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India marks six years since Mumbai attacks

Mumbai - 

India on Wednesday marked six years since militants stormed Mumbai in three days of horror that left 166 people dead, as survivors said they would never be "beaten back by terror".

Racial unrest in US after Ferguson officer not indicted

People look at a collapsed building, where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP)
Ferguson - 

Long-standing racial tensions in the United States have flared once again after a night of violence and protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen.

India, Nepal sign $1bn hydropower deal

Kathmandu - 

Nepal and India signed a deal Tuesday to build a $1-billion hydropower plant as Indian premier Narendra Modi began a visit to the impoverished Himalayan nation.

Indian Kashmir turns out to vote as Modi eyes power

Ganderbal - 

Voters in Indian Kashmir turned out in droves under tight security Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party made a serious bid for power in the tense Muslim-majority state.

Double women suicide bomb attacks kill 45 in Nigeria

Maiduguri - 

More than 45 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of such attacks blamed on Boko Haram.

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. 

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

Hagel says he will step down as US defense secretary

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.