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Pak anti-govt protests continue amidst deadlock

Pakistan march
The anti-government protests in Pakistan entered the ninth day on Friday amidst serious differences between the negotiators and the protest leaders, who are demanding nothing less than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as a pre-condition for talks.

Iran denies report linking Iraq cooperation to nuclear talks

Bushehr nuclear power station
Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme.

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Russian aid trucks move in, Ukraine cries invasion

Crimea, Ukraine, Army
Ukraine on Friday accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks.

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers as Israeli air strikes continue

Palestine execution
Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies on Friday in response to Israel's deadly air strikes against three top Hamas military commanders. In Israel, a four-year-old boy was killed when a mortar shell hit two cars.

Sierra Leone's Ebola deaths traced back to healer

Ebola virus
The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Iraqi children
Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, dealing a blow to government efforts to regain territory seized by jihadist-led militants.

Kurds launch attack to retake Jalawla from IS

Islamic State militants
Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces on Friday launched an operation to retake the flashpoint town of Jalawla from Islamic State jihadist fighters, Kurdish officials said. The battle to reclaim the town on August 11 already left several dead on both sides.

Malaysia falls silent in honour of returning MH17 dead

Malaysian Airliner, MH17, Kuala Lumpur
Black-clad Malaysians observed a minute of silence and a nationwide day of mourning on Friday as the first remains of the country's 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster returned home.

Libya football stadium hosts videotaped execution

Anti-Gaddafi fighters
An Islamist armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty on Friday said it highlighted the country's descent into lawlessness.

Monkey doesn't own his selfie: US regulator over Wikipedia row

Monkey selfie
A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has caused a tug of war between Wikipedia and the photographer who claims he is the owner of the selfie.

Syria war toll tops 191,000: United Nations

Yazidi community
The death toll from the war in Syria has topped 191,000, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday, criticising 'international paralysis' on the conflict where jihadists have established a foothold.

How ice bucket challenge opens new door to connect with donors

Ice Bucket 6
Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign's progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history.

Japan landslide death toll feared to double

The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse halted the search for 51 people still missing.

Gaza mortar fire kills child in southern Israel

Israeli strike
An Israeli child was killed by mortar fire from Gaza on Friday, the army said, bringing the number of civilians killed in Israel during the 46-day conflict with Hamas to four.
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