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JOHANNESBURG: Countries neighbouring South Africa on Friday prepared to evacuate their citizens from South Africa as the UN raised the alarm over deadly xenophobic attacks which have displaced thousands.
The anti-foreigner violence, which ...
 
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BEIJING: China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours.
Fiery Cross in the Spratly ...
 
 

BILIN, Palestinian Territories: Protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank on Friday during annual demonstrations marking Palestinian Prisoners Day, an AFP correspondent said.
More than 100 Palestinians rallied near ...
 
 

COLOGNE, Germany: Grieving relatives joined political and religious leaders on Friday for a sombre German state memorial service for the victims of last month’s Germanwings crash in the French Alps, blamed on a depressed co-pilot.
Flags flew at ...
 
 

LONDON: British bookmakers were offering on Friday their shortest-ever odds on a hung parliament in next month’s general election, with David Cameron’s survival as prime minister too close to call.
Cameron’s Conservatives are the clear ...
 
 

BAGHDAD: Thousands of civilians have fled escalating fighting between pro-government forces and Jihadists in the Iraqi city of Ramadi over the past week, the United Nations said on Friday.
The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian ...
 
 

MIAMI: Rising temperatures across the planet have set another new record, as the US government announced on Friday that the globe experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880.
The period of January to March was also ...
 
 

KIEV: Hundreds of US paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train its forces fighting pro-Russian rebels, the US army said on Friday, a move Moscow warned could “destabilise” the war-torn ex-Soviet country.
“Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne ...
 
 

BEIJING: A Chinese court on Friday convicted a 71-year-old journalist of leaking state secrets and jailed her for seven years, it said, with rights groups condemning the “arbitrary” verdict as a “blow to free expression”.
Gao Yu — named one of ...
 
 

KIRKUK, Iraq: Iraq will test the body of a man killed in clashes with pro-government forces who may be Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, late president Saddam Hussein’s long-fugitive deputy, officials said on Friday.
Duri was vice president at the time of ...
 
 

ISTANBUL: A Turkish man was sentenced on Friday to almost twelve years in jail for attempting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was still prime minister, state media said.
An Istanbul court convicted Ferhat Yildiz of ...
 
 

ADEN: Two suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed overnight in Yemen in a drone strike believed to have been carried out by the United States, a tribal source said on Friday.
The late night strike targeted a vehicle in Habban, southeast of ...
 
 

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group is now issuing photo identity cards in Syria’s Raqa province, but only to males, along with a range of administrative documents, a monitor and activists said on Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ...
 
 

SYDNEY: A Muslim couple racially abused by a Sydney train passenger have thanked another commuter who defended them, with a video capturing the incident going viral on social media as police launched an investigation.
The pair, Hafeez Ahmed ...