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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thai junta denies staging assassination plot to crack down dissenters

A Thai government allegation of an assassination plot against the prime minister mushroomed into a potentially bigger scandal Monday as accusations flew that the plot was a government fabrication backed up by little evidence.

Syrian government retakes areas seized by rebels in eastern Damascus

Syrian government forces regained control Monday of areas taken by jihadists the day before in a surprise assault near the centre of the capital Damascus, a monitoring group said.

Turkey: More than 2,000 detained on terror allegations in last week

More than 2,000 people have been detained by Turkish authorities in the past week for alleged links to terrorism, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Philippine police assure EU of safety of detained Duterte critic

The Philippine police chief on Monday assured the European Parliament of the safety of a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who was arrested on illegal drug charges.

Norway is world's happiest country, US is sad

Norway claimed the No. 1 spot as the world's happiest country, according to a United Nations report, which described the United States as "a story of reduced happiness."

Pakistan prepares to reopen Afghan border crossings

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered the immediate reopening of the country’s border crossings with Afghanistan, more than a month after their closure.

FBI chief Comey to testify Monday on Russian election meddling

FBI director James Comey is to testify Monday at a public hearing of the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives on Russia-linked meddling in the 2016 US elections.

Thousands of refugees rescued off Libyan coast

More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya in 24 hours, the Italian news agency Ansa reported on Sunday.

Gallup: Trump approval rating drops to 37 per cent

US President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped to 37 per cent as of Saturday in a daily Gallup survey, the polling company said.

Islamic State militants put up 'fierce resistance' in Mosul

Islamic State fighters have so far refused to yield to an ongoing US-backed campaign to drive them from the centre of Mosul, the last key stronghold of the extremist militia in the country, security officials said Sunday.

Canadian teacher in isolated Inuit community named best in the world

A woman working to support troubled teenagers in an isolated Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic was named the world's best teacher on Sunday.

Syrian regime regains control in Damascus after fight with jihadists

Syrian regime forces Sunday launched a counter-attack and regained an area near the centre of Damascus hours after jihadists mounted a surprise assault in the adjacent eastern part of the city, a monitoring group reported.

Lebanese premier confronts protest by vowing to fight corruption

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday said that his government would fight corruption after thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital Beirut in protest against proposed tax hikes.

Erdogan repeats 'Nazi' charge - this time directed at Merkel herself

In a heated row over banned Turkish government rallies on European soil, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed no signs of backing down on Sunday, this time directing accusations of Nazi behaviour at German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself.

Philippine Catholic bishops call on Filipinos to oppose death penalty

Catholic bishops in the Philippines on Sunday urged Filipinos to oppose efforts by legislators to restore the death penalty in the country, 11 years after it was abolished.

Philippines says it can't stop China from building on disputed shoal

The Philippines cannot stop China from building an environmental monitoring station on a shoal within the country’s exclusive economic zone, President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday.

Report: Turkey criticizes German intelligence comments about coup

The spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized comments by the head of Germany's intelligence agency, who said he wasn't convinced that cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind Turkey's attempted coup last year.

Coalition spat over new Israeli broadcaster threatens early elections

Threats to call new elections swirled Sunday in Israel amid coalition infighting, with the long-delayed establishment of a new public broadcaster at the centre, according to local media.

North Korea tests new high-thrust engine, hails 'historic day'

North Korea has tested a new type of high-thrust engine, state media reported on Sunday, with leader Kim Jong Un hailing it as "a historic day which can be called 'March 18' revolution'."

G20 ministers fail to agree on free trade, protectionism

Finance ministers from 20 world powers failed to forge a consensus on free trade and protectionism in the face of opposition from the United States.

Report: German spy chief says Turkey coup attempt 'excuse' for purges

The mass dismissals in Turkey would have taken place regardless of the attempted coup of July 2016, the head of Germany's intelligence agency, Bruno Kahl, has told German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Trump demands "vast sums of money" for defending Germany

Berlin owes "vast sums of money" to NATO and the United States for the defence of Germany, US President Donald Trump said Saturday on Twitter, a day after a White House meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

Iraqi forces were closing in on a mosque in Mosul where the Islamic State extremist militia declared a cross-border caliphate nearly three years ago, a security official said.

Syrian rebels, residents leave besieged Homs area in ceasefire deal

Residents and fighters began leaving a rebel district in the central Syrian city of Homs, around a week after a ceasefire agreement was reached with the government, state media and a monitoring group reported.

Seven killed in Peru landslide

At least seven people were killed Friday in a landslide in northern Peru, which has suffered months of widespread flooding and heavy rains.

Secret Service laptop with Trump Tower evacuation plans stolen

A laptop computer with sensitive information including an evacuation plan for Trump Tower has been stolen from a Secret Service agent in New York, CNN reported Friday.

Trump, Merkel talk NATO role, "fair" trade deals

US President Donald Trump called on European allies to do their share to support the NATO military alliance and said he would pursue "fair" trade deals as he sat down Friday for the first time with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

42 dead in attack on migrant boat off Yemen; 22 dead in mosque strike

Forty-two migrants died when an airstrike hit their ship off Yemen's western coast, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.

Erdogan calls on Turks in Europe to show pride and have more children

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on people with Turkish origins living in Europe to have five children, as a row with European leaders shows no signs of abating.

Some spiritual troubles require exorcism, says pope

Some spiritual troubles require an exorcist, Pope Francis told a hearing of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Friday.

Turkish daily brands Merkel 'Frau Hitler' on front page

An image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as 'Frau Hitler' was splashed across the front page of a Turkish tabloid on Friday, amid a bitter diplomatic row between Turkey and several European countries.

EU commissioner takes aim at US with criticism of aid cuts

The European commissioner for international cooperation and development on Friday indirectly criticized cuts in US foreign aid, saying that any cuts on development assistance went against global development goals.

Saudi Arabia says Iranians will rejoin Hajj

Saudi Arabia said Friday that Iranians will take part in the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in the kingdom this year after they missed the annual ritual last year amid a dispute between both countries.

Airstrike off Yemen coast kills 31 Somali migrants

Thirty-one Somali migrants were reportedly killed when an airstrike hit their boat off Yemen's western coast, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.

Israel carries out air raids in Syria, anti-aircraft weapons fired

Israel carried out air raids in Syria on Friday, with Syria retaliating using anti-aircraft weapons, in one of the more serious exchanges of fire in the six years of civil war in the country.

China, Saudi Arabia sign deals worth 65 billion dollars

China and Saudi Arabia have signed cooperation deals worth 65 billion dollars during Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s ongoing visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Friday.

Philippines tells off EU for seeking release of Duterte critic

The Philippine government on Friday told the European Parliament to “mind their own business” after it called for the release of President Rodrigo Duterte’s top critic detained on illegal drug charges.

North Korean threats on agenda as Tillerson visits South Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Friday after arriving in South Korea for meetings with his counterpart, Yun Byung Se, to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Irish tourist raped, strangled in India

An Irish woman whose body was found in India's western beach resort state of Goa had been raped and strangled, police officials probing the case said Friday.

Report: US denies deadly Syria mosque bombing

The US military on Thursday said it had killed a number of extremists in an airstrike in Syria, but denied it was responsible for the bombing of a mosque in which activists say at least 42 people were killed.

Japan launches spy satellite amid North Korea provocations

Japan successfully put its latest spy satellite into orbit Friday, almost two weeks after North Korea carried out a missile launch exercise targeting US bases in the country, local media reported. The H-2A rocket carrying the government's Information Gathering Satellite Radar 5 blasted off from Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan at 10:20 am (0120 GMT), broadcaster NHK reported.

Trump plans to appeal US judges move to block six-country entry ban

US President Donald Trump's new ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries was kept from taking effect Thursday, with federal judges on opposite sides of the country blocking the policy.

At least 46 dead in Syria mosque bombing, monitor says

At least 46 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in overnight strikes by unidentified jets on a mosque in northern Syria, a monitoring group said on Friday.

Senators see 'no indication' of surveillance of Trump Tower

The leading members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday said they had found no indication that Trump Tower had been the target of surveillance by the US government.

US court hears Namibian genocide claim against Germany

More than 100 years after the end of German colonial rule in the country known today as Namibia, a court in New York on Thursday conducted the first hearing on a genocide claim filed against Germany by the Herero and Nama indigenous people.

Stoltenberg urges NATO members to tone down "rhetoric"

All NATO member states should tone down their "rhetoric" and avoid fuelling tensions within the military alliance and instead focus on exterior threats, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday during a visit to Denmark.

Powerful Libyan militia rejects ceasefire pact in Tripoli

A powerful Libyan militia announced its rejection of a ceasefire agreement for the city of Tripoli hours after it was made public Thursday, spelling potential trouble for the deal.

Russian government shrugs off link to alleged Yahoo hack in US case

The Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday shrugged off an alleged Russian government connection to what US authorities have described as a hack of hundreds of millions of Yahoo user accounts.

Sierra Leone pastor finds 706 carat diamond in artisanal mine

A Christian pastor found a 706 carat rough diamond in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, one of the largest diamond finds ever made worldwide, national television reported Thursday.

Trump unveils 'America First' budget, with security the big winner

Military spending would surge while foreign aid and environmental protection outlays would plummet under US President Donald Trump's first budget proposal, billed as an "America First" budget plan that will serve as a blueprint for next year's spending.

Al-Qaeda-linked group distances itself from deadly Damascus blasts

An al-Qaeda-linked alliance Thursday denied it was behind two bombings that killed at least 43 people and injured more than 100 in the Syrian capital, Damascus.