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Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents


BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian jets mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach.

Top News, World, Syria 9:44pm IST

Ex-U.N. General Assembly head, five others face U.S. bribery case


NEW YORK - U.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. | Video

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DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize


STOCKHOLM/LONDON - Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer.

Top News, World 7:14pm IST

Yemen's Houthis, Saleh's party accept U.N. peace terms, eye talks


SANAA - Yemen's Houthi group and the party of the former president have accepted a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman, paving the way for resuming negotiations to end months of conflict in the country.

World, Yemen 8:55pm IST

Kurds say blood tests show Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq

ERBIL - Islamic State fighters fired mortar rounds containing mustard agent at Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq during clashes in August, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, which oversees Kurdish armed forces there, said on Wednesday.

World, Iraq 9:48pm IST

Putin marks 63rd birthday with ice hockey match, Syria war briefing


SOCHI, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin marked his 63rd birthday on Wednesday in his favourite Black Sea resort of Sochi by taking part in an ice hockey match and holding a briefing on his country's military campaign in Syria.

10:23pm IST

Merkel puts ally in charge of refugee crisis as support wanes


BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel installed one of her most trusted allies on Wednesday to oversee her government's handling of the refugee crisis as a new poll showed support for her conservative bloc slipping to a four-month low.

9:49pm IST

Hollande warns of total war if MidEast conflict not solved


PARIS - Europe must live up to the challenge of an upheaval that has forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee Syria, where everyone including Iran, Russia and the West must seek a political solution, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

8:59pm IST

Rights watchdog says second young Shi'ite faces beheading in Saudi

DUBAI - International rights group Reprieve said on Tuesday that a second young Shi'ite man who was 17-years-old and a minor when he was arrested in 2012 faces execution by beheading in Saudi Arabia.

10:19pm IST

Suicide bombers kill 17 in Damaturu city in northeastern Nigeria

DAMATURU, Nigeria - Unidentified suicide bombers killed 17 people in three blasts in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu on Wednesday, a spokesman for the governor of Yobe state said.

8:56pm IST