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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.

Owner, crew of capsized Philippine ferry charged with murder

Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized and left 56 dead, an official said Saturday.

Overloading eyed in Philippine ferry capsize: Official

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.

MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

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.

Tongan king crowned in traditional ceremony

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.

Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters: Monitor

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.

Migrants disrupt Channel Tunnel traffic in Calais: Officials

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.

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.

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

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.

Crying Greek pensioner: The story behind the poignant photo

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.

'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

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 govt denies army gave orders to 'kill' criminals

Mexico's government denied on Friday that soldiers were given standing orders to kill criminals days ahead of an alleged massacre of gang suspects last year.

The diplomatic Viennese waltz at the Iran talks

Tucked away behind some trees is a serene rooftop garden at the luxury Viennese hotel hosting the Iran nuclear talks. There negotiators working round-the-clock can relax, hidden from the hordes of cameras below.

Leftist Spanish parties back 'No' vote in Greek referendum

Six Spanish leftist parties and platforms on Friday backed a "No" vote in Sunday's Greek referendum on its bailout terms.

Colombian president blames ELN rebels for Bogota blasts

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday blamed leftist ELN guerrillas for two explosions that rocked Bogota and left 10 people slightly injured a day earlier.

Le Pen goes to court to stop FN party scrapping his post

Veteran far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen announced Friday he is taking legal action in a bid to prevent the National Front (FN), the far-right party he founded, from changing its statutes and scrapping his post.

ISIS attacks Egypt, threatening to destroy pyramids and sphinx

Egypt has tightened up security at all the country's holiday resorts after ISIS militants killed 50 soldiers in an attack on military bases Wednesday. ISIS claims to have "taken land" just 250 miles from the holiday resort, Sharm El Sheikh.

Greek PM is hero and villain at rival rallies in divided Athens

A warrior for the "No" supporters, an "emperor with no clothes" for the "Yes" camp -- thousands of people demonstrated at rival rallies in Athens Friday where Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was both hero and villain.

Greece PM urges 'No' vote to 'live with dignity in Europe'

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday urged thousands of supporters gathered in Athens to vote "No" in the weekend referendum to "live with dignity in Europe".

Russian gay couple gets asylum in Finland: Report

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.

Srebrenica victims to be buried at memorial ceremony

The newly identified remains of 136 people killed in the Srebrenica massacre will be buried at ceremonies next week marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

Armenia opens probe into police violence against protesters

Armenian authorities launched a criminal investigation Friday into police officers involved in a brutal crackdown on demonstrators protesting against electricity price hikes.

Fearing change in sweetheart deal, Cubans flock to U.S.

The number of Cubans heading to the US has surged in the months since the historic thaw in bilateral relations -- a swell experts attribute to uncertainty over the future of US policy that favors such travelers.

Rival Greece referendum rallies swell to 25,000, 20,000 in Athens

Rival rallies ahead of Greece's referendum were held in central Athens late Friday, with a pro-government demonstration urging a "No" vote gathering 25,000 people and a nearby "Yes" crowd attracting 20,000, according to police.

Brazil announces torch route ahead of 'historic' Olympics

Brazil's president unveiled the 2016 Olympic torch Friday with a vow to overcome the Latin American giant's mounting problems -- ranging from massive corruption to street violence -- in time for a "historic" Rio games.

Support for Catalan independence slips: Poll

Support for independence in Spain's wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia has slipped, according to a Catalan government opinion poll published Friday.

Turkey's Erdogan opens 'public' mosque in his presidential palace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated a mosque inside his controversial presidential palace and opened it to the public in an apparent bid to deflect criticism over his lavish spending on the complex.

Ukraine rebels withdraw from key frontline village

Pro-Russian fighters have withdrawn from a strategic frontline village, Ukraine's military reported on Friday, although some troops doubted whether the surprise retreat and lull in fighting would last.

Russia says Kiev's refusal to negotiate with rebels 'alarming'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said Ukraine's perceived failure to agree with rebels on implementing a peace deal was "alarming" and urged the West to pressure Kiev.

Germany's Spiegel weekly says it was spied on by U.S. intelligence

German news weekly Der Spiegel charged Friday that it was spied on by US secret services and said it had filed a criminal complaint with the country's chief prosecutor.

Saudi policeman killed in raid, IS flags found: ministry

A Saudi policeman was shot dead on Friday during a raid in which three people were arrested and flags of the Islamic State group were found, the interior ministry said.

UN 'best option' for trying MH17 suspects: Dutch PM

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Friday for the creation of an international tribunal to try those responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last year.

Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours of Nigeria slaughter

Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric".

Greek PM defends vote, demands 30% debt haircut

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday defended a weekend referendum he hopes will reset bailout negotiations and demanded creditors forgive a third of the country's debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest.

Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party

The head of Vietnam's Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations.

Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month.

Female suicide bomber kills 12 in Nigeria mosque: Witnesses

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.

Mourners hold minute's silence at Tunisia beach attack resort

Mourners held a minute's silence at Tunisian beach resort Friday in tribute to the 38 victims of the country's worst-ever jihadist attack, an AFP journalist said.

Kuwait tightens security as emir attends joint prayers

Kuwait deployed unprecedented security measures around Shiite mosques for Friday prayers following last week's deadly bombing, as the emir attended rare Shiite-Sunni joint ceremony in a show of unity.

Kuwaitis show unity after Shiite mosque blast

Kuwait has moved to ward off sectarian tensions following a deadly bombing at a Shiite mosque and taken measures to try to prevent another attack by the Islamic State group.Shiites, who make up about a third of the oil-rich Gulf state's 1.
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