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Top 10 most pressing worldwide issues in 2015 Special

The predictions are not based on gazing into a crystal ball. Instead, research and insights from experts make the most urgent issues facing the world in 2015 crystal clear.

Two New York policemen 'assassinated'

New York - Two New York police officers were shot dead in broad daylight as they sat in a patrol car by an assailant who then killed himself, officials and reports said.

Intel report: North Korea deployed 'terror teams' to attack U.S.

North Korea sent covert commando teams to infiltrate the United States to carry out possible terrorist attacks against major cities and nuclear power plants, a declassified US intelligence report has revealed.

Iraq Kurds deliver aid to Mt Sinjar, expand operation

Kanbas - Kurdish peshmerga forces delivered aid on Mount Sinjar and expanded a major offensive against jihadist-held areas in northwestern Iraq on Saturday after breaking a months-old siege.

Russia brands new sanctions roadblock to Ukraine peace

Kiev - Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.

IS executes Syrian for aiding regime air strikes: SITE

Birut - The Islamic State group has publicly executed a Syrian it accused of planting tracking devices for deadly regime air strikes, SITE Intelligence reported on Saturday.

FBI mishandles large portion of U.S. evidence: Report

Washington - The FBI has mishandled large amounts of evidence in its offices across the United States, The New York Times reported Friday after reviewing an internal report from the investigative force.

South Sudan rebels killed 11 in Bentiu and raped women, UN says

Juba - South Sudan rebels killed, raped and kidnapped civilians during an attack in October, leaving at least 11 dead, the United Nations said in a report.

Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis."Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia.

Boy survives Peshawar school attack due to a faulty alarm clock

A ninth-grader who attended the school in Peshawar that was the scene of a brutal Taliban attack earlier this week survived because of the faulty alarm clock used by his family, it has emerged.

Castro hails U.S.-Cuba thaw, but says won't change political system

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect any major political change as a result of the detente.

Ebola-ravaged Liberia holds long-delayed Senate vote

Monrovia - Liberians voted Saturday in long-delayed Senate elections in the Ebola-ravaged west African nation as UN chief Ban Ki-moon wound up a regional tour to assess the fight against the epidemic.

Op-Ed: 'Hands Up Don't Shoot', 'I Can't Breathe', protests & trademarks

Protest chants and slogans catch on quick as supporters take to the streets chanting and marching for their cause, while others see it as a money-making opportunity.

Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated: Pentagon

Washington - Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer toward his goal of closing the controversial US military jail.

Colombia rebels begin indefinite, unilateral ceasefire

Estanzuela - Leftist rebels in Colombia began a unilateral ceasefire Saturday hailed as a key step in peace negotiations -- but uncertainty marred the truce, which the guerrillas threatened to break if attacked by the army.

Pakistan slammed for resuming executions after school massacre

Islamabad - Rights groups Saturday condemned Pakistan's decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead.

Indian diplomat in U.S. row stripped of duty

New Delhi - An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said Saturday.

AirBnB flat owner in Spain jailed for raping two US renters

Barcelona - A Colombian national was convicted Friday by a court in Spain to nearly 12 years in prison for raping two American tourists who rented his room through the flat-sharing website AirBnB.

U.S. issues worldwide travel alert

Washington - The United States issued a worldwide travel alert, warning Americans to be vigilant during the holiday period, especially in the wake of a deadly siege in Australia.
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