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Thai court extends detention of pro-democracy activists

AP, Bangkok :A court in Thailand extended the detention Thursday of 15 pro-democracy activists arrested earlier this week after several thousand police were deployed to halt their small protest

Hariri on track to become PM for third time

Hariri on track to become PM for third time

Reuters, Beirut :Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri is on track to become prime minister for a third time after winning the backing of a majority of MPs in official consultations on

Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

AP, Bunnik, Netherlands :An international team of investigators said Thursday that detailed analysis of video images and photos has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia

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Spanish ruling party convicted in corruption caseAP, MadridSpain's National Court has issued hefty prison sentences for politicians and businesspeople involved in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped fund the governing

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Trump says "there's a good chance" North Korea meeting will happen June 12

CBS News :President Trump says that "there's a good chance" his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12, as planned,

Israel announces plan to approve 2,500 new homes in WB

Israel announces plan to approve 2,500 new homes in WB

AFP, Jerusalem :Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that he would request approval from a planning committee for the building of 2,500 new homes in 30 West

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the National Electoral Council (CNE) headquarters in Caracas, during the act in which he was proclaimed as re-elected President for the term on Tuesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the National Electoral Council (CNE) headquarters in Caracas, during the act in which he was proclaimed as re-elected President for the term on Tuesday.

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Black candidate makes history as women advance in US midterms

Black candidate makes history as women advance in US midterms

Reuters, Georgia :Democratic voters rallied on Tuesday for the chance to make history in November by selecting a ticket filled with female candidates, including a bid to elect the

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Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85AP, New YorkPhilip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of "Portnoy's Complaint"

US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

AP, Washington :The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated U.S. summit with North Korea on track, even after President Donald Trump abruptly said

Speculation mounts over US push for Iran regime change

Speculation mounts over US push for Iran regime change

AFP, Washington :Speculation is swirling over the prospect of US willingness to push regime change in Tehran, as US officials including Washington's top diplomat urge Iranians to "choose for

Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon Jae-in visits White House

Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon Jae-in visits White House

AFP, Washington :Donald Trump holds a high-stakes meeting with South Korea's president at the White House Tuesday, talks that could decide whether the US president's much-vaunted summit with the North's

Foreign media head to N Korea to witness nuclear site destruction

Foreign media head to N Korea to witness nuclear site destruction

AFP, Beijing :Foreign journalists headed to North Korea on Tuesday to witness the promised destruction of its nuclear test site, a move seen as a goodwill gesture before a planned

UK govt launches plan to curb air pollution

UK govt launches plan to curb air pollution

Reuters, London :The British government announced on Tuesday it was launching a new plan which aims to reduce air pollution and its costs on society by 1 billion pounds ($1.4

Erdogan hints Turkey may ban some Israeli goods because of Gaza violence

Erdogan hints Turkey may ban some Israeli goods because of Gaza violence

Reuters, Istanbul :President Tayyip Erdogan has hinted that Turkey might consider imposing a ban on imports of some Israeli goods over the killing of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces on

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

AP, Beirut :Syrian state TV says the military and police forces are celebrating recapturing the last neighborhoods in Damascus that were held by the rebels and the Islamic State group.Al-Ikhbariya

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10 dead from Nipah virus in KeralaAP, New Delhi Officials say a nurse caring for patients infected with a deadly virus has died from the disease amid an outbreak in

Europe wary as Italy moves toward populist govt

Europe wary as Italy moves toward populist govt

AP, Rome  :Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the president convened the leaders of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League in what could be

Maduro re-elected President

Maduro re-elected President

Reuters, Caracas  :Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro faced fresh international censure on Monday after re-election in a vote foes denounced as a farce cementing autocracy in the crisis-stricken OPEC

Britain to intensify defence against space 'threats'

Britain to intensify defence against space 'threats'

AFP, London  :Britain will boost the number of defence personnel working in the space sector by a fifth over five years to counter "intensifying threats", Defence Minister Gavin Williamson

Trump demands probe of alleged spying on his campaign

Trump demands probe of alleged spying on his campaign

AFP, Washington :US President Donald Trump demanded Sunday that the Justice Department investigate whether his presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or spied on for political purposes, prompting it to announce

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India successfully test fires BrahMos cruise missilePTI, BhubaneswarIndia on Monday successfully conducted the first test of the BrahMos cruise missile aimed at increasing its life from 10 to 15

4 years after coup, Thailand wearies of junta rule

4 years after coup, Thailand wearies of junta rule

AP, Bangkok :Four years after seizing power, Thailand's junta has a singular success it never hoped for: uniting a politically divided nation in growing dissatisfaction with the thin-skinned rule

Cleric Sadr meets Iraq PM Abadi, hinting at coalition

Cleric Sadr meets Iraq PM Abadi, hinting at coalition

Reuters, Baghdad  :Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi'ite cleric's bloc was declared winner of Iraq's parliamentary election,

Melania back in the White House after kidney procedure

Melania back in the White House after kidney procedure

Reuters, Washington :President Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, returned to the White House on Saturday after undergoing a surgical procedure this week to treat a benign kidney condition, her

Maduro favoured as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Maduro favoured as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

AP, Caracas :Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as

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6 cops killed in Naxal attack in IndiaAP, PatnaAt least six police officials were killed and another was critically injured on Sunday when Maoist rebels targeted their vehicle with

Trump, Moon discuss N Korea's threat to scrap summit

Trump, Moon discuss N Korea's threat to scrap summit

AFP, Seoul :US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea's recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seoul's presidential office

Putin, Merkel defend Nord Stream pipeline

Putin, Merkel defend Nord Stream pipeline

AFP, Sochi (Russia)  :Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel put on a rare show of unity Friday defending the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, criticised by Ukraine

Chinese bombers make debut landing on disputed South China Sea runway

Chinese bombers make debut landing on disputed South China Sea runway

AFP Beijing :China has for the first time landed several bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea, a move that could provoke renewed tensions between countries