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Belgium thwarts jihadist attacks: report

Belgium thwarts jihadist attacks: report
The Belgian authorities have prevented several attacks by jihadist fighters returning home from Syria and by sympathisers with the Islamic State extremist group, a report said Saturday.

Security upped at Vatican over attack fears

Security upped at Vatican over attack fears
Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.

Iran has 'role' in fighting IS militants: Kerry

Iran has 'role' in fighting IS militants: Kerry
Washington's arch-foe Iran has a role to play in tackling Islamic State militants who have overrun large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Olympic Committee chief demands 'sustainable' Games

Olympic Committee chief demands 'sustainable' Games
Olympic boss Thomas Bach Saturday said future Games hosts would have to prove their "sustainability" and that there would be a shake-up of the bidding criteria.

Drunken hunter fights off Australian croc with an eye-poke

Drunken hunter fights off Australian croc with an eye-poke
A tipsy goose hunter said Saturday he lived to tell the tale of being attacked by a two-metre-long crocodile in northern Australia after poking the beast in the eye.

Turkish hostages freed, jihadists advance in Syria

Turkish hostages freed, jihadists advance in Syria
Forty-nine Turks were freed Saturday more than three months after the Islamic State group kidnapped them in Iraq, as tens of thousands fled across the Syrian border from the advancing jihadists.

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed: PM

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed: PM
Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released and brought to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed
Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released and brought to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.

Indonesian Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex

Indonesian Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex
Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.

Shells leave Ukraine's coal miners digging for survival

Shells leave Ukraine's coal miners digging for survival
They spend much of their day clearing their gardens of shrapnel, digging up potatoes or chopping wood to prepare for the fast-approaching winter.

Pet animals become victims of Ebola scare in Ivory Coast

Pet animals become victims of Ebola scare in Ivory Coast
From monkeys to big cats, people in Ivory Coast like to keep wild animals as pets but are now rethinking the custom with the deadly Ebola virus sweeping neighbouring countries.

New shooting star fires China into life

New shooting star fires China into life
Zhang Menyuang became China's new shooting hero Saturday as the continental giant claimed three Asian Games gold medals to quickly establish its domination in Incheon.

China crash Korean shooting party

China crash Korean shooting party
Unheralded Zhang Mengyuan stunned hosts and favourites South Korea Saturday as China swept the women's 10 metre air pistol titles on day one of the Asian Games.

Green dream: Can UN summit revive climate issue?

Green dream: Can UN summit revive climate issue?
Five years ago, the environment movement was in its heyday as politicians, actors, rock stars and protestors demanded a looming UN summit brake the juggernaut of climate change.

White House evacuated after man jumps fence

White House evacuated after man jumps fence
A man triggered an evacuation at the White House late Friday after he scaled a fence and made it into the building before being captured.

Italy celebrates 80 years of national treasure Sophia Loren

Italy celebrates 80 years of national treasure Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren turned 80 on Saturday -- a landmark birthday feted across Italy with celebrations of the beauty and talent of the country's revered cinema icon.

China win first gold of the 2014 Asiad

China win first gold of the 2014 Asiad
China won the first gold medal of the 2014 Asian Games on Saturday when its women shooters -- Olympic champion Guo Wenjun, Zhang Mengyuan and Zhou Qingyuan -- clinched the 10m air pistol team title.

G20 finance chiefs aim to 'change destiny of global economy'

G20 finance chiefs aim to 'change destiny of global economy'
Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability.

G20 nations want Putin at leaders' summit

G20 nations want Putin at leaders' summit
Vladimir Putin is set to attend the G20 leaders' summit in November despite alarm over Russia's actions in Ukraine with host Australia Saturday saying it was the "emphatic" wish of member nations.

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