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  • Alabama governor signs toughest US abortion ban into law

    Alabama governor signs toughest US abortion ban into law

    Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, providing for a near-total prohibition, even in cases of rape and incest. Under the new measure, expected to come into effect in six months,...

  • US stealth fighter aircraft suffers millions in damage from bird strike

    US stealth fighter aircraft suffers millions in damage from bird strike

    A US F-35 stealth fighter-bomber aircraft suffered millions of dollars in damage after colliding with a bird during take-off from an air base in Japan, the US Marine Corps said in a statement Wednesday. "On May 7, 2019 an F-35B with Marine...

  • 'Australia's Trump' splashes cash in election bid

    'Australia's Trump' splashes cash in election bid

    A brash, self-promoting billionaire with political ambition and a string of controversies in his wake, Clive Palmer not only sounds like Australia's answer to Donald Trump, that is exactly who he is modelling himself on.  The businessman has...

  • Watch: EU lead candidates debate in Brussels

    Watch: EU lead candidates debate in Brussels

    Lead candidates hoping to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission are debating at the European Parliament in Brussels. Political parties put forward candidates for the post of president of the European Commission ahead...

  • Gunmen kill four at Catholic parade in Burkina Faso

    Gunmen kill four at Catholic parade in Burkina Faso

    Gunmen killed four Catholics in a religious procession in northern Burkina Faso a day after a priest and five parishioners were murdered at mass, church officials said Tuesday. The parade with a statue of the Virgin Mary was moving through the...

  • Nationwide student strike begins in Brazil over budget cuts

    Nationwide student strike begins in Brazil over budget cuts

    Students and teachers from hundreds of universities and colleges across Brazil began a nationwide demonstration on Wednesday in "defense of education" following a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro's government. Classes were...

  • Salvini proposes fines of up to €5,500 for every rescued migrant brought to Italy

    Salvini proposes fines of up to €5,500 for every rescued migrant brought to Italy

    Italy’s far-right home affairs minister Matteo Salvini is planning to introduce a law which would fine sea rescue NGOs up to €5,500 for every rescued migrant they bring to Italy. The decree, which Italian media said Mr Salvini had announced during...

  • Children rescued from Libya hitch a lift with Pope Francis

    Children rescued from Libya hitch a lift with Pope Francis

    Pope Francis took eight children rescued from crisis-hit Libya for a ride in his popemobile Wednesday, the youngsters grinning and snapping photos as they whizzed round Saint Peter's Square. The children, wearing T-shirts reading "Welcome,...

  • Man in German crossbow deaths led 'medieval cult': media

    Man in German crossbow deaths led 'medieval cult': media

    The man killed in Germany's crossbow murder-suicide pact is thought to have led a cultish group devoted to medieval folklore and treated the women around him like slaves, witnesses said in media reports Wednesday. Germany has been baffled by the...

  • Israel's Eurovision webcast hacked with fake attack warning

    Israel's Eurovision webcast hacked with fake attack warning

    Hackers succeeded in flashing a fake rocket attack warning during a webcast of the Eurovision song contest semi-final on Tuesday in an incident Israel's public broadcaster blamed on Islamist group Hamas. KAN's online coverage of the first...

  • San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police and govt

    San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police and govt

    San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition by police and government agencies, the first US city to take such a step as privacy fears mount in the country's technology capital. Backers of the legislation argued that using software and...

  • Alabama senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in US

    Alabama senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in US

    The Alabama senate has passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the United States, banning any termination of pregnancy and punishing doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison. The text, which the Republican-led senate sent to...

  • Poland cracks down on child sex abuse as priest film goes viral

    Poland cracks down on child sex abuse as priest film goes viral

    Poland's right-wing government on Tuesday unveiled plans to crack down on paedophiles by raising prison sentences to a maximum 30 years as a ground-breaking documentary on paedophilia among Polish priests went viral in the Catholic country. The...

  • Ecuador defends handover of Assange documents to US

    Ecuador defends handover of Assange documents to US

    Ecuador confirmed Tuesday it would hand over to the United States documents and computer hardware belonging to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, insisting it was complying fully with the law. The prosecutor's office in Quito would determine "what...

  • UK eyes July Brexit deal, MEPs likely to take seats

    UK eyes July Brexit deal, MEPs likely to take seats

    British Prime Minister Theresa May's government said Tuesday it was aiming to agree a Brexit deal by July, making it likely that Britain's MEPs elected in next week's European elections will take their seats. Ministers agreed at a cabinet meeting...

  • Possible suicide pact in macabre German crossbow murders

    Possible suicide pact in macabre German crossbow murders

    Investigators were on Tuesday pursuing leads that five mysterious deaths, including three by crossbow bolts, may have been a murder-suicide pact among Germans with a reported passion for medieval folklore and weaponry. Police probing the initial...

  • Putin to meet Pompeo as US seeks 'a way forward' in ties

    Putin to meet Pompeo as US seeks 'a way forward' in ties

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the highest-level talks between the rival powers in nearly a year as they see if they can make headway on a raft of disagreements from Venezuela to Iran to arms...

  • North Korea demands return of US-seized cargo ship

    North Korea demands return of US-seized cargo ship

    North Korea on Tuesday demanded the return of a cargo ship seized by Washington last week for violating international sanctions, calling it an "unlawful and outrageous act". On Friday, the US Justice Department said it had taken possession of the...

  • Five dead, one missing in floatplanes collision in Alaska

    Five dead, one missing in floatplanes collision in Alaska

    Five people died and one person was missing after two floatplanes collided mid-air in Alaska while carrying passengers from a cruise ship's sightseeing expedition, officials said. The two aircraft -- a Beaver floatplane and an Otter floatplane --...

  • The Moon is shrinking: study

    The Moon is shrinking: study

    The Moon is steadily shrinking, causing wrinkling on its surface and quakes, according to an analysis of imagery captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) published Monday. A survey of more than 12,000 images revealed that lunar basin...