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Libyan forces claim control of last Islamic State stronghold

Forces aligned to Libya's UN-backed national unity government Monday said that they had gained full control of Sirte, the Islamic State group's last stronghold in the country.

Uzbek prime minister elected president after longtime ruler's death

The prime minister of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has been elected president with more than 88 per cent of the vote following the death of longtime ruler Islam Karimov, Russian state news...

Judge orders Michigan officials to begin election recount on Monday

Election officials in the US state of Michigan have been ordered by a federal judge to begin a massive hand recount of the nearly 5 million ballots cast in the presidential election.

Turkish EU minister calls for opening of new accession chapters

Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik called for the opening of two new accession chapters in Turkey's bid to join the EU, despite tensions between Ankara and Brussels.

Russian plane crashes attempting to land on carrier near Syria

A second Russian warplane has crashed while attempting to land on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Syria, Russian state media reported Monday, citing the Defence Ministry.

Aleppo rebels under pressure as Syrian regime troops advance further

Syrian regime troops and their allied forces were moving deeper into the rebel-held enclave of eastern Aleppo on Monday after taking control of a new neighbourhood overnight, a monitoring group...

Southern Thailand's floods kill 12, affect half a million

Floods in Thailand's southern region have killed 12 and affected nearly 489,000 people since December 1, the country's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department announced.

Beijing reiterates protest after Trump tweets criticize China

After US president-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday evening to criticize China amid an ongoing uproar over his unexpected phone call with Taiwan's president, Beijing on Monday said it...

New Zealand's prime minister announces surprise resignation

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key shocked the nation Monday after announcing his resignation for personal and political reasons, after eight years in the job.

Western arms firms keep lead role in global sales

Defence firms in the United States and Western Europe dominated global arms sales in 2015, but sales by companies in Russia and South Korea were also rising, a Swedish-based research institute...

Trump's talk with Taiwan leader only a "courtesy call," Pence says

US vice president-elect Mike Pence on Sunday brushed off the uproar surrounding Donald Trump's telephone conversation with the president of Taiwan, describing it as only a "courtesy call."

Uzbekistan's Mirziyoyev, likely successor of deceased longtime ruler

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, prime minister of the authoritarian, former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan for 13 years and currently the acting president, is widely expected to win the top post in Sunday's...

30 bodies recovered from wreckage of California warehouse fire

The number of confirmed dead in a California warehouse fire has risen to 30, investigators said after recovering more bodies from the burned out structure in the city of Oakland.

US releases another Guantanamo Bay prisoner, leaving 59 at facility

The United States has released a detainee from its prison at Guantanamo Bay, leaving 59 prisoners at the Cuban facility.

At least 20 killed in clashes between militia and security forces

At least 20 people were killed in central Congo when militiamen of local chief Kamwena Nsapu clashed with security forces, civil society leaders and residents said Sunday.