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Afghan officials seize truck with 16 tonnes of explosives

Afghan intelligence officials said Sunday they seized a truck in Kabul carrying more than 16 tonnes of explosives hidden in boxes marked as poultry feed, months after a truck bomb killed about 150 people.

Senior Cambodian politician charged over old drug bust

A longtime ally of Cambodian premier Hun Sen has been charged for alleged links to a drug gang busted 10 years ago, a court said Sunday, as political manoeuvres increase ahead of key elections next year.

Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children

Kosovo's Roma minority "are not treated as humans," laments Florim Masurica, who is seeking justice for his disabled son, one of the children suffering from suspected lead-poisoning contracted at post-war United Nations camps.

US, China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

The United States and China piled new pressure on North Korea Sunday to abandon its nuclear missile programme after the UN Security Council approved tough new sanctions which could cost Pyongyang $1 billion a year.

Man carrying knife arrested at Eiffel Tower

A man carrying a knife was arrested as he tried to force his way into the Eiffel Tower, the company that runs the Paris landmark said Sunday.

US halts search for marines off Australia

US officials say they have suspended a search and rescue operation for three marines missing after their aircraft crashed off the Australian coast.

Rwandan who sought asylum after genocide faces US fraud charge

A Rwandan man who sought asylum in the United States claiming he fled the African nation’s genocide of 1994 was charged by U.S. prosecutors on Friday with lying about having been part of the political party that led the killing.

UN backs ‘toughest’ N’Korea sanctions

The United Nations Security Council has agreed on fresh sanctions against North Korea over its missile programme.

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor rejects dismissal

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says she was sacked by the new constituent assembly because the government wanted to stop her investigations into alleged corruption and human rights abuses.

Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

Japan on Sunday marked 72 years since the world’s first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation’s traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus.

US, South Korea laud new UN sanctions on North Korea

The United States, South Korea and China have welcomed tough new UN sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Australia police release man in foiled plane plot

Australian police Sunday released a second man arrested during counter-terrorism raids, days after two others were charged with terrorism offences over an alleged plot to bring down a plane.

Iran’s Rouhani urges more talks with world powers

Hassan Rouhani has been inaugurated for a second term as Iranian president, calling for more negotiations with world powers amid new sanctions imposed by the US.

New Venezuela assembly fires dissident attorney general

Venezuela's contested new assembly fired the country's dissident attorney general, Luisa Ortega, on Saturday and ordered her to go on trial in a move sure to further inflame international criticism of the leftist government.

Putin cultivates stongman persona with holiday adventures

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, who loves to cultivate a virile man-of-action image, was shown on Russian TV Saturday spear-fishing in a camouflage wetsuit, piloting a powerboat and catching some rays while on a Siberian holiday.

Troops encircle Venezuela’s chief prosecutor Luisa Ortegas office

Security forces have surrounded the entrance to Venezuela's chief prosecutor office, a day after the government inaugurated a new legislative body that she said was fraudulently elected.

Nepali couple registers ‘first transgender marriage’

A Nepali transgender woman and a man registered their marriage, a first in the country, the couple said Saturday, despite an absence of laws legalising same-sex or transgender unions.

US military aircraft in ‘mishap’ off Australia

A major search was underway Saturday after a "mishap" involving a US military aircraft off the Australian coast, with reports saying at least two soldiers were missing and feared dead.

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