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Cyclone Idai deaths could exceed 1,000 as need for aid grows

Cyclone Idai deaths could exceed 1,000 as need for aid grows

AP, Beira, Mozambique :Even as flood waters began to recede in parts of Mozambique on Friday, fears rose that the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed.The number

North Korea quits liaison office in setback for South after new US sanctions

North Korea quits liaison office in setback for South after new US sanctions

Reuters, Seoul : North Korea on Friday (March 22) pulled out of a liaison office with the South, in a major setback for Seoul, just hours after the United States

Prince Charles heads to Cuba amid US tensions

Prince Charles heads to Cuba amid US tensions

AFP, Havana :Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will make the first royal visit to communist-run Cuba on Sunday at a time when ally Washington is seeking to

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Iraqi ferry mishap death toll rises to 100AFP, BaghdadAlmost 100 people, mostly women and children, died Thursday as a ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year sank in

EU leaders offer two options for short Brexit delay

EU leaders offer two options for short Brexit delay

AFP, Brussels :European leaders and Prime Minister Theresa May agreed Thursday on a short delay to Britain's divorce from the European Union in the hope of ensuring an orderly

Syria slams Trump, vows to recover Israeli-occupied Golan

Syria slams Trump, vows to recover Israeli-occupied Golan

Reuters, Beirut :Damascus condemned on Friday U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that it was time to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, vowing Syria would recover the area

NZ bans sale of assault gun, semi-auto rifles

NZ bans sale of assault gun, semi-auto rifles

 AFP, Wellington :New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate ban on the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatics Thursday in a muscular response to the Christchurch terror attack

India drops 7 spots in list of happiest nations, still behind Pak, China

India drops 7 spots in list of happiest nations, still behind Pak, China

PTI, United Nations  :Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on this

Islamic State will be wiped off map imminently, says Trump

A bullish US President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group would be wiped off the map within hours, as he unfurled printouts showing the jihadists' shrinking presence

EU chief says Brexit delay possible if MPs approve deal

EU chief says Brexit delay possible if MPs approve deal

The EU could approve Britain's request for a short delay to Brexit but only if UK MPs next week vote through the withdrawal deal they have twice rejected, European Council

Hunger stalks Yemen's remote villages after four years of war

Hunger stalks Yemen's remote villages after four years of war

Reuters, Yemen :As Yeman's war grinds into its fifth year with peace efforts stalling, ten-year-old Afaf's father sees little hope he will be able to give his starving daughter the

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Afghan presidential election delayed to Sept 28AFP, Kabul: War-torn Afghanistan has delayed its presidential election until September 28, officials announced Wednesday, the second time the ballot has been put back

May tries to save Brexit plan ahead of EU summit

May tries to save Brexit plan ahead of EU summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May will write to EU President Donald Tusk with a plan for delaying Brexit beyond March 29, her spokesman said Tuesday, admitting the parliamentary deadlock had

Trump reaffirms US considering 'all options' to bring down Venezuela's President Maduro

Trump reaffirms US considering 'all options' to bring down Venezuela's President Maduro

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed that "all options" are being considered in his drive to bring down Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro."All options are on the table," he

Abel Prize for maths awarded to woman for first time

Abel Prize for maths awarded to woman for first time

AFP, Oslo : Women took another step forward in the still male-dominated world of science Tuesday, as American Karen Uhlenbeck won the Abel Prize in mathematics for her work on partial

"Democracy in UK all but dead": Trump Jr slams PM May over Brexit

US President Donald Trump's eldest son rebuked UK Prime Minister Theresa May over her faltering Brexit tactics Tuesday, claiming she had unnecessarily prolonged Britain's EU withdrawal by ignoring his father's

Allahu Akbar were Lion Air co-pilot's last words before crash: Report

Allahu Akbar were Lion Air co-pilot's last words before crash: Report

Reuters, Jakarta/Singapore :The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of

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Nawaz Sharif's bail plea postponed till March 26PTI, Islamabad Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed the verdict of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif"s application seeking bail on medical grounds

New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, but some face blowback

New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, but some face blowback

AFP, Christchurch :New Zealanders have begun handing in weapons in response to government appeals following the Christchurch massacre, but the gesture has put some squarely in the social media firing

UN experts urge Israel to rein in security forces

UN experts urge Israel to rein in security forces

Reuters, Geneva : U.N. war crimes investigators called on Israel on Monday to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters on the border with Gaza, as the anniversary approached of

US-backed forces take control of IS Syria encampment

US-backed forces take control of IS Syria encampment

AP, Syria :U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group announced Tuesday they have taken control over an encampment in an eastern Syrian village where IS militants have been besieged

Brazilian physicist wins $1.4 million Templeton Prize

Brazilian physicist wins $1.4 million Templeton Prize

Reuters, New Hampshire :Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser has been awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize, worth $1.4 million, for his work blending science and spirituality.Gleiser, 60, is the first

UN received 259 sexual exploitation allegations, abuse in 2018

UN received 259 sexual exploitation allegations, abuse in 2018

PTI, United Nations :The UN received a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by the staff working in its agencies and their partner organisations in 2018,

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India lodges strong protest with Pak over harassment of diplomatsPTI, New Delhi India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over several incidents of alleged harassment of Indian High Commission

NY Senator Gillibrand announces presidential run

NY Senator Gillibrand announces presidential run

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday officially announced she would seek the Democratic party's nomination for the 2020 presidential election, taking aim at Donald Trump as she formally joined

Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against US for sanctions

Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against US for sanctions

Reuters, London  :Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the government would file a legal case in Iran against U.S. officials who imposed sanctions on the country as a

Saudi Crown Prince approved 'intervention' against dissidents: Report

Saudi Crown Prince approved 'intervention' against dissidents: Report

AFP, Washington  : More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New

US-backed force says it has taken positions in IS Syria camp

US-backed force says it has taken positions in IS Syria camp

Reuters, Baghouz, Syria :U.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates

New gun laws to make New Zealand safer after mosque shootings, says PM Ardern

New gun laws to make New Zealand safer after mosque shootings, says PM Ardern

Reuters, Christchurch :New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at

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Russian, US to hold Venezuela talks this weekReuters, MoscowUnited States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov are due to meet in Rome this