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Putin threatens to target West with new missiles

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The longtime Russian leader warns Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe following the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow will consider it a 'serious threat'

STATE OF THE NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Convoy plucks women, children from last ISIS holdout in Syria

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Around 15 trucks carrying men, women, and children have exited the last patch of ISIS territory in eastern Syria, according to Agence France-Presse correspondents

ISIS' LAST HOLDOUT. Islamic State group's fighters and their families sit in the back of a truck as they leave ISIS's last holdout of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 20, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai says no peace deal with China unless force ruled out

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

President Tsai Ing-wen is responding to recent comments by Wu Den-yih, head of the main opposition Kuomintang, that his party would pursue a peace treaty with Beijing if it were to regain power in 2020

NO PEACE DEAL. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The accord comes as Indian leader Narendra Modi has stepped up warnings to Pakistan following a suicide attack in Kashmir that left at least 40 paramilitaries dead

AGREEMENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 20, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Australia detains nanny over alleged Pinochet-era crimes

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Adriana Elcira Rivas Gonzalez, 66, is detained on Tuesday, February 19

PINOCHET-ERA CRIMES. A supporter of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet holds a portrait of him during a demo on the 30th anniversary of the plebiscite that ended his rule in Santiago on October 5, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Democrats warn Trump may rush nuclear transfer to Saudis

Feb 20, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The House of Representatives committee in charge of investigations says 'multiple whistleblowers' warned of conflicts of interest 'that could implicate federal criminal statutes'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/AFP

Hundreds of students flee violence in Indonesia's Papua

Feb 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Subsequent clashes prompt the Nduga district government to evacuate more than 400 students to the neighboring Jayawijaya district

VIOLENCE IN PAPUA. Indonesian police officers and airport officials push a stretcher with a survivor after they arrived in Timika, Papua province on December 6, 2018. File photo by Joseph Situmorang/AFP

Trump nominates successor to one-time head of Russia probe

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Rod Rosenstein will be replaced by Jeffrey Rosen, the current deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation

JEFFREY ROSEN. Image from US Department of Transportation website

Britain to strip ISIS teen of citizenship – lawyer

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Shamima Begum's fate is stirring controversy, since she and two friends fled London to join ISIS 4 years ago when she was 15

STRIPPED OF CITIZENSHIP. Shamima Begum, who fled to join ISIS in Syria in 2015 is living in a refugee camp and wants to return home. File photo by Laura Lean/Pool/AFP

May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging on Brexit backstop

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:37 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May suffers a fresh blow to her authority at home when 3 of her MPs resign from her Conservative party in protest at her Brexit strategy

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

Trump in 'no rush' to push North Korea to denuclearize

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:13 AM

On their second summit, Trump says, 'I think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have some very positive things in mind and we'll soon find out, but I'm in no rush'

SUMMIT #1. File photo of the first summit between US President Donald Trump (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for Supreme Leader

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'Jal gaseyo!' the kids chant – goodbye in Korean – at the school where portraits of communist leaders past – Kim Il-sung, his son Kim Jong-il and Vietnam's revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh – hang on the wall

KIM-DERGARTEN. Vietnamese children perform in front of the portraits of the late North Korean leader, Kim Il Sung (left) and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh at the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship Kindergarten in Hanoi on February 19, 2019. Photo bt Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Venezuela 'on alert,' suspends links with Curacao to block aid

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) Regional commander Vladimir Quintero confirms reports Venezuela had ordered the suspension of air and sea links with Curacao and the nearby Netherlands Antilles islands of Aruba and Bonaire

A woman photographs boxes containing humanitarian aid for Venezuela inside a warehouse at the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, on February 19, 2019. US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything," as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro's refusal to let in desperately needed humanitarian aid. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'The prime minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse,' says an Indian foreign ministry statement

TENSION. An Indian student lights a candle to pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed, in Chennai on February 18, 2019, following an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

1 dead after Swiss avalanche, rescue search paused

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:53 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been reported as injured in the avalanche on February 19 at the Crans-Montana ski station in southern Switzerland

Rebel British MPs take up seats in parliament

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:32 PM

One of the 7 lawmakers, Chuka Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second referendum, says that he now wants to establish a new centrist political party by the end of the year at the latest

LABOUR PARTY. Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London on February 19, 2019. Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Pelosi pledges long-term U.S. backing of NATO, EU

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

In an implicit message the Republican president is not omnipotent, the most powerful Democrat says she and fellow visiting congressmen are asserting the role of their legislative branch as co-equal to the executive

US BACKING. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Myanmar picks panel to reform army-scripted constitution

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:27 PM

With 2020 polls looming, parliament has voted overwhelmingly to form a cross-party committee to debate reforms of the charter

REFORMS. Military officers who are appointed members of the Myanmar Parliament arrive to attend a session in Naypyidaw on February 19, 2019. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The fresh controversy in Polish-Israeli ties comes after a row in 2018 over a Polish law that made it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi German crimes

AFTER WARSAW. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. AFP PHOTO / AP AND POOL / Dan Balilty

Bernie Sanders announces he is running for U.S. president

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, makes the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with candidate Hillary Clinton at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai confirms she will seek reelection in 2020

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'It's natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda,' Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says

2020 BID. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Pakistan 'ready to talk' on Kashmir, warns India against attack – PM

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan uses a nationally televised address to demand Delhi share proof of Islamabad's involvement in last week's suicide blast

IMRAN KHAN. In this file photo, Pakistan's Imran Khan speaks to the media on July 25, 2018. File photo by Aamir Oureshi/AFP

China: Dominant, distrusted in ASEAN

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:09 PM

While its dominance is acknowledged, China is not seen as an altruistic presence by most respondents in Southeast Asia, according to a report of the Singapore-based ASEAN Studies Center

ASEAN. This photo taken on November 10, 2018, shows a woman walking past the national flags of ASEAN countries at the Suntec City convention and exhibition center in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Speculation swirls over Kim's travel plans for Hanoi summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) Washington and Pyongyang have dispatched several teams to Vietnam ahead of the summit in Hanoi on February 27-28, though officials have remained tight-lipped on their movements and meetings

KIM HYOK CHOL. Man understood to be North Korean negotiator Kim Hyok Chol (center, blue tie) after walking off an Air Koryo flight from Pyongyang, at Beijing international airport on February 19, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Rivarol's Twitter account 'called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity,' a spokesman for the French government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body says

16 states sue Trump over border wall emergency

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:12 AM

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia are party to the complaint seeking an injunction

Brazil president sacks close aide amid political scandal

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Gustavo Bebianno, who held cabinet rank and was former leader of the ultraconservative PSL, is replaced by retired general Floriano Peixoto

GUSTAVO BEBIANNO. In this file picture taken on November 21, 2018, Gustavo Bebianno, who was appointed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as Minister of Government Secretariat, addresses the press at the transitional government's headquarters in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or 'lose everything'

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Maduro government has until Saturday, February 23, to let aid shipments into Venezuela

WAITING. People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the 'Aid and Freedom Coalition' movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib – monitor

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The first blast is caused by a bomb planted under a car in the main city of the Idlib region, while a motorcycle bomb detonated after ambulances arrived at the scene of the first explosion

BOMBINGS. The wreckage of a car and a damaged building in the background are seen in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on February 18, 2019, following a double bomb attack. Photo by Muhammad Haj Kadour/AFP

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:34 PM

At an emergency meeting of his ruling All Progressives Congress party in Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the rescheduled ballot proceeds without a hitch

ELECTIONS. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the February 23 ballot proceeds without a hitch. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says the summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – is cancelled but that there will be bilateral talks

HOLOCAUST ROW. In this file photo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a press statement at the coal mine at Stonava, near Karvina, Czech Republic on December 21, 2018. File photo by Radek Mica/AFP

7 MPs quit UK Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The 7 MPs will form a breakaway independent group in parliament, undermining Jeremy Corbyn as he attempts to steer the party through the highly divisive issue of Brexit

BREXIT. Former Labour party MPs Ann Coffey (C-L), and Chuka Umunna arrive to speak at a press conference in London on February 18, 2019, where they and colleagues announced their resignation from the Labour Party, and the formation of a new independent group of MPs. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British intelligence says Huawei risk manageable – Financial Times

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The National Cyber Security Center sees ways of limiting risks from using Huawei in future 5G networks, according to two unnamed sources cited by the 'Financial Times'

Shootout wounds 5 bystanders near New Orleans tourism area

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Police shoot and kill the suspect during the incident, which occurred almost two weeks before the Louisiana city's renowned Mardi Gras festival

UK Parliament calls Facebook 'digital gangsters' which violated privacy laws

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) British lawmakers' 18-month investigation into disinformation and 'fake news' also accuses Facebook of failing to faithfully fight Russia's alleged attempts to influence elections

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

9 dead as deadly Kashmir battle heightens India-Pakistan tensions

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The confrontation piles more pressure on the Indian government, which has blamed Pakistan for the suicide attack last February 14 on a convoy that killed at least 41 paramilitaries

TENSION. A house in which militants are suspected to have sheltered is in flames after a gunfight happened between rebels and Indian security forces that killed 4 soldiers, in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, some 10 km away from the spot of recent suicide bombing, on February 18, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

Pakistan to honor Saudi crown prince after $20 billion deals

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office says in a statement

DEAL. In this handout photograph by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (foerground R) and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (foreground L) look at their delegation members during a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at The Prime Minister House in Islamabad. Handout photo by Pakistan Press Information Department/AFP

Spanish victims of sexually abusive priests speak out

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The heads of around 100 bishops' conferences from every continent will convene from February 21 to February 24 for the Vatican meeting on the protection of minors

ISIS defends final pocket of dying 'caliphate' in Syria

Feb 18, 2019 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) Diehard ISIS members are trapped in their last patch of territory of less than half a square kilometer in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border

DEFEATING ISIS. Delegates listen as US President Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US Department of State February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Australian security agencies say they do not yet know who was behind the attack or their motives

HACKING PROBLEM. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifies

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This incident is the latest point of tension between the international community and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is in the grip of a power struggle with interim president Juan Guaido

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's "acting president", on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. - "I swear to formally assume the national executive powers as acting president of Venezuela to end the usurpation, (install) a transitional government and hold free elections," said Guaido as thousands of supporters cheered. Moments earlier, the loyalist-dominated Supreme Court ordered a criminal investigation of the opposition-controlled legislature. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

Trump aide predicts 'hundreds of miles' of border wall by 2020

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'You're looking at hundreds of miles,' says Trump aide Stephen Miller , 'probably a couple hundred miles' by September 2020, two months before the US election

Picture of a section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on February 5, 2019. - United States President Donald Trump, is expected to talk on border security tonight during his State of the Union. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

Top U.S. official discussed Trump removal in 2017, says ex-FBI chief

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Former FBI chief Andrew McCabe says invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution was raised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference about Chinese hacking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2018. The US Justice Department on Thursday announced fresh indictments of Chinese government hackers who allegedly targeted scores of companies in a dozen countries, which US officials said showed Beijing had not fulfilled its pledge to stop such actions. In an operation coordinated with US allies in Europe and Asia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the move was being made to rebuff "China's economic aggression."  NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

Saudi prince starts Asia tour with deals to invest $20B in Pakistan

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The Asia tour of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is a timely demonstration to the West that he still has friends in rising Asia

In this handout photograph taken and released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) greets Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) upon his arrival at the military Nur Khan Air Force base in Islamabad. The crown prince, widely known as "MBS", launched his diplomatic trip in the capital Islamabad, where he was set to sign a raft of investment deals believed to be worth billions that Pakistan hopes will provide welcome relief to its teetering economy. HANDOUT / PID / AFP

Shootings kill 8 in eastern DR Congo

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:21 PM

'The population is angry at the authorities' lethargy,' a youth leader says

UK teen who joined ISIS has given birth in Syria – family

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Lawyer Mohammad Akunjee says Britain has a responsibility towards Shamima Begum and her newborn child

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over suicide bombing

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Iranian official at the ministry calls on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack's perpetrators

Watchdog deplores Libya's 'almost impossible' media environment

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

At least 19 journalists have been killed since 2011 while there have been 'several cases' in which journalists were abducted, tortured or forcibly disappeared, the report says