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  • Is it time up for summer time?

    Is it time up for summer time?

    The European Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution which proponents hope marks the beginning of the end of summertime. The resolution notes that several scientific studies, including the European Parliamentary Research Service study of...

  • North Korea holds pre-Olympic military parade

    North Korea holds pre-Olympic military parade

    North Korea has held a military parade and rally in a central square in Pyongyang, the day before South Korea hosts the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim Jong Un, dressed in a long black winter coat, was shown walking on a...

  • More than 100 pro-Assad forces killed in thwarted attack-US official

    More than 100 pro-Assad forces killed in thwarted attack-US official

    More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed overnight when US coalition and coalition-backed local forces repelled their attack in eastern Syria, a US official said on Thursday. The heavy death toll underscored...

  • Australian hot-air balloon crash injures at least seven

    Australian hot-air balloon crash injures at least seven

    A hot-air balloon, hit by a surprise weather change, crash-landed on Thursday in a field near Australia's southern city of Melbourne, injuring at least seven tourists on board, officials said. Police said the passengers, some from Australia and...

  • US House Democratic Leader in record eight-hour speech

    US House Democratic Leader in record eight-hour speech

    US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for eight hours on the House floor where she told stories about the so-called Dreamers who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Her speech was intended to protest the budget deal...

  • Ex pope Benedict says he is in the last phase of his life

    Ex pope Benedict says he is in the last phase of his life

    Former pope Benedict said in a letter published in an Italian newspaper that he is in the last phase of life and on a "pilgrimage towards home". Benedict, who in February 2013 became the first pope in six centuries to resign, wrote a letter to the...

  • Dutch judge to seek answers from EU court on post-Brexit citizenship issues

    Dutch judge to seek answers from EU court on post-Brexit citizenship issues

    A Dutch judge has said he will ask the European Court of Justice to answer key questions about the rights of UK citizens on the continent post-Brexit, in a decision that could provide clarity for some one million Britons living in the EU. Judge...

  • Turkey 'has met EU criteria for visa-free travel'

    Turkey 'has met EU criteria for visa-free travel'

    A senior Turkish official said the country has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the European Union to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the 28-nation bloc. Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said...

  • Skiers hit the slopes in snow-covered Paris

    Skiers hit the slopes in snow-covered Paris

    Heavy snowfall has hit Paris and northern France, causing  severe travel disruptions. Snow has halted bus services in the capital, and rail operator SNCF was forced to slow down trains on several of its high-speed TGV lines. The weather caused...

  • Breakthrough in German coalition talks

    Breakthrough in German coalition talks

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed 'in principle' on Wednesday on a coalition deal, taking Europe's economic powerhouse a step closer to a new government. The agreement will lift much of the uncertainty...

  • Japanese princess' wedding postponed for two years

    The wedding of Japan's Princess Mako has been postponed for two years because of a lack of preparation, the Imperial Palace has said. It denied speculation that the decision was related to tabloid criticism of her fiance's family background. Mako...

  • Donald Trump wants Washington military parade

    Donald Trump wants Washington military parade

    Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of armed forces in Washington to celebrate US military strength, officials said. The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said the president wants an elaborate parade this...

  • Watch: World's biggest rocket launched - car floats in space

    Watch: World's biggest rocket launched - car floats in space

    A new SpaceX jumbo rocket built to be the world's most powerful launch vehicle in operation blasted off from Florida on Tuesday night in its debut test launch in a milestone for Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's rocket...

  • Rescue efforts continue after deadly earthquake off Taiwan

    Rescue efforts continue after deadly earthquake off Taiwan

    Updated 7.13am Wednesday -  Rescuers are continuing their efforts to save people trapped under rubble and find those unaccounted for after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan. At least four people have died and hundreds more are injured...

  • Assange arrest warrant is still valid - court

    Assange arrest warrant is still valid - court

    An arrest warrant against Julian Assange is still valid even though an investigation against him by the Swedish authorities has ended, a court has ruled. Lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder had argued that the warrant should be dismissed because it...

  • British PM announces review of newspaper industry

    British PM announces review of newspaper industry

    Theresa May has announced a review of the sustainability of Britain's newspaper industry in the face of falling circulations and online competition for advertising revenue. In a speech in Manchester, the Prime Minister described the free press as...

  • Pressure mounts on Zuma to resign as South African president

    Pressure mounts on Zuma to resign as South African president

    African National Congress leaders weighing the future of South Africa's Jacob Zuma will decide a "matter of serious concern" on Wednesday, a senior official said, heralding what could be a bid to unseat a president besieged by corruption...

  • EU throws open door to Balkans with 2025 target for membership

    EU throws open door to Balkans with 2025 target for membership

    The European Union sought on Tuesday to reinvigorate the membership ambitions of six Balkan states and reclaim the region as its own amid growing Russian and Chinese influence, setting 2025 as a goal for Serbia and Montenegro to join. Partly...

  • Bus-sized dinosaur dug up in Egypt

    Bus-sized dinosaur dug up in Egypt

    A dinosaur skeleton the size of a city bus has been unearthed in Egypt's Western Desert. Researchers from Mansoura University in the Nile Delta said the new species of long-necked herbivore could herald other desert dinosaur discoveries in a...

  • Body of Russian airman killed in Syria returned home

    Body of Russian airman killed in Syria returned home

    The body of Russian air force pilot Roman Fillipov, who was killed after his aircraft was shot down over rebel-held territory in Syria, has been returned to Russia, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying. The pilot's...