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Egypt President Sisi warns of 'long battle' with militants

<b>Egypt faces a long and difficult battle with militants, the country's president has said, in his first remarks since a deadly attack in the Sinai region.</b><p>Abdul Fatah al-Sisi spoke a day after a group linked to Islamic State said it killed at least 32 soldiers and police.<p>"This battle will be …

Iraq's Kirkuk has curfew imposed amid fierce fighting

<b>A curfew is in place in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk following fierce overnight clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants.</b><p>IS fighters used heavy weaponry and suicide bomb attacks against Kurdish Peshmerga forces to the south of the city in the early hours of Friday.<p>Six …

IS chemical weapons expert killed, says US military

<b>A chemical weapons expert with the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq has been killed in a coalition airstrike, the US military has said.</b><p>Abu Malik's training provided IS with "expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability", a statement said.<p>He served as a chemical weapons engineer under …

Damascus medieval citadel bus bomb blast kills four

<b>A bomb has exploded on a bus in Syria's capital Damascus, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more, activists and media reports say.</b><p>The bomb went off near the city's medieval citadel - a heavily policed area that up until now has been largely unscathed by the four-year civil war.<p>The …

Pakistan mosque blast: Mass funerals for Shia victims

<b>Funerals have taken place in southern Pakistan for the victims of a suicide attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers which police say killed at least 60 people.</b><p>Dozens were also wounded in the attack in Sindh province's Shikarpur district, making it one of the worst sectarian attacks in …

US rejects Cuba demand to hand back Guantanamo Bay base

<b>The US says it will not hand back the Guantanamo Bay naval base as part of efforts to improve relations with Cuba.</b><p>Cuban President Raul Castro included the demand in a speech on Wednesday, calling also for the US trade embargo to be lifted.<p>US President Barack Obama "does believe that the prison at …

Merkel condemns Ukraine fighting on Hungary visit

<b>German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged a ceasefire in Ukraine, saying there can be no military solution to the conflict between the Kiev government and pro-Russian rebels.</b><p>"Germany will not support Ukraine with weapons," she said in Hungary.<p>"We try to solve or at least mitigate this conflict by …

Greece Finance Minister Varoufakis: 'Europe comes first'

<b>The economist-turned-finance minister seeking to renegotiate Greece's huge debt obligations says his priority is the well-being of all Europeans and has ruled out accepting more bailout cash.</b><p>After talks with his French counterpart, Yanis Varoufakis said a new debt deal was needed within …

Australian PM Abbott 'has not considered resigning'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1142000/1142433_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524849087_e669b052f58a0bd9034d2107d7a2225b<p><b>Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he has not considered resigning, despite a slump in popularity and growing questions about his …

China executes two cult members for McDonald's murder

<b>Two members of a cult in China have been executed for murdering a woman in a McDonald's restaurant in Shandong, according to a local court.</b><p>Zhang Lidong and his daughter Zhang Fan were members of the banned Church of the Almighty God cult.<p>They were part of a group who attempted to recruit the …

Egypt court upholds Muslim Brotherhood death sentences

<b>A court in Egypt has upheld death sentences on 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters over a 2013 attack on a police station near Cairo.</b><p>The men were convicted over the deaths of at least 11 officers in Kerdasa.<p>The attack took place after Egyptian military forces cracked down on Islamist supporters of …

Ukraine rebel leader Zakharchenko 'wants 100,000 men'

<b>Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko says rebels aim to boost their forces to 100,000, as fighting with Ukraine's military intensifies.</b><p>The rebels want to push government forces out of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and are trying to capture the key town of …