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Several blasts were heard in the centre of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday, and casualties were seen lying on the ground, an AFP journalist said.

A police post on a main street was damaged after six blasts were heard. At least three casualties were seen lying on the street, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

Gunfire was ringing out in the area afterwards, the journalist said.

Jakarta Blasts Caused By Bomb: Indonesian Police

Several blasts Thursday in central Jakarta were caused by a bomb, Indonesian police said.

"This is a bomb," Anton Charliyan, national police spokesman told AFP.

He warned people to stay away, saying police fear there could be more bombs.


TOKYO: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, with Japanese authorities saying there was no danger of a tsunami.

The quake hit at 12:25 pm (0325 GMT) off the southern coast of the island, at a location about 750 kilometres (470 miles) north of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake was measured at a depth of 50 kilometres, it said.

No damage or injuries were immediately

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Istanbul on Tuesday that claimed at least 10 lives and injured 15 other people.

The foreign ministry said Wednesday the Malaysian government expressed its deepest condolences to the government and people of Turkey as well as to the families of people affected by the attack.

It said that according to the Malaysian Embassy in Ankara, there had been no report of any Malaysian casualties.

"The embassy is also in close contact

NEW YORK: New York will appoint an independent monitor to review counter-terror police investigations as part of reforms designed to protect Muslims from discriminatory and blanket surveillance, officials said Thursday.

Civil liberty campaigners welcomed the changes, which settle two lawsuits, saying the move by the country's largest police force sent a powerful message at a time of rising anti-Islamic sentiment.

The lawsuits alleged that New York police stigmatized communities based solely

THE HAGUE: Relatives of those killed in the MH17 air disaster Wednesday urged Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to launch a global campaign to obtain radar images which may help pinpoint who fired a missile at the plane.

All 298 passengers and crew onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight jetliner -- most of them Dutch -- died when it was shot down en route to Kuala Lumpur over war-torn eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Officials with the Dutch safety board (OVV) concluded in their investigation last

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia and Iran said on Sunday that an escalating dispute between the two countries would not affect international efforts to end the war in Syria, even as a large Syrian rebel group cast doubt on the United Nations-led peace process.

The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said in a statement after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Tehran that Iran had assured him that the row would not upset talks set for later this month.

De Mistura is shuttling around the

NEW DELHI: A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh early Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

The tremor hit at 4:35 am (2305 GMT Sunday) 33 kilometres (21 miles) west-northwest of the city of Imphal, capital of Manipur state, USGS said.

In its initial assessment, USGS said "some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localised".

India's seven northeastern states, joined to the rest of

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