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Iraq claims advance in retaking Mosul airport from Islamic State

Iraqi forces wrested back half of Mosul's airport from Islamic State Thursday, shortly after entering the facility during their ongoing campaign to drive the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Rights group: Video shows Cambodian police beating election candidate

A video posted on YouTube shows eight Cambodian paramilitary police beating a man identified as an opposition candidate at a Phnom Penh shopping mall, a rights group said Thursday. 

Malaysia asks Interpol to issue alert for suspects in N Korean death

Malaysia on Thursday requested that Interpol issue an alert for four North Koreans suspected of involvement in last week's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Eight killed as bomb targets restaurant in Pakistan’s Lahore

A bomb ripped through a high-end restaurant in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said, marking another attack amid a surge in violence by Islamist militants that has ended months of fragile calm.

Philippine court orders arrest of top Duterte critic

Senator Leila De Lima, one of the most outspoken critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was on Thursday ordered arrested on illegal drug charges by a Philippine court.

Vietnam asks YouTube to block politically sensitive videos

Vietnamese authorities have demanded that YouTube block 17 videos that thez say violate the country's laws restricting speech, state media reported Thursday.

Trump administration reverses transgender bathroom protections

The Trump administration on Wednesday withdrew Obama-era guidance about the use of school and university bathrooms by transgender students, local media reported.

Several Dakota Access Pipeline protesters arrested as deadline passes

Several people at a camp protesting against a controversial oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota were arrested Wednesday after a deadline to vacate the land passed, local media reported.

New Somali president asks al-Shabaab to surrender to 'help' country

Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo asked Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab to surrender in order "to help rebuild" the conflict-ridden East African nation.

South Africa to raise taxes for the wealthiest

South Africa will raise the income tax rate for the country's wealthiest to 45 per cent from 41 per cent, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced Wednesday.

Congo to investigate alleged massacre by army

The Congolese government Wednesday pledged to investigate an alleged massacre of unarmed men and women by the army, after initially dismissing a video claiming to show it as a fake.

Global treaty to remove customs bureaucracy comes into force

An international pact that could boost global trade by up to 1 trillion dollars per year entered into force on Wednesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced in Geneva.

Russia condemns 'fake' Western news in hall of shame on state website

Russia's Foreign Ministry introduced a new section of its website on Wednesday to condemn Western news reports with a big red stamp: "FAKE."

Gambia arrests notorious former intelligence chief and deputy

Police have arrested Gambia’s former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, part of President Adama Barrow’s attempts to re-establish democracy in the small West African nation, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Thai monks start hunger strike to protest high-profile temple raid

Seven Buddhist monks began a hunger strike on Wednesday to protest against Thai authorities' continued occupation of their temple complex, as a high-profile search for a former abbot hit the one-week mark with no sign of the target.

Protesters clash with police in Nepal anti-government shutdown

Anti-government protesters clashed with police in towns across southern Nepal and attacked a municipal building Wednesday as they forced a shutdown in the region over local elections.

Iraq's powerful Shiite militia attacks Islamic State near Mosul

Baghdad (dpa) - Iraq's powerful Shiite militia launched a major attack Wednesday to recapture areas near the city of Mosul from Islamic State, backing an ongoing government offensive against the radical Sunni group.

Pakistani TV channel in hot water for airing film about lesbians

Pakistan's state media watchdog has warned a private TV channel for airing a film on the relationship between two lesbians, saying it was against the "social, ethical and societal norms of the country."

Monitor: Israeli jets hit arms depots near Damascus

 Israeli warplanes Wednesday hit arms depots near the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitoring group reported.

S African court invalidates International Criminal Court withdrawal

South Africa's government must seek legislative approval before it can withdraw from the International Criminal Court, ruled a court Wednesday, throwing up a roadblock to attempts to part ways with the international tribunal.

Senior Yemeni army commander killed while fighting rebels

A senior commander of Yemeni government troops was killed Wednesday while fighting rebels, in a blow to President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, who vowed revenge.

North Korean diplomat sought over Kim Jong Nam killing in Malaysia

Two more people, including a North Korean diplomat, are wanted for questioning in connection with last week's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysian police said Wednesday.

57 Japanese monkeys killed due to 'invasive alien' genes

A Japanese zoo culled 57 of its 164 monkeys after finding they carried "invasive alien" genes, a local official said Wednesday.

Trump-style rhetoric is making world more dangerous, Amnesty says

Divisive and "poisonous" language used by politicians such as US President Donald Trump is putting vulnerable populations at risk and making the whole world a more dangerous place, Amnesty International charged on Wednesday.

Canada soon to begin resettling Iraqi refugees, most of them Yezidis

Canada will resettle 1,200 survivors of the Islamic State campaign to target religious minorities in northern Iraq, Canadian officials announced Tuesday. 

Breitbart editor resigns after release of paedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor at the far-right Breitbart news website, resigned Tuesday after the emergence of recordings in which he appears to defend sexual relationships between young boys and older men.

Trump administration opens door for mass deportations

The US Department of Homeland Security laid the groundwork Tuesday for mass deportations of immigrants living illegally in the United States under an executive order by President Donald Trump last month.

Trump condemns "horrible, painful" anti-Jewish incidents

US President Donald Trump condemned a recent spate of threats against Jewish community targets across the United States, during a visit Tuesday to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

UN: Trial against Gaddafi regime was unfair, flawed

Former members of the Gaddafi regime did not get a fair trial in Libya because the proceedings were so seriously compromised, the United Nations criticized in a report on Monday.

Red Cross: Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore in Libya

The discovery of the bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore on the Libyan coast highlight the continued dangers facing people trying to get across the Mediterranean to Europe, warned aid agencies 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.