Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot

FILE - In this April 25, 2014 file photo, a pipe band marches on George Street during the ANZAC Day parade, in Sydney, commemorating the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the First World War. Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday, April 18, 2015 on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at an ANZAC Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said.

Rights group says Yemen fighting has damaged hospital

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Human Rights Watch says an unidentified militia fired on a hospital where rebel soldiers held a position in the southern Yemeni province of Lahj, causing damage and endangering medical personnel.
Iraqi official: Ground forces enter Iraq's biggest refinery

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi ground forces secured the perimeter around the country's biggest oil refinery on Saturday and entered the vast complex amid heavy clashes with Islamic State militants, said a senior Iraqi military official.
Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33, targets government workers

People run for cover after an explosion in JalalabadBy Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. Police were investigating whether there was a second explosion after people rushed to the scene to help, the police chief, Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, told a news conference. "It is early to say what kind of suicide bomber." Taliban insurgents denied responsibility.

Russia's Putin says ready to work with United States: TV

Putin takes part in a live broadcast call-in in MoscowRussia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften his anti-American rhetoric after being highly critical. Relations between Moscow and Washington and other Western powers have soured over the conflict in Russia's neighbor Ukraine, sinking to an all-time low. We have a common agenda." Putin has in the past fiercely attacked the United States and the West in general, blaming them for the Ukraine crisis, which Russia says was the result of a Western-backed "coup" against Ukraine's former leader Viktor Yanukovich.

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