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  • Four terrorism suspects to appear in Dutch court

    Four terrorism suspects to appear in Dutch court

    Four men suspected of belonging to a terrorist organisation will appear in court on Monday, two days after being arrested in Rotterdam, a prosecution spokesman said. The men, aged 20 to 30, were detained by counter-terrorism police on Saturday.

  • NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

    NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

    A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humankind, a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule some 6.4 billion kilometres away. The US space agency will ring in the New Year...

  • High rise building collapses in Russia, at least three dead - reports

    High rise building collapses in Russia, at least three dead - reports

    Updated 12.10pm Russian rescuers were on Monday searching for people trapped under the rubble of a city apartment block that partly collapsed in a suspected gas blast, killing at least three, RIA said. Russia's emergencies ministry told the news...

  • Philippine storm death toll surges to 68

    Philippine storm death toll surges to 68

    The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials said Monday. Fifty-seven people died in the mountainous Bicol region,...

  • White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'

    White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'

    Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said in an interview published Sunday that he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the US, and undercut President Donald Trump's claims to be building a "wall" at the Mexico...

  • Israel protests after Jordanian spokeswoman steps on its flag

    Israel protests after Jordanian spokeswoman steps on its flag

    Israel protested to Jordan on Sunday after the spokeswoman for the government in Amman was photographed stepping on the Israeli flag during a meeting with trade unionists. Jumana Ghunaimat, Jordan's minister for media affairs and communications...

  • Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of 'when, not if' - Israel's PM

    Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of 'when, not if' - Israel's PM

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of "when, not if" he moves his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office...

  • Brexit chances are '50-50' if May's plan is rejected - senior UK minister

    Brexit chances are '50-50' if May's plan is rejected - senior UK minister

    Britain's chances of leaving the European Union are only "50-50" if MPs reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, a senior minister warned Sunday. Liam Fox, the international trade secretary and a vocal Brexit campaigner during the 2016...

  • Goodbye Stalin: Moscow metro sheds its Soviet look

    Goodbye Stalin: Moscow metro sheds its Soviet look

    Moscow's metro system is famed for its Stalin-era stations with glittering chandeliers and mosaics, but architects are taking a radical new approach as the network undergoes a massive expansion. While the original stations were conceived as...

  • DR Congo goes to the polls after troubled odyssey

    DR Congo goes to the polls after troubled odyssey

    Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo went to the polls on Sunday in elections that will shape the future of their vast, troubled country, amid fears that violence could overshadow the ballot. Millions of electors are choosing a successor to...

  • Watch: Italian MPs approve revised budget after EU standoff

    Watch: Italian MPs approve revised budget after EU standoff

    Italian lawmakers passed Saturday the populist government's revised 2019 budget before a year-end deadline, despite complaints from the opposition that it was dictated by Brussels and had been rammed through without debate. The coalition of the...

  • French hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

    French hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

    French Resistance hero Georges Loinger, who used his ingenuity and athletic prowess to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during World War II, has died at the age of 108. A talented athlete and cousin of the famous mime artist and...

  • Juncker doubts Romania is ready to assume EU Presidency

    Juncker doubts Romania is ready to assume EU Presidency

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker voiced doubts on Saturday about Romania's ability to take over the EU's six-month rotating presidency next month, amid tensions between Bucharest and Brussels. Even if the country is "technically...

  • Security forces kill 40 suspected militants after tourist bus bombed in Egypt

    Security forces kill 40 suspected militants after tourist bus bombed in Egypt

    Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the ministry of interior said on Saturday, a day after a deadly bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people. The...

  • Austria to press ahead with digital tax: chancellor

    Austria to press ahead with digital tax: chancellor

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz vowed Saturday to press ahead with a tax on large internet and technology companies, following France's example, as the European Union struggles to finalise a new EU-wide levy. France, which is pushing for a new...

  • Turkey probes prominent TV anchor criticised by president

    Turkey probes prominent TV anchor criticised by president

    A Turkish prosecutor on Friday launched an investigation into a prominent TV news presenter less than two weeks after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lambasted the journalist, local media reported. The prosecutor's office said it was investigating...

  • Strong quake strikes off Philippines

    Strong quake strikes off Philippines

    A strong earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, raising fears of dangerous tsunami waves across the region but after about two hours, the tsunami warning was withdrawn. There were no reports...

  • Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near Cairo pyramids

    Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near Cairo pyramids

    Updated Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and 11 others injured when a bomb blast hit their bus on Friday less than four km from Egypt's world famous Giza pyramids, authorities said. The blast is the first deadly attack...

  • Italy PM defends budget as tempers fray in parliament

    Italy PM defends budget as tempers fray in parliament

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday vigorously defended the government's 2019 budget as parliament held an acrimonious debate on the package, which needs to be approved by the end of the year to take effect on January 1. An amended...

  • Autostrade in talks over bill for collapsed Genoa bridge

    Autostrade in talks over bill for collapsed Genoa bridge

    Italy's Autostrade said it is in talks over a request to pay €400 million to fund the rebuilding of the collapsed Genoa bridge with the special commissioner appointed by the government to oversee its reconstruction. Autostrade, part of...