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  • Australian reality TV stars 'shot at by IS' in Syria
    Australian reality TV stars 'shot at by IS' in Syria 6 hours ago

    Australian public broadcaster SBS Tuesday defended a reality show where participants were shot at by Islamic State militants in Syria as part of a trip retracing refugees' journeys, saying they had extensive security preparations. More »

  • S.Africa's top poacher-hunting pooch flies into battle
    S.Africa's top poacher-hunting pooch flies into battle 12 hours ago

    Barking and snarling in his cage, "Killer" -- South Africa's most successful poacher-catching canine -- looks ready for another helicopter mission tracking down armed hunters who slaughter rhinos for their horns. More »

  • Accused Russian Taliban's U.S. trial to start Thursday 17 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The U.S. trial of a former Soviet officer accused of being a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will start on Thursday in Virginia after a three-day delay, court documents said on Monday. The trial of the Russian man, Irek Hamidullin, had been scheduled to begin on Monday in Richmond. Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, faces 15 criminal counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges stemming from his alleged orchestration of a 2009 attack on an Afghan border police base. More »

  • Gunfight at Afghan wedding kills at least 22
    Gunfight at Afghan wedding kills at least 22 Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    At least 22 people were killed when a gunfight broke out at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, highlighting the fragile security situation in the war-torn country. More »

  • Gunmen attack Afghan wedding party, killing 21, wounding 8
    Gunmen attack Afghan wedding party, killing 21, wounding 8 Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Armed men opened fire at a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 21 guests and wounding eight, provincial officials said on Monday. Violence has increased sharply this year in most parts of Afghanistan, after U.S.-led forces formally ended their combat mission at the end of 2014, leaving a small contingent of about 12,000 NATO troops to train Afghan forces. "There was a wedding party, which turned to a tragedy, after some armed men entered and opened fire on male guests," Baghlan police chief General Abdul Jabar Pordeli told Reuters by telephone. More »

  • Kyrgyz leader says U.S. 'sought chaos' by decorating dissident
    Kyrgyz leader says U.S. 'sought chaos' by decorating dissident Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Olga Dzyubenko CHOLPON ATA, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said on Monday the United States had sought to "create chaos" in his country by granting an award to a jailed dissident. The Central Asian country protested to Washington this month and tore up a cooperation agreement after the U.S. State Department conferred a human rights award on Azimjon Askarov, jailed for life for inciting ethnic hatred. "This (U.S. award) cannot fail to shock and, for Kyrgyzstan, this means ethnic instability and an attempt to create chaos," Atambayev told a news conference in a resort area outside the capital Bishkek. More »

  • The 9 at 9: Monday
    The 9 at 9: Monday Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Everything you need to know as you get stuck into your day. More »

  • Accused Russian Taliban's U.S. trial postponed by one day Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The suspect, Irek Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, faces 15 counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges stemming from his orchestration of a 2009 attack on an Afghan Border Police base. Hamidullin, a former Soviet officer and tank commander in the early 1980s, was indicted by a grand jury in October 2014 and transported to the United States from Afghanistan. The postponement was ordered Friday by the U.S. District Court judge hearing the case. More »

  • Taliban seize Afghan police base, push closer to strategic pass
    Taliban seize Afghan police base, push closer to strategic pass Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants have captured a large police base in northeast Afghanistan, forcing the mass surrender of more than a hundred policemen and pushing closer to a strategic pass at the border with Pakistan, local officials and security sources said on Sunday. The Taliban captured food, weapons and ammunition from the Tirgaran base in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, which borders China, Pakistan and Tajikistan. "The enemy got weapons and ammunition from police forces at the Tirgaran base that will allow them to fight for a long time," provincial governor Shah Waliullah Adib told Reuters, adding that the captured forces had later been released. More »

  • Taliban seize Afghan police base after mass surrender
    Taliban seize Afghan police base after mass surrender Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Taliban insurgents seized a police base in northern Afghanistan after more than 100 policemen surrendered, inflicting one of the heaviest blows to Afghan forces since the NATO combat mission ended in December. More »

  • Merkel faces calls for more money to cope with refugees Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany needs to double its financial support to federal states struggling with a surge of refugees and tougher rules are needed to prevent the abuse of asylum procedures, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian ally said on Sunday. Germany expects a record-breaking flow of asylum-seekers this year as growing numbers flee conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. "We need a massive increase in funds, the federal government has to do significantly more than hitherto," Seehofer told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag. More »

  • Labour Leadership Race 'Should Be Halted'
    Labour Leadership Race 'Should Be Halted' Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Labour leadership race should be put on hold so steps can be taken to stop people joining the party simply to back the hard-left, according to an MP. Backbencher John Mann says the contest is "totally out of control" and at risk of being distorted by "infiltrators". Mr Mann told The Sunday Times that acting party leader Harriet Harman should step in, as speculation grows that 140,000 people may have joined the party since the General Election - just so they can vote for Jeremy Corbyn. More »

  • Migrants left looking for shelter as Greece struggles in crisis Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan and Syria have set up temporary camps in central Athens while waiting to move on to what they hope will be a more permanent home in Europe. "We need a campus because more and more people are coming so they cannot live like this in the centre of the city," said Nikitas Kanakis, president of the Greek section of medical charity Doctors of the World. The migrants have all made the perilous journey from war-torn Afghanistan through Turkey to the Greek islands, where they enter Europe for the first time, usually to find overcrowded and unsanitary camps. More »

  • UK Downgrades Iran Travel Warning Amid Thaw
    UK Downgrades Iran Travel Warning Amid Thaw Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The UK Foreign Office has downgraded its travel warning to Britons considering travelling to Iran, as relations between the two countries begin to thaw. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the move was in part due to the approach adopted by President Hassan Rouhani after Iran struck a deal with the West over its nuclear programme . "We consider that continues to be the case for specific areas of Iran, notably along Iran's borders with Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. More »

  • Iran travel advice changed as relations improve
    Iran travel advice changed as relations improve Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Britons are no longer being warned against all travel to Iran in the latest sign of a thaw in relations. More »

  • Britain lifts Iran travel warning
    Britain lifts Iran travel warning Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Britain lifted an official warning against all but essential travel to Iran on Saturday, citing "decreased hostility" in the wake of a landmark nuclear deal. More »

  • Ceasefire on agenda for next Taliban talks - Afghan negotiator Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan government delegation due to meet Taliban representatives for a second round of official peace talks next week will press for a ceasefire in the fighting, a negotiator said on Saturday. It's also uncertain any ceasefire would be enforceable, since the insurgents' leaders are divided on negotiating. Mohammad Nateqi, an Afghan government negotiator who attended the first official talks in Pakistan earlier this month, said the subject of a ceasefire was broached then but it was decided to resume discussions at the next round. More »

  • Hungary to finish Serbia border fence by August 31: PM Orban
    Hungary to finish Serbia border fence by August 31: PM Orban Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Hungary will finish building its anti-migrant fence on its southern border with Serbia by August 31, ahead of a previous November deadline, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday. More »

  • Illegal migration clearly linked with terror threat - Hungary PM
    Illegal migration clearly linked with terror threat - Hungary PM Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday there was a clear link between illegal migrants heading to Europe and a rising threat of terrorism, justifying his conservative government's tough anti-immigration stance. The landlocked central European country is part of Europe's visa-free Schengen zone, making it attractive to migrants coming through the Balkans. Most are from poor or conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, looking to move on to wealthier western Europe. More »

  • UK Soldier Dies After Being Injured In 2012
    UK Soldier Dies After Being Injured In 2012 Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A soldier has died in hospital in Birmingham after being shot in the hip while on patrol in Afghanistan three years ago. Lance Corporal Michael Campbell, from 3 Royal Welsh, died on Thursday following an operation to treat injuries he sustained in April 2012. He fought on despite his wounds so that his comrades could cross an open and exposed area to get into better cover, the Ministry of Defence said. More »

  • ‘We have no right to win every game but that’s what everyone expects us to  …
    ‘We have no right to win every game but that’s what everyone expects us to  … Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Ireland’s quest for another trophy continues today when they face Netherlands. More »

  • British soldier shot in Afghanistan in 2012 dies
    British soldier shot in Afghanistan in 2012 dies Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A British soldier shot in Afghanistan more than three years ago has died from his wounds, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Friday. More »