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  • Trump-Kim handshake, optimism to kick off nuclear summit

    Trump-Kim handshake, optimism to kick off nuclear summit

    US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their second summit Wednesday and predicted successful talks with the totalitarian state over its nuclear weapons. Trump foresaw a "very successful" summit...

  • Britain and EU try to cushion blow of no-deal divorce

    Britain and EU try to cushion blow of no-deal divorce

    As Britain tries to steer away from a dreaded "no-deal" divorce with the EU, a flurry of agreements are being hammered out to cushion the most painful blows. The government's own assessment admits that its best efforts have been unable to shield...

  • Fiery crash kills 20 at Cairo train station

    Fiery crash kills 20 at Cairo train station

    A fiery train crash killed at least 20 people at Cairo's main railway station on Wednesday, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources...

  • Pakistan closes airspace as India tensions rise

    Pakistan closes airspace as India tensions rise

    Pakistan closed its airspace Wednesday, the civil aviation authority and the military said, as fears spiked of an all-out conflict with nuclear-armed neighbour India. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) tweeted that it "has officially closed its...

  • Disgraced Cardinal Pell behind bars for child sex crimes

    Disgraced Cardinal Pell behind bars for child sex crimes

    Cardinal George Pell was ordered held in custody Wednesday following his historic conviction for child sex crimes, capping an extraordinary fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church. Prosecutors told a pre-sentencing...

  • Where's winter? Western Europe basks in record temperatures while south freezes

    Where's winter? Western Europe basks in record temperatures while south freezes

    As western Europe enjoys record highs for winter temperatures, southern parts of the continent are being hit with snow flurries. What is going on with the weather, and how closely are the topsy-turvy temperatures linked to climate change?  What's...

  • UN hosts Cyprus leaders in push for peace

    UN hosts Cyprus leaders in push for peace

    The United Nations on Tuesday hosted an informal meeting between the leaders of divided Cyprus, aimed at reviving stalled peace talks. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met for the first time in nearly...

  • In Middle East, impunity reigned in 2018: Amnesty

    In Middle East, impunity reigned in 2018: Amnesty

    Global indifference is fuelling atrocities across the Middle East, rights watchdog Amnesty International warned Tuesday in a report condemning what it called growing impunity. "The crackdown on civil society actors and political opponents...

  • British PM says parliament can vote on any Brexit delay

    British PM says parliament can vote on any Brexit delay

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would allow parliament to vote on March 14 on whether to delay Brexit if MPs reject both her deal and the prospect of leaving the EU without an agreement. If those two options are rejected the...

  • India says many militants 'eliminated' in anti-Pakistan air strike

    India says many militants 'eliminated' in anti-Pakistan air strike

    India said Tuesday its warplanes attacked a militant camp where Pakistan-backed fighters were preparing suicide attacks on its cities, sending tensions between the arch-rivals to a new peak. A "very large number" of militants from the...

  • Irish tomb raiders steal head of 800-year-old crusader

    Irish tomb raiders steal head of 800-year-old crusader

    Tomb-raiding vandals have stolen the head of an 800-year-old mummified body known as the 'Crusader' from a Dublin crypt, police and church officials said Tuesday. Several other mummies including the 400-year-old remains of a nun were also...

  • Israel ex-minister sentenced to 11 years for spying for Iran

    Israel ex-minister sentenced to 11 years for spying for Iran

    An Israeli ex-minister was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday for spying for his country's main enemy Iran after a plea bargain in the case, the prosecutor said. Gonen Segev, who served as energy and infrastructure minister from 1995 to...

  • UK PM faces ministerial resignations threat over Brexit

    UK PM faces ministerial resignations threat over Brexit

    Prime Minister Theresa May faced the threat Tuesday of more ministerial resignations over her refusal to rule out the possibility of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal on March 29. Three junior ministers penned a letter in...

  • Prospect of second Brexit referendum raised by Labour opposition

    Prospect of second Brexit referendum raised by Labour opposition

    Britain's main opposition Labour Party has said it could support a second Brexit referendum as the European Union opened the door to postponing the country's exit from the bloc beyond the March 29 deadline. Britain remains as divided as ever over...

  • Iran FM Zarif announces resignation on Instagram

    Iran FM Zarif announces resignation on Instagram

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was the lead negotiator in a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, has abruptly tendered his resignation, although there was no sign President Hassan Rouhani had accepted it. Zarif offered...

  • Venezuelans trapped along border after weekend unrest

    Venezuelans trapped along border after weekend unrest

    Venezuelans trapped along border after weekend unrestSome Venezuelans are living in limbo across the border in Colombia, trapped after a failed effort to bring humanitarian aid into their country. That weekend drive turned violent as supporters of...

  • Top Pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

    Top Pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

    Australian Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisors, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. An Australian jury unanimously found...

  • EU calls Brexit delay 'rational' as Labour moots new referendum

    EU calls Brexit delay 'rational' as Labour moots new referendum

    Updated 8.50pm. Adds Labour second referendum announcement The European Union opened the door Monday to Britain postponing its exit from the bloc beyond the March 29 deadline, as the main opposition Labour Party said it could eventually support a...

  • Sala plane did not have commercial licence - investigators

    Sala plane did not have commercial licence - investigators

    The plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala that crashed in the Channel last month did not have a commercial licence, British investigators said Monday. But the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the journey would have been allowed as a...

  • UN chief launches global push against hate speech

    UN chief launches global push against hate speech

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday launched a new global strategy to combat hate speech, a growing scourge he said has "poisoned" debate on crucial challenges like migration.  Guterres announced the effort, which will be led by his...