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  • 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...

  • Germany 'vigilant' to Russia meddling threat in EU vote

    Germany 'vigilant' to Russia meddling threat in EU vote

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Monday that Germany was looking with "heightened vigilance" to the threat of Russian online meddling in the lead-up to European Parliament elections this month. "Heightened vigilance to this issue has...

  • Sea Watch back on migration patrol as Salvini warns Italy's ports are closed

    Sea Watch back on migration patrol as Salvini warns Italy's ports are closed

    The NGO migrants rescue Ship Sea Watch is off on another rescue mission off Libya, and the Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has already warned it that Italy's harbours are close to any disembarkations. The ship set sail on Saturday after...

  • Microscopic remains of Nazi victims to be buried in Berlin

    Microscopic remains of Nazi victims to be buried in Berlin

    More than seven decades after World War II ended, over 300 tiny pieces of human tissue from political prisoners executed by the Nazis will be buried Monday at a Berlin cemetery. The samples -- each a hundredth of a millimetre thin and about a...

  • Saudi oil tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' as Gulf tensions soar

    Saudi oil tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' as Gulf tensions soar

     Updated 9.51am - includes Iranian reaction. Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were damaged in "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf as tensions soared in a region already shaken by a standoff between the United States and Iran. It came as...

  • Gunmen kill six in Burkina Faso Catholic Church

    Gunmen kill six in Burkina Faso Catholic Church

    Gunmen killed a priest and five churchgoers during mass Sunday in an attack on a Catholic church in Dablo, northern Burkina Faso, security sources and local official said. "Towards 9.00 am, during mass, armed individuals burst into the Catholic...

  • At least 300 Himalayan yaks starve to death in India

    At least 300 Himalayan yaks starve to death in India

    Indian officials Sunday said that at least 300 yaks starved to death in a remote Himalayan valley after a bout of unusually harsh winter weather. Officials in the northeastern state of Sikkim said they received the first distress call from around...