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U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad

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WASHINGTON - The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

World, Syria 8:47am IST

U.N. states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda

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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September.

Top News, World 9:04am IST

Pittsburgh doctor linked to second Zimbabwe lion hunt probe

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REUTERS - Zimbabwe has linked a Pennsylvania doctor to an investigation into illegal lion hunting, naming him on Sunday as a client of a safari operator accused of breaching regulations, a week after an American dentist was accused of illegally killing the country's most famous lion, Cecil.

9:15am IST

Rescuers in Myanmar struggle to reach flood-hit areas, toll seen rising

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YANGON - A death toll of 27 from flooding across Myanmar was expected to rise as rescue workers struggled on Monday to reach some of the hardest-hit and most remote inundated areas, officials said.

12:28pm IST

Barnacles on debris could provide clues to missing MH370 - experts

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SYDNEY - Barnacles encrusted on a piece of plane debris that washed up on the French island of Reunion might help unravel the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared last year with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

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DOHA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month's nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria.

1:53pm IST

Thai election could be delayed to 2017 if charter rejected - minister

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BANGKOK - A general election in Thailand could be delayed until April 2017 if a newly drafted constitution is rejected by a national reform assembly due to convene next month, a deputy prime minister said on Monday.

1:43pm IST

Nigeria's army says rescued 178 captives of Boko Haram

ABUJA - Nigeria's army said late on Sunday that it rescued 178 people held by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno state, the heartland of the insurgency.

9:08am IST

Rouhani says nuclear deal a "third way" for Iranian foreign policy

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DUBAI/BEIRUT - President Hassan Rouhani affirmed his confidence in Iran's nuclear deal with world powers on Sunday, tackling the criticisms of hardliners and highlighting the achievements of his two-year-old presidency.

9:17am IST

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

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TAIPEI - Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing sense of independence from its vast neighbour and geopolitical foe. | Video

8:41am IST