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Al-Qaeda and Syria branch Al-Nusra Front split up

Birut - The Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front, announced Thursday it was breaking ties with the global terror network, in a video showing its leader Abu Mohamad al-Jolani for the first time.

France names second priest attacker

Paris - French prosecutors on Thursday identified the second jihadist involved in the brutal killing of an elderly priest, as calls mounted for the prime minister and interior minister to resign after the latest terror attack.

Indonesia executes foreign convicts despite protests

Cilacap - Indonesia on Friday executed four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, pushing on with a campaign of capital punishment that has sparked a storm of global anger.

Syria, Russia cluster munition use 'relentless': HRW

Birut - Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian regime and its ally Russia on Thursday of extensively using banned cluster munitions in their offensive against rebels in the war-torn country.

The Syrian Al-Nusra Front

Birut - Al-Nusra Front, whose leader on Thursday announced its break from Al-Qaeda, is a well-organised, battle-hardened jihadist group allied with rebels fighting the Syrian regime.

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis fell Thursday after stumbling on an altar step during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, without injury.

Spain king tasks acting PM Rajoy with forming new government

Madrid - Spain's king tasked acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Thursday with the delicate mission of forming a government and unblocking seven months of political paralysis after a second round of inconclusive elections.

Turkey sees over 40% drop in visitors amid security crisis

Ankara - The number of foreigners visiting Turkey dropped over 40 percent in June to its lowest level this year as the impact of attacks and previous tensions with Russia caused havoc for the vital tourism industry, statistics showed Thursday.

Russia announces aid operation for Syria's besieged Aleppo

Damas - Syria regime ally Russia on Thursday announced a "large-scale" aid operation to allow civilians and fighters to flee besieged Aleppo, as the president offered an amnesty to rebels who surrender.

France, UK call for end to 'disastrous' Aleppo siege

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his British counterpart Boris Johnson called Thursday for the Syrian regime and its allies to end their "disastrous" siege on the city of Aleppo.

Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country.

Trammin' in the name of the Lord: Pope takes a ride

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis became the first pontiff to hop on an ordinary city tram on Thursday, on his way to the opening ceremony of an international Catholic extravaganza in Poland.

Italy launches campaign to warn migrants of risks

Rome - Italy on Thursday launched a hard-hitting campaign on the internet, TV, radio and social media to warn African migrants of the many dangers they face in trying to reach Europe.Dubbed "Aware Migrants," the 1.5-million-euro ($1.

Iran condemns killings of French priest, boy in Syria

Tehran - Iran's foreign ministry condemned this week's killing of a French priest, drawing a parallel with the recent decapitation of a young boy by jihadists in Syria, state media said Thursday.

Indian state to spend $37 mn on hunt for 'life-saving' plant

New Delhi - A northern Indian state will soon begin a multi-million dollar search in the Himalayas for a mythical plant believed to hold life-saving properties, a local minister said Thursday.

Dead cows left in western India as low-caste Dalits strike

Ahmedabad - Hundreds of dead cattle have been left rotting in western India after members of the lowest Dalit social caste refused to dispose of them in protest at a vicious attack, a rights group said Thursday.

China, Russia to hold joint exercises in S. China Sea: Beijing

Bejing - China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing's defence ministry said Thursday, after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the area.

Egypt Christians look to new law to end discrimination

Minya - On a recent Sunday in southern Egypt, dozens of Coptic Christians gathered for mass next to the charred remains of a wooden structure they once used as a chapel.

Singapore university investigates mock-rape claims

Singapore - Claims that students were subjected to sexually-charged orientation activities, including one simulating rape, are being investigated by Singapore's top university.
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