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Malaysia's Najib Razak denies graft charges in visit to home region

May 20, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The scandal-tainted Malaysian leader says the money and luxury items seized were gifts from friends and cash donations for his election campaign

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

ISIS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

May 20, 2018 - 9:44 PM

ISIS jihadists burn their headquarters before boarding buses with their relatives to leave the area, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

May 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires

A resident is seen at the Prestes Maia building which is occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 14, 2018. Occupied since 2010, the abandoned building with 21 floors houses the largest occupation in Latin America, where 478 families now live. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

Myanmar orders Rohingya to leave tense border zone

May 20, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The messages, broadcast in Burmese and Rohingya, warned the refugees to 'leave the area under Myanmar's jurisdiction or face prosecution'

Global South coalition tells Facebook: Be fair, accountable

May 20, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Commitments and apologies will no longer cut it and these specific demands are merely the first steps in holding Facebook accountable for its actions,' says a coalition from the Global South

ACCOUNTABILITY. A coalition, composed of representatives from the global south, calls for parity, transparency, and accountability on the part of Facebook, after failing to address issues it has emboldened in Third World nations.

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

May 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The two leaders agree to 'work closely' for the success of the landmark summit in Singapore on June 12, which would be the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.

File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

May 20, 2018 - 12:19 PM

For more than three years, residents of Raqa were subjected to IS' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law – particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.

RAMADAN. People buy fruits and vegetables at a market in the Syrian city of Raqa on May 17, 2018, during the holy month of Ramadan. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (IS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. Photo by Delil souleiman/AFP

FULL TEXT: Sermon of Reverend Michael Curry at royal wedding

May 20, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial. And in so doing, becomes redemptive,' says Reverend Michael Curry in his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

ROYAL WEDDING. Bishop Michael Bruce Curry preaches at the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. Photo by Owen Humphreys/Pool/AFP

U.S., China back off on tariffs, easing trade tensions

May 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,' says China's Vice Premier Liu He

From East End to Markle village, divided Brits unite for wedding revelry

May 20, 2018 - 1:10 AM

Families, friends, and neighbors converge to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows in the last major royal wedding for a generation

VIEWING PARTY. A royal well-wisher wrapped in a Union Flag watches the Royal Wedding of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and US actress Meghan Markle on a big screen at the Pear Tree in Edinburgh on May 19, 2018. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Helicopters rescue residents from fresh Hawaii volcano lava flow

May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The USGS adds that 'smoke from burning vegetation as lava flows advance is also contributing to poor air quality'

ERUPTION. Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure near a home at dawn on Hawaii's Big Island on May 18, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift

May 19, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Those arrested are facing accusations such as making 'suspicious contact with foreign parties', providing financial support to 'hostile elements abroad', and recruiting government workers

IN PHOTOS: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle captivate world in royal wedding

May 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tie the knot in an emotional ceremony at the St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

KISS. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. Photo by Ben Birchall/Pool/AFP

World's first floating nuclear barge to power Russia's Arctic oil drive

May 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

However, environmental group Greenpeace fears that the Akademik Lomonosov could become a 'nuclear Titanic' or a 'Chernobyl on ice'

NUCLEAR BARGE. Floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov is being towed to Atomflot moorage of the Russian northern port city of Murmansk on May 19, 2018. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

LOOK: Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the royal wedding

May 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Prince George and Princess Charlotte served as page boy and bridesmaid, respectively, during the wedding

LITTLE PRINCESS. Princess Charlotte attends the wedding of her uncle, Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Screenshot from the official stream

Reverend Curry fires up royal wedding with love sermon

May 19, 2018 - 8:47 PM

With rhetorical flourish, the 65-year-old from Chicago says: 'There's power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even oversentimentalize. There is power, power in love.'

POWER OF LOVE. Reverend Michael Curry speaks at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Screenshot from The Royal Family's YouTube channel

Slain Salvador archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be made saints

May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October, announces Pope Francis

SAINTHOOD. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be declared saints in a canonization ceremony in October. Photo of Romero by Marvin Recinos/AFP; photo of Vatican and Pope Paul VI from Shutterstock

Indian Kashmir shutdown to protest Modi visit

May 19, 2018 - 7:57 PM

Separatist groups call for a strike and a protest march to a city square. Main roads leading to the square are barricaded to stop anyone getting in.

SECURITY. Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard in Srinagar on May 18, 2018. Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert May 18 ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state on Saturday, May 19. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Harry and Meghan marry in emotional wedding

May 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, declare the couple husband and wife after they exchange vows and rings

'I WILL.' Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Brady/Pool/AFP

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

Cleric Sadr wins Iraq poll but forming government far off

May 19, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Moqtada Sadr faces a deeply fragmented political landscape and opposition from key player Iran

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Texas school shooting: What we know

May 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, bursts into a classroom and opened fire at Santa Fe High School, as the school day was beginning around 8:00 am

VIGIL. Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Iran wary as EU presents measures to save nuclear deal

May 19, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'The ball is in the court of the EU. They have presented different proposals, we will see if they materialize,' Iran's atomic organization head says

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

2 North Koreans defect to South – Yonhap

May 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

It is the first defection by any North Korean since a historic summit between the two Koreas which saw their leaders agree to pursue the denuclearization of the peninsula and a permanent peace

HIGHLIGHTS: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding

May 19, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Relive the fairy tale wedding here

MR. AND MRS. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say 'I will.' Screenshot from the Royal wedding livestream

10 dead in Texas school shooting, student arrested

May 19, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The gunman, arrested on murder charges, is identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High School

SHOOTING. This undated combination of two selfie photos available on social networks May 18, 2018 shows 17 yr old Santa Fe shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis. OFF/SOCIAL NETWORKS/AFP

Harry, Meghan will be Duke and Duchess of Sussex

May 19, 2018 - 4:12 PM

It is traditional to give royal sons titles reflecting the three historic realms – England, Scotland and Ireland – that made up the United Kingdom

ROYAL WEDDING. In this file photo taken on November 27, 2017 Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Global royalists descend on Windsor for wedding

May 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Hours ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, well-wishers arrive at Windsor, turning it into a sea of red, white, and blue

GETTING READY. Well-wishers paint their faces on the Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding and carriage procession of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN

Lurid tale of bribery and murder looms anew for Malaysia's Najib Razak

May 19, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Malaysia's new government vows to investigate the unresolved scandals involving its former prime minister, including the mysterious killing of his mistress

ON THE HOT SEAT. Defeated Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is expected to face more trials on various scandals that hounded him over the years. Photo from Najib's Facebook page

Cuba in mourning after deadliest air crash in nearly 30 years

May 19, 2018 - 2:24 PM

(UPDATED) Among the dead were 99 Cubans, 6 Mexican crewmembers, and 5 foreign tourists: two from Western Sahara, a Mexican tourist and an Argentine couple

MOURNING. Relatives of a crew member of a jetliner that crashed in Cuba arrive at Mexican-based airline Global Air's office in Mexico City on May 18, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle as world watches

May 19, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The service begins at noon in St George's Chapel with Harry's 92-year-old grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in attendance

ROYAL WEDDING. Britain's Prince Harry returns after greeting well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

At least 8 dead in Texas high school shooting

May 18, 2018 - 10:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The shooting incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles southeast of Houston

French minister outs himself on anti-homophobia day

May 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and Mahjoubi says that while he did not want to 'make a big deal' of coming out publicly, 'if that might help to fight homophobia, I'll do it'

OUT. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, French Minister of State for the Digital Sector Mounir Mahjoubi poses during a photo session in Paris. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down aisle after dad drops out

May 18, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way,' a statement said

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on May 18, 2018 shows Britain’s Charles, Prince of Wales, attending a reception in the Villa Massena garden, in Nice and .Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle, attending a reception for Women's Empowerment at the Royal Aeronautical Society in central London on on April 19, 2018 on the fourth day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).   Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle during her marriage to his son Prince Harry after her father pulled out of the ceremony for health reasons, Kensington Palace announced on May 18, 2018. "Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle... on her wedding day," said a palace statement.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JEAN-PIERRE AMET AND CHRIS JACKSON

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan

May 18, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Egypt president Sisi says the decision to keep the crossing open was taken 'to alleviate the suffering' of residents in the Palestinian enclave

OPEN. Palestinians wait to travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 18, 2018. Photo by Said Khatiob/AFP

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

May 18, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Washington seeks global 'coalition' against Iran regime

May 18, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The plan is to be detailed on Monday, May 21, by the top United States diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first major foreign policy address since taking office in April

WHITE HOUSE. The White House is pictured on January 19, 2013 in Washington DC. Americans kicked off Barack Obama's inauguration weekend Saturday with a day of service, with the president and his family volunteering their efforts in Washington. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Maduro seeks 2nd term in isolated, ruined Venezuela

May 18, 2018 - 3:20 PM

President Nicolas Maduro's ebullient campaign meetings have done little to disguise a lack of enthusiasm in the oil-rich but cash-poor South American country, where the result is widely seen as a foregone conclusion

SECOND TERM? Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

U.S. Senate confirms Gina Haspel as new CIA director

May 18, 2018 - 12:59 PM

President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passes on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel's nomination

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

May 18, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that 'there were detailed discussions' between the two leaders

DIPLOMACY. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Cash-stuffed designer handbags seized in raids on Malaysia's Najib

May 18, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Officers remove Hermes, Birkin and Louis Vuitton bags as part of a trove whose value they say they cannot yet estimate because of its sheer volume

RAIDS. Members of the Malaysian police enter into the road leading to the former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Trump rages at 'witch hunt' as Mueller probe enters year 2

May 18, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,' US President Donald Trump says in a series of angry tweets to mark the anniversary

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Hawaii volcano summit erupts, residents urged to take shelter

May 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the Hawaii Volcano Observatory says

KILAUEA. This image released by the US Geological Survey on May 17, 2018 shows lava spattering from an area between fissures 16 and 20 at 8:20 a.m. HST from the Kilauea Volcano on May 16, 2018. AFP PHOTO / US Geological Survey/HO

Arab League chief calls for international probe into Israel 'crimes'

May 17, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians when tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered near the border, while smaller numbers approached the fence and sought to break through

DELEGATES. A picture taken on May 16, 2018 shows a general view of the meeting of the permanent delegates of Arab League during extra-ordinary emergency session held at the League's headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo.  Photo Mohamed El-Shahed/ AFP

Israel hits Hamas base but Gaza protests fade

May 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel

END THE KILLINGS. Palestinians hold posters bearing text in Arabic calling for the end of the killing of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza-Israel border during a demonstration next to the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed /AFP

India halts Kashmir military operations for Ramadan

May 17, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The nearly 30-day halt is the first of its kind in Indian-controlled Kashmir for nearly two decades, and follows an escalation of violence in recent months in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region

RAMADAN PEACE. A Kashmiri Muslim prays inside Kashmir's main mosque Jamia Masjid during the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar on June 17, 2018. Photo by  Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim says ex-PM Najib likely headed to jail

May 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The election dramatically reversed Anwar's fortunes, from prisoner to presumptive successor to 92-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

WINNER. Jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (right) with his wife Wan Azizah greet the supporters during a rally in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP