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'IS child bomber' kills at least 51 at Turkey wedding

By AFP - Monday, 22 August 2016.

Gaziantep: A suicide bomber as young as 12 killed at least 51 people at a wedding in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, pointing the finger at the Islamic State group.

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Bogan, ranga, rurosexual added to Australian dictionary

By AFP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 18:26

SYDNEY: Heading Down Under where locals are “dry as a dead dingo’s donger” and beachgoers don “budgie smugglers“, but unsure what this means? Fear not, the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary offers a primer on all things ‘Straya.

Soldiers, residents begin cleanup after quake in Myanmar

By AP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 15:47

BAGAN: Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Myanmar city famous for its historic Buddhist pagodas began cleaning up the debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples.

Thailand releases sketches of bombing suspects

By Bernama - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 14:40

BANGKOK: Thai police on Wednesday released sketches of four male suspects in the bombings of Hua Hin resort and Phang Nga province two weeks ago.

Jean Ping, former top diplomat out to topple Gabon dynasty

By AFP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:30

LIBREVILLE: Gabon’s leading presidential challenger Jean Ping is a career diplomat determined to wrest power from the Bongo dynasty in Saturday’s election after serving the family for two decades.

Contentious French burkini ban before highest court

By AFP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:05

PARIS: France’s highest administrative court will on Thursday examine a request to scrap a ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit which has sparked a furore in the country.

Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go kills pedestrian

By Reuters - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 11:54

TOKYO: A Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go while driving hit two pedestrians, killing one and injuring the other, state broadcaster NHK said, in Japan’s first death related to the Nintendo Co craze.

Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes

By Reuters - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:41

INDIANAPOLIS: Tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in the town of Kokomo and cutting power to thousands of Indianapolis-area residents, but no serious injuries were reported.

UN to consider statement on North Korea missile launch

By AP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:27

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council agreed at an emergency meeting late Wednesday to consider issuing a statement on the latest North Korean missile launch.

Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

By AP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 09:45

AMATRICE: Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday.

Afghan forces kill two gunmen to end American University attack

By Reuters - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 09:32

KABUL: Afghan security forces killed two gunmen who attacked the American University in Kabul, police said early on Thursday, ending an assault on the compound that killed at least one person and sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic.

Police: Man shouts 'Allahu akbar' in Australian knife attack

By AP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 22:13

SYDNEY: A French man shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 22:02

Gas explosion in residential building in Iran kills 6

By AP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 21:53

TEHRAN: Iran’s official IRNA news agency says a gas explosion in a residential building has killed six people and wounded 11.

World's largest aircraft damaged in crash landing

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 21:50

LONDON: The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft’s manufacturer.

Muslim women say burkini debate 'absurd'

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 21:16

India plans surrogacy ban for foreigners, unmarried couples

By AP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 20:34

NEW DELHI: The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India’s surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.

Ohio literary peace award to Marilynne Robinson

By AP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 20:16

CINCINNATI: Writer Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

UK lawmakers push for ban on plastic microbeads

By Reuters - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 20:09

LONDON: Britain should ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries, a group of lawmakers has recommended, saying companies’ voluntary efforts to phase them out were not enough.

Thai ATMs hacked by gang linked to Taiwan theft

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 19:15

BANGKOK: A gang of foreign criminals stole millions of baht by hacking a Thai bank’s ATM network in a theft believed linked to a similar one in Taiwan, police said Wednesday.

'World's largest' pearl emerges in Philippines

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 18:53

PUERTO PRINCESA: A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth, local authorities said.

Bangladesh arrests Islamist accused of killing publisher

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 18:49

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Wednesday they had arrested six members of banned Islamist groups blamed for a series of deadly attacks, including the main suspect in the gruesome killing of a secular publisher.

Turkey launches anti-IS operation in Syria

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 17:13

KARKAMIS: Turkey’s army backed by international coalition air strikes on Wednesday launched an operation involving fighter jets and tanks to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town.

Monsoon floods have killed at least 175 in India since June

By AP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 16:55

NEW DELHI: An official says that heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years in India with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from flooded homes in north and eastern India.

Dog-gone: Canine candidate re-elected Minnesota town mayor

By AP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 16:30

CORMORANT: The four-legged mayor of a northwestern Minnesota village greets voters like a true politician.

Former UN chief to advise Myanmar on troubled Rakhine state

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 16:20

Hajj stoning to be shortened after deadly stampede

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 16:18

RIYADH: A stoning ritual which led to the deaths of about 2,300 people during last year’s hajj will be more tightly controlled during next month’s pilgrimage, Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Nepal PM to visit India to mend fractured ties

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 16:04

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s new prime minister will visit India next month on his first foreign visit, seeking to repair the strained relationship between the neighbours, an official said Wednesday.

Animal charity removes 15 animals it rescued from Gaza zoo

By AP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 15:30

GAZA CITY: An international charity has removed 15 animals rescued from the Gaza Strip’s main zoo, dubbed “the worst in the world.”

Scorpene secret data leak likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile: Report

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 15:14

SYDNEY: French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday.

Australia to study drift of MH370 debris

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 14:48

SYDNEY: Replicas of a large piece of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be set adrift and tracked by satellite in the hope of helping find the plane’s crash site, Australian officials said Wednesday.