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Putin seeks map of forces not to bomb in Syria - France


PARIS Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked France to draw up a map of where groups fighting Islamic State militants operate in Syria in order not to bomb them, France's foreign minister said on Friday.

World, Syria, Top News 5:28pm IST

Islamic State claims attack on Bangladesh Shi'ite shrine; one dead

DHAKA Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Bangladesh on Thursday, killing a cleric and wounding three other people, the second attack on the country's tiny Shia Muslim community in a month. | Video

World, South Asia, Top News 7:06pm IST

Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to "play with fire"


ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire" on Friday, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that look more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week.

6:54pm IST

Two Palestinians ram cars into Israeli soldiers, shot dead


JERUSALEM Two Palestinians rammed vehicles into Israeli soldiers in separate attacks in the occupied West Bank on Friday and were then shot dead, Israeli police and military said.

World, Israel 5:46pm IST

France pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks


PARIS France paid tribute on Friday to the 130 mostly young people killed while they were enjoying themselves in Paris two weeks ago by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in the most deadly attacks the nation has seen since World War Two.

5:31pm IST

Iranian hard-liners said to intensify crackdown ahead of key votes


Ahead of two key elections in Iran in February, the Supreme Leader's hard-line allies have cracked down on activists, journalists and artists to try to tighten their grip on the country’s faction-ridden politics, officials and analysts say.

8:05pm IST

Chinese rights activist jailed for 6 years


HONG KONG A prominent Chinese rights activist, Guo Feixiong, was sentenced to six years imprisonment on Friday by a court in southern China, amid a continuing crackdown on human rights advocates across the country, his lawyer said on Friday.

2:23pm IST

Man scales Colosseum to protest Rome Holy Year crackdown


ROME A man climbed onto an outside ledge of Rome's Colosseum on Friday and shouted in protest at a new decree restricting sightseeing tours, rickshaw rides and centurion impersonators as part of a public order crackdown in the city.

7:08pm IST

Putin refuses contacts with Erdogan as Turkey not ready to apologise - Kremlin aide


MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to contact Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan because Ankara does not want to apologise for the downing of a Russian warplane, Yuri Ushakov, Putin's aide, said on Friday.

6:38pm IST

Pope warns Kenyan youths against "sugar of corruption"


NAIROBI Pope Francis urged young Kenyans on Friday not to yield to the sweet lure of corruption, and urged them to help those tempted by "fanatical" ideologies.

8:09pm IST