MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia was embroiled in political mystery Thursday after it emerged that an unidentified hacker had managed to fool the country's main news agencies into believing that one of President Vladimir Putin's closest allies had been "fired" from his post.
ASHKHABAD, TURKMENISTAN (AFP) - The Central Asian state of Turkmenistan, which shares a 1,000 kilometre border with Iran, has accepted the credentials of the first ever Israeli ambassador to the country, state media said Thursday.
DOHA (REUTERS) - Preliminary Afghan peace talks in Qatar between US and Taleban officials are unlikely to take place on Thursday as originally expected, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - UNESCO on Thursday added six ancient sites in Syria including a fortress of Saladin and a Crusader castle to the endangered World Heritage list, warning that more than two years of civil war had inflicted heavy damage.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Record-breaking US daredevil Nik Wallenda hopes to make history again this weekend by walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, 1,500 feet (457 metres) above ground over the world-renowned landmark.