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Italy police grants asylum seeker humanitarian residency after attack

An Italian police commissioner on Thursday granted a humanitarian residency permit to a Nigerian asylum seeker after he barely survived a racially motivated attack.

Global probe leads to Israeli's arrest after Jewish centre threats

Israeli police were questioning a Jewish-Israeli teenager on Thursday after he was arrested during an international investigation into a wave of bomb threats against US Jewish centres.

Erdogan accuses Bulgaria of pressuring ethnic Turks ahead of vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Bulgaria of putting pressure on its ethnic Turks ahead of this weekend's Bulgarian elections, as relations between Ankara and European nations show no signs of improving.

Police name British-born Khalid Masood as London attacker

British-born Khalid Masood, 52, is the man authorities believe carried out terrorist attack in London, the Metropolitan Police said Thursday.

Eurovision to let Russian singer perform remotely due to Ukraine ban

A Russian singer banned by Ukraine from entering the country will be able to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest through a live video link, the contest's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said Thursday.

French citizen kidnapped in eastern Chad

A French citizen has been kidnapped in the central African nation of Chad, the Foreign Ministry in Paris and the Chadian government said Thursday.

Belgium police arrest driver speeding through Antwerp shopping area

Belgian police arrested a driver who was speeding through a busy shopping street in Antwerp, causing pedestrians to run to safety, police said Thursday.

More than 100 civilians killed in Mosul blast

More than 100 civilians were killed in a powerful explosion in a residential area of Mosul, where Iraq is battling to drive out Islamic State from its last key stronghold in the country, an army officer and an activist said Thursday.

France's Marine Le Pen to visit Russian parliament

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to visit Moscow on Friday to meet with Russian lawmakers, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament announced.

EU calls on Turkish ambassador to explain Erdogan comments

The European Union has called on Turkey's ambassador to the EU to explain apparently threatening remarks made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards the bloc, a spokeswoman for the EU's foreign affairs service said Thursday.

Host of EU summit Rome tightens security after London attack

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti met with intelligence and anti-terrorism officials Thursday to assess threat levels after the London attack and ahead of an EU summit in Rome.

Austrian minister balks at refugee relocations from Italy

Austria should not admit any asylum seekers from Italy under the EU relocation programme, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Thursday, pointing to the large number that his country has already taken in.

Islamic State claims London attacker as its 'soldier'

The Islamic State extremist group claims that the attacker who rammed pedestrians and stabbed a police officer in central London was one of its "soldiers."

Italy's taxi drivers strike over proposed Uber regulations

Taxi drivers went on strike across Italy on Thursday over a government proposal to regulate new market players, such as Uber.

Four terrorist cell suspects arrested in Italy

Italian police have arrested four suspected members of a terrorist cell that spread propaganda on social media, police tweeted Thursday.

28 migrants escape unharmed after truck smuggling them catches fire

Twenty-eight migrants had to be rescued when a truck smuggling them into Bulgaria from Turkey caught fire, the Focus news agency reported on Thursday, quoting police.

Greek foreign minister calls on EU to boost help for refugee crisis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias called on the European Union on Thursday to boost its support to help Athens handle the refugee crisis ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

UN: 400,000 people trapped in Mosul's old city

Some 400,000 people are unable to leave the old city of Mosul as the Iraqi army tries to capture the area that is still under control of Islamic State extremists, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Thursday.

Ex-Russian lawmaker, a Kremlin critic, shot dead in central Kiev

Former Russian parliament member Denis Voronenkov was shot dead on Thursday outside the Premier Palace Hotel in central Kiev, state media reported.

Turkey calls in Russian envoy over Kurdish enclave in Syria

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has called in the Russian chargé d'affaires, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.

10 Egyptian army personnel killed in Sinai bombings

Ten Egyptian army personnel were killed in two roadside bombings during a raid on suspected militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a military official said on Thursday.

Major Ukrainian munitions depot goes up in flames, sabotage alleged

One of Ukraine's largest munitions depots went up in flames on Thursday in what the military is calling an act of sabotage.

British police say 7 arrested after London terrorist attack

Seven people have been arrested and six addresses raided in connection with the deadly car-and-knife rampage outside the British parliament, police said Thursday.

Armed groups occupying schools prevent children's education in CAR

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have prevented children from getting an education for several years by occupying, looting and damaging school buildings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday.

AIIB expands membership by 13 countries and regions

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese-led initiative to spur development in the region, on Thursday announced it had expanded its membership by 13 countries and regions to a total of 70 members.

Terrorism expert on London: Everything points to an Islamist attack

Terrorism expert Peter Neumann's research at King's College in London focuses on how potential attackers become radicalized. He believes the London incident may be an Islamist attack.

London attack: What we know and don't know so far

An attacker, believed to have been "inspired by international terrorism," deliberately drove a car into pedestrians on central London's Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon before stabbing a police officer to death outside the British parliament.

Five dead, 40 injured in terrorist attack near British parliament

The death toll has risen to five, with about 40 injured, after an attacker drove a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before running through an adjacent gate to the British parliament and stabbing a police officer.

Global coalition 'firmly united' in effort to defeat Islamic State

The global coalition to defeat and destroy Islamic State recommitted itself to the effort Wednesday, calling for "an integrated, multidimensional, and comprehensive approach."

Republican hard-liners say they will block Trump's health-care plan

A group of conservative legislators within the US Republican Party said Wednesday that they had enough votes to block legislation backed by President Donald Trump to replace the current health insurance system.

Trump communications may have been gathered in intelligence sweep

US President Donald Trump's communications may have been swept up as part of an intelligence operation, the head of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

EU's Brexit negotiator: EU will be 'friendly' but 'never naive'

The European Union will aim for a successful agreement over the terms of Britain's exit from the bloc, EU chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier said Wednesday.

Scottish lawmakers delay referendum debate due to London attack

The Scottish parliament suspended its sessions on Wednesday following an apparent terrorist attack near the British parliament at Westminster.

Suspected acquaintance of Berlin attacker Amri detained

A man suspected of being involved in a violent incident in a Berlin shisha bar last year, which also involved Christmas market truck attacker Anis Amri, has been detained by police in the German capital.

Bulgarian conservatives, opposition neck-and-neck ahead of snap poll

Political stability remains elusive in Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state. Voters go to the polls on Sunday for their third early election in four years, but forecasters see another less-than-decisive outcome on the horizon.

US, Kurdish forces land near IS stronghold in Syria, watchdog says

US and allied Kurd-led forces landed near the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria in a move aimed at tightening the noose around the extremist militia there, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Police: Four dead, 20 injured in attack near British parliament

Four people have died and at least 20 were injured near the British parliament in central London on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said, in what the force described as a "terrorist incident."

Erdogan threatens Europeans, hits back over detention of journalists

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europeans that they may not be safe if Europe's current approach to his country continues, in his latest salvo in a heated row between the two sides.

Israel condemns Nazi accusations against German government

Israel has condemned recent comments likening the current German government to the Nazi regime.

Police targeted in Northern Ireland bomb explosion

A bomb exploded in the town of Strabane in Northern Ireland in an apparent attempt to kill police officers, the police said on Wednesday, but no injuries were reported.

Ukraine bans Russian Eurovision hopeful who performed in Crimea

Russia's Eurovision hopeful - who has become a source of controversy in host country Ukraine for a 2015 performance in Russian-annexed Crimea - was on Wednesday banned from Ukraine for three years, a move that will likely further degrade relations.

120 schoolchildren hospitalized in Egypt for food poisoning

Some 120 schoolchildren in an Egyptian province had to be taken to hospital this week after showing symptoms of food poisoning, a health official said Wednesday.

Norway grants asylum to Turkish officers after failed coup

Norway has granted political asylum to four Turkish officers and a military attache who feared reprisals after last year's failed coup in Turkey, an attorney said Wednesday.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

Germany set to compensate homosexuals convicted in post-war era

German homosexuals convicted under tough anti-gay laws in place for decades after World War II are to be compensated under draft legislation agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday.

Hindu right-wing activists get life in jail for bombing Muslim shrine

Two Hindu right-wing activists were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for a bombing at a Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people in 2007, lawyers said.

Cops capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10 years on the run

A 'Ndrangheta Mafia boss who has been in hiding for 10 years was captured by Italian police at dawn on Wednesday.

NATO eyes new date for meeting so Tillerson can attend

NATO is discussing moving next month's meeting of foreign ministers in order for US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend, the alliance's chief told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Seoul says North Korea missile test failed

North Korea carried out a missile test that failed on Wednesday, South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

33 civilians killed in airstrikes on IS stronghold in Syria

At least 33 civilians have been killed in airstrikes believed to have been mounted by US-led coalition planes near Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria, a monitoring group said Wednesday. 

Palestinian killed by Israeli tank fire near Gaza security fence

A Palestinian was killed near the security fence in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the Israeli army fired at three people, a spokesman for the enclave's Health Ministry said.

Manila protests China plan to build radar station on disputed shoal

The Philippine government has filed a protest against China’s plan to construct an environmental radar station at a disputed shoal within the country’s exclusive economic zone, officials said Wednesday.

India police launch "Anti-Romeo Squads" to protect women

Police in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh have begun deploying "anti-Romeo squads" who conduct surprise checks in public areas to curb sexual harassment and taunting of women, officials said Wednesday.

Belgium marks first anniversary of deadliest attacks in its history

Solemn commemorations were held at the Brussels international airport and one of the city's metro stations as Belgium marked the first anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks in its history on Wednesday.

23 ports closed due to abnormal waves in flood-hit Peru

Authorities in Peru have temporarily closed 23 ports due to abnormal waves thought to be linked to a "coastal El Nino" weather pattern, as the country suffers its worst flooding in decades.

Francisco Guterres wins East Timor's presidential election

East Timor's former parliament chief Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres has won the country's presidential election, according to a provisional tally.

Mozambique to pocket 350 million dollars from ExxonMobil, ENI deal

Mozambique is to pocket 350 million dollars in capital gains tax after Italian energy company ENI sold a stake in a major gas field to ExxonMobil, Anibal Mbalango of the country's Tax Revenue Authority said Tuesday.

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting in Brussels but will travel to Russia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers next month in Brussels, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.

Ex-president Park questioned by prosecutors for 14 hours

Impeached South Korean president Park Geun Hye spent around 14 hours being interrogated by prosecutors on Tuesday, a lawyer for Park said.

Iran: nuclear deal could end if US maintains sanctions

Iran could withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, if Washington continues to block its implementation, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency on Tuesday.

Turkey calls in German envoy, condemns Kurdish rally in Netherlands

Turkey's Foreign Ministry called in the German charge d'affaires on Tuesday over comments by the head of Germany's intelligence agency regarding last year's coup attempt.

Thousands flee to Somalia's cities as drought claims more lives

Thousands of people in drought-stricken Somalia are heading to cities in search of food, water and medical help, as the crisis continues to claim lives.

Scotland's Sturgeon seeks approval for second independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday asked the devolved parliament to approve her plans to hold a second referendum on Scotland's independence from Britain.

Confusion surrounds US electronics ban for Middle East flights

A new US security measure banning large electronic devices from airliner cabins on direct flights to the United States from 10 Middle Eastern hubs left travellers in confusion Tuesday.

Trump signs NASA funding bill, with goal of Mars exploration

US President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday a measure that sets out funding plans for space exploration with the goal of eventually sending humans to Mars.

Downing Street: Britain to follow US flight ban on laptops in cabins

Britain will follow the United States by banning laptops and other larger electronic devices from passenger cabins on some inbound flights from Middle Eastern and African nations, the government said on Tuesday.

Car bomb in Somali capital leaves at least five dead

A suicide car bombing on Tuesday killed at least five people near the gates of Somalia's presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, police officer Mohamed Dahir told dpa.

South Sudanese rebels demand million-dollar ransom for oil workers

South Sudanese rebels have demanded a ransom of one million dollars for four kidnapped oil workers, the South Sudanese government confirmed on Tuesday.

'Beauty and the Beast' to show in Malaysia complete with 'gay moment'

"Beauty and the Beast" will be screened in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney said on Tuesday, after a controversy over a gay moment in the film had postponed its release.

India's holy rivers get same legal rights as humans

India's most sacred rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, can be treated in India starting immediately as having the same legal rights as a human, lawyers said on Tuesday.

Gazprom, Eni signal intent to jointly develop Southern Gas Corridor

Italian oil and gas giant Eni said on Tuesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with its Russian counterpart Gazprom to jointly develop the so-called Southern Gas Corridor from Russia to Europe.

Duterte glosses over Beijing as he calls for South China Sea peace

There needs to be peace and stability in the South China Sea, called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday during a visit to Thailand. However, he shied away from making comments about China's contentious claims to the disputed region.

Lukashenko says 20 militants captured over planned attack in Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Tuesday that authorities have captured about 20 militants planning to conduct an armed provocation to foment unrest in the country.

Three teens handed prison terms for Sikh temple bombing in Germany

Three teenagers have been sentenced to between six and seven years in prison after a German court found them responsible for a bomb attack at a Sikh temple in the western city of Essen last year in which three people were injured.

Syrian opposition groups agree to take part in Geneva peace talks

Syrian opposition groups have agreed to take part in the next round of peace talks in Geneva, the office of UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura confirmed on Tuesday.

Erdogan: Turkey won't be threatened by talk of EU accession process

Threats about Turkey's accession process towards EU membership

'EU open for business' leaders say, as Japan's PM pushes trade deal

"The EU is open for business," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, before heading into a meeting convened to push for a swift conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the EU by the end of this year.

Almost 10 million watched French presidential debate

Some 9.8 million viewers tuned in to Monday night's French presidential debate, according to one of the television channels that broadcast it.

EU's Hahn returns to Macedonia in new bid to defuse political crisis

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn was to return to Skopje on Tuesday to press Macedonia's President Gorge Ivanov into recognizing the result of snap elections after Ivanov blocked the opposition leader from becoming prime minister.

Airstrikes, clashes as rebels launch attack in eastern Damascus

Airstrikes and clashes intensified Tuesday as Syrian opposition fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fight for control of areas in eastern Damascus, according to a monitoring group, rebels and a resident in the city.

Singapore ranked world's most expensive city

Singapore was ranked as the most expensive city in the world for the fourth time in a row, said a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Tributes pour in as Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness dies at 66

Politicians on all sides paid tribute on Tuesday to Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister and an ex-commander of the Irish Republican Army, who died overnight aged 66.

Philippine police foil alleged bomb attacks by IS-inspired group

Philippine police have foiled alleged bomb attacks being planned by an Islamic State-inspired group in Manila, the country’s police chief said Tuesday.

East Timor's Francisco Guterres on track for election victory

East Timor's former parliament chief Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres is set to win the country's presidential election, according to preliminary figures released on Tuesday.

Peru plagued by flooding and landslides - at least 75 dead

At least 75 people have died and more than 10,600 houses have been destroyed in the worst flooding in Peru in decades, the country's Institute for Civil Protection said.

At least 13 killed, 33 injured in Baghdad car bombing claimed by IS

At least 13 people have been killed and 33 injured in a car bombing in a Shiite-dominated neighbourhood in southern Baghdad, security sources and witnesses told dpa.

Trump plummets on Forbes' billionaires list

US President Donald Trump has dropped to 544th place from 324th in Forbes' annual list of world billionaires after his net worth fell to 3.5 billion dollars from 4.5 billion last year, the magazine said Monday.

Alitalia airline workers confirm April 5 strike over planned cuts

Alitalia unions confirmed their strike call Monday after a government-mediated meeting with management over the loss-making airline's turnaround plan failed to bring the two sides to an agreement.

NSA chief: Trump mentioning Merkel spying affair 'complicates things'

US President Donald Trump has not helped US-German relations by bringing up the fact the country spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel, the head of the National Security Agency said Monday.

EU, African leaders hatch plan to shut down Libya migrant route

Human traffickers need to be combated, border surveillance needs to be boosted and deportations must be stepped up, argued EU and North African leaders as they concluded a summit aimed at shutting down the migration route from Libya to Europe.

Russian forces set up in Kurdish enclave in north Syria: spokesman

Russian forces have established a presence in the Kurdish enclave of Efrin in northern Syria, on the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main Kurdish militia told dpa on Monday.

FBI investigating links between Russia, Trump campaign

The FBI is investigating possible links between US President Donald Trump's election team and the Russian government, Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on Monday.

UN: 38,000 Afghans displaced by conflict since beginning of 2017

The ongoing conflict in Afghanistan has forced 38,110 people to leave their homes since the beginning of 2017, a United Nations report said on Monday.

UAE denies attack on refugee boat in Yemen that killed 42

The United Arab Emirates denied on Monday targeting a refugee boat off the western coast of Yemen and called for an international investigation into the incident that killed 42 people last week.

FBI's Comey: No information to support Trump wiretap claim

There is "no information" to support US President Donald Trump's claims that the FBI wiretapped his offices, Director James Comey says.

At least 30,000 displaced by fighting at China-Myanmar border

At least 30,000 people have fled fighting in Myanmar's northern Shan State, the UN said on Monday.

Merkel: Erdogan must stop Nazi accusations, no 'ifs or buts'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must stop likening the current German government to the Nazi regime, warned Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday amid a dispute about Turkish campaigning in support of constitutional reform.

US and Ethiopia train AU soldiers to fight al-Shabaab in Somalia

Military personnel from the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) gathered Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for training aimed at countering the threat from the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Trump derides Russian ties claims as congressional probe set to begin

US President Donald Trump weighed in Monday to deny Russia-linked meddling in the 2016 US elections, before the first word on that very topic could be uttered at a public hearing before the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives.

Britain to trigger Brexit negotiations on March 29

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger formal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, the British government said on Monday.