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  • Trump says record-long govt shutdown could be resolved 'in 15 minutes'

    Trump says record-long govt shutdown could be resolved 'in 15 minutes'

    The partial US government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds. The president...

  • Hundreds of 'yellow vest' protesters rally in central London

    Hundreds of 'yellow vest' protesters rally in central London

    Hundreds of demonstrators wearing yellow vests took to the streets of London on Saturday, in the largest protest yet in Britain copying the "yellow vest" protests rocking France. Protesters opposed to the government's austerity programme and...

  • US congresswoman, who met Syria's Assad, says will run for president

    US congresswoman, who met Syria's Assad, says will run for president

    Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran who met dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria during that country's devastating civil war, said that she is launching a US presidential bid. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal...

  • Nigeria eyes graft charges against football officials

    Nigeria eyes graft charges against football officials

    The head of a Nigerian presidential anti-corruption body has said charges will be brought against football officials for allegedly misappropriating public funds. Okoi Obono-Obla disclosed that the body was in the process of finalising charges and...

  • Two firefighters, Spanish tourist killed in massive Paris blast

    Two firefighters, Spanish tourist killed in massive Paris blast

    Updated 6.30pm A powerful gas explosion tore through a building in central Paris on Saturday, killing two firefighters and a Spanish woman, injuring dozens of people and badly damaging nearby apartments, officials said. Around 200 firefighters...

  • US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops

    US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops

    The US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said amid uncertainty over America's planned exit from the war-battered nation. President Donald Trump last month claimed...

  • 800,000 US employees without salaries in record shutdown

    800,000 US employees without salaries in record shutdown

    The US government shutdown that has left 800,000 federal employees without salaries as a result of President Donald Trump's row with Democrats over building a Mexico border wall entered a record 22nd day Saturday. The Democrats' refusal to approve...

  • Deputies agree historic name change for Macedonia

    Deputies agree historic name change for Macedonia

    Macedonian deputies voted Friday to change the country's name to "the Republic of North Macedonia", settling a decades-long row with Greece and paving the way to NATO and EU membership. Parliamentary speaker Talad Xhaferi said 81 MPs had voted in...

  • US teen found alive 3 months after parents shot dead

    US teen found alive 3 months after parents shot dead

    A 13-year-old girl missing for almost three months after her parents were shot dead has been found, her hair matted and wearing oversized shoes. "Jayme Closs was located alive," the sheriff's office in Douglas County, Wisconsin, said in a...

  • EU's Juncker says 'every effort' needed on Brexit

    EU's Juncker says 'every effort' needed on Brexit

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that "every effort" must be made to find a way through the Brexit condundrum ahead of a crucial vote next week by British lawmakers. Prime Minister Theresa May is facing defeat when MPs...

  • Merkel says Germany recognises responsibilty for Nazi crimes in Greece

    Merkel says Germany recognises responsibilty for Nazi crimes in Greece

    Germany recognises its historical responsibility for crimes committed by the Nazis in Greece, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday on her first visit to Athens since 2014. "We recognise our historical responsibility. We know how much suffering we,...

  • Security staff to strike at Frankfurt airport Tuesday

    Security staff to strike at Frankfurt airport Tuesday

    German travellers face fresh upheaval on Tuesday when security staff at Frankfurt airport, the nation's largest, are set to walk off the job in a battle for better pay that has already caused hundreds of flight cancellations. Germany's powerful...

  • World's oceans are heating up at quickening pace: study

    World's oceans are heating up at quickening pace: study

    The world's oceans are heating up at an accelerating pace as global warming threatens a diverse range of marine life and a major food supply for the planet, researchers said. The findings in the US journal Science, led by the Chinese Academy of...

  • US-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal

    US-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal

    The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun pulling out troops, a spokesman said on Friday without elaborating on locations or timetables. "CJTF-OIR has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan...

  • Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

    Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

    A Myanmar judge dismissed an appeal Friday by two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya, dashing slim hopes that the pair could be freed early. Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe...

  • #MeToo likely to have palpable effect on 2020 race

    #MeToo likely to have palpable effect on 2020 race

    The #MeToo movement helped sweep Democrats to victory in November's midterms, but some of the party's leading lights, including potential 2020 candidates, face scrutiny from the women's anti-harassment drive that brought men to account for sexist...

  • EU slams Maduro's 'non-democratic' new term in Venezuela

    EU slams Maduro's 'non-democratic' new term in Venezuela

    The EU on Thursday condemned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's new term of office as based on "non-democratic elections" and warned it was ready to impose fresh sanctions if Caracas further undermined democracy or human rights. Firebrand...

  • Labour leader calls for general election to end Brexit impasse

    Labour leader calls for general election to end Brexit impasse

    Britain's main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday called for a general election to resolve the current deadlock in parliament over Brexit, arguing that he would renegotiate the agreement with Brussels if he came to power. "If the...

  • Legal aid fund launched for WikiLeaks founder Assange

    Legal aid fund launched for WikiLeaks founder Assange

    A British charity helping whistleblowers around the world on Thursday launched a legal aid fund for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning his expulsion from Ecuador's embassy in London "may be imminent". The Courage Foundation said Assange's...

  • Migrants land on Italy beach despite 'closed ports'

    Migrants land on Italy beach despite 'closed ports'

    Some 51 migrants including a small baby landed on a beach in southern Italy on Thursday, despite insistence from the far-right interior minister that the country is closed to new arrivals. Locals in the small town of Torre Melissa in Calabria were...

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