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Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters: Monitor

Birut - An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said.

Crying Greek pensioner: The story behind the poignant photo

Thessalon - Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain.

Greek finance minister accuses creditors of 'terrorism', on eve of referendum

Atenas - Greece braced itself Saturday ahead of a make-or-break bailout referendum as polls showed the 'Yes' and 'No' camps neck and neck and uncertainty rose over the future of the country's battered economy.

Australia solidarity rallies ahead of Greek bailout vote

Melbourne - Hundreds of people rallied in Australia on Saturday in solidarity with Greece, mainly in Melbourne which has a large Greek community, ahead of the make-or-break weekend referendum on austerity measures.

Overloading eyed in Philippine ferry capsize: Official

Manila - Overloading of cargo and passengers might have been to blame for a Philippine ferry disaster which left dozens dead, an official said Saturday, and a government investigation is now underway.

Tongan king crowned in traditional ceremony

Nukalofa - Tupou VI was formally crowned King of Tonga on Saturday before thousands of people including heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, capping a week steeped in traditional rites.

Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks

Cairo - Egypt's president made an unannounced visit to the Sinai Peninsula Saturday to rally troops following a wave of deadly attacks on security forces by the Islamic State jihadists, his office said.

Owner, crew of capsized Philippine ferry charged with murder

Manila - Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized killing 59 people, an official said Saturday.

Migrants disrupt Channel Tunnel traffic in Calais: Officials

Calais - Traffic along the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was disrupted late Friday night when dozens of migrants attempted to enter restricted areas of the tunnel in Calais, officials said.

Saudi-led air strike on Yemen rebel bastion 'kills 23'

Sanaa - A Saudi-led air strike on a Huthi Shiite rebel stronghold in Yemen's northern mountains killed 23 people early on Saturday, tribal sources said.The strike targeted a munitions factory in Saqayn, near Saada, the sources said.

Russian gay couple gets asylum in Finland: Report

Helsinki - A Russian gay couple has been granted asylum in Finland because of the discrimination they faced at home over their sexual orientation, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported on Friday.

Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA

Vienna - A long-delayed investigation into whether Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons could be completed by the end of the year with Tehran's help, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday.

MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

Seoul - Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday.

Mexico nabs Beltran Leyva cartel leader

- The alleged co-leader of the once-mighty Beltran Leyva drug cartel, who is wanted in the United States, was arrested in Mexico City where he had gone to celebrate his birthday, authorities said.

'Yes', 'No' voters worlds apart in sleepy Greek town

- In the sleepy town of Argos in southern Greece, the "No" and "Yes" camps are worlds apart ahead of a historic bailout referendum. For one it's about rejecting austerity, the other is haunted by a possible return of the drachma.

Mexico may soon free vigilante movement founder

Mexicali - Mexican authorities may soon release a founder of the vigilante movement who fought against a powerful drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan until he was jailed last year.

Mexico recovers over 9,000 stolen U.S. visas

Heroica Matamoros - Mexican police have recovered more than 9,000 US travel visas that were stolen last month in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, officials said.

Veterans gather as Taiwan marks Japan's WWII defeat

Hsinchu - War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict.

Female suicide bomber kills 12 in Nigeria mosque: Witnesses

Kano - A young female suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, a witness and a vigilante aiding the military against Boko Haram said Friday.
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