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US Blackwater guards jailed for Iraq deaths

WASHINGTON:(BBC) A former Blackwater guard has been sentenced to life in prison and three others to 30 years over the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007.Nicholas Slatten and three others were convicted last year for the killings in Baghdad's crowded Nisoor Square.

Drone strike kills 4 suspected militants in South Waziristan

PESHAWAR: At least four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a hideout in South Waziristan tribal region's Shawal area along the Pak-Afghan border.

Bangladesh Islamist politician Kamaruzzaman hanged

DHAKA:An Islamist politician convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan has been hanged at a prison in Dhaka.Mohammad Kamaruzzaman of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was found guilty of genocide by a domestic war crimes tribunal in May 2013.

MQM's Mohammad Anwar arrested in London money laundering case

LONDON:A senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Mr Mohammad Anwar, was arrested in London. Mohammad Anwar was arrested at 9AM local time and has now been taken to Central London Police Station.

'About 500' Nigeria children missing

ABUJA:(BBC)About 500 children aged 11 and under are missing from a Nigerian town recaptured from militants, a former resident of Damasak has told the BBC.

US to slow Afghan troops withdrawal

WASHINGTON:The US will keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan throughout 2015, delaying plans for a gradual withdrawal, the White House has said.

Airbus A320 with 150 on board crashes in French Alps

PARIS: A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps, with all 150 people on board pronounced dead, in one of the worst ever plane disasters in the country.

Twelve convicts executed in various jails

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has hanged 12 convicts, the largest number of people executed on the same day since the country lifted a moratorium on executions.The men were terrorists, murderers or guilty of "heinous crimes", an interior ministry spokesman said.

At least 14 dead, 68 injured in attack on Lahore churches

LAHORE:Two bomb blasts have killed at least 10 people near two churches in a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore, local officials say.

At least 50 people were reportedly hurt in the explosions at the Catholic church and Christ Church in the city's Youhanabad area.

Jordan's King Abdullah vows 'severe response' to IS

AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdullah II has promised to fight back hard against Islamic State, saying that the death of a Jordanian pilot at the militants' hands will not be in vain.