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Abbas seeks EU recognition to State of Palestine

AFP, Brussels :Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday urged the EU to "swiftly" grant official recognition to the state of Palestine as he sought support in Brussels amid a bitter

Swiss on high avalanche alert on eve of Davos forum

Swiss on high avalanche alert on eve of Davos forum

Reuters, Zurich :Switzerland went on avalanche alert on Monday as fresh snow smothered much of the Alps a day before the World Economic Forum in Davos gets under way.A bulletin

Australia sends dozens of refugees from Pacific camps to US

Dozens of refugees held for years in Australia's remote Pacific detention camps departed for resettlement in the United States on Tuesday, asylum-seeker advocates said.The Sydney-based Refugee Action Coalition said 40

China must win 'three tough battles' while pursuing reforms: Li

Reuters,Beijing :Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the country must reduce poverty, control pollution and reduce risks, challenges he described as "three tough battles" for the economy, as policymakers push for

Taiwan President does not exclude possibility of China attack

Taiwan President does not exclude possibility of China attack

Reuters, Taipei :Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled island, amid heightened tensions between the two sides including an increasing

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Strong quake sparks panic in IndonesiaAFP. JakartaA strong earthquake rattled Indonesia Tuesday, sparking panic, damaging scores of homes and leaving at least half a dozen students seriously injured.Office workers in

UAE-backed group vows to `overthrow` Yemen`s government

UAE-backed group vows to `overthrow` Yemen`s government

Al Jazeera News  :A group of separatists in southern Yemen, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have declared a state of emergency in the port city of Aden

S Korea's 'Peace Olympics' meet backlash at home

S Korea's 'Peace Olympics' meet backlash at home

AFP, Seoul :South Korea's efforts to bring the North to its Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month are provoking a backlash among its own people, with accusations that Seoul

Tokyo gets first 'heavy snow' alert in four years

AFP, Tokyo :Japan's weather agency on Monday issued a heavy snow warning for Tokyo for the first time in four years, urging people to go home early amid fears

Sacked Catalan leader arrives in Denmark despite Spanish arrest threat

AFP :Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont arrived in Copenhagen on Monday, defying a threat by Madrid to issue a warrant for his arrest if he leaves Belgium, where he

Turkey in new assault on Kurdish militia on Syria

Turkey in new assault on Kurdish militia on Syria

AFP  :Turkey on Monday shelled Kurdish militia targets in Syria and claimed progress in a cross-border offensive that has stoked concern among its allies and neighbours.The Turkish military on

Palestinians seek EU support as row with US persists

Palestinians seek EU support as row with US persists

AFP  :Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will seek EU support in Brussels on Monday amid bitter acrimony with the United States, but he looks unlikely to get much in the

Johnson says UK should welcome Trump

AFP, London :British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for US President Donald Trump to be welcomed to the UK, warning Sunday that resisting a visit risked damaging his country's

Assad regime promotes Syria's ruins in Aleppo as 'tourist' destination

Assad regime promotes Syria's ruins in Aleppo as 'tourist' destination

AFP, Madrid :It is over a year since Bashar al-Assad's regime, with the help of Russian air strikes and barrel bombs, pounded the rebel-held east of Aleppo into submission.Buildings

Head of popular girl band leads N Korean team to S Korea

Head of popular girl band leads N Korean team to S Korea

AP, Seoul :The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for rare performances by

Jordan`s king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state

Jordan`s king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state

Reuters, Amman :Jordan's King Abdullah expressed concern on Sunday over a decision by Washington to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying East Jerusalem had to be the capital of

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French prison unions vote to press on with strikeAFP, ParisA week-long French prison strike sparked by a spate of inmate attacks on guards looks set to enter a second

US will back two-state solution if Israelis, Palestinains agree: Pence

Reuters, Cairo  :Vice President Mike Pence told Egypt's leader on Saturday the United States would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to

Pope urges end to violence against women

Pope urges end to violence against women

AFP, Trujillo :Pope Francis on Saturday urged Latin America's faithful to fight rampant violent crime against women including murder, while holding mass in Trujillo, Peru's largest northern city."I wish

Sharif`s daughter Maryam to contest in next poll

Sharif`s daughter Maryam to contest in next poll

PTI, Islamabad  :Maryam Nawaz, the media-savvy daughter of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has decided to contest in the next General Election, a prominent newspaper reported on Friday,

Female Sherpa from Nepal scales new heights

Female Sherpa from Nepal scales new heights

AFP, Kathmandu :When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved

US warship 'violated' its sovereignty: China

US warship 'violated' its sovereignty: China

AFP, Beijing :Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had "violated" its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal

Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel

Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel

AP, Jerusalem : From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to cutting aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. alignment

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Egypt's President to run for second term Reuters, CairoEgypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday he will run for a second term in office in an election in

Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, China

Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, China

AFP, Washington :Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russia, and warned that the US military's advantages have eroded in recent

2017 was among the planet`s hottest years on record

2017 was among the planet`s hottest years on record

The Washington Post :2017 was among the hottest years ever recorded, government scientists reported Thursday.The year was the second-hottest in recorded history, NASA said, while scientists from the National

China sees births fall despite push for second child

AFP, Beijing  :The number of births in China fell last year even though the world's most populous country has relaxed its one-child policy to allow all couples to have

May, Macron strike border security deal at UK summit

May, Macron strike border security deal at UK summit

AFP, Sandhurst :Prime Minister Theresa May and her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed a new border security deal on Thursday, through which the UK will pay more to France

Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force: UN Chief

Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force: UN Chief

AP, United Nations :Russia's foreign minister warned Thursday that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send "an

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Puigdemont seeks to vote by proxy for comeback bidReuters, Madrid Catalonia's fugitive separatists on Thursday sought to get around a Spanish government ban on voting via webcast in a