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Police officers block members of the public from walking towards the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 09, 2018, 06.52 PM (IST)

Islamic State group claims Melbourne stabbing that killed one person

The Islamic State group claimed a stabbing Friday in the Australian city of Melbourne that killed one person and wounded two others, its propaganda channel said.

"The perpetrator of the operation... in Melbourne... was an Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation... to target nationals of the coalition" fighting IS, Amaq reported a jihadist security source as saying.

North Korea postponed US talks because 'they weren't ready': Nikki Haley

North Korea postponed talks with the United States on Thursday "because they weren't ready," US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said as she urged Pyongyang to implement a June deal between the two countries.

2,714 people killed in 409 US drone attacks in Pakistan since January 2004: Report 

The US has carried out a total of 409 drone attacks in Pakistan targeting suspected militants since January 2004, killing 2,714 people and injuring 728 others, a media report said on Friday.

Syria regime attack kills 22 rebels in truce zone

Syrian government forces killed 22 rebels near Idlib province on Friday, the deadliest clash to rock a buffer zone where a Russian-Turkish truce is to be enforced.

The attack on a position held by the Jaish al-Izza rebel group took place on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, in an area due to be de-militarised.

Afghan Peace Council tells Taliban it is ready for talks: RIA

Members of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, a body overseeing peace efforts, met Taliban officials at a conference in Moscow on Friday and repeated President Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks without pre-conditions.