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White House backs use of body cameras by police

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Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House says.

French government faces key confidence vote

53 minutes ago

France's under-fire government faces a crucial parliamentary confidence vote as the country battles a political and economic crisis and President Hollande's popularity stagnates..

Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

53 minutes ago

From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight 'terrorism'. What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.

Typhoon shuts down Hong Kong

2014-09-16 11:01

Hong Kong has been shuttered as a powerful typhoon swept past the city, bringing strong winds and rain that caused flight disruptions and forced the closure of the stock market and container ports.

Thai woman killed in crocodile pond suicide

2014-09-16 11:01

A 65-year-old Thai woman has committed suicide by leaping into a pond of crocodiles at a farm popular with tourists on Bangkok's outskirts, police say.

Young Scots favour independence

2014-09-16 09:13

Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum.

 
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FOCUSSED:  Kurdish Peshmerga fighters hold a position on the front line in the Gwer district. (JM Lopez, AFP)

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US open to talks with Iran on ISIS - Kerry

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As more than two dozen nations pledged to help Iraq fight ISIS militants, the US says it is open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

Pakistani Taliban group claim police attack

2014-09-16 11:01

A new hard-line breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on police in Pakistan's restive northwest that killed one official.

Thai police seal tourist island after killings

2014-09-16 09:13

Police have closed off a Thai island resort as a manhunt begins for the killer of two British tourists, police say.

Excitement, tension as Fiji returns to democracy

2014-09-16 08:26

There is a feeling of optimism mixed with apprehension in Fiji, as the country faces its first election, after eight years of military rule.

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Thai police question 3 Myanmar men over UK murder

2014-09-16 07:55

Thai police have questioned three Myanmar men over the murder of two British tourists on the southern resort island of Koh Tao, as their bodies were due to arrive in Bangkok for forensic tests.

US airstrikes target ISIS near Baghdad

2014-09-16 05:32

US military forces have conducted airstrikes against an ISIS target near Baghdad for the first time as part of an expanded effort to combat the jihadist militants, the US Central Command says.

UK: No rescue mission planned for hostage

2014-09-15 22:13

Britain has ruled out a mission by special forces to rescue a Briton whose life was threatened in the latest execution video released by ISIS, as they had no idea where the hostages were being held.

Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honour

2014-09-15 22:13

Two Vietnam War soldiers, one still living, one killed in action, have received the Medal of Honour nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way.

Kerry won't be drawn into back and forth with Iran

2014-09-15 20:47

US Secretary of State John Kerry has refused be drawn into a "back and forth" with Iran, following Tehran's assertion that it had rebuffed a US request to coordinate a response to ISIS.

US set to send troops to build Ebola clinics

2014-09-16 07:28

US President Barack Obama is set to announce that the US will send thousands of troops to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by building clinics and training healthcare workers.

Emergency UN Security Council meeting on Ebola

2014-09-16 05:00

The United States has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, saying the situation on the ground is "dire" and getting worse.

ISIS issues new school curriculum in Iraq

2014-09-15 22:13

The extremist-held city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled".

UK hostage: Taxi driver who just wanted to help

2014-09-15 20:47

A British hostage being threatened by Islamic State militants is a taxi driver from northern England who volunteered to drive a humanitarian aid convoy to Syria for a charity.

Iraq calls for end to extremist sanctuaries

2014-09-15 20:47

Diplomats from around the world have pledged to fight Islamic State militants "by any means necessary" as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary.

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