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US police shoot dead boy, 12, holding toy gun

Washington - 

Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playground, officials and reports said Sunday. 

Hagel says he will step down as US defense secretary

US President Barack Obama puts his hand on the shoulder of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AFP)
Washington - 

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation Monday as President Barack Obama's White House faces mounting criticism over perceived fumbling in its global security strategy.

British police launch terror awareness programme

London - 

British police on Monday urged the public to be alert to potential terrorist activity as they said the threat of extremist attacks would last for several years.

Bangladesh opposition leader loses fresh bid to stop trials

Dhaka - 

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday lost her latest attempt to halt trials on graft charges which could see her jailed for life if found guilty, her lawyer said.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Khost - 

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through large crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AFP)

Putin mulling re-election bid in 2018

Moscow - 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering running for a fourth Kremlin term in 2018, which would see him stay in power until 2024, the TASS news agency reported Sunday.

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

Kabul - 

Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

A screengrab shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (C). (AFP/File)

Boko Haram kills 48 fish vendors in northeast Nigeria

Kano - 

Suspected Boko Haram extremists killed 48 fish vendors after setting up a roadblock near Nigeria's border with Chad, the head of their association said Sunday, in the latest violence to hit the country's volatile northeast.