemmour was back in the spotlight on Saturday after being barred by a news channel for saying Muslims were elbowing French people out of the suburbs.

Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

UN in talks with Afghan Taliban to reduce civilian casualties

The United Nations has been talking to the Afghan Taliban on measures to limit the impact of the conflict on civilians, as it recorded the highest ever number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan in 2014.

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria's Kobani

A Kurdish official and an activist group say Kurdish fighters have advanced in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group.

Long-delayed elections kick off in Ebola-hit Liberia

Liberians began voting Saturday in much-delayed elections to fill half the seats of the Senate in the Ebola-ravaged west African country.

N Korea slams UN vote, vows to bolster nuclear capacity

North Korea on Saturday vowed to bolster its nuclear capacity, slamming a UN resolution calling for it to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over its human rights record.

Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing for two days

Egypt will reopen the blocked Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip Sunday and Monday in both directions, official news agency MENA reported Saturday.

US issues rare global travel alert to citizens about terror attack threat

The United States has issued a global travel alert to US citizens about the threat of a terrorist attack advising them to be extra cautious regarding their personal security over the holiday period, citing Sydney's "lone-wolf attack".

US govt not fully equipped to tackle nuclear terrorist attack: Report

A US congressional report suggests that the federal government is not competent enough to tackle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe.

Militants capture huge amount of fuel in Syria

The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and like-minded groups have captured two million litres of fuel from a Syrian military base in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group reported Saturday.

Malaysian Islamic State militants taking bank loans to fund journey: Report

Malaysians heading for Syria and Iraq to fight for the dreaded Islamic State have been taking out bank loans to fund their journey and lifestyle there, according to police.

Pope names new prelate who runs Vatican during papal transitions

Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, the cardinal who runs the Vatican after the death or resignation of a pontiff.

First of four Fukushima reactors cleared of nuclear fuel

One of four heavily damaged reactor buildings at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods, the operator said today.

China tests 12,000 km ICBM with multiple warheads

 China has conducted the most comprehensive test of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile which can hit targets as far as 12,000 kilometres, bringing all of the US under its range.

Chinese-Aussie love marriage stuck over 'dowry' demand

A proposed love marriage between an Australian man and his Chinese fiancee is stuck over a hefty dowry demanded by the girl's parents as 'bride price', a custom in several countries.

Russia brands new sanctions roadblock to Ukraine peace

Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.

UN reports October atrocities by South Sudan rebels

South Sudan rebels killed, raped and kidnapped civilians during an attack in October, leaving at least 11 dead, the United Nations said in a report.

Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing on Sunday

Egypt is to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday for the second time in two months to allow those stranded in Egypt to enter the Palestinian territory, officials said.