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  • 27 April 2015

    A coalition of Islamist rebels have seized an army base in north-western Syria after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda's Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives into the compound and blew it up.

  • 27 April 2015

    Australia has made a last-minute plea for a stay in the imminent execution of two Australian drug traffickers in Indonesia, saying reports their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to be investigated.

  • 27 April 2015

    Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has extended his quarter-century in power with a landslide 94 per cent victory in presidential elections.

  • 27 April 2015

    Elvis Presley's Graceland attraction has said two of the King's planes will be staying at the Tennessee mansion permanently, apparently ending confusion over their future.

  • 26 April 2015

    The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, deposed by the army and sentenced to 20 years in jail, was "badly flawed" and appears to have been politically motivated, a leading human rights group has said.

  • 26 April 2015

    A fragile ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists has come under renewed pressure with the Ukrainian military reporting a serviceman had been killed and seven others wounded in rebel attacks.

  • 26 April 2015

    The Philippines has called on its south-east Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit.

  • 26 April 2015

    Burundian riot police have forcibly dispersed crowds protesting against the president seeking a third term, a decision critics said is unconstitutional and could rekindle turmoil after a decade of calm in the East African state.