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Red Cross: Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore in Libya

The bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the north-western city of Zawiya, a spokesman of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Tuesday.

Azerbaijan's long-time leader Aliyev appoints wife as vice president

The long-time president of the oil-rich, Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, appointed his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as vice president on Tuesday.

Le Pen quits meeting with Lebanon's Sunni cleric over headscarf row

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's senior Muslim Sunni cleric after she refused to wear a headscarf.

Chinese prefecture requires all cars to install tracking devices

A prefecture in China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking devices, a move that comes just weeks after authorities warned against cars being used for terrorist attacks.

Rohingya activist urges companies to stop investing in Myanmar

Foreign companies need to stop investing in Myanmar in order to stop the country's discrimination against its Muslim minority Rohingya, a prominent Myanmar activist said Tuesday.

ASEAN concerned about militarization in disputed South China Sea

South-East Asian countries are concerned about growing militarization in the disputed South China Sea and stressed the need for dialogue to ease tensions, the Philippines’ foreign minister said Tuesday.

Iraqi forces shell Mosul airport in advance of storming it

Iraqi forces began shelling Mosul's airport on Tuesday as they make advances in anticipation of seizing it from the extremist Islamic State militia, police chief Raed Jawdat said.

Cause of death still unclear in North Korean killing in Malaysia

The cause of death is "still pending" following an autopsy of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler, following his mysterious death at Kuala Lumpur's airport last week, Malaysia's director general of health said Tuesday.

Rebels seek to halt advances by extremist militia in southern Syria

Moderate Syrian rebels launched a counter-attack on Islamic State-linked militants after a series of Islamic State advances in south-western Syria, near the Golan Heights, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

China says it will uphold UN sanctions against North Korea

China is determined to execute sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council against North Korea, China’s minister of commerce said Tuesday, a few days after the Chinese government suspended all coal imports from North Korea.

Greenpeace: Radiation still high in Japan village near nuclear plant

Environmental group Greenpeace Japan warned Tuesday that high radiation levels are still present in a Japanese village that the government is planning to announce is safe for its 6,000 residents to return to, six years after the country's worst atomic disaster.

Flooding hits Indonesian capital Jakarta, hundreds displaced

Widespread flooding hit the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday after heavy overnight rain fell across the city, emergency services have confirmed.

Milo Yiannopoulous' book deal cancelled over child abuse comments

US publisher Simon & Schuster cancelled Milo Yiannopolous' book deal on Monday after a video emerged of the far-right blogger defending sex with children.

Five killed as plane crashes into shops near airport in Melbourne

All five people aboard a small charter plane were killed Tuesday when it crashed into a shopping centre near Essendon Airport in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

US Army General McMaster tapped as Trump's national security advisor

Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster will be the new White House national security advisor, US President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's sharp-tongued ambassador to the UN, dies

Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York on Monday, following a career that spanned four decades and saw Russia emerge from the Soviet Union and experience many turbulent events in its relations with the West.

Unhappy Presidents' Day: Trump still manoeuvring after Sweden comment

Donald Trump used his first Presidents' Day in office to continue trying to talk his way out of comments implying a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened.

First local elections in 20 years to be held in Nepal on May 14

Nepal's government announced the dates for forthcoming local elections on Monday, nearly 20 years after polls were last held for municipalities and village councils in the country.

US Defence Secretary: We are not in Iraq to seize Iraqi oil

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, in reference to comments made by President Donald Trump last month.

Opposition youth leader arrested in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean police on Monday arrested an opposition youth leader on charges of inciting public violence against the government of President Robert Mugabe, the youth leader’s lawyer said.

Turkey dismisses 227 judges and prosecutors

Turkey's top judicial body on Monday dismissed 227 judges and prosecutors who are accused of having links to a cleric blamed for last year's coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Le Pen says al-Assad is better solution for Syria than Islamic State

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains the more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State.

Afghanistan demands Pakistan hand over militants, shut training camps

The Afghan government has demanded that Pakistan hand over terrorists operating on its soil and close tens of terrorist training camps, the Foreign Ministry in Kabul said Monday.

Four Russian servicemen in Syria killed in vehicle bombing

Four Russian servicemen were killed and two others injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded under their vehicle in Syria's western Homs region, Russian state media reported Monday, citing the Defence Ministry.

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul as US Defence Secretary visits Baghdad

Iraqi forces pressed on with their offensive to dislodge the extremist Islamic State militia from their stronghold in northern Iraq, as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Baghdad on an unannounced official visit.

Egyptian court upholds 10 death sentences in 2012 football riot

Ten defendants in a 2012 Egyptian football stadium riot, in which 74 people were killed, saw their death sentences upheld by an Egyptian court Monday.

Militants launch two rockets into Israel from Sinai

Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula landed in Israel on Monday.

Pence reaffirms commitment to 'continued cooperation' with the EU

The United States remains committed to a "continued cooperation and partnership" with the European Union, US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday during his first official visit to Brussels.

Iran carries out more missile tests despite US pressure

Despite US sanctions, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out more missile tests on Monday, part of three days of military manoeuvres.

One Vietnamese sailor dead, seven abducted in attack off Philippines

Suspected pirates killed a crew member of a Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship and abducted seven in the latest attack in southern Philippine waters, coast guard officials said Monday.

Famine declared in parts of South Sudan - 100,000 facing starvation

More than 100,000 people are facing starvation in parts of violence-plagued South Sudan, three UN agencies said Monday as they declared famine in parts of the country.

North Korean envoy to Malaysia: 'We cannot trust the investigation'

North Korea "cannot trust the investigation" by Malaysian police into the death last week of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Pyongyang's ambassador to Malaysia said Monday.

Kim Dotcom loses latest round in extradition saga

German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost another legal round after the New Zealand High Court ruled that he and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States, but he said Monday his fight is far from over.

Thai monks clash with police on fifth day of high-profile temple raid

Several monks were injured early Monday in clashes with Thai police at a Buddhist temple where thousands of officers have been searching for a former abbot wanted on money laundering and land encroachment charges.

Cambodia passes bill easing requirements to abolish political parties

Cambodia's parliament passed a controversial bill on Monday allowing the government to abolish political parties whose members have been convicted of criminal charges, a senior opposition lawmaker has confirmed to dpa.

Former VP Moreno wins first round of Ecuador's presidential elections

Leftist former vice president Lenin Moreno has won the first round of presidential elections in Ecuador on Sunday, according to preliminary results released by the country's electoral authority.

Report: US and Russia supply over half of global arms

The United States and Russia supplied more than half of the world's arms over the past five years, a period that saw arms transfers reach their highest volume since the end of the Cold War, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.

At least 30 injured after explosion in Bogota

A explosion in the Macarena area of Bogota injured at least 30 people on Sunday, many of them police officers who were guarding a bull running through the streets of the Colombian capital.

Defence deals worth 1.2 billion dollars announced at key UAE show

Deals worth nearly 4.4 billion dirhams (1.2 billion dollars) were reached at a major defence show that opened Sunday in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an official said.

London's mayor calls for Trump's state visit to be cancelled

US President Donald Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

'Now more than ever': US scientists gird for confrontation with Trump

Normally any annual gathering of American scientists is relatively non-political. But, with Donald Trump in the White House, things are different at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many researchers are worried about their future and are urging colleagues to protest - and remain vigilant.

Iraq claims early gains in bid to retake Mosul from Islamic State

 Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had regained territory from Islamic State in the western part of Mosul, hours after the launch of an offensive to dislodge the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Turkey's Erdogan to bring constitutional reform campaign to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to bring a campaign for constitutional reform to Turks living in the European Union, his premier told journalists in Munich on Sunday.

Truck bomb kills 35 in Somali capital

A suicide truck bomb on Sunday exploded at a market in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 35 people, authorities said.

Ecuadorians head to polls to choose new president

Polls opened for Ecuador's general election Sunday as voters prepared to choose a successor to President Rafael Correa.

What happened in Sweden? Country asks Trump to clarify rally remarks

Swedish commentators and media Sunday reacted with astonishment at weekend remarks by US President Donald Trump implying that the Scandinavian country had been the target of a recent terrorist attack.

Monitor: Syrian forces kill 16 firing rockets on Damascus outskirts

Syrian government forces fired at least 10 rockets at the north-eastern Damascus suburb of al-Qaboun on Sunday, killing 16 people in an attack that began a day earlier, a monitoring group said.

Saudi Arabia "very optimistic" about cooperation with Trump

Saudi Arabia is "very optimistic" about its cooperation with the administration of US President Donald Trump, the Saudi foreign minister said Sunday at the Munich Security Conference.

Mongolia, IMF agree on 5.5-billion-dollar economic bailout package

The International Monetary Fund and partners have agreed to lend Mongolia 5.5 billion dollars to bail out its faltering economy, the organization announced on Sunday.

Afghan forces kill key al-Qaeda commander

Saifullah Akhtar, a key Al-Qaeda commander, and one of his fighters were killed in a special operation carried out by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Afghanistan's central province of Ghazni, the agency said in a statement on Sunday.

Trump border wall plans push Mexico to seek new trading partners

Mexico will pursue trade agreements with other nations following threats by US President Donald Trump to tax its exports to the United States, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray has told dpa.

Iraq announces operation to retake western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State from the western part of Mosul, which is currently still under the extremist militia's control. 

Colombia's FARC rebels ready to hand in their weapons

The last of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels entered the country's newly created transition zones on Saturday ahead of handing in their weapons, some two months after agreeing to an historic peace deal with the government.

Mass drug overdose at Melbourne dance festival

More than 20 people were hospitalized, many in a critical condition, after overdosing on drugs at a Melbourne dance music festival on Saturday night, Australian media has reported.

Trump attacks media, touts own progress at campaign-style rally

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the media and renewed his pre-election promises on Saturday at a rally in Florida, which had echoes of his electoral campaign appearances last year.

Turkish PM scoffs at claims of 'one-man system' on visit to Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday poured scorn on accusations that potential reforms to Turkey's presidential system would set his country on the path to dictatorship.

Congo dismisses video of alleged army massacre

The Congolese government on Saturday dismissed a video that appears to show its soldiers firing at unarmed men and women as a probable fake.

Report: Militant convicted in 1993 Trade Center attack dies in jail

Leading militant Muslim cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman died Saturday in a US prison where he was serving a life sentence, his family said.

Former Ahmadinejad VP to run against Rowhani for Iranian presidency

A deputy to former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be a candidate in the presidential election set for May, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.

Tens of thousands flock to Barrow's inauguration in Gambia

Tens of thousands of Gambians on Saturday flocked to the inauguration of the country’s third president, Adama Barrow, following months of uncertainty after his predecessor Yahya Jammeh refused to give up power.

Turkey detains 26 people after deadly car bomb attack in south-east

Turkish authorities have detained 26 people in connection with a car bombing in the south-eastern town of Viransehir, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Guterres: UN reform is necessary in light of terrorism, conflict

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Saturday that fundamental reform of the United Nations is required to tackle new global challenges including international terrorism, war and conflict.

Al-Shabaab kills intelligence officer's bodyguard in Mogadishu

The radical Islamist group al-Shabaab on Saturday killed an intelligence officer's bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.

Nineteen killed as militia attacks two villages in Congo

About 19 people have been killed in an attack by an armed group on two Congolese villages, a local youth leader said Saturday.

Russia 'disappointed' with Pence's remarks on Ukraine conflict

Russia is "disappointed" with US Vice President Mike Pence's comments regarding Moscow's implementation of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, a senior Russian lawmaker says.

Pence reassures allies of Trump's NATO support, tough Russia stance

US Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure European allies on Saturday of his country's "unwavering" support of NATO, amid unease about President Donald Trump's unpredictable foreign policy stance, particularly towards Russia.

Malaysian police arrest North Korean linked to Kim Jong Nam's death

Malaysian police said Saturday they had arrested a North Korean man linked to the suspected assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Hitler's travel phone up for auction in the US

The personal travel phone that once belonged to Adolf Hitler and which was taken from his Berlin bunker just days after the German capital fell in 1945 is currently up for sale at an auction house in the US.

Merkel says NATO also important for US, vows to up defence spending

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday highlighted the significance of NATO for the United States after threats from Washington to its partners in the military alliance that it would reduce its financial contribution.

Report: 3-year-old killed, 15 wounded in Turkey car bombing

A 3-year-old was killed and 15 people were wounded in a car bombing in the south-eastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Friday citing the governor.

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, says Mattis at Munich talks

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said Friday, while also affirming US President Donald Trump's commitment to the military alliance for international allies.

G20 foreign ministers warn Trump against US isolationism

US President Donald Trump must be wary against leading the United States into isolation, warned foreign ministers Friday as they concluded a two-day meeting of top diplomats from the world's major industrial and emerging nations.

German newspaper correspondent detained in Turkey

A correspondent at Germany's Die Welt newspaper, who was being sought by the authorities in Turkey, has handed himself in to police and been formally detained, the newspaper confirmed to dpa on Friday.

Soldiers kill 7 suicide bombers attacking refugee supplies in Nigeria

Seven suicide bombers suspected to belong to Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram were killed during an attack on refugee supplies in a key city in north-eastern Nigeria, the national emergency agency said Friday.

Germany, France dampen expectations for Syrian peace talks in Geneva

German and French foreign ministers on Friday played down expectations of a breakthrough at peace talks in Geneva next week aimed at ending the bloody Syrian war.

Pakistan launches crackdown on militants after deadly shrine bombing

Pakistani security forces killed and arrested dozens of suspected militants on Friday during a nationwide sting prompted by the deaths of more than 100 people this week in a fresh blast of violence that ended a period of fragile calm.

Turkish satirical magazine shuts after drawing government criticism

A Turkish satirical and comics magazine was shut by its owner after publishing a cartoon that drew the criticism of a spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and others in the country, allegedly for offending religious beliefs.

Reports: Pakistani duo to be hanged in Singapore for murder

Two Pakistani men were sentenced to death by a Singapore court Friday for murdering and dismembering a fellow compatriot and disposing the body parts in a Muslim cemetery near the city's popular Mustafa Centre shopping mall, local media reported.

Tight security as thousands demonstrate in Baghdad

Thousands of protesters gathered in central Baghdad’s Tahrir square on Friday, as Iraqi forces imposed tight security measures around an area that saw deadly clashes last week.

Beijing bans poultry from provinces affected by bird flu

Beijing authorities have banned all live birds and poultry products from provinces affected by bird flu, state media reported Friday.

UAE: Two soldiers died fighting in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates said Friday that two of its soldiers died while taking part in a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Pakistan vows revenge against Taliban after deadliest week in months

Pakistan's political and military leaders Friday said they would go to any length to crush Islamic extremists after more than 100 people were killed in a latest wave of violence this week ending a period of fragile calm.

Shake-up or status quo? Ecuador to choose new president

A leftist former vice president and a conservative banker are vying for the presidency of Ecuador, in a contest likely to go two rounds.

Five numbers from Trump's 77-minute free-for-all

Donald Trump is a political novice without electoral or military experience, unlike any other president in US history.

Ikea erases women from family life in catalogue for Orthodox Jews

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has released a new catalogue in Israel with one crucial aspect missing - there are no women in the pictures.

Victory: Trump's among smallest, but insists it's "very substantial"

US President Donald Trump won the election on November 8, and he doesn't want anyone to forget it.

Trump lambasts media, says stories about ties to Russia are a 'ruse'

US President Donald Trump went head to head with reporters Thursday at a wide-ranging news conference in which he denied having any dealings in Russia and accused the news media of being negative and dishonest.

Tillerson: US will work with Russia when it benefits Americans

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday the Trump White House was ready to work with Moscow but warned the Kremlin that it must implement peace efforts in eastern Ukraine.

No breakthrough between Syrian regime, rebels at talks in Astana

There was no breakthrough in negotiations intended to strengthen a broad ceasefire in war-torn Syria between government and opposition forces on Thursday, the opposition delegation said.

Baghdad car bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 45

At least 45 people were killed Thursday in a car bombing claimed by the radical Sunni Islamic State group in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, a security official said.

Trump: Wall Street records show "great level of confidence" in plan

President Donald Trump is celebrating the stock market rally on Wall Street since his election and promising to unveil reforms to the US corporate tax system.

Mortars kill two children on Somali president's first day in office

A mortar attack on Thursday killed two children in the Somali capital Mogadishu, shortly after Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed took over as the country’s new president.

70 killed, 250 wounded as IS bomber targets Sufi shrine in Pakistan

A bomb ripped through the most revered shrine of Sufi Islam in Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 50 devotees and wounding several dozen others, officials said.

Iran rejects Trump and Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear deal

Iran on Thursday rejected criticisms voiced by US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a deal designed by major world powers to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

Saudi Arabia busts four cells with suspected links to Islamic State

Saudi authorities have dismantled four cells with suspected links to the Islamic State extremist militia, a security official said on Thursday.

International community warns Congo against postponing elections

The United Nations, the African Union and the European Union on Thursday expressed concern over Congo's lack of progress in organizing the elections due this year, urging the "full and timely implementation" of the plan.

Amnesty: Over 100 English-language protesters arrested in Cameroon

More than 100 people have been arrested during several weeks of peaceful protests against the marginalization of the English-speaking minority in Cameroon, Amnesty International said Thursday.

US: Burden-sharing message to NATO was 'well received'

The US call for NATO members to increase their defence spending was "expected" and "well received," US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said on Thursday after attending his first meeting for NATO defence ministers.

NATO: Libya has requested support on defence and security

Libya has requested NATO expertise for building up the country's defence and security institutions, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday during a meeting of the military alliance's defence ministers.

Trump team's Russia contacts under scrutiny as Tillerson meets Lavrov

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Bonn on Thursday amid a new political storm over reports that Trump's campaign team and associates had contact with Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.