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Generals worried about corruption in China's PLA

Two scandals have shone the spotlight on deeply rooted graft in the PLA: a key target of President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption drive. The concerns are striking given the rapid modernisation of the PLA.

Libya shuts 2 TV stations taken over by Islamists

Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said on Tuesday.

Islamabad on edge as Imran Khan, Qadri supporters reach Parliament

The protests are led by Imran Khan, the former cricket star who leads the country’s third largest party, and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. Both say last year’s general election was rigged and have demanded Sharif resign.

African Development Bank pledges $60 mn to fight Ebola

The aid will help authorities in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria to strengthen their surveillance and response systems to halt the spread of the deadly disease, president Donald Kaberuka said.

Exceptional iceberg to blame for Titanic disaster?

A study points to two unfavourable factors outside human control that could have caused the sinking of Titanic. There were a greater number of icebergs than normal that year, and weather conditions had driven them further south and earlier in the year than usual.

15 bodies retrieved after Ukraine convoy attack

Fifteen bodies have so far been recovered from the site of Monday's rocket strike on a refugee convoy of buses and cars in eastern Ukraine, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.

Father of abducted and sexually abused Amish girls feels sorry for suspects

The father of two Amish girls abducted last week said he feels sorry for the man and the woman authorities say kidnapped and sexually abused them before letting them go. 'It's sad,' the 44-year-old father said. 'They (alleged abusers) must have ruined their whole life.'

Iraqi forces launch major push to retake Tikrit

Iraqi government troops and allied militiamen launched a major operation on Tuesday to retake the city of Tikrit from Sunni militants, senior officials said.

Malaysia militants plotted ISIS-inspired attacks

Malaysian police have foiled plans for a wave of bombings drawn up by radical Islamic militants inspired by Iraq's extremist jihad group ISIS, a top counter-terrorism official said Tuesday.

'Sri Lanka to refuse entry to UN investigators'

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island's decades-long separatist conflict, president Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

UK rejects Assange claim on extradition law

Amidst headlines that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s media appearance on Monday was a ‘PR stunt’, officials have rejected his claim that he will leave the Ecuador embassy in London ‘soon’ due to Britain changing its extradition laws recently.

Israel, Palestinians renew truce but see risk of more Gaza violence

The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned on Tuesday that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made toward a lasting deal ahead of a midnight deadline in Egyptian-brokered talks.

US terms cancellation of India-Pakistan talks 'unfortunate'

As India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over its envoy's meeting with Kashmiri separatists, the US termed the cancellation 'unfortunate' and said it continued to support their efforts to improve bilateral relations.

US: Cops fire tear gas at protestors in Ferguson

Police fired tear gas Monday in another night of unrest in a Missouri town where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, just hours after President Barack Obama called for calm.

ISIS to US: 'we will drown all of you in blood'

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans 'in any place' if the raids hit its militants.
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