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Pakistan court stops extradition of US citizen accused of terror plot

A Pakistani court has temporarily barred the extradition of a US citizen of Pakistani origin who is accused of planning a terrorist attack in New York, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Turkey slams Kurdish decision to fly flag in Kirkuk

Turkey on Wednesday voiced its opposition to a vote in the disputed oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings, warning against "unilateral steps".

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

A nascent Rohingya militant group whose raids triggered a bloody crackdown by Myanmar`s army called Wednesday for international peacekeepers to protect the stateless Muslim minority.

Syria deal to evacuate Shi'ites and Sunnis from towns: Report

The Shi`ite populations of two pro-Syrian government towns are to be evacuated in exchange for the evacuation of Sunni rebels and their families from two opposition-held towns in a mediated deal between the warring sides, a pro-government source and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Engineers set to to enter IS-held parts of Syria dam

Syrian engineers were expected to carry out urgent maintenance on Wednesday on the country`s largest dam, where US-backed fighters have been battling Islamist State group jihadists who still control most of it.

Indonesian man found dead inside giant python
Indonesian man found dead inside giant python

An Indonesian farmer has been discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man vanished while harvesting his crops.

Jordan's King Abdullah says two-state solution basis of Middle East peace
Jordan's King Abdullah says two-state solution basis of Middle East peace

Jordan`s King Abdullah said peace would not be attained in the Middle East without the creation of a Palestinian state under a two-state solution that would be the basis of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal.

'Taiwan independence' can never be allowed: China

Declaring that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, a Chinese spokesman on Wednesday asserted that "Taiwan independence" can never be allowed.

Police lay siege to two militant hideouts in Bangladesh

Police on Wednesday cordoned off two suspected militant hideouts in Bangladesh's Moulvibazar district.

Nepal Deputy PM seeks India's support for polls

Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi has sought India's support, particularly with vehicles and logistics, for the upcoming local level elections.

Two inmates killed in Mexican prison riot, 13 injured

Two inmates were killed and 13 injured during a prison riot in northern Mexico, the government of the state of Nuevo Leon said on Tuesday.

British PM Theresa May to fire starting gun on Brexit
British PM Theresa May to fire starting gun on Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday.

Viral Story: Buffalo gives birth to human-like baby in Thailand? - Watch
Viral Story: Buffalo gives birth to human-like baby in Thailand? - Watch

The human-looking calf, however, died after birth.

French ex-PM Manuel Valls says will vote for Macron in election
French ex-PM Manuel Valls says will vote for Macron in election

French former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in the coming presidential election.

Hillary Clinton gets political again

US President Donald Trump`s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has made her most political comments since losing the 2016 presidential election, slamming the new administration for its policies relating to women, race, and health, a media report said.

Army assesses damage after storm "absolutely smashes" north Australia

Australia`s Army and emergency workers headed to areas of tropical Queensland state hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie on Wednesday, finding roads blocked by fallen trees, sugarcane fields flattened and widespread damage in coastal towns.

Rodrigo Duterte offers authoritarianism as Philippine panacea

Three turbulent decades after the Philippines shed dictatorship, President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a return to authoritarian rule as a solution to all the problems democracy has failed to fix.

Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo

Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into US graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students.

Myanmar stumbles on path to democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi

For decades Myanmar`s people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi`s elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful military.

US-led coalition `probably` had role in Mosul civilian casualties

West Mosul is both smaller and more densely populated than the city`s east, meaning that this stage of the battle poses a greater danger to civilians than those that came before.

Cyclone-ravaged Australia like `a war zone`
Cyclone-ravaged Australia like `a war zone`

Towns were cut off and without power in northern Australia on Wednesday after being pummelled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to "a war zone".

China says Taiwan man investigated for harming national security

Relations between Beijing and Taiwan have worsened in the past year, largely because Beijing distrusts the Democratic Progressive Party, which took power last year.

Man arrested for attacking woman inside Gurudwara in US

A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted rape and assault after he attacked a woman inside a Gurudwara in the US state of Oregon.

Britain to launch EU exit process on Wednesday
Britain to launch EU exit process on Wednesday

Nine months since the shock British referendum vote to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, meaning Britain is set to leave the EU in 2019.

Arab leaders meet to address conflicts and `terror`

Saudi Arabia`s King Salman is among 22 leaders attending the Arab League for the meeting in Sweimeh on the Dead Sea coast from 0900 GMT.
 

IS counter-attacks to defend north Syria stronghold

Clashes raged around a key northern Syrian town on Tuesday after the Islamic State group launched a counter-attack to fend off a US-backed advance near the jihadists` stronghold Raqa.

Coalition 'probably' had role in civilian casualties in Mosul, says US general

Coalition forces were "probably" involved in the deaths of numerous civilians during recent bombings in west Mosul, the head of the anti-IS coalition in Baghdad said on Tuesday.

Coalition 'probably' had role in civilian casualties in Mosul: US general

Coalition forces were "probably" involved in the deaths of numerous civilians during recent bombings in west Mosul, the head of the anti-IS coalition in Baghdad said on Tuesday.

US House Speaker backs intelligence panel chair in Russia probe

The top Republican in Congress on Tuesday stood by Devin Nunes, who is under fire for his handling of an investigation into possible Russian ties to Trump`s election campaign. 

Scottish Parliament backs bid for new independence referendum
Scottish Parliament backs bid for new independence referendum

The Scottish parliament on Tuesday backed a bid to hold a new independence referendum in 2018 or 2019, but the British government immediately rejected the proposal.