US aid worker, Syrian soldiers beheaded by IS

Baghdad: A video has been circulating online purporting to show members of the Islamic State(IS) group beheading several Syrian soldiers and a US aid worker.

The footage, released Sunday, showed the beheading of a captured American aid worker, Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and at least 12 people who IS said were Syrian pilots and officers in President Bashar al-Assad's forces, Al Jazeera reported.

The aid worker was earlier known as Peter Kassig before he converted to Islam. He was kidnapped in Syria last year.

G20 endorses India's concerns about black money

Brisbane: G20 leaders Sunday endorsed India's concerns over black money and tax avoidance, and promised to modernize global tax rules and begin automatic exchange of tax information by 2018-end.

The Indian government called the outcome an "unprecedented success".

On the second and final day of the G20 Summit here, Modi reiterated his call for close policy coordination among major economies, saying this was important not just for addressing the challenge of black money, but also to battle terrorism, drug trafficking and arms smuggling.

'IS seven times bigger than Western estimates'

London: The West may have severely underestimated the strength of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical organisation, which may have raised an army of at least 200,000 fighters, a Kurdish leader has claimed.

This number is seven to eight times more than Western intelligence estimates of up to 31,500 fighters, said Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, in an exclusive interview to The Independent on Sunday.

Germany urges Israel, Palestinians to ease tensions

Ramallah: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday warned of turning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from political into religious due to the growing tension in Jerusalem.

Steinmeier's warning came in a joint press conference with Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Reyad al-Malki after a meeting held in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Xinhua reported.

G20: Modi pushes for coordination to tackle black money

Brisbane: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday made a strong pitch for repatriation of black money by using the G20 platform to urge the need for close coordination among countries to address the challenge of black money and pushed for global standards on automatic exchange of information.

Good relations with Canada a priority: Modi to Harper

Brisbane : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper on the margins of the G20 summit here Saturday and emphasised on strong ties between the two countries.

"Good relations with Canada are a priority for India -- PM @narendramodi," ministry of external affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin tweeted, citing Modi.

Modi also met the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Indian prime minister is in Brisbane for the G20 summit, featuring the world's major economies.

Protest against G20 summit

Brisbane : A protest was held Saturday against the G20 summit here.

More than 500 people gathered on Roma Street for a people's march against the G20 summit, The Brisbane Times reported.

The rally is a wide-ranging coalition of different interest groups protesting over everything from indigenous rights and climate change inaction to the mistreatment of refugees, coal seam gas and corporate greed.

A handful of protesters wore Guy Fawkes masks, the symbol of the global hacking movement Anonymous, in defiance of laws which prohibit masks in security zones.


UN organisations call for accountability for Chhattisgarh deaths

United Nations: The UN Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have come out against "any forms of incentives" for adopting contraceptives and sought accountability for Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths.

Hamas warns of war with Israel if reconstruction obstructed

Gaza: The armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement warned Thursday of another war with Israel, in case the process of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip is obstructed.

Abu Obeida, spokesman for the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas armed wing, made the warning during a ceremony to reward families whose children were killed during the July Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Xinhua reported.

Obama reiterates ASEAN investment, pledges to strengthen ties

Nay Pyi Taw : US President Barrack Obama Thursday reiterated his country's investment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and commitment to building links between the two sides to better face global challenges.

In a short statement ahead of a US-ASEAN summit, Obama was upbeat about the strong relations between the two aides and vowed to work on the ties beyond summits "on a day-to-day basis".