Malaysian police probed over graves

Malaysia detains 12 policemen suspected of human trafficking, two of whom are said to be connected to recently discovered jungle graves.

Put rights at centre of boat people summit: HRW

Governments gathering in Bangkok tomorrow, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and

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ISIS kills 20 men in ruins of Palmyra

The Islamic State jihadist group shot dead at least 20 men in the ruins of Syria's ancient city Palmyra yesterday, accusing them of fighting for the government, a monitor said.

Kurds oust ISIS from Christian villages in Syria

Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said yesterday.

Iraq forces tighten noose around ISIS

Iraqi forces closed in on Ramadi yesterday and launched an operation aimed at cutting off the jihadists in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city.

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Greenpeace wins court battle in India

A court in New Delhi yesterday ordered authorities to unfreeze Greenpeace India's local bank accounts in a partial victory for the

Blair quits as Middle East envoy

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday resigned as envoy of the Middle East Quartet diplomatic group after eight years in

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