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BAGHDAD/ BEIRUT - A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives killed at least 11 people and wounded 30 on Saturday in a town just south of Baghdad, police and medical sources said.The attacker approached a major checkpoint at a northern entrance to the town of Yusifiya, 15 km (8 miles) from the capital, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. ‘The suicide bomber drove his car into the checkpoint and blew up the car in ...

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was nervous but confident Scots would vote against leaving the United Kingdom when they vote in a referendum on independence next month.With polls indicating support for a breakaway lagging behind backing for continuing the union, Cameron said he believed the ‘No’ campaign’s arguments were resonating with voters and accused the pro-independence camp of bullying opponents. ...

UNITED NATIONS - UN officials have received assurances that 44 peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights are safe and in good health, a UN spokesman said Friday.Syrian armed fighters, including some linked to the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing on Wednesday, taking 44 troops from Fiji who were forced to surrender their weapons. The rebels surrounded another group of 72 soldiers from the ...

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday commuted a death sentence ...

ALGIERS/MOSCOW - A Ukrainian cargo plane crashed in the Sahara desert ...

NEW YORK - US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday called for a ...

Syeda Sibgha HaiderSince the great partition of the subcontinent, 67 ...

LONDON - An outspoken lawmaker who declared an ‘Israel-free ...

DAKAR - The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people ...

MUMBAI - India's federal police have filed charges against a former minister, his media mogul brother, and a Malaysian tycoon over alleged corruption to help Malaysia's Maxis group take control of an ...

TUNISa - The Tunisian coast guard on Saturday recovered the bodies of 21 migrants, most probably Syrians, who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean near the maritime border with Libya, ...

BEIJING - China has warned against any foreign interference ahead of a crucial ruling on the city's political future on Sunday, saying Beijing will not tolerate the use of Hong Kong ‘as a ...

DUBAI - Iran said on Saturday that new US sanctions placed on some Iranian and foreign banks and businesses would have negative consequences on its nuclear negotiations with world powers.‘These ...

Srinagar- An Indian army soldier was killed while another was injured in an ongoing operation to flush out freedom fighters near Line of Control in Indian-Occupied Kashmir’s Kupwara district. ...

KIRKUK, Iraq : Iraqi aircraft carried out strikes targeting militants in the Amerli area on Friday as security forces ready a major assault to break through to the besieged Shiite Turkmen town, ...

TOKYO : Japan’s defence ministry on Friday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China’s expanding naval reach.The ministry wants 5.05 ...

SYDNEY : Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday he will visit India next week, where he will reportedly sign an agreement allowing the export of uranium to the nuclear-armed South ...

MOSCOW : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran hoped to reach a “positive result” in talks with world powers on its nuclear programme ahead of a November deadline, ...

Bruno Jantti  - The dispossession of the Palestinian people has been and remains an internationalised endeavour. With the European Union (EU) as its largest trading partner and the United States ...

Paul Krugman - François Hollande, the president of France since 2012, could a been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe’s ...

WASHINGTON : The US commander who helped place special operation forces at the forefront of the American military hung up his uniform on Thursday, hailing a "golden age" for the elite ...

KUALA LUMPUR : Armed pirates commandeered a Thai tanker off Malaysia's east coast and pumped out its cargo of oil, a maritime watchdog said Friday, adding to a series of hijackings that has raised ...

TOKYO : A 400-kilogramme (880-pound) machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan's crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said.Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said it had not detected ...

NEW DELHI  : India's new government is trying to tackle the culture of absenteeism among the country's notoriously work-shy bureaucrats by tracking their attendance in the office online, a ...

BENGHAZI - Libya's toothless interim government, led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, announced late Thursday it had tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival ...

LONDON - Britain raised its terror threat risk level to "severe" on Friday because of fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria, meaning an attack is thought to be "highly likely".The move following ...

DAMASCUS - The number of refugees from the conflict in Syria now tops three million, the UN said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing militants.In ...

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria : At least 10 people died in Nigeria on Friday when a boat carrying 35 passengers bound for Port Harcourt capsized and sank, a rescue official and local government spokesman ...

BRUSSELS - Nato told Russia on Friday to halt its “illegal” military actions in Ukraine after the West accused Moscow of direct involvement in the escalating conflict.Fears of a wider ...

WASHINGTON  - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 25 people and companies it accused of violating sanctions against Iran, including shipping firms, airlines, and six ...

WASHINGTON - The US government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, according to senior US ...

CAIRO - Egypt has opened an investigation into deposed president Mohamed Morsi for allegedly handing over to Qatar "documents relevant to national security," state news agency MENA reported on ...

UNITED NATIONS - About 43 UN peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights were detained on Thursday morning amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, the ...

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