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 Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam. (Photo: AP)

Cuba Rolls Out Red Carpet for Historic Obama Visit

President Barack Obama embarked on a historic trip to Cuba where a Communist government that vilified the United States for decades prepared a red-carpet welcome.


Istanbul Bomber Identified as Turkish Member of Islamic State

A Turkish member of the Islamic State militant group was responsible for Saturday’s suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed three Israelis and an Iranian and wounded dozens of others, Turkey’s interior minister said.

Paris Fugitive Helped More by Friends and Neighbours Than Islamic State

After the Paris attacks, security forces searched far and wide for prime suspect Salah Abdeslam, who vanished after returning to Brussels, believing Islamic State could have spirited him away to Turkey, Syria or Morocco. It appears Europe’s most wanted man never left the Belgian capital.


South Africa’s Zuma Wins Party Backing as Gupta Allegations Mount

South Africa’s ruling party said it had full confidence in President Jacob Zuma after a three-day party summit following mounting claims of political interference by the leader’s business friends.

Trump Refuses to Condemn Violence at His US Presidential Rallies

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that “professional agitators” bore much of the blame for the violence at his rallies, as a video showed a protester being beaten up and another apparently being grabbed by Trump’s campaign manager.


EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stem Refugee Flight to Greece

They waved, cheered and smiled, elated to have made it to Europe at dawn on Sunday in a packed blue rubber motor boat. The 50 or so refugees and migrants were among the first to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos on day one after an EU deal with Turkey designed to close the route by which a million people crossed to Greece in 2015.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Meets China’s Propaganda Tsar

Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in Beijing as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed.


Exiled Tibetans to Elect Leader to Sustain Struggle Against China

Exiled Tibetans across India and overseas started voting on Sunday to elect a political leader for the next five years, in a bid to help sustain their struggle to secure complete autonomy for Chinese-ruled Tibet.

Flight Recorders Badly Damaged in Russia Plane Crash – Regulator

Relatives gathered to mourn the 62 victims of a passenger jet crash in southern Russia on Sunday and officials warned an investigation could take weeks to determine the cause of the downing.

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