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  • 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...

  • Three Italian mayors defy Salvini on migrants

    Three Italian mayors defy Salvini on migrants

    The mayors of three large Italian cities are refusing to obey a controversial anti-immigration law penned by far-right deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, slamming it as unconstitutional. Salvini, also interior minister, on Thursday, demanded...

  • Ryanair gets UK licence in case of no-deal Brexit

    Ryanair gets UK licence in case of no-deal Brexit

    Ireland's no-frills carrier Ryanair said on Thursday that its UK subsidiary has received a licence allowing it to operate in Britain in case of a no-deal Brexit. The airline, which also reported flying nearly 140 million passengers last year, said...

  • Democrats to take on Trump as divided US Congress gets to work

    Democrats to take on Trump as divided US Congress gets to work

    Democrats take over the US House of Representatives on Thursday, ushering in a new era of divided government in Washington with the goal of checking Donald Trump's turbulent presidency. Battle-tested Nancy Pelosi was poised to take over as speaker...

  • 372,000 German drivers join legal action against Volkswagen

    372,000 German drivers join legal action against Volkswagen

    Some 372,000 German owners of Volkswagen cars fitted with motors that cheated emissions tests have joined a collective legal action against the auto giant, official figures showed Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of people signed up to the...

  • Annual migrant deaths in Mediterranean fall by over a quarter: UNHCR

    Annual migrant deaths in Mediterranean fall by over a quarter: UNHCR

    The number of migrants who died or went missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean fell by more than a quarter in 2018 over the previous year, to 2,262, the UN refugee agency said Thursday.  The number of migrants who arrived in Europe after...

  • Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

    Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

    Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh on Thursday. All 11 accused were present with their lawyers at...

  • N. Korean diplomat in Italy 'in hiding': South's spy agency

    N. Korean diplomat in Italy 'in hiding': South's spy agency

    North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding, a Seoul lawmaker told reporters after a closed-door meeting with South Korean intelligence officials on Thursday. "Acting ambassador Jo Song Gil's term was ending in late November last year...

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