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Retaking Syria`s Kobane a `big deal`: John Kerry

Kurdish fighters` success in recapturing the key Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State jihadists was a "big deal," US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Former German President Richard Von Weizsaecker dies

Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker died in Berlin on Saturday, Germany`s Office of the Federal President announced. He was 94.

Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge from Sicily who has come to symbolise Italy`s battle against organised crime, was on Saturday elected the country`s president.

IS claims it beheaded Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

The Islamic State group released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

Somalia air strike kills over 40 Al-Shabaab militants

Over 40 Al-Shabaab militants were killed and several others injured in an air strike targeting a militant base in southern Somalia, officials said on Saturday.

Search for MH370 will continue: Malaysia

Malaysia on Saturday said the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 will continue even as families of the victims questioned why authorities did not inform them before declaring the mysterious disappearance as accident.

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

African Union official says African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

Egypt sets Morsi trial verdict for espionage May 16

An Egyptian court set May 16 for a verdict in the espionage trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who could be sentenced to death if convicted, an official said Saturday.

Iraq Kurdish forces retake oil field, villages from IS

Iraqi Kurdish forces and police retook an oil field in Kirkuk province on Saturday that was seized by the Islamic State group overnight, and freed 24 workers who had been taken captive, officers said.

Chadian aircraft bomb Nigerian town in anti-Boko Haram raid

Chadian aircraft on Saturday bombed the Nigerian town of Gamboru in a raid targeting Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, security sources said.

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobane
Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobane

The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobane and vowed to attack the town again.

IS militants threaten to invade Saudi Arabia amid transition of new king

Islamic State militants have released a video saying that the group intends to invade Saudi Arabia while the kingdom's throne is changing hands.

South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves.

Barack Obama to appear in public with Dalai Lama

US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House has said, in a move sure to anger Beijing.

65 husbands jailed for violating court orders in Saudi Arabia

Courts in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh have sentenced more than 65 men to prison terms ranging from two days to three months for their refusal to implement court rulings in favour of their former wives, the ministry of justice said.

Ukraine peace talks end without agreement: Kiev envoy

Peace talks to thrash out a truce agreement between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine ended without a deal Saturday, Kiev`s representative at the talks in Minsk said.

Palestinians in Syria cut off from aid once more: UN

Tens of thousands of longtime Palestinian refugees in a camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital have been cut off from United Nations emergency aid for nearly two months by armed groups that are preventing access, a UN official said.

Italy's new president: A quiet man marked by tragedy

Italy's new president is a white-haired Sicilian who might never have got anywhere near the corridors of power but for the Mafia killing of his beloved elder brother.

Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing 'terror group'

An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, declaring it a "terrorist" group, a judiciary official said.

Mediators seek Ukraine truce as 15 troops killed

Kiev's pro-Western leaders and mediators hoped to reach a "binding" truce with pro-Russian separatists on Saturday despite Ukraine suffering one of its bloodiest days yet in the nine-month conflict with 15 troops killed.

Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president
Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran centre-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

UN chief condemns Egypt terrorist attacks

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Saturday strongly condemned Thursday`s terrorist attacks in Egypt`s Sinai Peninsula.

Prince Charles' household dubbed Wolf Hall, claims biographer

The royal household of Britain's Prince Charles is so rife with infighting and back-stabbing among his staff that it has been dubbed Wolf Hall, a new biography of the prince has claimed.

Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people.

Russia's 12th aid convoy reaches Ukraine

Russia`s 12th humanitarian aid convoy to the east Ukrainian Donbass region has reached there, Moscow`s emergencies ministry said Saturday.

Tens of thousands march to support Spanish anti-austerity party

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Madrid on Saturday in support of new anti-austerity party Podemos, a week after Greece elected its hard-left ally Syriza.

Greece seeks EU allies but Germany holds firm

Greece`s radical new government on Saturday began a search for European allies for its anti-austerity agenda, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again ruled out debt relief for Athens.

Turkey airport police hunt extremists enroute to Syria

Everything seems normal as the passengers stream out of a routine flight from a Middle Eastern country after landing at a major Turkish international airport.

Obama seeks $215 million for unique medical plan

US President Barack Obama has sought $215 million for an effort that will match patients` genetic and physiological data to treat their health conditions more precisely.

15 Ukrainian soldiers killed in past 24 hours: Army

Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces in the east of the country has left 15 government soldiers dead and 30 wounded over the past 24 hours, Ukraine`s defence minister said Saturday.