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  • Libya will not receive migrants unless rescued by its coastguard

    Libya will not receive migrants unless rescued by its coastguard

    Libya is not ready to receive migrants who are not rescued by its coastguard, the spokesman for the Libyan Navy, Ayoub Qassim, has told the Libya Observer in an interview. He said the international community is pressing Libya into taking full...

  • Four dead, baby critical in Spanish apartment fires

    Four dead, baby critical in Spanish apartment fires

    Four people died Saturday and a baby girl in a critical condition was among the injured, in two separate tower block fires in northeastern Spain, firefighters said. The first blaze started on Saturday morning in a 10-storey block of flats in...

  • Brazil deploys soldiers to stop gang violence in northern city Fortaleza

    Brazil deploys soldiers to stop gang violence in northern city Fortaleza

    A special deployment of Brazilian troops began fanning out in the northern city of Fortaleza Saturday with orders to stop a spike in violent attacks by criminal gangs against banks, buses and shops, officials said. By the end of the weekend, 300...

  • France's 'yellow vest' protestors back on the streets

    France's 'yellow vest' protestors back on the streets

    France's "yellow vest" protestors were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government. Several hundred protestors gathered on the Champs...

  • Three dead, four injured in California bowling alley shooting

    Three dead, four injured in California bowling alley shooting

    Police in California on Saturday said three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a bowling alley near Los Angeles. Sergeant Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department confirmed to AFP that officers responded at 11.54 pm...

  • Trump slams 'disgraceful' Democrat's profane impeachment vow

    Trump slams 'disgraceful' Democrat's profane impeachment vow

    A Democratic congresswoman kicked off her term with an expletive-laced vow to impeach Donald Trump, testing her party's discipline and earning a chiding Friday from the president. As a clip of Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib's animated comments...

  • Trump warns he could force long shutdown over border wall

    Trump warns he could force long shutdown over border wall

    A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was prepared to keep the US government shut down for as long as it takes - months or even years - to force Congress to provide billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico. "This is national...

  • 14 countries say they will not accept Maduro's mandate in Venezuela

    14 countries say they will not accept Maduro's mandate in Venezuela

    Foreign ministers from Latin America and Canada said Friday their governments would not recognise Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela's president when he is sworn in for a second six-year term next week. The 14-member Lima Group said they would not...

  • Trump to meet emboldened Democrats in bid to end government shutdown

    Trump to meet emboldened Democrats in bid to end government shutdown

    President Donald Trump invited Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House on Friday in a new bid to end the two-week government shutdown over his demand for funding for a border wall with Mexico. But a quick end to the stalemate does not...

  • Pentagon asked for more help on the US-Mexico border: official

    Pentagon asked for more help on the US-Mexico border: official

    The Pentagon received a new request Friday to provide support for the US Border Patrol, a defense official said, without specifying whether more troops would be sent to the US border with Mexico. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity,...

  • France announces 'action plan' to counter migrant Channel crossings

    France announces 'action plan' to counter migrant Channel crossings

    The French government announced an "action plan" Friday to counter attempts by migrants to cross the Channel to Britain by sea, which will include an increase in coastguard patrols and ramped up surveillance in ports. These new measures will be in...

  • Four skiers presumed dead in Norway avalanche

    Four skiers presumed dead in Norway avalanche

    Norwegian authorities said Friday they had given up hope of finding four Finnish and Swedish cross-country skiers alive after they appeared to have been caught in an avalanche in the Arctic two days ago. The skiers, three Finnish men and a Swedish...

  • Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk lashes Thailand

    Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk lashes Thailand

    Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk struck the kingdom, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing power blackouts, heavy rains and massive sea swells. Boats were recalled to shore across the Gulf...

  • Ebola ruled out in Swedish case - officials

    Ebola ruled out in Swedish case - officials

    Updated 9.20pm A patient in Sweden who was admitted to hospital with a suspected case of Ebola, was found not to be suffering from the highly infectious and potentially fatal disease, health care officials said Friday. "The young man... who had...

  • Massive data leak targets German officials including Merkel

    Massive data leak targets German officials including Merkel

    Private data stolen from hundreds of German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have been released online, the government said Friday. The information, which comprised home addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies...

  • Most defendants cleared in EU 'golden' visas trial in Portugal

    Most defendants cleared in EU 'golden' visas trial in Portugal

    Updated 7.25pm A court in Portugal cleared most of the defendants in a corruption trial on Friday linked to a government scheme granting so-called "golden" visas to wealthy foreigners, a case highlighting concerns over a controversial but...

  • Heathrow, Gatwick investing in anti-drone technology

    Heathrow, Gatwick investing in anti-drone technology

    Britain's two biggest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, are investing in anti-drone technology following severe disruption at Gatwick caused by drone sightings in the run-up to Christmas, spokesmen said on Friday. The British army was deployed to...

  • British navy joins patrol for Channel migrant dinghies

    British navy joins patrol for Channel migrant dinghies

    A British navy ship was patrolling the Channel on Friday in response to a wave of mostly Iranian asylum seekers risking the crossing from France in dinghies. HMS Mersey is filling the gap until two Border Force cutters return from the European...

  • Brexit TV drama airs in UK ahead of crunch vote

    Brexit TV drama airs in UK ahead of crunch vote

    A television drama starring Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch as the mastermind of the divisive campaign to pull Britain out of the European Union hits UK screens just as lawmakers gather for a momentous Brexit vote. "Brexit: The Uncivil...

  • Democrat Pelosi elected US House Speaker for second time

    Democrat Pelosi elected US House Speaker for second time

    Veteran Democratic lawmaker Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday for the second time, calling for unity but acknowledging she had "no illusions" that working with Republicans will be easy in the era of Donald Trump. Democrats...