• Britain’s May, Israel’s Netanyahu to meet as diplomatic winds change

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise the issue of Israeli settlements in occupied territory with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in London on Monday but their talks will focus on boosting trade as Britain leaves the European Union. May’s spokeswoman said she would also reiterate her support for the Iran nuclear deal, which Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald […]

    Britain’s May, Israel’s Netanyahu to meet as diplomatic winds change
  • Romania’s president seeks to annul graft law amid protests

    Romania’s president will ask the Constitutional Court to declare unconstitutional a government decree that dilutes what qualifies as corruption amid major protests against the measure. President Klaus Iohannis said Thursday that he would take the emergency decree to the court, which is the last legal resort to stop the law. The government passed an emergency ordinance early Wednesday to decriminalize […]

    Romania’s president seeks to annul graft law amid protests
  • Putin visits Hungary, his 1st trip to EU since US election

    On his first trip to the European Union since the U.S. presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday visited Hungary, the nation whose leader has cozied up to Moscow despite Russia-West tensions. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a populist dubbed “little Putin” by his opponents, has been critical of the U.S. and of EU sanctions imposed on Russia for […]

    Putin visits Hungary, his 1st trip to EU since US election
  • UK unveils Brexit plan calling for close new EU relationship

    The British government is trying to ease some of the uncertainty around the U.K.’s exit from the European Union, saying it seeks an outcome of “mutual benefit” to both sides. Brexit Secretary David Davis told lawmakers Thursday that “we want the EU to succeed politically and economically,” and Britain would work toward “a new positive and constructive partnership” with the […]

    UK unveils Brexit plan calling for close new EU relationship
  • Trump raps Schwarzenegger at National Prayer Breakfast

    President Donald Trump is seeking prayers for Arnold Schwarzenegger over ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice” — the show Trump once hosted. Addressing the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, Trump said ratings went “right down the tubes,” and the show has been a “total disaster” since the actor and former California governor debuted as host last month. Trump told the […]

    Trump raps Schwarzenegger at National Prayer Breakfast
  • Trump vows to repeal political limits on churches

    Warning that religious freedom is “under threat,” President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal the Johnson Amendment, an IRS rule barring pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit.” “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution,” Trump said during remarks at the National […]

    Trump vows to repeal political limits on churches
  • Mexico’s foreign minister to meet U.N. chief in New York

    Mexico’s foreign minister travels to New York on Thursday to meet U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres just days after talks with Trump administration officials were undone by a dispute over U.S. plans to build a border wall. The government said in a statement Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray would meet Guterres, as well as members of the Americas Society and the Council […]

    Mexico’s foreign minister to meet U.N. chief in New York
  • Wife of former Brazil leader Lula near death after stroke

    Marisa Leticia, the wife of former Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, no longer shows any brain activity after a stroke last week, doctors said in a statement on Thursday, adding that her organs would be prepared for donation. The pending death of Marisa Leticia, 66, is yet another blow for Lula, a leader who ended his second term […]

    Wife of former Brazil leader Lula near death after stroke
  • French conservative politician Serge Dassault fined $2 million for money laundering

    French conservative politician and businessman Serge Dassault has been fined two million euros ($2.2 million) after a court on Thursday found him guilty of money laundering and failing to disclose fully his wealth to authorities. The court added that the 92-year old, who sits in the Senate upper house of parliament, would be banned from a role in public office. […]

    French conservative politician Serge Dassault fined $2 million for money laundering
  • ‘In it until you die’: convicted Nigerian politician signals comeback

    Former Nigerian oil state governor James Ibori, who was recently released from a British prison after serving a sentence for corruption, has signaled a possible political comeback in Africa’s most populous country. As governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007, Ibori became one of Nigeria’s most powerful men and enjoyed a millionaire lifestyle, with luxury homes in several countries. […]

    ‘In it until you die’: convicted Nigerian politician signals comeback

World »

Trump visits with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Washington

Trump visits with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Washington

February 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump met on Thursday with Jordan’s King Abdullah ahead of an annual prayer breakfast in Washington, a White House spokeswoman said. There was...

Africa »

Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya’s northern regions

Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya’s northern regions

February 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm

Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been...

Asia »

More than 120 injured in fire at Philippines factory complex

More than 120 injured in fire at Philippines factory complex

February 2, 2017 at 4:59 pm

More than 120 workers, including two Japanese, were injured and at least one was missing in a fire at a huge factory south of the Philippine capital that sent thousands of...

Economy »

Europe must remain committed to openness: Draghi

Europe must remain committed to openness: Draghi

February 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm

Europe needs to fix its mistakes and reinforce its commitment to economic openness to protect wealth and political security, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi...

Europe »

Germany arrests Tunisian asylum-seeker linked to Tunis museum attack

Germany arrests Tunisian asylum-seeker linked to Tunis museum attack

February 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm

A 36-year-old Tunisian asylum-seeker arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack in Germany is also wanted in his homeland over a deadly 2015 assault...

Middle East »

Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

February 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm

A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to “useless” U.S. threats from “an inexperienced person”...

UK »

UK pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

UK pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

January 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm

The British government has passed a law granting posthumous pardons to thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws, and allowing those...

Energy »

Crackdown on bush refineries unsettles Nigeria’s oil heartland

Crackdown on bush refineries unsettles Nigeria’s oil heartland

February 2, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Listening for the engines of navy boats hunting illegal refineries in the swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, workers heat up crude oil in a tank next to a waterway. The...

Entertainment »

DiCaprio, former Kremlin aide competing for ivory documentary Oscar

DiCaprio, former Kremlin aide competing for ivory documentary Oscar

December 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Hollywood heartthrob and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio is competing for another Oscar against an unlikely rival – a former top aide to Russian President...

Technology »

Microsoft asks Trump administration for exception program on immigration orders

Microsoft asks Trump administration for exception program on immigration orders

February 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Microsoft Corp on Thursday said it had sent a proposal to U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to create a program that would let people from seven predominantly...

Video »

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses parliament

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses parliament

April 25, 2016 at 7:58 pm

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attends a joint session of the both Houses of Afghan Parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 25, 2016. Afghan...

Sport »

Barcelona captain Iniesta back in training after injury

Barcelona captain Iniesta back in training after injury

February 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Barcelona’s influential captain Andres Iniesta has returned to training after recovering from a calf injury. The Spain international missed Barca’s last four games...

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Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya’s northern regions

Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya’s northern regions

Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been killed and a tourist lodge torched, residents said on Thursday. The residents have accused some local politicians of encouraging herders to bring tens of thousands of cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up […]

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Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to “useless” U.S. threats from “an inexperienced person” over its ballistic missile program. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on Wednesday the United States was putting Iran on notice over its “destabilizing activity” after it test-fired a ballistic missile. Trump […]

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Israel wraps up illegal outpost evacuation, promises new settlement

Israel wraps up illegal outpost evacuation, promises new settlement

Israeli police dragged nationalist youths out of a barricaded synagogue on Thursday, completing the forced evacuation of an illegal outpost in the West Bank even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to build evicted families a new settlement. Some 100 youngsters protesting against the removal of some 300 settlers from Amona, an outpost built without Israeli government authorization, kicked at […]

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Germany arrests Tunisian asylum-seeker linked to Tunis museum attack

Germany arrests Tunisian asylum-seeker linked to Tunis museum attack

A 36-year-old Tunisian asylum-seeker arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack in Germany is also wanted in his homeland over a deadly 2015 assault on a Tunis museum favored by Western tourists, German officials said. The Tunisian is suspected of recruiting for Islamic State in Germany since August 2015 and building up a network of supporters with […]

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Iraq faces challenge of educating Mosul’s displaced children

Iraq faces challenge of educating Mosul’s displaced children

Yousef, 14, pushes a wheelbarrow through a sprawling camp in Iraq running errands for pennies, the only source of income for his family of 11. On a good day, he makes 2,000 dinars ($1.70) but if business is slow he scrambles to find leftover bread and food to sell to sheep owners in the crowded Khazer camp, near Mosul, home […]

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Yemeni officials say warships, likely American, shell al Qaeda positions

Yemeni officials say warships, likely American, shell al Qaeda positions

Warships shelled suspected al Qaeda strongholds in a mountainous region of southern Yemen on Thursday, in what two Yemeni government officials said they believed was a U.S. operation. U.S. officials could not be immediately reached for confirmation. The strikes come less than a week after a covert U.S. Navy SEAL raid, also in Yemen’s south, the first ordered by U.S. […]

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Polish opposition accuses ruling party of power grab in Warsaw

Polish opposition accuses ruling party of power grab in Warsaw

Warsaw’s mayor vowed on Thursday to fight a proposal to expand the city’s electoral boundaries, amid angry accusations that it is part of a plan to rig elections in the ruling party’s favour. Law and Justice (PiS) lawmakers this week filed a draft bill that would add 32 communities to the capital. The nearly 2 million residents of the current […]

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Germany to move ahead on new short-range air defense system

Germany to move ahead on new short-range air defense system

The German military has decided to replace its ageing short-range air defense systems and help fill a gap that has caused concern among NATO allies following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday. U.S. and German military officials last year identified a growing gap in short-range air defense weapons, or SHORAD, in Europe, including the ability […]

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Microsoft asks Trump administration for exception program on immigration orders

Microsoft asks Trump administration for exception program on immigration orders

Microsoft Corp on Thursday said it had sent a proposal to U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to create a program that would let people from seven predominantly Muslim nations enter and leave the United States on business or family emergency travel if they hold a valid work or student visa and have not committed any crimes. In a letter to […]

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Uganda rules out military intervention in South Sudan

Uganda rules out military intervention in South Sudan

Imposing an external “trusteeship” government on South Sudan to try to end a three-year ethnic civil war and potential genocide in the world’s youngest nation would only make its security situation worse, Uganda said on Thursday. Patience towards President Salva Kiir’s government in Juba has worn thin as the refugee numbers have grown, fuelling talk in international policy circles – […]

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