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  • Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse after Labour pulls the plug

    Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse after Labour pulls the plug

    Britain's Labour opposition on Friday pulled the plug on six weeks of talks on a Brexit compromise with Prime Minister Theresa May, blaming the "weakness and instability" of her government. The discussions "have now gone as far as they can,"...

  • US slaps sanctions over Russia rights despite revived ties

    US slaps sanctions over Russia rights despite revived ties

    The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the powers. The State Department highlighted the...

  • North Korea seeing worst drought in a century: state media

    North Korea seeing worst drought in a century: state media

    North Korea is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, official media reported Friday, days after the World Food Programme expressed "very serious concerns" about the situation in the country. The isolated, impoverished North - which is...

  • Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage, first in Asia

    Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage, first in Asia

    Updated 9.20am Taiwan's parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass a watered-down version. The island's lawmakers comfortably passed a law...

  • I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

    I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

    I.M. Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New York, his sons' architecture firm said Thursday. He was 102 years old. From the controversial...

  • Four killed in Dubai plane crash

    Four killed in Dubai plane crash

    Updated at 9.50pm Three British people and a South African were killed Thursday in a plane crash close to Dubai airport, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency reported. The UK-registered Diamond Aircraft went down five kilometres (three...

  • Trump calls for huge increase in quota for skilled migrants

    Trump calls for huge increase in quota for skilled migrants

    US President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled immigration reform proposals that would dramatically increase the quota for skilled workers. "The biggest change we make is to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12 per cent to...

  • French anaesthesiologist suspected in 17 more poisoning cases

    French anaesthesiologist suspected in 17 more poisoning cases

    A French doctor already charged in the poisoning of seven patients was brought before a judge Thursday on suspicions he may have poisoned 17 others at a clinic in eastern France, prosecutors said. Frederic Pechier worked as an anaesthesiologist at...

  • Iran accuses US of 'unacceptable' escalation in tensions

    Iran accuses US of 'unacceptable' escalation in tensions

    Iran accused the United States Thursday of an "unacceptable" escalation of tensions and said Tehran was showing "maximum restraint" despite Washington's withdrawal from a nuclear deal with world powers. Tensions were already high after President...

  • Boris Johnson confirms will bid to be British PM

    Boris Johnson confirms will bid to be British PM

    Updated at 4.50pm Britain's Boris Johnson confirmed Thursday he will seek to become prime minister when Theresa May quits, reports said, as she promised to set out a departure timetable early next month. "Of course I'm going to go for it," the...

  • Italy seeks Libya ceasefire at surprise Haftar talks

    Italy seeks Libya ceasefire at surprise Haftar talks

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held talks with Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar during a surprise visit to Rome on Thursday, calling for an end to his month-long assault on Tripoli. "It was a fairly long meeting, a lengthy exchange of...

  • Girl, 16, kills herself after Instagram majority 'vote' for her death in Malaysia

    Girl, 16, kills herself after Instagram majority 'vote' for her death in Malaysia

    The suicide of a 16-year-old Malaysian girl has sent shockwaves across social media amid fears that she was encouraged to do so by people answering her poll on whether she should die or live. The girl posted “Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L”...

  • Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

    Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

    Australia's longest-serving Laboor prime minister Bob Hawke died Thursday aged 89, his wife announced. "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian -- many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his second wife Blanche d'Alpuget...

  • Venezuela peace talks taking place in Oslo

    Venezuela peace talks taking place in Oslo

    Representatives of Venezuela's regime and the opposition are holding "peace negotiations" in Oslo this week, Norwegian media reported Thursday. Venezuela has been in political turmoil since assembly speaker Juan Guaido declared himself acting...

  • 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...