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Top News: World

China launches first mission to moon and back

Beijing - China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite.

Grace shakes up Mugabe succession battle

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling party could be heading for a devastating split as bickering between rival factions jostling to succeed ageing ruler Robert Mugabe escalates ahead of a key congress.

IS attack on Syrian border town Kobane stalls amid US air assault

Yildiz - A bid by Islamic State fighters to seize the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane has stalled, American officials said, with the help of air strikes reported to have killed over 500 jihadists.

Women, children caught in deadly firefight near Tunis

Tunis - Women and children were caught up in a police siege near the Tunisian capital Friday, with "terrorists" killing one officer in a firefight, ahead of elections that have sparked fears of jihadist attacks.

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

Yildiz - US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.

Proud Canada hails stalwart Sergeant-at-Arms

Ottawa - As Canada came to terms with finding itself in the firing line of militant Islamists it turned for reassurance to a 58-year-old former Mountie formerly best known for carrying a golden mace.

Former Hong Kong leader calls for end of democracy protests

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's former leader Friday urged democracy demonstrators to leave the streets calling their protest a "gross violation" as he warned the consequences of continuing the rallies beyond a month were "very serious".

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

Brussels - European Union leaders agreed Friday what they hailed as the world's most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.

Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Sydney - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts that had stopped beating in successful transplants, in a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

Canada shooter planned to go to Syria: police

Ottawa - The shooter who rampaged through Canada's parliament was in Ottawa applying for a passport to travel to war-torn Syria and there was no connection to an attack earlier this week, the federal police commissioner said Thursday.

Canada faces jihadist threat after home-grown attacks

Ottawa - Two young Canadian men who launched deadly attacks in their own homeland were extremists tempted by war in Syria but police have found no evidence of a wider plot, officials said Thursday.

Islamic State militants now world's richest

Washington - The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, earning tens of millions of dollars a month from illegal oil sales and ransoms, officials said Thursday."We have no silver bullet, no secret weapon to empty ISIL’s coffers overnight.

Canada attacks follow Al-Qaeda, IS instructions to a tee

Paris - While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group to the letter.

Kosovo foreign minister visits rival Serbia as tensions ease

Belgrade - Kosovo's foreign minister made a landmark visit to Serbia on Thursday, the first since the former Serbian province unilaterally declared independence in 2008 to the fury of Belgrade.

Germany calls for end to Azerbaijan-Armenia bloodshed

Baku - Germany's foreign minister Thursday urged an end to the festering conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia amid a fresh international drive for peace.

British police pay £425,000 to mother of spy's child

London - British police are to pay compensation to woman who had a child with a man she did not know was an undercover agent, the Guardian and BBC reported.

Islamic State among world's richest militant groups: US

Washington - The Islamic State has fast become one of the world's wealthiest terror groups, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said.

White House fence climber charged

Washington - An unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogs.

'What vote?': Ukrainian refugees in Russia scorn Kiev poll

- While much of Ukraine is abuzz with campaigning for Sunday's parliamentary poll, refugees who have fled fighting in the east for Russia say they want nothing to do with the vote. "Ukrainian elections? What elections?
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