Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad - police, medics
BAGHDAD Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said.
SEOUL South Korea's presidential office said on Friday U.S. President Barack Obama had indicated he would take every action under a mutual defence treaty with the South, including providing its nuclear umbrella, to protect Seoul from any North Korean threat.
Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye talked by telephone, South Korea's Blue House said, after a seismic event was recorded in North Korea that Seoul and Tokyo described as a nuclear test.
South Korea's presidential office said the two leaders agreed to use every available means to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme, including adopting a new U.N. Security Council resolution.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim; Editing by Paul Tait)
THE HAGUE War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamist rebel who admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict to nine years in prison, in the first such case to focus on destruction of cultural heritage.
BAKU Azerbaijan has voted in favour of extending the presidential term from five to seven years, election authorities said on Tuesday, a step that critics say will hand unprecedented powers to President Ilham Aliyev who has led the country since 2003.