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  • 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...

  • France confirms contested arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

    France confirms contested arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

    The French government confirmed Wednesday that a new shipment of weapons will head for Saudi Arabia, despite claims Riyadh is using the arms in the Yemen war. Defence Minister Florence Parly told BFM television the weapons would be loaded onto a...

  • Suicide blast at popular Pakistani shrine kills at least 10

    Suicide blast at popular Pakistani shrine kills at least 10

    A suicide blast at one of Pakistan's oldest and most popular Sufi shrines killed at least 10 people and wounded 24 in the eastern city of Lahore Wednesday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban. The blast - which a faction of...

  • Car ploughs into kindergarten children in Japan, killing two

    Car ploughs into kindergarten children in Japan, killing two

    A car ploughed into a group of kindergarten children in western Japan's Shiga region on Wednesday, killing two toddlers and injuring others, police said. Police said the car veered onto the pavement after making "contact" with another larger...

  • Iran to suspend some nuclear deal commitments: ministry

    Iran to suspend some nuclear deal commitments: ministry

    Iran has decided to suspend some of its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with major powers abandoned by Washington last year, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday. "The decision of the high security council to 'stop acting on...

  • Student killed in US school shooting near Columbine

    Student killed in US school shooting near Columbine

    A teenaged student was fatally shot and multiple others were wounded Tuesday in a school shooting by fellow pupils in the US state of Colorado, across town from one of the worst gun massacres in the country's modern history. "It is with extreme...

  • Blast in Pakistan's Lahore kills at least 4, wounds 24: state media

    Blast in Pakistan's Lahore kills at least 4, wounds 24: state media

    Updated 7.40am A blast at one of Pakistan's oldest and most popular Sufi shrines killed at least four people and wounded 24 in the eastern city of Lahore Wednesday, police said, as the country marks the fasting month of Ramadan. Police have said...

  • Crew of pirated Maltese-flagged ship rescued by the Spanish Navy

    Crew of pirated Maltese-flagged ship rescued by the Spanish Navy

    A joint Spanish and Equatorial Guinea naval operation has rescued 20 crew members on a merchant ship from a hijacking by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, the Spanish defence ministry said Tuesday. The captain of the Maltese-flagged vessel sounded...

  • Armed teenager holds four women hostage in French bar

    Armed teenager holds four women hostage in French bar

    An armed teenager was on Tuesday holding four women hostage at a bar near the southern French city of Toulouse, prosecutors and a police source told AFP.  But officials said there was no suspicion of any terror-related motive.  "The suspect is...

  • Libya's Haftar forces down warplane, capture Portuguese pilot near Tripoli

    Libya's Haftar forces down warplane, capture Portuguese pilot near Tripoli

    Troops loyal to Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar said Tuesday they shot down a warplane and captured its foreign "mercenary" pilot near the capital Tripoli. The Mirage F1 was downed in Al-Hira region, 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of the...

  • European Parliament elections to go ahead in Britain

    European Parliament elections to go ahead in Britain

    Britain will hold elections to the European Parliament later this month regardless of what happens in ongoing talks with the opposition to pass a Brexit deal, Prime Minister Theresa May's de facto deputy said on Tuesday. "Given how little time...

  • Italy warns against military action in Libya

    Italy warns against military action in Libya

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned Tuesday against possible military action in Libya, as the head of Tripoli's internationally recognised government, Fayez al-Sarraj, kicked off a European tour to drum up support against a possible...

  • Russia probes pilot error after deadly plane blaze

    Russia probes pilot error after deadly plane blaze

    Russian investigators said on Tuesday they are considering pilot error as the cause of a crash-landing that saw a plane erupt in flames at Moscow's busiest airport and kill 41 people. The Sukhoi Superjet-100 had just flown out of Sheremetyevo...

  • EU leaders to look ahead to common future at Sibiu summit

    EU leaders to look ahead to common future at Sibiu summit

    EU leaders will meet in Sibiu on May 9, as suggested by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address, to discuss the EU's next strategic agenda for the period 2019-2024. They will exchange views on the challenges and priorities for the...

  • Brexit-era EU risks 'implosion', Dutch minister warns

    Brexit-era EU risks 'implosion', Dutch minister warns

    Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra warned Tuesday that the EU faces "the smouldering threat of implosion" as Britain and other key countries reject it. "The bitter reality is that we have a Union in which part of the population, mainly in...

  • Britain eagerly awaits royal baby name

    Britain eagerly awaits royal baby name

    Thrilled Britons bet on baby names and congratulations poured in on Tuesday after Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed the royal family's first known mixed-race member. Harry on Monday announced the birth of the couple's first - a son who will be...

  • German says Istanbul election re-run is 'not transparent and incomprehensible'

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday criticised plans to re-run Istanbul's mayoral election as "not transparent and incomprehensible to us". "Who holds the office of Istanbul's mayor can only be decided by the will of the Turkish voters,"...

  • Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists after global outrage

    Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists after global outrage

    Two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison on Tuesday, freed in a presidential amnesty after a vigorous global campaign for their release. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were mobbed by media...

  • US 'sex slave' guru goes on trial in New York

    US 'sex slave' guru goes on trial in New York

    The trial of an American "self-help" guru who for years presided over a secretive society of women sex slaves begins Tuesday in New York, where his former female supporters may be called to testify against him. Six people had been due to appear in...

  • Indonesia's Mt Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

    Indonesia's Mt Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

    An Indonesian volcano erupted Tuesday, sending a massive column of ash and smoke 2,000 metres into the air, coating local villages in debris. Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island - which has been rumbling since 2010 and saw a deadly eruption in 2016 -...