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  • Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

    Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

    European powers Thursday denounced Tehran's threat to resume nuclear work, drawing a sharp response from the Iranian foreign minister who accused them of caving in to US bullying. The three European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urged...

  • US hits China with higher tariffs, raising stakes in trade talks

    US hits China with higher tariffs, raising stakes in trade talks

    The United States pulled the trigger Friday on a steep increase in tariffs on Chinese products and Beijing immediately vowed to hit back, turning up the heat before a second day of trade negotiations. President Donald Trump got a briefing from his...

  • Chelsea Manning freed from jail in US contempt case

    Chelsea Manning freed from jail in US contempt case

    Former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was freed from a US jail on Thursday after two months in custody - but faces a possible return to the lockup as soon as next week, a support group said. Manning was jailed in early March for...

  • Break up Facebook, says company's co-founder

    Break up Facebook, says company's co-founder

    One of the co-founders of Facebook called on Thursday for the social media behemoth to be broken up, warning that the company's head, Mark Zuckerberg, had become far too powerful. "It's time to break up Facebook," said Chris Hughes, who along with...

  • Top jobs on the line in Europe's 'Game of Thrones'

    Top jobs on the line in Europe's 'Game of Thrones'

    EU leaders embarked the delicate task of filling key European posts Thursday, launching a diplomatic "Game of Thrones" sure to be filled with feuds, betrayals and last minute plot twists. The leaders came to discuss the future of Europe in the...

  • Italian ships rescue 66 migrants, Salvini says they cannot go to Italy

    Italian ships rescue 66 migrants, Salvini says they cannot go to Italy

    Sixty-six migrants were rescued in international waters off Libya on Thursday during two separate operations carried out by the Italian navy and a charity ship, raising the likelihood of a new stand-off over which port will take them in. The first...

  • Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

    Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

    Former England footballer David Beckham was on Thursday disqualified from driving for six months after using his phone while behind the wheel. The 44-year-old had previously admitted the offence after being spotted by a member of the public as he...

  • EU unveils 10-point blueprint for post-Brexit future

    EU unveils 10-point blueprint for post-Brexit future

    European leaders revealed a broad-brush statement of principles to guide them into the post-Brexit future on Thursday, promising a "new Union at 27 ready to embrace its future as one." Britain, the missing 28th EU member, has yet to complete its...

  • Putin hails military might on WWII Victory Day

    Putin hails military might on WWII Victory Day

    President Vladimir Putin vowed to ensure Russia's military strength as the country on Thursday marked World War II Victory Day, an event that has become increasingly important over his two-decade rule. The president's speech to thousands of...

  • Watch: Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

    Watch: Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

    Updated at 2.15pm Silence or covering up facts about abuse was not right - Pope Francis wanted everyone to speak up whenever there was a problem, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said on Thursday. He was addressing a briefing at the Vatican about a new...

  • 'Bollocks to Brexit': Lib Dems unveil new slogan

    'Bollocks to Brexit': Lib Dems unveil new slogan

    Britain's Liberal Democrats on Thursday unveiled "Bollocks to Brexit" as their stark new campaign slogan in the European Parliament election campaign. The centrist party, which performed well in council elections last week, is seeking to beef up...

  • North Korea fires again as US envoy visits

    North Korea fires again as US envoy visits

    North Korea welcomed a US envoy's visit to Seoul by firing at least one projectile for the second time in a week Thursday, the South's military said, as Pyongyang seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. The launch...

  • Former Greek finance minister running election campaign... in Berlin

    Former Greek finance minister running election campaign... in Berlin

    At the height of the Greek debt crisis, he crossed swords with German nemesis Wolfgang Schaeuble, who demanded drastic austerity in return for financial aid. Four years later, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is running in...

  • EU leaders sideline euro divisions at summit on future

    EU leaders sideline euro divisions at summit on future

    EU leaders meeting in a mountainous city in Romania on Thursday will discuss the future of Europe, but the fate of the euro will be mostly ignored. Launching the single currency is probably the EU's most ambitious achievement yet, two decades...

  • Watch: Theresa May compares her Brexit battle to Klopp's Liverpool

    Watch: Theresa May compares her Brexit battle to Klopp's Liverpool

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday compared her Brexit battle with Brussels to Liverpool footballers' stirring Champions League comeback against Barcelona - risking ridicule from the left-leaning city. The English club lost the first...

  • Italy avoids crisis by sacking far-right minister

    Italy avoids crisis by sacking far-right minister

    Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday sacked a graft-tainted junior minister close to far-right leader Matteo Salvini, averting a government crisis weeks ahead of European elections. "There was a very frank and uncommon cabinet...

  • It's Archie - Prince Harry, Meghan name their baby boy

    It's Archie -  Prince Harry, Meghan name their baby boy

    Updated 4.47pm with name announcement - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have named their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The announcement came hours after the royal couple  gave the world the first glimpse of their "dream" newborn...

  • Qatar accuses UAE of 'violence and hatred' at world court

    Qatar accuses UAE of 'violence and hatred' at world court

    Qatar accused the United Arab Emirates Wednesday of a "campaign of violence and hatred" against its citizens, urging the International Court of Justice to quash a case brought by Abu Dhabi. The Gulf states are locked in a battle at the UN's top...

  • Owner of 'Sugar Daddy' site fined in Belgium

    Owner of 'Sugar Daddy' site fined in Belgium

    An entrepreneur and his firm on Wednesday were fined more than €250,000 in Belgium for promoting prostitution through a "Sugar Daddy" dating website for rich men and young women. The Brussels court also gave Sigurd Vedal, a 57-year-old Norwegian...

  • EU plans life after Brexit and scramble for top jobs

    EU plans life after Brexit and scramble for top jobs

    European leaders meet in Transylvania on Thursday to launch a scramble for the top jobs in Brussels and sketch a future without Britain, the ghost at their summit feast. Just two weeks before European Parliament elections that could usher in a new...