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  • Austria takes over EU presidency with pledge for security

    Austria takes over EU presidency with pledge for security

    Austria has taken over the rotating presidency of the European Union with a pledge to better secure the 28-nation bloc's external borders. At a ceremony outside the Alpine town of Schladming on Saturday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the...

  • Merkel secures asylum seeker return deals with 14 EU countries

    Merkel secures asylum seeker return deals with 14 EU countries

    Fourteen European Union countries have said they are prepared to sign deals with Germany to take back asylum seekers who had previously registered elsewhere, part of an effort to placate Chancellor Angela Merkel's restive Bavarian allies. In a...

  • Rape of 7-year-old in India sparks protests

    Rape of 7-year-old in India sparks protests

    Thousands of people took to the streets in central India this week demanding the death penalty for assailants who raped a seven-year-old girl lured away from school as she waited to be picked up by her parents. Two men have been arrested for the...

  • Put back on terror-financing watch list, Pakistan vows to improve

    Put back on terror-financing watch list, Pakistan vows to improve

    Placed back on a terror financing watch list this week, Pakistan vowed on Saturday to tighten regulations and follow an action plan to curb money laundering and terror financing. Pakistani officials attending a meeting in Paris had tried in vain...

  • Hundreds march to remember newspaper office shooting victims

    Hundreds march to remember newspaper office shooting victims

    More than 1,000 people have marched through Maryland's capital to remember the five people killed in a newspaper office shooting. Hoisting #AnnapolisStrong signs, friends, residents and former co-workers took part in a strikingly silent candlelit...

  • Shocking pictures of shipwrecked migrant babies emerge

    Shocking pictures of shipwrecked migrant babies emerge

    Pictures have emerged showing Libyan security forces and a civilian carrying the bodies of three baby migrants who died after an inflatable dinghy boat capsized off the coast of Libya. The corpses were brought ashore in al-Hmidiya, east of the...

  • US government says it will detain migrant children with parents

    US government says it will detain migrant children with parents

    The US government said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the US border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings. A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores...

  • Spanish NGO offers of help to migrants rebuffed

    Spanish NGO offers of help to migrants rebuffed

    A Spanish NGO believes that it had tried to respond to a distress call from the 100 migrants on Friday morning that were reported to have drowned later. The Open Arms vessel, the Astral, said that it had been told by the Italian officials at the...

  • Put your cards on the table, EU makes last Brexit call to Britain

    Put your cards on the table, EU makes last Brexit call to Britain

    The European Union issued Prime Minister Theresa May a final Brexit warning on Friday -- put your cards on the table, offer ways to overcome "huge" differences and prevent Britain from crashing out of the bloc without a deal. On the second day of...

  • UN hopeful for Yemen peace deal

    UN hopeful for Yemen peace deal

    The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said on Friday it would welcome a political deal to end the conflict but indicated it would keep insisting on a complete withdrawal by the Houthis from territory seized since 2014. The...

  • Maryland man charged with 5 murders in newsroom attack

    Maryland man charged with 5 murders in newsroom attack

    A Maryland man was charged with multiple counts of murder on Friday, a day after police say he rampaged through a newsroom in Annapolis with a shotgun and killed five people in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history. Police...

  • Rocket blasts off carrying AI robot and strong coffee for space station crew

    Rocket blasts off carrying AI robot and strong coffee for space station crew

    A SpaceX rocket that flew just two months ago with a Nasa satellite has roared back into action, launching the first orbiting robot with artificial intelligence and other station supplies. The used Falcon rocket blasted off hauling nearly 2,700kg...

  • 100 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya

    100 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya

    About 100 migrants are missing at sea, feared dead after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the North African country's coast guard said. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said the coast guard rescued 14 migrants but he could not provide definitive...

  • Iraq hangs 12 prisoners as PM urges rapid executions

    Iraq hangs 12 prisoners as PM urges rapid executions

    Twelve prisoners convicted on terror charges in Iraq have been hanged following a recommendation by the premier to speed up the executions. Haider al-Abadi's office announced on Friday that the convicts were hanged the previous evening after they...

  • National museum reopens in Serbia following 15-year renovation project

    National museum reopens in Serbia following 15-year renovation project

    The main museum in Serbia has been reopened 15 years after it was closed for renovation following neglect during an era of wars and economic crisis in the 1990s. Hundreds of people flocked to the National Museum in central Belgrade as it opened...

  • Nine killed as oil-carrying truck crashes in Nigeria

    Nine killed as oil-carrying truck crashes in Nigeria

    Nine people have died after an oil-carrying tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on a bridge in Lagos, Nigerian officials said. The Lagos state emergency management agency said in a statement that one of the dead was a child. Another four...

  • Have faith, Thai Prime Minister tells families of boys missing in cave

    Have faith, Thai Prime Minister tells families of boys missing in cave

    Thailand's prime minister has visited the flooded cave complex where rescuers have been searching for 12 boys and their football coach missing for six days and urged their relatives to not give up hope. "There has to be faith. Faith makes...

  • EU cuts migration deal after marathon talks, differences remain

    EU cuts migration deal after marathon talks, differences remain

    Updated Friday 10.35am European leaders reached a deal on migration in the early hours of Friday after tense and lengthy talks, but the pledges made to strengthen borders were vague and a bleary-eyed German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded...

  • Five killed in 'targeted'shooting at Maryland newspaper

    Five killed in 'targeted'shooting at Maryland newspaper

    A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked journalists at a newspaper in Maryland's capital, killing five people before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said. Police said the suspect was a...

  • France signals EU states refusing to take migrants could tackle crisis in other ways

    France signals EU states refusing to take migrants could tackle crisis in other ways

    France, seeking to break a European Union impasse over migrants, favours allowing member states that refuse to take a share of a Brussels-imposed quota to provide more money to the EU border agency or to other elements of the bloc's response to...