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Evacuation deal reached for 4 besieged Syria towns: monitor

Four Syrian towns that have been under crippling siege for more than two years are to be evacuated under a deal reached late on Tuesday, a monitoring group said.

Cyclone-ravaged Australia like 'a war zone'

Towns remained cut off in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummelled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to "a war zone".

Indian police arrest five over attack on Africans

Police arrested five men Tuesday after hundreds of angry residents of a north Indian city attacked Africans with sticks and metal chairs following the death of a local teenager from a suspected drug overdose.

Iran says Bahrain terror cell claims 'delusional'

Iran rejected as "delusional" on Tuesday Bahraini claims that it was behind a "terrorist" cell accused of planning attacks on senior figures and security personnel in the Gulf kingdom.

'Monster' cyclone Debbie batters northeast Australia

A "monster" cyclone smashed into northeast Australia Tuesday, cutting power, damaging buildings and uprooting trees, with coastal residents battling lashing rain and howling winds.