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ISIS has expanded since U.S.-led airstrikes, Syria's al-Assad says in interview


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.

Director, Neil Simon collaborator Gene Saks dies


Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs, has died.

Earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued


A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.

2 bodies found at NYC building gas explosion site


Two bodies were found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion that destroyed four New York City apartment buildings last week, injuring 22 people, and officials were working to determine if they were those of two men unaccounted for, police said.

Pakistanis evacuated from Yemen amid pause in air strikes


Pakistan evacuated about 500 of its nationals by plane from Yemen on Sunday during a brief pause in air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition against Shia Muslim Houthi forces, a Saudi military spokesman said.

Germanwings crash co-pilot may have had detached retina, report says


The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday.

Arab joint military force gains support at Egypt summit


Egypt's president says Arab leaders meeting at a summit have agreed to the principle of creating a joint Arab military force in the face of the "challenges" facing the region.

Singapore's PM draws tears, laughter in eulogy for father, Lee Kuan Yew


Singaporeans bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral.

How ISIS is different from al-Qaeda


A close reading of the jihadi group ISIS's dogma reveals that its appeals to Muslims in the West are different from what many imagine.

Iran nuclear deal hinges on sanctions, allaying weapon fears


With mere days left before the deadline for the Iran nuclear talks, analysts say Iranian and Western diplomats have inched closer on certain points, but caution that a number of sore spots remain.

Thousands march against Indiana's anti-gay law


Thousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people.

Boko Haram kills 41 in attack to disrupt Nigeria election


Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown


Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd in Sierra Leone on Saturday after they threw stones at officials during a three-day national lock down that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic, residents said.

For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak


Each month, a tide of humanity pours through the hills of Greece, Macedonia and Serbia in hopes of entering the heart of the 28-nation European Union through its vulnerable back door in the Balkans.

Montenegro soccer fans blamed for violence in Euro qualifier


Russia demands to be awarded victory after Montenegrin soccer fans disrupt Euro qualifying match on Friday.

Yearlong ISS mission begins for Russian, American space travellers


A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has docked at the International Space Station carrying three astronauts. Two of them are due to spend enough time there to break an ISS record.

Ex-girlfriend of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz speaks out


The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who apparently chose to crash the jetliner into a mountain had vowed to "do something" that would make people remember him, his ex-girlfriend has told a German newspaper.

Yemen UN staff leave capital amid Saudi air campaign


The United Nations began evacuating international staff from Sanaa on Saturday due to the security situation in the Yemeni capital, where a Saudi-led air campaign has been targeting Shia Muslim Houthi forces, a UN source said.

Al-Shabaab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead


Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing.

Shia militias in Iraq balk at coalition airstrikes


Iraq's attempt to retake the city of Tikrit from ISIS has run into a major problem. More than 80 per cent of the ground forces involved on the government side are Shia militias.


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