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'Respect for Muslims': New York schools to close for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha
'Respect for Muslims': New York schools to close for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha

New York schools' calendars will now be adding two Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha as official off days, sparing the Muslim students a dilemma of choosing between their “school and religion”, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

Knife attack on Mark Lippert in revenge for joint US-South Korea military drills?
Knife attack on Mark Lippert in revenge for joint US-South Korea military drills?

The man who carried out knife attack on US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, was a pro-North Korean activist and miffed with joint US-South Korea military drills, reports said Thursday.

Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields after attacks

Libya's National Oil Co has declared force majeure at 11 oil fields after attacks by Islamists, a legal step protecting it from liability if it cannot fullfil contracts for reasons beyond its control.

US condemns `act of violence` after ambassador attacked in Seoul

The United States strongly condemned the "act of violence" which saw the US ambassador to South Korea injured in an attack by a razor-wielding assailant on Thursday in Seoul.

US man charged with trying to join ISIS

A California man who tried to travel to Syria last year has been charged with attempting to join the so-called Islamic state militant group, US prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Obama calls injured ambassador after South Korea attack

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called a former aide and now US ambassador in Seoul to wish him well following a blade attack in the South Korean capital.

Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels

Mexico City Mexican security forces on Wednesday arrested the leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel, the second high-profile capture of a kingpin in the past week and a boost to President Enrique

Brazil Congress recognizes feminicide

Brazilian lawmakers have approved a bill recognizing "feminicide," or the killing of a woman because of her gender in a country where 50,000 women lost their lives through violence over the past decade, according to government figures.

Iran dismisses Netanyahu''s nuke remarks at US Congress

 Iran`s President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed the remarks by Israeli prime minister about a potential agreement, saying that his country is ready to show further transparency concerning its nuclear programme.

US envoy to South Korea Mark Lippert attacked in Seoul
US envoy to South Korea Mark Lippert attacked in Seoul

 US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has suffered injuries on Thursday following an attack by an armed assailant in South Korean capital here.

38 killed by storm in Tanzania

 At least 38 people were killed and 60 others injured by a storm that lasted for 30 minutes in Kahama district in Tanzania`s lake zone region of Shinyanga.

Pakistani man found guilty of participating in al Qaeda plot

A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday on U.S. charges of participating in an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Europe and the United States.

New York public schools add two Muslim holidays to calendar

New York public schools will add two Muslim holidays to their vacation calendars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, a promise he made during his election campaign.

Spain arrests Ukraine`s ex-finance minister

Spanish police on Wednesday detained Ukraine`s former finance minister Yuri Kolobov who is wanted by Kiev for alleged fraud and theft of public funds, a police source said.

Over 30 feared dead in east Ukraine mine blast

At least 17 miners were killed and 16 more were missing and feared dead in eastern Ukraine after a blast on Wednesday at an accident-prone coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

Bodies of 10 illegal immigrants recovered in Italy

 The Italian Coast Guard recovered the remains of ten illegal immigrants from the Strait of Sicily and rescued 121 people who were shipwrecked while traveling on a boat headed for the Italian coast.

Alfred Nobel's will on display for first time

Alfred Nobel's will creating the prestigious awards that bear his name will go on public display for the first time in Stockholm next week, a spokeswoman said today.

Chadian president vows to `wipe out` Boko Haram

Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to "wipe out" Boko Haram and called on the group`s chief Abubakar Shekau to give himself up, warning that he knew where the militant leader was hiding out.

US Justice Department won`t prosecute officer in Ferguson shooting

The US Justice Department said Wednesday it won`t prosecute the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August, touching off nationwide outrage.

Rebels attack Aleppo security building, monitor says dozens killed

Insurgents attacked a Syrian government security building in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, setting off a bomb and then launching a ground assault. A monitoring group said dozens were killed on both sides.

'Thousands` of Russian troops in east Ukraine'

The United States` senior envoy to Europe alleged Wednesday that Russia had deployed "thousands and thousands" of troops to neighboring Ukraine.

`Thousands` of Russian troops in east Ukraine: US envoy

The United States` senior envoy to Europe alleged Wednesday that Russia had deployed "thousands and thousands" of troops to neighboring Ukraine.

At least 34 regime forces, rebels dead in Aleppo clashes: Monitor

At least 20 members of regime security forces and 14 rebels were killed in an attack Wednesday on an intelligence headquarters in Syria`s second city Aleppo, a monitor said.

Israeli women protest for peace ahead of election

Thousands of Israeli women, including Jews and Arabs, gathered outside Parliament in Jerusalem on Wednesday urging a peace agreement with the Palestinians, two weeks ahead of a snap General Election.

Brazil trucker protest ends: Police

A strike by Brazilian truckers over rising fuel costs that has disrupted delivery of key goods over the last two weeks is finished, highway police said on Wednesday.

Venezuela opposition leader fears vote will be scrapped

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he fears President Nicolas Maduro`s crisis-hit government, fearing a humiliating loss, will cancel key Legislative Elections later this year.

State asks 10 years for German cannibalism website `murder`

German prosecutors on Wednesday sought 10 and a half years` jail for a former police officer accused of killing a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.

Shi'ite militiamen open fire to disperse Yemen protest

 Shi'ite Huthi militiamen fired warning shots on Wednesday to disperse a demonstration in Sana'a as protesters voiced support for embattled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, organisers said.

`It was him`, admit Boston bomber's lawyers
`It was him`, admit Boston bomber's lawyers

Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber opened his trial on Wednesday with a stunning statement about their client, charged with killing three people and injuring 264: "It was him."

Merkel warns Russia of new sanctions if ceasefire violated

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday of new sanctions if the Ukraine ceasefire accord is not fully implemented, insisting that Kiev be allowed to regain full control of its eastern border.