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Lebanese Hezbollah, Syrian army enter rebel-held border city: TV

The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway, al Manar television reported on Sunday.

Suicide bomber kills six at church in Nigeria

A suicide bomber killed six people at a church on Sunday in Potiskum, a town in northeast Nigeria hit by suspected Boko Haram attacks in the past, a Red Cross official and a witness said.

Kuwait mulls charging more than 40 over mosque bomb

Kuwait is considering charging more than 40 people in connection with a deadly suicide bombing in a Shiite mosque claimed by the Islamic State group, a security official said Sunday.

Saudi-led strikes kill 30 in northern Yemen, Houthis say

Air strikes by Saudi-led forces killed 30 civilians in an attack on a market in northern Yemen on Sunday, the Houthi-run news agency Saba said, as U.N. mediators pushed for a humanitarian pause in fighting that has killed nearly 3,000 since March.

Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider

The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip reopened the offices of the territory`s only mobile phone provider on Sunday, five days after he ordered them closed over alleged non-payment of taxes.

Britain's special forces cleared to raid IS targets: Report

 Britain's special forces have reportedly been given "carte blanche" to launch raids inside IS-held territory and direct airstrikes to kill or capture terrorist leaders who pose a threat to the UK.

Thousands march against corruption-plagued Guatemala president

Some 5,000 protesters marched in downtown Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the country's corruption-plagued president, who lost a fight for immunity from prosecution earlier this week.

Tunisia beach gunman had worked in tourism, says PM

The Tunisian gunman behind the June 26 attack at a resort that killed 38 foreigners had worked in the tourism industry, Prime Minister Habib Essid said in an interview published Sunday.

Lebanese Hezbollah, Syrian army enter rebel-held border city

The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway.

23 Egypt Islamists sentenced for 10 years in prison

 An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 23 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to 10 years in prison for inciting violence near a media complex here in 2013.

`High risk of terror attack` in Spain: Minister

 Spain is facing its highest level of terror threat since 2004 because of the danger posed by jihadists, said the country`s Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz on Sunday.

Suicide bomber kills five in NE Nigeria church: Police, witness

 A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday inside a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, killing five worshippers, a police officer and witness told AFP. 

Mongolia's biggest party calls for ouster of coalition partner

Mongolia's biggest political party has called on the prime minister to expel its key partner from a governing coalition forged last year, potentially throwing the resource-rich country's politics into renewed turmoil after months of relative stability.

Kerry, Zarif race against the clock in Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart went face to face again on Sunday with time running out to nail down a landmark nuclear deal in marathon talks in Vienna.

Kerry, Zarif race against the clock in Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart went face to face again on Sunday with time running out to nail down a landmark nuclear deal in marathon talks in Vienna.

Malaysia's opposition demands emergency debate on PM after graft allegations

Two of Malaysia`s main opposition parties on Sunday demanded an emergency sitting of parliament to discuss Prime Minister Najib Razak`s future as tensions mounted over a report that linked him to probes into alleged corruption involving state fund 1MDB.

President greets Malawi, Comoros on National Day

President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday greeted Malawi and Comoros ahead of their National Day on July 6.

Nine dead in China building collapse, dozens rescued: Xinhua

 Nine people died when a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reported Sunday, with more than 40 workers hospitalised after being rescued.

Myanmar man convicted for 2013 hotel blast

A Myanmar man has been sentenced to life in prison for planting a bomb that exploded two years ago inside a luxury Yangon hotel wounding an American woman, state media reported on Sunday.

Two senior UK ministers hunt down rat during budget meeting!

Larry, the 10 Downing Street's "chief mouser", could be sent packing in Prime Minister David Cameron's next reshuffle with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and his Cabinet colleague giving stiff competition to the feline.

Fighting grips Yemen`s Aden as UN envoy presses truce bid

Fighting gripped Yemen`s second city Aden on Sunday as the UN envoy was expected in the rebel-held capital Sanaa to press his efforts to broker a ceasefire.

South Korean official falls to death in China

A senior South Korean official fell to his death from a hotel on Sunday in northeast China where he had been handling the aftermath of a recent bus crash that killed 10 South Korean government officials.

China hacks into everything that doesn't move: Clinton

In a scathing attack, Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton has accused China of "hacking into everything that doesn't move" in America and "stealing" huge amounts of government information.

UK plans memorials for victims of Tunisia, overseas attacks
UK plans memorials for victims of Tunisia, overseas attacks

Prime Minister David Cameron today said two permanent memorials will be built for the UK victims of terror, hours after coffins carrying the final five bodies out of 30 Britons killed in the recent Tunisia attack arrived.

Iran deploys new home-built long-range radar

Iran says it has deployed a new domestically built long-range radar system, signalling a strengthening of its air defences as it holds what may be the final days of talks on a nuclear deal with world powers.

Islamic State attacks power plant in Hasaka, in northeast Syria: Army
Islamic State attacks power plant in Hasaka, in northeast Syria: Army

 Islamic State suicide bombers on Sunday blew up an explosive- laden truck near a power plant that serves the northeastern city of Hasaka, the latest attack after their expulsion from most parts of the city, the Syrian army said.

Majority of Britons see Muslims as a threat: Poll

A majority of Britons regard Muslims as a threat to the UK and over a third of the total population believes that multiculturalism makes the country worse, according to a new poll.

Colombian government says ready for bilateral ceasefire

The Colombian government is ready to consider a bilateral ceasefire with FARC rebels, even before the end of peace talks, the country`s chief negotiator said in an interview released Sunday.

Philippine ferry may have been overloaded, death toll rises to 61

 The death toll from a ferry that capsized in the central Philippines has risen to 61, the coast guard said Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded.

Ailing 9/11 firefighter wins USD 5 mn lottery in US

A retired firefighter, who severely damaged his lungs while responding to the 9/11 terror attack at the World Trade Centre, has won a whopping USD 5 million in a lottery here in the US.