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Taliban chief travelled on Pakistan passport

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Slain Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour used a Pakistani passport in a false name to make dozens of foreign trips over a ten-year period.

WHO: hospital bombing in Syrian coastal city kills 43

2016-05-24 15:12

The World Health Organization says a suicide attack at a hospital in Syria's coastal city of Jableh has killed 43 people.

Facebook apologises for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

2016-05-24 14:40

Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo's depiction was "undesirable".

Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

2016-05-24 13:19

Hundreds of Greek police have begun clearing the squalid Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonia border where thousands of people have been camped out for more than three months.

Prosecutor criticised after Freddie Grey officer acquittal

2016-05-24 12:42

Baltimore's top prosecutor is facing criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in 2015 death of Freddie Gray, the African-American man severely injured in police custody.

 
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S Korea: Overseas North Korean restaurant workers flee

2016-05-24 13:19

Seoul says an unspecified number of North Koreans working at a Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas have escaped their workplace and will come to South Korea.

Campus bomb kills two in Yemen

2016-05-24 12:42

A bomb hit a university campus in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa killing two people at an event commemorating the country's 1990 unification, a security official said.

12 dead, 50 injured in jade mining landslide in Myanmar

2016-05-24 11:17

Witnesses say a landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and injured about 50 others.

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PICS: Obama drop-in for pork soup stuns Vietnam street shop owner

2016-05-24 10:36

She has ladled out countless bowls of her pork noodle soup, but the owner of a Hanoi streetside restaurant says she was stunned when Barack Obama strolled in, pulled up a plastic stool and slurped down Vietnam's famed "bun cha" delicacy.

Australian politician opposed to Muslim immigrants could return to Parliament

2016-05-24 08:59

Experts say right-wing firebrand politician Pauline Hanson, who opposes Muslim immigration, has a realistic chance of returning to Australia's Parliament in July elections.

Trump adds Virgin Islands delegates; nomination within reach

2016-05-24 07:49

Donald Trump has added eight delegates from the US Virgin Islands, pulling him within 68 delegates of clinching the Republican nomination for president.

Greece to intensify evacuation of squalid migrant border camp

2016-05-24 05:21

Greece will step up efforts to clear the squalid camp of Idomeni where over 8 400 migrants remain on the border with Macedonia after braving a winter in vain hope of being allowed through to Europe.

Yemen suicide attacks kill at least 45

2016-05-23 23:20

Yemeni security officials say that a pair of suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in the southern city of Aden.

Child beheaded with kitchen knife

2016-05-23 21:52

Taiwanese prosecutors have indicted a man for murder over the public decapitation of a four year old girl, saying they would seek the death penalty.

Syria government strongholds attacked, 100+ dead

2016-05-23 20:16

Activists and state media says a series of explosions, including suicide bombings have rocked two coastal government strongholds in Syria, killing at least 80 people.

Pope and top imam embrace

2016-05-23 19:28

Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.

UK restaurateur guilty of manslaughter

2016-05-23 18:15

A British man has been convicted of manslaughter after a customer at his Indian restaurant died because of a peanut allergy.

Greek deputy resigns over reforms, majority unchanged

2016-05-23 16:20

A lawmaker with Greece's governing Syriza party has resigned after rejecting parts of a new austerity package in a weekend vote, in a move that doesn't affect the government's majority in parliament.

Cameron warns of recession if Britain leaves EU

2016-05-23 13:48

British PM David Cameron has warned that Britain would be plunged into a "do it yourself" recession if it votes to leave the EU in the June 23 referendum

Verdict expected in Freddie Gray-officer trial in Baltimore

2016-05-23 12:39

A Baltimore judge is expected to announce his verdict in the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

6 dead in pair of nightclub shootings on Mexico's Gulf coast

2016-05-23 11:32

A total of six men have been killed in shootings at two nightclubs in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexican authorities say.

Obama confirms Taliban leader's death in US strike

2016-05-23 10:41

President Barack Obama has confirmed that Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an "important milestone" in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Indian climber 3rd to die on Mount Everest in recent days

2016-05-23 08:57

An Indian climber who had fallen sick and was being helped down Mount Everest has died, becoming the third to die in recent days while attempting to scale the world's tallest peak.

Tel Aviv police accused of beating Arab Israeli

2016-05-23 08:23

Israeli media has published amateur video appearing to show an Arab supermarket worker being savagely beaten by policemen in Tel Aviv and witness accounts saying the attack was unprovoked.

Greece OKs controversial new bailout measures

2016-05-23 07:39

Greek lawmakers have adopted another batch of controversial spending cuts and tax hikes ahead of a crunch Eurogroup meeting expected to unlock much-needed bailout funds for the debt-ridden country.

Hamas planning public executions in Gaza

2016-05-23 05:36

Authorities in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip are planning to carry out a series of public executions, the attorney general in the Palestinian enclave says.

Syria rebels set truce brokers 48 hour deadline

2016-05-22 21:37

Rebel groups have set a 48-hour deadline for the US and Russian sponsors of a February ceasefire in Syria's conflict to halt a regime offensive in the Damascus area.

Afghanistan confirms Taliban leader killed

2016-05-22 20:01

Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, the first confirmation from regional officials of his death.

2 000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean

2016-05-24 06:47

Around 2 000 migrants seeking to reach Europe were plucked to safety from unseaworthy boats in the Mediterranean in 15 operations off the coast of Libya the Italian coastguard service says.

Freddie Gray death accused acquitted

2016-05-23 23:20

A Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges in the case of Freddie Gray, whose death from a spinal injury triggered riots more than a year ago.

Iran, Afghanistan, India sign three-way transit accord

2016-05-23 21:52

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have signed a three-way transit agreement on Iran's southern port of Chabahar.

Turkish plane searched for bomb

2016-05-23 20:56

Turkish Airlines says authorities at Istanbul's main airport searched a plane bound for the central Turkish city of Kayseri over a bomb threat.

Obama banishes Vietnam war era

2016-05-23 19:28

US President Barack Obama has scrapped a Cold War-era ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, as ties between the former foes grow closer.

Austrian far-right narrowly loses presidential election

2016-05-23 18:15

Austria's Norbert Hofer has narrowly failed to become the EU's first far-right president, after his ecologist rival scraped victory in a knife-edge election that was a rude wake-up call.

Twin bombings kill at least 41 in Yemen

2016-05-23 17:16

Twin bombings targeting the Yemeni army in second city Aden has killed at least 41 people, most of them would-be recruits, a military official says.

Gaza cement deliveries resume after Israel lifts ban

2016-05-23 16:20

Private cement deliveries to the Gaza Strip have resumed after Israel lifted a six-week ban it imposed over the alleged diversion of materials by an official in the Palestinian territory.

Obama lifts arms ban in his first visit to Vietnam

2016-05-23 13:48

Barack Obama has lifted a decades-old arms export embargo for Vietnam during his first visit to the communist country, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner even as he pushes for better human rights from the one-party state.

South Korea rejects North's military talks offer

2016-05-23 12:15

South Korea has rejected the latest proposal by the North to hold military talks, saying Pyongyang first needed to take steps towards abandoning its nuclear arsenal.

Single day of bombings kill over 100 in Syria

2016-05-23 11:15

A spate of bombings in two Syrian regime stronghold cities killed over 100 people and wounded at least 120 on Monday, with IS claiming responsibility to the attacks.

12-year-old California student ready to start university

2016-05-23 09:57

A 12-year-old Sacramento student who already has three community college degrees and has been accepted to two University of California campuses says he plans on studying biomedical engineering and becoming a doctor and researcher by the time he turns 18.

MH370 search: Family of victims 'gravely concerned' search for plane to end

2016-05-23 12:23

An international network of MH370 next-of-kin said it was "gravely concerned" that the search for the missing jet could end by August, calling instead for it to be extended and expanded.

At least 17 girls dead in fire at school dormitory

2016-05-23 07:12

At least 17 young girls died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, officials say, adding several others were either missing or injured.

Israeli anti-occupation NGO won't name sources

2016-05-23 06:41

An Israeli NGO which tracks alleged army abuses of Palestinians has told a court that it can no longer function if the government forces it to name its informants.

Obama looks to boost economic, security ties in Asia

2016-05-22 21:37

President Barack Obama's mission in Vietnam and Japan is to build stronger economic and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious about the rise of an increasingly muscular China.

Hillary: No 'normal candidacy' for Trump

2016-05-22 21:37

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton says she wants to focus on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump because his is not "a normal candidacy".

French PM in Israel to push for peace plan

2016-05-22 20:00

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has visited Israel to advance his country's plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts in the face of opposition from his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

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