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  • Men in KKK costumes disrupt Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing

    Men in KKK costumes disrupt Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing

    Republican Senator Jeff Sessions faced interruptions and questions on his ability to be independent and go against Donald Trump if necessary as the first confirmation hearing for the president-elect's Cabinet nominees got under way. Sessions,...

  • Turkey renames street after murdered Russian ambassador

    Turkey renames street after murdered Russian ambassador

    Turkey has renamed the street that serves the Russian Embassy after the ambassador who was killed in an attack in the Turkish capital. Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek presented a framed copy of the decision to rename the street to the widow of Andrei...

  • Mass killer Breivik makes Nazi salute at rights appeal case

    Mass killer Breivik makes Nazi salute at rights appeal case

    Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik made a Nazi salute at the start of a court case today at which Norway is trying to overturn a ruling that it has violated his human rights by keeping him isolated since he massacred 77 people in 2011. Breivik,...

  • Italy reopening embassy in Libya two years after closure

    Italy reopening embassy in Libya two years after closure

    Italy is sending its ambassador back to Libya, making it the first Western diplomatic mission to reopen in the divided country. Italy closed its embassy in Libya in 2015 as rival factions descended into a conflict which has let people smugglers...

  • Pakistan fires first nuclear missile from a submarine

    Pakistan fires first nuclear missile from a submarine

    Pakistan has fired its first submarine launched nuclear-capable missile from the Indian Ocean - a rocket with a range of 280 miles. It's a move that's sure to intensify the already stained ties with India, which have fought three wars since...

  • Trump to make his son-in-law a senior adviser - transition official

    Trump to make his son-in-law a senior adviser - transition official

    Updated 9.51pm US President-elect Donald Trump will appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the position of senior adviser to the president, a transition official has said, a potentially thorny choice in the face of the country's anti-nepotism...

  • 'Thanks, but no thanks', EU Liberals tell Italy's 5-Star

    'Thanks, but no thanks', EU Liberals tell Italy's 5-Star

    The Liberals in the European Parliament have rejected a request by Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to join their group, saying there were fundamental differences in their visions for the future of Europe. The decision by the Alliance of...

  • Cyprus leaders seek deal in 'historic opportunity' for peace

    Cyprus leaders seek deal in 'historic opportunity' for peace

    The leaders of both sides of ethnically divided Cyprus began new unification talks today but sought to temper hopes of a swift breakthrough, though its UN envoy said a deal to resolve one of Europe's most enduring conflicts was within...

  • World-famous tree destroyed by storm

    World-famous tree destroyed by storm

    A well-known giant sequoia tree known for the huge tunnel carved through it has toppled during California's weekend storms. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the historic Pioneer Cabin in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, in Calaveras County,...

  • Italy's 5-Star breaks ties with UKIP in EU parliament

    Italy's 5-Star breaks ties with UKIP in EU parliament

    Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has voted to cut its ties with the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and to hook up instead with the Liberals in the European Parliament. The move prompted UKIP's former leader Nigel Farage to say...

  • Northern Ireland's Martin McGuinness to resign over political crisis

    Northern Ireland's Martin McGuinness to resign over political crisis

    Martin McGuinness has announced his resignation as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland in protest at the Democratic Unionist Party's handling of a botched renewable energy scheme. The Sinn Fein veteran's move, which will come into effect at...

  • US Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian vessels

    US Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian vessels

    A US Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels after they closed in at a high rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. defence officials told Reuters today. The officials, speaking...

  • Trump hits back at 'over-rated' Meryl Streep

    Trump hits back at 'over-rated' Meryl Streep

    President-elect Donald Trump called Meryl Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" after she took aim at him during the Golden Globes. The Hollywood actress and three-times Oscar winner, 67, criticised Mr Trump in front of the...

  • Alitalia may slash 2,000 jobs as its struggles persist

    Alitalia may slash 2,000 jobs as its struggles persist

    Alitalia and its shareholders are to present its new business plan to the Italian government later today, top investor Etihad Airways said. Italy's loss-making national carrier on December 22 approved a short-term financing deal and a new...

  • Suspects arrested in France over Kardashian robbery

    Suspects arrested in France over Kardashian robbery

    Several people were arrested and some held for questioning by police in France today in connection with the robbery of reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris last October, Europe 1 Radio and other French media reported. French police said at the...

  • London commuters endure transport misery as rail staff strike

    London commuters endure transport misery as rail staff strike

    Millions of Londoners struggled to work today at the start of a week of travel chaos which sees rail networks brought to a standstill by a series of strikes. Commuters used cars, boats, bicycles and heaving buses to cope with a 24-hour walkout by...

  • Police took, then returned, Florida shooting suspect's gun

    Police took, then returned, Florida shooting suspect's gun

    Federal agents in Alaska say they took a handgun from Florida airport shooter Esteban Santiago in November after he told them his mind was being controlled by U.S. intelligence agents, but returned it to him last month after medical tests found he...

  • Former Iranian President Rafsanjani dies of heart attack

    Former Iranian President Rafsanjani dies of heart attack

    Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died aged 82. Iranian state media said that Mr Rafsanjani was taken to hospital because of a heart condition. Mr Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician...

  • Heavy snow and icy weather grip parts of Europe

    Heavy snow and icy weather grip parts of Europe

    Heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures have continued to sweep the European continent, causing more than a dozen deaths, grounding planes and crippling ferries in Italy and Turkey. At least 10 people have died in the cold that has gripped...

  • Four dead as truck slams into crowd in Jerusalem

    Four dead as truck slams into crowd in Jerusalem

    A truck driven by a Palestinian rammed into pedestrians on a popular promenade in Jerusalem killing four people, according to Israeli police who called it a deliberate attack. "It is a terrorist attack, a ramming attack," a police spokeswoman...