Pak suicide blast kills 45

A suicide bomber killed at least 45 people Sunday at the main Pakistan-India border crossing, the blast tearing through crowds of spectators leaving after the colorful daily ceremony to close the frontier.

Islamic State: Militants kill 50 from Iraqi Anbar tribe

A local official told the Associated Press news agency that the Sunni Muslim tribesmen and women were killed on Friday in the village of Ras al-Maa, north of the provincial capital Ramadi.Faleh al-Issawi said many members of the tribe had to flee their homes near the town of Hit last month when it was captured by IS.The Al Bu Nimr tribe had joined the Shia-dominated government's campaign against IS.

Russia-Ukraine gas deal to keep Europe warm

The two countries signed a deal late Thursday worth about $4.6 billion that will see Russia deliver gas to Ukraine from now until the end of March 2015.The temporary deal is critical for European businesses and households since Europe relies on Russia for more than 30% of its gas, and half of that is pumped through Ukraine.In the past, when Ukraine and Russia had a gas dispute and Russia cut back on supplies, parts of Europe suffered shortages as Ukrainians siphoned off European-bound gas for their own uses.

Myanmar key players in rare roundtable talks

Myanmar's president has held rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US calls for "credible" polls next year.The meeting comes days after officials announced the next general election would be held in late 2015.Ahead of the meeting, US President Barack Obama held telephone talks with both President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash kills pilot

In a statement, Virgin Galactic said the "vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo".The aircraft that the spacecraft was launched from, known as White Knight 2, landed safely, Virgin Galactic said.It was the second accident this week involving a commercial space company in the US.On Tuesday, an unmanned supply rocket called Antares exploded shortly after its launch from Virginia. It was carrying cargo to the International Space Station.