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Teenagers planned Australian terror attack for ANZAC centenary - police

18 April 2015

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Teenagers inspired by the hardline Islamic State planned a major terrorism attack in the Australian city of Melbourne to mark the centenary next week of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli during World War One, police said on Saturday.

A boy holds his kite at a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad March 30, 2015.   REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Trillions of dollars needed for new bid to end poverty by 2030

18 April 2015

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders have drawn up ambitious goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote development over the next 15 years, but now they have to figure out how to pay the bill.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks to the media during the arrival of his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-Hye at the presidential palace in Bogota, April 17, 2015.  Park is in Colomb for a two-day official visit.  REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

Colombia's Santos calls for deadline on FARC peace talks

18 April 2015

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday warned that the country's patience with Marxist FARC rebels is wearing thin and that the peace process to end five decades of war must have a deadline.

Obama calls Saudi King Salman to discuss Yemen - White House

18 April 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Saudi King Salman on Friday to discuss developments in Yemen, the White House said in a statement.

Under construction: A satellite image of the alleged airstrip site at Fiery Cross. — AFP

China building airstrip in disputed South China Sea

18 April 2015

BEIJING: China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures showed, potentially ramping up tensions with several South-East Asian neighbours.

Gulf states unhappy about U.N. chief's ceasefire appeal - sources

18 April 2015

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Friday.

Smoke rises from the site of a bomb attack in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, April 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital

18 April 2015

ERBIL (Reuters) - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region.

Smoke billows during an air strike on the Republican Palace in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to United Nations

18 April 2015

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Friday submitted a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by Saudi-led air strikes.

Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, talks to the media as he walks out of a detention center in Moscow March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Two Russian opposition parties unite after Nemtsov killing

18 April 2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two Russian opposition parties agreed on Friday to run on a joint platform in 2016 parliamentary elections, aiming to make a first step in uniting fractious Kremlin adversaries after the killing of party leader Boris Nemtsov.

Boko Haram slit throats of 12 as army tries to save civilians - sources

18 April 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants have slit the throats of 12 people in northeast Nigeria as the army was trying to evacuate civilians from the area, a military source and a witness said on Friday.

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