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UN condemns bomb attacks in Yemen

The UN Security Council has condemned bomb attacks in Yemen which killed dozens of people, including children.

Families of Sydney siege victims visit memorial

 The families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, who were killed in the Sydney cafe siege, visited a makeshift memorial in Martin Place Thursday.

Fishermen die in freighter collision off Japan

A Japanese fisherman and his Indonesian crewmate died off western Japan after their boat collided with a cargo ship, Japan`s coastguard said Thursday.

`Multiple human errors` led to deadly Taiwan gas blasts: Prosecutors

Prosecutors said deadly gas explosions in Taiwan were caused by "multiple human errors" Thursday as they charged 12 people over the blasts, including the head of a chemical company and government officials.

New Zealander faces Myanmar court over Buddha booze insult

 A bar manager from New Zealand appeared before a Myanmar court Thursday accused of insulting religion by using an image of the Buddha to trail a cheap drinks night.

57 terrorists killed in Pakistan airstrikes

 At least 57 terrorists were killed in airstrikes carried out by the Pakistani military in Khyber Agency`s Tirah Valley, media reported.

Obamas recall their encounters with racism

 The US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have opened up about their encounters with racism.

Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

The plight of a Chinese boy with the HIV virus, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, sparked intense online soul-searching in the country on Thursday.

Four homes razed as Australian crews battle bushfires

Four homes were destroyed as Australian firefighters struggled to bring three major blazes under control in Victoria state, with high temperatures and gusty winds threatening to worsen conditions Thursday.

Heavy snow kills 3, disrupts travel in Japan

At least three people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said Thursday, with up to two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast.

Palestinian UN draft calls for Israel occupation end by 2017

 Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year and an end to Israel`s occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

Cuba's Raul Castro hails new era of "living together" with US

Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised US President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. 

American jailed for 15 years for helping al Qaeda

A naturalized American was jailed for 15 years in Miami on Wednesday for conspiring to provide thousands of dollars to al Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria and Somalia, US justice officials said.

EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow`s actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland`s Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

UN Secretary General calls for international mobilisation against terror

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for "mobilising all resources and political will" to fight terrorism in the wake of the massacre of 132 school children in Pakistan and said he will consider measures to help that country combat extremism.

Afghan saffron pickers offer alternative to opium crop

Saffron cultivation needs lots of land and a lot of labour, but the world`s most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in the coming years.

Australian PM says cafe siege `horrific wake-up call`

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney`s cafe siege was "an horrific wake-up call" as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff which left the gunman and two hostages dead.

US-Cuba thaw marks end of `hard Castro-ism`
US-Cuba thaw marks end of `hard Castro-ism`

The decision by the United States and Cuba to renew diplomatic relations marks the end of "hard Castro-ism" on the communist island and a victory for pragmatic diplomacy, analysts said.

Acquitted of Rwanda genocide, now left in legal limbo

Sitting behind his desk in a secure house in a quiet neighbourhood of Arusha, Prosper Mugiraneza looks at family photos taken before he was arrested in Cameroon 15 years ago.

US determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie

A US government source said investigators had determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader.

Cubans in Miami slam `betrayal` after historic move

Cubans in Miami`s Little Havana reacted with anger -- and a sprinkling of hope -- to President Barack Obama`s dramatic bid Wednesday to end a half-decade Cold War with the communist-ruled island.

Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Recent close shaves between Russian fighters and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say.

FBI warned theaters of possible cyberattacks over ''The Interview''

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation released a warning on Tuesday, advising theaters and other businesses associated with Sony Corp`s <6758.T> Hollywood studio`s film "The Interview" that they could be targeted in cyberattacks.

Australia to service South Korean F-35 strike fighters in Pentagon deal

Australia will carry out both airframe and engine maintenance for South Korea`s fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, as well as its own fleet, an Australian defence source told Reuters on Thursday.

Four killed in Egypt military plane crash

 An Egyptian military plane crashed Wednesday during Egypt-United Arab Emirates (UAE)joint military drill, killing two Egyptian and two UAE officers, state-run Nile TV reported.

Palestinians present UN resolution on final peace deal

The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the United States by saying they were open to negotiations on the text.

US, Cuba restoring ties very positive: UN chief

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday heralded restoration of ties between the US and Cuba as "positive news", thanking leaders of both countries for "the very important step".

'I'm free,' says American after five years held in Cuba

The messages from Alan Gross had grown increasingly ominous. In May, on his 65th birthday, the former U.S. aid worker said he would rather die than spend another birthday in a Cuban prison. Two weeks ago, his wife said he was "literally wasting away."

54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: Lawyer

A Nigerian court martial on Wednesday sentenced to death 54 soldiers convicted of mutiny after they allegedly refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said.

US `no problem` with `thoughtful` Palestinian bid: John Kerry

The United States has "no problem" with Palestinians putting a draft resolution to the UN aiming to boost their hopes for statehood, providing it doesn`t heighten tensions, top US diplomat John Kerry said Wednesday.