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Israeli forces shoot dead knife-wielding Palestinian teen (04:40)
Jerusalem, Aug 20 (IANS) A Palestinian teenager who attempted to carry out a knife attack was shot dead by Israeli Border Police in the West Bank, the police said.

17,000 displaced returned to Mosul in past 2 months: Iraq (03:58)
Baghdad, Aug 20 (IANS) A total of 17,000 Iraqi displaced people have returned to their homes in the eastern part of Mosul in the past two months, government officials said.

China company to build Afghan embassy in Pakistan (03:36)
Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) A leading Chinese company will build the Afghan embassy complex in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad at a cost of nearly $17 million, media reports said.

1 killed, 5 wounded in 3 shootings in US (03:08)
Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) One police officer was killed and 5 others wounded in three separate shootings in US states of Florida and Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Spain maintains alert level with reinforced security measures (02:04)
Barcelona, Aug 20 (IANS) The Spanish government decided to maintain its anti-terrorism alert level at 4 but pledged to reinforce security measures at the same time, the Interior Ministry said.

North Korea accuses Japan of planning cyberspace war (01:14)
Pyongyang, Aug 20 (IANS) North Korea accused Japan of building a cyberspace attack force in its military under the pretext of self-defence, the media reported.

Iraqi forces kill 66 IS militants near Mosul (00:20)
Baghdad, Aug 20 (IANS) The Iraqi forces killed 66 Islamic State (IS) militants, including suicide bombers,near the city of Mosul in Iraq, defence officials said.

Hunt continues for van driver in Barcelona attack (Lead) (20:44)
Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) An international manhunt was underway on Saturday for the driver of a van that killed 13 persons in Barcelona and injured over a hundred people.

UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict (20:02) IANS Photo Service
New York, Aug 19 (IANS/WAM) Civilians in a conflict are not a target, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a special event on Saturday marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people living in war zones.

Italy on security alert following Spain terror attacks (19:56)
Rome, Aug 19 (IANS) Italy was on security alert on Saturday in the wake of Spain's double terror attacks that left at least 14 people dead, including three Italian nationals.

Ethiopia to host global meet on maternal, child health (19:52)
Rabat, Aug 19 (IANS/MAP) Ethiopia will host an international conference on maternal and child health on August 24 and 25 under the theme "Overcoming critical obstacles to maternal and child survival".

Sierra Leone mudslides, floods death toll rises to 467 (19:42) IANS Photo Service
Freetown, Aug 19 (IANS) The death toll in the mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone has climbed to 467 and is expected to rise further, officials said.

Turkish born, German writer arrested in Spain (19:14)
Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) Turkish-born German writer Dogan Akhanli was arrested in the Spanish city of Granada on Saturday by police fulfilling an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol in response to a request by authorities in Turkey.

Apple Watch 'Series 3' enters final testing phase (19:12)
San Francisco, Aug 19 (IANS) It seems like Apple could release its upcoming smartwatch soon as Taiwan-based "Quanta Computer" -- an integral part of the Cupertino-based company's supply chain -- is ramping up to begin manufacturing the Apple Watch "Series 3".

Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' laid to rest in Karachi (19:10)
Islamabad, Aug 19 (IANS) A state funeral was held in Karachi on Saturday for Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and earned international acclaim as the country's "Mother Teresa".

Iran: Trump slow to condemn racism at home (18:32) IANS Photo Service
Tehran, Aug 19 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday said that US President Donald Trump is slow to condemn racism in the US.

Lemon was a luxury item for ancient Romans: Study (18:22)
New York, Aug 19 (IANS) The humble citrus fruit lemon, a cash crop, was introduced in ancient Rome from Israel and was once considered an item of luxury as well as a status symbol for the ruling elite, a study has found.

Laser-based tool may help detect heart attack, stroke risk early (18:20)
Sydney, Aug 19 (IANS) A new diagnostic tool that uses near-infrared light to visualise the fatty build-up in the arteries, may help in the early detection of patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes, researchers have found.

7 injured in Russia knife attack (Lead) (18:18) IANS Photo Service
Moscow, Aug 19 (IANS) At least seven persons were injured in a knife attack in the Russian city of Surgut on Saturday, officials said.

Afghan forces foil Taliban's offensive, 70 militants killed (18:16)
Kandahar, Aug 19 (IANS) As many as 70 Taliban militants were killed and scores injured after Afghan aircraft dropped bombs on a militant convoy in Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday.

PTI challenges acceptance of Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers (17:48)
Lahore, Aug 19 (IANS) The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday challenged in the Lahore High Court a returning officer's acceptance of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers for the upcoming NA-120 elections.

Japan puts third GPS satellite into orbit (17:44)
Tokyo, Aug 19 (IANS) Japan on Saturday launched a rocket and put the third of its new quasi-zenith satellites into orbit to help improve the precision of the global positioning system.

N. Korea urges Latin American countries not to break ties with it (17:20)
Seoul, Aug 19 (IANS) North Korea on Saturday urged several Latin American countries not to break ties with it and criticised a recent petition by Washington asking them not to have any relations with Pyongyang.

Syrian army, Hezbollah launch offensive against IS (17:06)
Damascus, Aug 19 (IANS) The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah group on Saturday launched an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) militants in the Qalamoun region, in tandem with an operation by the Lebanese army on the Lebanese side of the border against the IS, the military said.

Madonna shares first family portrait with her six kids (16:52) IANS Photo Service
Rome, Aug 19 (IANS) Singer Madonna has for the first time ever shared her family photo featuring all six of her children from her 59th birthday party.

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