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Eight bomb blasts rock Iraq's Diyala province

Eight explosions, mostly targeting the security forces, rocked the Iraqi towns of Baquba and Baladruz on Sunday, security officials said, forcing the authorities to seal off the area.

Islamic State killed 400 people in Syria's Palmyra: Report

Islamic State fighters have killed at least 400 people in Syria`s ancient city of Palmyra, most of them women and children, Syrian state television said on Sunday.

Bomb kills four of family in Afghanistan

Four members of a family were killed when a roadside bomb struck a civilian car in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, police said.

Syrian helicopter crashes; activists say militants downed it

A Syrian military helicopter crashed on Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all its crew, state TV said, as an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.

Pope urges help for migrants stranded in Bay of Bengal

Pope Francis called on the international community on Sunday to help migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, thousands of whom have been stranded on boats with dwindling supplies.

Frenchman makes false bomb alert to delay girlfriend's plane

French police have arrested a man who called in a false bomb alert to an airport to delay his girlfriend's flight because she was in danger of missing it, prosecutors said today.

Ukraine rebels deny internal strife after commander`s slaying

Ukraine`s pro-Russian rebels rushed Sunday to dispel speculation that a bloody internal battle for control of Moscow`s money was behind the gangland-style slaying of a top warlord.

600 people arrested in Beijing for gambling, prostitution

Chinese police have busted 68 organised gangs and arrested 600 people here after conducting raids against prostitution, gambling and illicit drug use.

Syria regime helicopter comes down in Aleppo province

Islamic State group supporters and a monitoring group said jihadists shot down a government helicopter in northern Syria early Sunday, but state media said the aircraft had suffered technical problems.

China sets up "largest" gold fund for nations along Silk Road

China, the world's biggest gold producer, has set up a gold sector fund involving countries along the ancient Silk Road which is expected to raise USD 16.1 billion.

Saudi Arabia says suicide bomber was Islamic State operative

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Friday's suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the east of the country that killed 21 was carried out by an Islamic State militant, backing up an earlier claim by the group.

US 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

 The United States has said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

China warms up to Japan, Xi receives big Japanese delegation

 In an indicator of warming ties between China and Japan after three years of tense relations, President Xi Jinping has welcomed an unusually large Japanese delegation even as he cautioned Tokyo against any attempt to distort its wartime history.

MSF fighting cholera outbreak in Tanzania refugee camps

Medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) said Sunday it had launched emergency treatment centres in Tanzania, where thousands of Burundians fleeing unrest have been hit by cholera.

5 UK school pupils fighting for IS killed in Syria, Iraq

 At least five former pupils, including two brothers, from a London-based school are believed to have been killed while fighting in Syria and Iraq with the dreaded Islamic State terrorists.

British PM to freeze ministers pay until 2020

 British Prime Minister David Cameron plans to slap a pay freeze on his ministers until 2020 in an attempt to show that the new government will share in new austerity cuts.

Painting exhibition on Buddha held in Singapore

 Thousands of tourists and Singaporeans have attended the first ever week-long contemporary art exhibition on Gautama Buddha ahead of the Vesak Day on June 1.

U-14 India boys go down fighting to Tajikistan

Indian boys were beaten 0-1 after a tough fight against hosts Tajikistan in the AFC Under-14 Regional Festival Of Football at the FC Istiklol Academy Ground here.

Ireland `changed utterly` by gay marriage vote: Press

Ireland`s newspapers said Sunday that the country had dramatically changed and confirmed its emergence from the shadow of the traditionally powerful Catholic Church by voting in favour of gay marri

Nigeria fuel crisis could shut down mobile phones, operator warns

Nigeria`s biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.

Renault makes concessions to striking workers in Turkey

French car giant Renault has offered a cash payment to striking workers in western Turkey where a wage dispute has hit the thriving Turkish car sector ahead of June 7 elections. 

Frenchman makes false bomb alert to delay girlfriend`s plane

French police have arrested a man who called in a false bomb alert to an airport to delay his girlfriend`s flight because she was in danger of missing it, prosecutors said Sunday.

African Union demands South Sudan sanctions, arms embargo

The African Union has demanded sanctions and an arms embargo be imposed on South Sudan`s warring leaders to stem an escalation in the country`s 17-month-old civil conflict.

Saudi king vows to punish those behind suicide attack: agency

Saudi Arabia`s King Salman said on Sunday he was heartbroken over a suicide bombing that killed 21 people in eastern Saudi Arabia, saying anyone linked to the attack or who sympathises with it will be brought to justice, state news agency reported.

Myanmar population law raises fears for Rohingya minority

Myanmar has enacted a population law that rights groups said Sunday targets persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a minority group at the centre of a migration crisis that has seen thousands flee the country.

Australian to introduce tougher measures on IS fighters

 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday said the government is scheduled to introduce tougher measures on Australian citizens who joined the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

Spain votes as new forces seek `historic` change

Spaniards voted Sunday in elections that could see the anti-austerity protest movement conquer city halls and transform Spanish politics.

Burundi president: `divine` hero on home soil

On the streets of Burundi`s capital, protesters have spent a month fighting running battles with police, erecting barricades and demanding President Pierre Nkurunziza end his third term bid for power.

Bangladesh to verify nationality of trafficking victims rescued by Myanmar

A delegation from Bangladesh has departed for Myanmar to verify the nationality of 208 human trafficking victims, who were recently rescued from the sea.

Thousands surround Japan`s parliament, protest new US base plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around Japan`s parliament in Tokyo on Sunday, protesting the planned construction of a new US airbase on the southern island of Okinawa.