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UN warns of Burundi election violence

New York - The UN Security Council warned that upcoming elections in Burundi could turn violent and vowed to take action against those who are fomenting unrest.

Suicide bomber kills 33 outside Afghan bank: hospital chief

Jalalabad - A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded 100 others in an attack Saturday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to officials.

Terror arrests in Australia over planned Anzac Day attack

Sydney - Two men were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at Anzac Day commemorations honouring soldiers who fought and died for Australia -- the country's most important national event.

Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive

Tehran - Iran's military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Catholic Church shells out $150 mln over pedophilia

Washington - The Catholic Church in the U.S. forked out $120 million to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy and $30 million on pedophile prevention programs over 12 months, according to an annual report.

Mexico drug lord's arrest sparks gunfights, three dead

Nuevo Laredo - A cartel attacked Mexican security forces in reaction to a drug lord's arrest in a city near the US border, unleashing gunfights that killed at least three gunmen and wounded two officers.

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists claim UN suicide attack in Mali

Nouakchott - The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility in a recording Friday for a deadly suicide attack on the United Nations in Mali.

U.S. condemns 'brutal' FARC attack in Colombia

Washington - The United States branded a FARC attack that killed 11 Colombian soldiers "brutal" and accused the Marxist guerrillas of violating their unilateral ceasefire.

'Isis' dropped from UN hurricane name list

Ginebra - The UN weather agency announced Friday it was dropping "Isis" -- the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess that also happens to be the acronym for the Islamic State jihadist group -- from its stocklist of Pacific hurricane names.

Iran presents Yemen peace plan to UN

Sanaa - Iran presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, demanding international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign against rebels backed by Tehran.

Hollande to meet Putin in Armenia on April 24: President's office

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24, a source in his office said on Friday.

Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP

Kirkuk - Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri.Duri was vice president at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion.

UN says 'differences' emerge in Libya peace talks

Skhirat - The UN said it was trying to narrow differences between Libya's rival parliaments over an agreement aimed at forming a unity government to end unrest tearing the country apart, as fresh fighting broke out near the capital Tripoli.

Discreet but proud: The Armenians of Istanbul

Istanbul - Yasmin Rostomyan makes no big outward show of her origins but works daily to keep her Armenian heritage alive and preserve it for the future in modern Turkey."Turkey is my country, I do not want to leave," she says.

Argentina defends legal action over Falklands oil

London - Argentina on Friday defended its decision to take legal action against companies exploring for oil off the Falkland Islands, the latest twist in a tense sovereignty dispute with Britain.

In US, Armenian youths marked by WWI mass killings

Los Angeles - Edward Papikian, a high school student at the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, says he thinks every day about his forefathers who were slain by Ottoman forces in 1915.

South Africa attacks on foreigners spark anger abroad

Johanesburg - Countries neighbouring South Africa on Friday prepared to evacuate their citizens from South Africa as the UN raised the alarm over deadly xenophobic attacks which have displaced thousands.

Holocaust descendants in US sue France's railway over 'genocide'

Washington - Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a US lawsuit claiming France's national railway seized the property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps.

Sweden raises defence budget amid Russia concerns

Stockholm - Sweden will raise defence spending by 10.2 billion kronor (1.09 billion euros, $1.18 billion) for the period 2016 to 2020, the government said Friday amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence.
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