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  • Chinese newspaper says diplomatic ties with Vatican inevitable

    Chinese newspaper says diplomatic ties with Vatican inevitable

    China and the Vatican will establish formal diplomatic relations sooner or later because Pope Francis has the "wisdom" to resolve problems between the two sides, a state-run Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday, amid increasing controversy over the...

  • Watch: Leading ivory trade investigator found dead in Kenya

    Watch: Leading ivory trade investigator found dead in Kenya

    A prominent American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade has been found dead in Kenya, just before he was expected to publish a new expose on Asia's influence on the smuggling racket. Esmond Bradley-Martin was reportedly found...

  • EU's chief negotiator tells Britain: Time has come to make Brexit choice

    EU's chief negotiator tells Britain: Time has come to make Brexit choice

    The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told Britain on Monday that the time had come for Britain to make a choice on what sort of relationship it wanted with the bloc after Brexit. Britain has ruled out staying in any customs...

  • US urges Maldives to respect rule of law amid state of emergency

    US urges Maldives to respect rule of law amid state of emergency

    The United States on Monday called on the Maldives government and military to respect the rule of law after the president of the archipelago declared a state of emergency. "America stands with the people of Maldives. The Maldivian government and...

  • Turkey detains nearly 600 for opposing Syrian offensive

    Turkey detains nearly 600 for opposing Syrian offensive

    Turkey has so far detained 573 people for social media posts and protests criticising its military offensive in Syria, the government said on Monday. The crackdown, which has extended to the national medical association, has deepened concerns...

  • Gymnastics doctor gets up to 125 more years in prison

    Gymnastics doctor gets up to 125 more years in prison

    Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison in a Michigan courtroom on Monday for sexually abusing young female gymnasts, following an earlier sentence of up to 175 years last month. Nassar,...

  • Paris attack suspect refuses to answer Belgian court's questions

    Paris attack suspect refuses to answer Belgian court's questions

    The prime surviving suspect in the 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris said on Monday he would answer no questions as his trial in Belgium over a shooting that preceded his arrest got under way. Salah Abdeslam, 28, his long black hair and beard a...

  • Turkish President Erdogan meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

    Turkish President Erdogan meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met Pope Francis on Monday in talks focused on Jerusalem and the fallout from US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the holy city as the capital of Israel. Both have expressed concern at the move that...

  • Watch: Too dangerous for millions of refugees to be sent back to Syria

    Watch: Too dangerous for millions of refugees to be sent back to Syria

    Hundreds of thousands of refugees are at risk of being pushed to return to Syria in 2018, despite ongoing violence, bombing and shelling endangering the lives of civilians, leading humanitarian agencies have warned in a report. For every Syrian...

  • Record snowfall kills one, injures five in Moscow

    Record snowfall kills one, injures five in Moscow

    Moscow has been hit by the heaviest snowfall since records began, killing one person and injuring five others. More than half the monthly average, almost 40 cm of snow fell on Saturday beating the previous record from 1957. The deadly snowfall...

  • Snowstorm brings chaos to Moscow

    Snowstorm brings chaos to Moscow

    A weekend-long snowstorm in Moscow has delayed flights, cut power supplies to nearby villages and even prompted authorities to call a snow day - a highly unusual occurrence in the frost-resistant Russian capital. The Meteorological Office said on...

  • Final push in German coalition talks

    Final push in German coalition talks

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats have embarked on a final push for an agreement on a new German government, though negotiators appeared likely to need one more day. The effort to put together a...

  • Amtrak train 'on wrong track' in fatal South Carolina collision

    Amtrak train 'on wrong track' in fatal South Carolina collision

    Updated 8.43 pm - An Amtrak passenger train apparently travelling on the wrong track collided with a parked freight train in South Carolina on Sunday, killing two crew members and injuring at least 116 other people in the railroad's third fatal...

  • 4,000-year-old tomb found near Cairo

    4,000-year-old tomb found near Cairo

    Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo. Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery on Saturday and said the tomb is likely to have belonged to a high-ranking official known...

  • N Korea used embassy in Germany to acquire military equipment

    N Korea used embassy in Germany to acquire military equipment

    North Korea has used its embassy in Berlin to acquire equipment apparently intended for its missile or nuclear programmes, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has said. The comments by BfV agency head Hans-Georg Maassen were...

  • Trump claims memo totally vindicates him in Russia probe

    Trump claims memo totally vindicates him in Russia probe

    Donald Trump has claimed complete vindication from a congressional memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance powers during the investigation into his campaign's possible Russia ties. But the memo also includes revelations that might complicate...

  • Russian warplane downed in Syria, pilot killed after ejecting by parachute

    A Russian warplane was brought down in Syria's Idlib province on Saturday, and the pilot was killed during "a fight" after ejecting by parachute, the TASS news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying. Syrian rebels said previously on...

  • With an eye on Russia, US to increase nuclear capabilities

    With an eye on Russia, US to increase nuclear capabilities

    Concerned about Russia's growing tactical nuclear weapons, the United States will expand its nuclear capabilities, a policy document released on Friday said, a move some critics say could increase the risk of miscalculation between the two...

  • Man opens fire on African migrants in Italian town

    Man opens fire on African migrants in Italian town

    A man opened fire on passers-by in the central Italian city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring several African migrants, police said, in an attack that appeared to be racially motivated. The shootings happened just days after the dismembered body...

  • Hawaii worker who sent out false missile alert was '100% sure it was real'

    Hawaii worker who sent out false missile alert was '100% sure it was real'

    A former Hawaii state worker who sent a false missile alert last month has said he is devastated for causing panic but was "100% sure" at the time that the attack was real. The man in his 50s spoke to reporters on the condition that he not be...