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At least six suspected Islamist militants are killed in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

Islamabad, Nov 21 (IANS) At least six suspected militants were killed Sunday in a US drone attack in Pakistans North Waziristan region bordering...

Seven people are killed after a bomb planted by suspected Maoist rebels explodes in Aurangabad district, Bihar, northeastern India.

The bomb, which was found by the security personnel on Saturday during the final phase of Bihar polls, suddenly exploded today killing eight persons on the spot.

Pope Benedict XVI says his personal opinion is that condoms may be used "in exceptional cases" to combat HIV-AIDS, but the Vatican says it has not changed its policy on contraception.

Catholic writer Austin Ivereigy explains that using condoms as a contraception is still forbidden by the Catholic Church, despite the Pope's recent comments about the use of condoms to prevent infection.

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber wins four awards at the American Music Awards.

Teen star Justin Bieber dominates the American Music Awards winning four prizes from four nominations - including artist of the year.

North Korea unveils a new uranium enrichment plant.

North Korea showed an American scientist last week a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium.

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan, Jnr applies for an international bailout to deal with the Irish financial crisis.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has confirmed that a major financial assistance plan for Ireland has been agreed with the EU.

A chemical factory explodes in Yushe county, North China's Shanxi province, killing at least three.

A flood traps 28 people in a coal mine in Sichuan, southwestern China.

Rescue operations are taking place in south-west China to try to reach 28 miners trapped by a flood at a coal pit.

The death toll from the eruptions of Mount Merapi in Indonesia reaches 292.

Four Haitian presidential candidates call for the postponement of the Haitian elections set for November 28 as the country struggles with a cholera epidemic which has killed nearly 1,200.

Rescuers begin drilling a hole to analyse air inside the Pike River mine in New Zealand. There has been no communication with the 29 trapped miners.

Russia hosts the International Tiger Forum summit meeting of international wildlife experts and officials from 13 countries in St.Petersburg, to discuss the protection of tigers which could become extinct in 12 years if unprotected.

Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy against Islam, appeals to President Asif Ali Zardari to pardon her.

A Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy has appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari to pardon her, saying that she had been...

An Israeli military court demotes two Givati Brigade staff sergeants to sergeant after convicting them of forcing a nine-year-old Palestinian boy to open two bags thought to contain explosives.

Two Israeli soldiers who used a Palestinian child as a human shield during an offensive in Gaza receive suspended sentences and are demoted.

Thirty five people are arrested in Salt, Jordan, to restore calm after four days of rioting following the police shooting of an alleged traffic violator.

Iran delays the trial of two American citizens detained while hiking until 6 February 2011.

Voters in Burkina Faso go to the polls, with incumbent President Blaise Compaore claiming victory with 75 per cent of the votes.

Egypt restricts opposition before vote, with security forces arresting hundreds of opposition activists, and clamping down on the media ahead of parliamentary elections next week according to Amnesty International.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejects the country's once effective family planning program as an "ungodly Western import" and urges girls to marry at age of 16.

Iranian president criticizes family planning program that reduced birth rate as 'ungodly Western import'