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Traffickers 'laughed' as they capsized boat to drown 500 refugees

Survivors of the most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane

Islamic State fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said.

100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: UN

The UN's food agencies said the global number was down over 200 million since the early 1990s, but warned that despite the progress made, 'about 805 million people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from hunger.'

Iraq welcomes US air strike near Baghdad

The first strike south of Baghdad in a more than month-long US air campaign hit a jihadist target in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the capital, a security spokesperson said Tuesday.

Thai woman commits suicide by leaping into pond of crocodiles

A 65-year-old Thai woman has committed suicide by leaping into a pond of crocodiles at a farm popular with tourists on Bangkok's outskirts, police told AFP on Tuesday.

US to assign 3,000 from military to fight Ebola

The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak that has overwhelmed local health care systems and drawn appeals for help from the region and aid organizations.

Typhoon hits southern China, heads to Vietnam

China's National Meteorological Center said the storm was expected to send winds of 137 to 144 kilometers per hour (85 to 90 mph) over southern mainland China.

Three NATO soldiers killed in Kabul suicide car bomb

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy close to the US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, killing three soldiers and wounding at least 13 Afghan civilians.

Area north of Tokyo hit by magnitude 5.6 quake

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Scottish referendum: Media caught in crossfire as D-day nears

The pro-independence campaign has accused the BBC of becoming the ‘British Biased Corporation’ for allegedly favouring the ‘No’ campaign that wants Scotland to remain the United Kingdom, a charge that spilled over to journalist groups and others.

Xi wins Malé’s backing for ‘maritime silk route’

China and Maldives on Monday announced that they would cooperate on security issues as visiting President Xi Jinping also extracted an assurance from his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Yameen to actively take part in his pet project, the 21st century maritime ‘silk road’.

Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

An Afghan appeals court on Monday sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault for an attack on an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul.

Hafiz Saeed our national, free to roam around: Pak envoy

Pakistan on Monday made it clear that there was no case against designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, and he is free to roam in the country.

Nepal activist seeking right to secession in constitution arrested

Dr CK Raut, a PhD from University of Cambridge and a former employee of Raytheon, a US defense contractor, was arrested on Saturday evening in Morang district in eastern Nepal while returning home from a public rally.

Hurricane Odile makes landfall near Mexico resort

A powerful Hurricane Odile made landfall near the Mexican resort city of Cabo San Lucas late Sunday, as authorities evacuated high-risk areas and thousands of tourists hunkered down in luxury hotels converted into shelters.
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