Russia claims killing of Islamic State ‘Minister of War’ in Syria

Russia claimed on Friday to have killed several top commanders of the Islamic State group in an airstrike in Syria, including the “Minister of War” and the so-called Emir of

US concerned over rising Islamist extremism in Maldives

The US is concerned over the status of rule of law and democracy in Maldives, saying lack of higher educational opportunities and weak institutions contribute to the growth of Islamist

Hurricane Irma leaves 11 dead as it tears through Caribbean

Hurricane Irma plowed past the Dominican Republic on Thursday after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 11 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms

China military holds drills in waters near Korean Peninsula

China carried out military drills in waters near the Korean Peninsula two days after North Korea said it exploded a hydrogen bomb, the Chinese defense ministry reported. The ministry said

Strongest quake ‘since 1985’ strikes off Mexican coast

An earthquake of magnitude 8 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings across the centre and south of the


Big protests expected as Trump goes to Phoenix for rally

Large protests could greet President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he travels to Arizona for his first campaign rally since he caused an uproar with his remarks about a white


Knife-wielding attacker in ‘fake suicide belt’ leaves eight injured before he’s shot dead by cops

A man armed with a knife has gone on a rampage attacking passers-by in a Russian city centre. The Siberian knifeman believed to have been wearing a ‘fake suicide belt’ has been


China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy

Chinese villagers are taking their fight to retrieve an allegedly stolen 1,000-year-old mummified monk to a Dutch court on Friday. The monk’s remains, which are inside a Buddha statue, were


Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident cremated in private ceremony

Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in a private ceremony in the north-eastern city of Shenyang. His ashes were later scattered in the sea,


Tony Blair says EU could compromise on freedom of movement

Some EU leaders may be prepared to compromise on the free movement of people to help Britain stay in the single market, Tony Blair has said. He told the Today

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