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  • Trump to ramp up Mexico wall row with speech, border visit

    Trump to ramp up Mexico wall row with speech, border visit

    President Donald Trump is set to deliver a primetime address to the nation on immigration as he pushes for a showdown in his battle for a controversial US-Mexico border wall. Trump's plans for a national address at 3pm Wednesday (Malta time) and a...

  • France to ban participation in unauthorised protests

    France to ban participation in unauthorised protests

    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday announced plans to ban participation in unauthorised demonstrations as the government scrambles to try to end weeks of violent "yellow vest" protests. Seven weeks into an anti-government rebellion...

  • Amnesty slams India for deporting Rohingya to Myanmar

    Amnesty slams India for deporting Rohingya to Myanmar

    Amnesty International on Monday accused India of disregarding international law after a Rohingya family was deported to Myanmar where the military is accused of genocide against the stateless Muslim minority. The family of five, who had been in...

  • Three dead, four missing after heavy snow in Austria

    Three dead, four missing after heavy snow in Austria

    Three skiers in Austria died at the weekend and four others are still missing after heavy snowfall plunged large parts of the country into chaos, authorities said on Monday. Two German skiers were killed in avalanches in the western region of...

  • Pope vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

    Pope vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

    Pope Francis vowed justice for victims of clerical sex abuse Monday, describing paedophilia as one of the "vilest" crimes ahead of a historic global meet on the crisis roiling the church. "I cannot refrain from speaking of one of the plagues of...

  • Britain's battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote

    Britain's battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote

    Britain's battle over Brexit resumes Monday as parliament returns from its Christmas break to debate and - most likely - defeat Prime Minister Theresa May's unpopular EU divorce deal. The stakes could hardly be higher as the clock ticks down to...

  • China executes kindergarten knife attacker

    China executes kindergarten knife attacker

    China has executed a farmer who attacked several children with a knife at a kindergarten in a southern Chinese city two years ago, state media reported Monday. Yan Pengan was executed last Friday for slashing young children at the school in the...

  • French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

    French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

    The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon,...

  • Egypt's President Sisi inaugurates big Coptic cathedral after bomb blast

    Egypt's President Sisi inaugurates big Coptic cathedral after bomb blast

    Egypt inaugurated a massive cathedral under heavy security on Coptic Christmas Eve Sunday, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a church in the country where jihadists have repeatedly targeted Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi observed a...

  • Trump on ending shutdown: 'We have to build the wall'

    Trump on ending shutdown: 'We have to build the wall'

    President Donald Trump stood firm Sunday on his demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico, which has forced a shutdown of the US government now entering its third week. "We have to build the wall," Trump told reporters as he...

  • Key plotter in USS Cole attack has been killed - Trump

    Key plotter in USS Cole attack has been killed - Trump

    President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that the US military has killed one of the architects of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that left 17 American servicemen dead. The military said Friday that Al-Qaeda operative Jamal al-Badawi was believed...

  • Orthodox patriarch hands over decree on independent Ukraine church

    Orthodox patriarch hands over decree on independent Ukraine church

    The Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch on Sunday handed over a formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church to its leader, Metropolitan Yepifaniy. The decree was signed at a landmark ceremony on Saturday, putting the...

  • Two British soldiers injured in Syria by IS missile

    Two British soldiers injured in Syria by IS missile

    Two British soldiers were wounded in eastern Syria by a missile fired by the Islamic State group, an NGO said.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pair were part of the international anti-jihadist coalition, led by the United...

  • 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...

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