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Police raid mosque after Sydney killing

An Australian mosque reportedly visited by a 15-year-old before he shot dead a civilian police employee in an “act of terrorism” has been raided, police said yesterday. The New South Wales Police Force said the mosque in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta — close toFULL STORY

Dhaka minimizes Islamic State claim

For the second time in a week, the Bangladeshi government yesterday played down a claim by the Islamic State (IS) group that it was responsible for gunning down a foreigner in the South Asian nation. After assailants shot and killed Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi in northernFULL STORY

Busan film festival releases top 100 list

A new list of the best Asian films of all time has been published, as the region’s increasingly vibrant cinema scene celebrated another bonanza in Busan. The 20th anniversary of the Busan International Film Festival marked its milestone with a poll of noted Asian filmmakers andFULL STORY

Israel bars Palestinians from Old City

Israel yesterday took the rare and drastic step of barring Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Old City as tensions mounted following attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded a child. The restrictions will be in place for two days, with only Israelis, tourists, residents of the area, businessFULL STORY

Syrian president says failure not an option

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his nation, Russia, Iran and Iraq were united in battling terrorism and were likely to succeed, but warned that the cost of failure would be devastating for the Middle East. The four nations would achieve “practical results,” unlike a US-ledFULL STORY

Taliban not in Kunduz hospital: MSF

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) yesterday denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital at Afghan and NATO forces before a suspected US air strike killed at least 19 people in a battle to oust the Islamist insurgents from an Afghan city. TheFULL STORY

Pro-Russian parties seen winning Kyrgyz election

Voters in Kyrgyzstan went to the polls yesterday, and were widely expected to hand pro-Russian parties a fresh five-year mandate in a parliamentary election overshadowed by ethnic tensions and rising Islamist radicalism in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation. The mainly Muslim country of 6 million people hasFULL STORY

New Zealand warns of long-term fallout if TPP talks collapse

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said on Saturday a landmark Pacific free-trade deal is within reach at talks in Atlanta and warned failing to finalize the pact would have worrisome long-term strategic implications. Talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), which would cut trade barriers andFULL STORY

Suicide attack that killed 24 in Baghdad claimed by IS group

Blasts killed at least 24 people in one of Baghdad’s main Shiite neighborhoods on Saturday when suicide bombers tried to breach a checkpoint in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. “Three suicide bombers tried to cross the checkpoint at Adan Square” in theFULL STORY

Russia to ramp up Syria bombing raids

Russia yesterday prepared to ramp up its bombing campaign in Syria as Moscow challenged the West’s distinction between jihadist and other Islamist rebel groups. Russian bombing raids against what Moscow says are Islamic State targets went into their fifth day despite criticism from Washington and itsFULL STORY

UK to double fleet of drones: prime minister

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday said he plans to double Britain’s drone fleet and warned about the prospect of Britain’s exit from the EU. Cameron said the government would purchase 20 Protector drones and spoke confidently about the prospects of a parliamentary vote to joinFULL STORY

Conflicts drive wedge into relations at 70th anniversary gathering of the UN

Russian airstrikes launched in Syria during the UN’s 70th anniversary gathering of more than 150 world leaders stole the spotlight and highlighted deep divisions on how to end that conflict and manage the many thousands of people fleeing to Europe in search of safety. There wereFULL STORY

Opening of Catholic synod overshadowed by gay controversy

A gathering of bishops intended to reshape Catholic teaching on the family began yesterday against a backdrop of controversy over the thorny and divisive issue of homosexuality. With Pope Francis having been dragged into the US’ debate over gay marriage and a high-ranking priest on SaturdayFULL STORY

The Nobel winners whose work had malign applications

Nobel prizes are usually linked with groundbreaking research bettering mankind, but the awards have also honored some quite unhumanitarian inventions such as chemical weapons, dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) and lobotomies. Numerous Nobel prize controversies have erupted over the years: Authors who were overlooked, scientists who claimedFULL STORY

Death toll rises to 69 in Guatemala

At least 69 people were killed when massive mudslides buried scores of homes on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital city, officials said on Saturday, as the death toll continued to climb. An estimated 300 people are still missing three days after the landslides suddenly hit, raisingFULL STORY

Search for ship in Bahamas finds life ring

An intensive dawn-to-dark search on Saturday turned up a life ring, but no other sign of a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. US Coast Guard and US Navy aircraft covered a largeFULL STORY

Large parts of US southeast underwater after storm

Relentless rain on Saturday left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters said that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rainFULL STORY

Officials investigate motive behind Roseburg rampage

Investigators on Saturday pieced together clues as to why a student at a college in Oregon went on a shooting rampage that left nine people dead before committing suicide as police cornered him. Officials said the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was enrolled atFULL STORY

More firearms would have saved lives: Donald Trump

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday channeled 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending gun rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon college that left nine dead. Trump, the billionaire businessman and early Republican front-runner, said in a rally in suburbanFULL STORY

Thousands flock to start of Albuquerque balloon fiesta

Tens of thousands of spectators on Saturday swarmed the launch field for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The nine-day event started at dawn. More than 500 balloons representing dozens of states and nearly 20 different countries registered for theFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

UNITED KINGDOM Bus plows into supermarket A woman and an eight-year-old boy were killed and five other people injured on Saturday when a double-decker bus plowed into a supermarket in the center of Coventry. The bus crashed into several cars and a lamppost before hitting the supermarketFULL STORY

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