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  • Ethiopia declares state of emergency

    Ethiopia declares state of emergency

    Ethiopia announced a state of emergency on Friday after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday announced his intention to step down amid a political crisis in the Horn of Africa country. The ruling EPRDF coalition's council met on Friday...

  • OSCE calls for effort to jumpstart Ukraine peace process

    OSCE calls for effort to jumpstart Ukraine peace process

    Urgent efforts are needed to jumpstart the peace process in eastern Ukraine, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said on Friday, warning that continued daily ceasefire violations could spiral out of control. Thomas...

  • Uncertainty reigns in final polls ahead of Italy election

    Uncertainty reigns in final polls ahead of Italy election

    Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right bloc has a clear lead ahead of Italy's parliamentary election on March 4 but is unlikely to win a working majority, a batch of final opinion polls showed on Friday, pointing to possible political deadlock. Under...

  • Belgian court order Facebook to stop collecting unauthorised data

    Belgian court order Facebook to stop collecting unauthorised data

    A Belgian court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply, according to reports. The daily De Standaard said the court in Brussels upheld a Belgian privacy commission...

  • Turkish court sentences six journalists to life over failed coup

    Turkish court sentences six journalists to life over failed coup

    A Turkish court on Friday sentenced six journalists, including two prominent brothers, to life in jail for aiding plotters of a 2016 failed coup, state media said, a sharp turnaround after the country's highest court ordered one of the men...

  • Grief and anger as Florida prepares to bury victims of school massacre

    Grief and anger as Florida prepares to bury victims of school massacre

    As families prepared on Friday to bury victims of another U.S. mass shooting, grief mixed with anger amid signs of possible lapses in school security and indications that law enforcement may have missed clues about the suspected gunman's...

  • Bangladesh: Burma ready to take back Rohingya

    Bangladesh: Burma ready to take back Rohingya

    A visiting minister has told Bangladesh's president that Burma is ready to take back Rohingya Muslims who fled violence there, an official has said. Presidential spokesman Joynal Abedin said on Friday that Burma's Home Minister, Kyaw Swe, told...

  • Probe after huge sinkhole swallows cars in Rome street

    Probe after huge sinkhole swallows cars in Rome street

      Authorities in Rome have launched an investigation after a 30ft-wide sinkhole swallowed half a dozen cars on a residential street. No one was injured in Wednesday evening's collapse in the Balduina neighbourhood, but families in nearby buildings...

  • Trump says he will make schools safer after Florida shooting

    Trump says he will make schools safer after Florida shooting

    US President Donald Trump on Thursday called for healing and peace one day after a gunman killed at least 17 people at a Florida high school, saying his administration would work to improve school safety and address mental illness. Trump said he...

  • 100 new planets found from Kepler spacecraft data

    100 new planets found from Kepler spacecraft data

    Nearly 100 planets orbiting stars outside our solar system have been discovered by scientists. Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark's National Space Institute analysed hundreds of potential exoplanets from data provided by the Kepler...

  • UK blames Russia for cyber attack that swept across Europe

    UK blames Russia for cyber attack that swept across Europe

    Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which swept across Europe and beyond, hitting companies and other users after initially targeting Ukraine. Russia denied...

  • EU split over expansion into Western Balkans

    EU split over expansion into Western Balkans

    European Union foreign ministers disagreed on Thursday over a proposal by the bloc's executive to push for expansion into the Western Balkans, a region still scarred by ethnic wars fought in the 1990s and dogged by a reputation for...

  • Massive data gaps leave displaced children in danger

    Massive data gaps leave displaced children in danger

    Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, five UN and partner agencies warned on Thursday. In ‘A call to action:...

  • Suspect charged with 17 murders after school shootings in Florida

    Suspect charged with 17 murders after school shootings in Florida

    An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and an AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and US federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa elected President of South Africa

    Cyril Ramaphosa elected President of South Africa

    Cyril Ramaphosa was elected President of South Africa by parliament on Thursday after Jacob Zuma resigned overnight, heeding orders of the ruling African National Congress to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. Ramaphosa said...

  • Australian government ministers banned from sex with staff

    Australian government ministers banned from sex with staff

    Australia's prime minister has banned his ministers from having sex with staff as his deputy battled for political survival over revelations that he is expecting a baby with a former press secretary. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull accused Barnaby...

  • Russia blamed for cyber attack that cost 'hundreds of millions'

    Russia blamed for cyber attack that cost 'hundreds of millions'

    Britain has publicly blamed the Russian government for a cyber attack which targeted Ukraine and spread across Europe last year. The NotPetya attack's primary targets were the Ukrainian financial, energy, and government sectors but it was designed...

  • Stars call for gun controls after Florida school mass shooting

    Stars call for gun controls after Florida school mass shooting

    Stars have called for tighter gun controls in the US after at least 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida on Valentine's Day. A 19-year-old former student who had been expelled from the high school in Parkland had been arrested...

  • Zuma quits as President of South Africa

    Zuma quits as President of South Africa

    Updated 10.29pm Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation,...

  • Watch: Gunman kills 17 in Florida high school Valentine's Day shooting

    Watch: Gunman kills 17 in Florida high school Valentine's Day shooting

    Updated Thursday am A gunman opened fire at a Florida high school killing 17 people. Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County said the 19-year-old suspect is in custody. The suspect, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...