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US, Cuba seek to ‘normalise' ties, swap prisoners

The United States on Wednesday announced the start of normalisation of relations with Cuba, including re-establishing diplomatic ties ending the last of the remaining Cold War hostilities.

Pak Taliban release photo of fighters behind Peshawar massacre

In an email on Wednesday, Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani claimed the attack on a school in Peshawar that killed 148 people, mostly children, was justified because the Pakistani army has allegedly long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters.

Raj Shah, Indian American head of USAID, quits

The White House on Wednesday announced Raj shah, the Indian American head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is leaving the administration.

Gifts galore: Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Thousands of people sang 'Happy Birthday' and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope. Argentine priests handed Pope Francis a cake and he blew out the candles before his open-top jeep moved on.

Peshawar attack: When a faulty alarm saved a life

A faulty alarm clock has saved the life of a 15-year-old boy who failed to wake up in time for school, becoming the only student in Class 9 of the army-run school who survived the Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children.

Several hurt after American jet meets turbulence

An American Airlines jet encountered severe air turbulence shortly after taking off from Seoul, South Korea, prompting an unscheduled landing at Narita International Airport in Tokyo after 14 people asked for medical attention.

Inside Peshawar school: Eerie silence and the stamp of Taliban brutality

An eerie silence hung over the blood-spattered corridors and classrooms of the Army Public School on Wednesday -- the silence of 132 dead children, their lives cut short by Taliban gunmen. Video inside

In pics: When children in India and Pakistan prayed for Peshawar

Tragedy brings people together, and it was humbling to see Indian and Pakistani students pray for the children killed by Taliban in an attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Here are 11 pictures that define the spirit of brotherhood.

Pakistan in mourning as parents bury children killed by Taliban

Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in Peshawar in an attack which shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

Heavy snowfall hits northern Japan

Northern Japan was in the grip of a blizzard on Wednesday as strong winds and heavy snow forced the cancellation of almost 300 flights and buried vehicles in deep drifts, officials and reports said.

Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Six months after Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became Egypt's president after crushing his opponents, criticism of his regime is either whispered or left unspoken amid stifling curbs on freedom of expression.

Sydney gunman dropped off watch list: Abbott

Man Haron Monis, the gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list - but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Over 20,000 bras recalled in Japan due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them.

Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theatres

Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats on Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film 'The Interview' that referred to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Pakistani Taliban: The deadly group behind Peshawar school attack

Considered to have close ties to al Qaeda and listed as a terrorist group by the United States since September 1, 2010, the TTP is a loose coalition of jihadist militants that has killed thousands of Pakistanis since its formation in 2007.
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