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France recalls ambassadors to Australia, US in escalating row

France on Friday recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations in a ferocious row over the scrapping of a submarine...

England, Scotland ease Covid travel curbs

Pandemic restrictions on travel into England and Scotland are to be eased, officials said Friday, replacing a complicated "traffic light" watchlist...

Southern EU leaders vow to meet Paris climate targets

Southern EU leaders on Friday pledged their adherence to the climate targets of the Paris 2015 agreement in an Athens summit that also tackled...

10,000 migrants, many Haitian, packed under Texas bridge

The mayor of Del Rio, Texas declared a state of emergency Friday after more than 10,000 undocumented migrants, many of them Haitians, poured...

Southern EU leaders vow to meet Paris climate targets

Southern EU leaders on Friday pledged their adherence to the climate targets of the Paris 2015 agreement in an Athens summit that also tackled...

‘No way out’ for Lukashenko : Belarus opposition chief

There is "no way out" for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over a year after disputed elections, the exiled opposition leader said on...

Second Dutch minister quits as Afghan scandal widens

The Dutch defence minister on Friday became the second cabinet member to resign over the Afghan evacuation debacle as the widening scandal claims...

US threatens new sanctions over northern Ethiopia war

US President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order allowing for sanctions against the warring parties in northern Ethiopia if they fail...

10,000 migrants, many Haitian, packed under Texas bridge

More than 10,000 undocumented migrants, many of them Haitians, were being held under a bridge in Texas on Friday, US officials said, posing a...

Blinken urges more normalization with Israel on anniversary

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised Friday to encourage more Arab countries to recognize Israel as he met with top diplomats from the...

Biden urges ‘highest’ ambition at UN climate summit

US President Joe Biden on Friday urged the world to bring its "highest" ambition to a UN summit on climate change in November, warning that the...

US Capitol braced for rally supporting January 6 rioters

Washington was on high alert Friday ahead of a rally in support of the pro-Trump rioters who ransacked the US Capitol, with security forces better...

Taliban replace women’s ministry with notorious vice department

The Taliban appeared Friday to have shut down the government's ministry of women's affairs and replaced it with a department notorious for enforcing...

New Zealand call off Pakistan cricket series after security alert

New Zealand pulled out of their cricket series against Pakistan on Friday over security concerns just as the first one-day international was...

North Korea rebukes ‘double-dealing’ US after missile launch

Pyongyang accused the United States of "double-dealing" on Friday and held Washington's duplicity responsible for stalled nuclear talks, days...

‘Erase them from history’ : Eritreans mark 20 years since brutal purge

The last time Noel Joseph saw his uncle, they spent most of their visit discussing a daring proposition: going public with criticism of Eritrean...

Myanmar junta to put Suu Kyi on trial for corruption

Myanmar's junta will put ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for corruption, her lawyer said Friday, adding to a raft of ongoing cases that...

Chinese astronauts return to earth after 90-day mission

Chinese astronauts returned to earth Friday after completing the country's longest-ever crewed mission, the latest landmark in Beijing's drive...

Australia shrugs off China anger on nuclear subs

Australia on Friday shrugged off Chinese anger over its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines, while vowing to defend the rule of...

Peru Congress approves law to cremate late Shining Path leader

Peru's Congress approved a bill allowing authorities to cremate the body of late guerilla leader Abimael Guzman Thursday, as debate rages over...

Sunsets and squalor : Inside Afghanistan’s largest prison

Thousands of prisoners were crammed into a squalid prison to the east of Kabul last month until the Taliban set them free as they closed in on...

Spoons become a new symbol of Palestinian ‘freedom’

The humble spoon has taken its place alongside traditional flags and banners as a Palestinian resistance symbol, after prisoners were said to...

Australia shrugs off China anger on nuclear subs

Australia on Friday shrugged off Chinese anger over its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines and vowed to defend the rule of law...

Haiti PM dismisses questions over links to president’s murder

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry dismissed suspicions raised against him over the assassination of president Jovenel Moise as a "fuss" motivated...

Race for Japan’s new prime minister kicks off

The campaign to become Japan's next prime minister kicked off on Friday, with four candidates vying for leadership of the ruling party in an...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro going to UN meet despite being unvaccinated

Brazil's Covid-unvaccinated President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday he will attend next week's United Nations conclave in New York, effectively...

Nobel laureate Romer decries lack of ‘integrity’ under Georgieva at World Bank

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer said the current head of the IMF, in her previous senior role at the World Bank, engineered a "whitewash"...

Victorious, Taliban face fierce new test in Afghanistan

Having conquered Afghanistan, the Taliban now face the formidable task of keeping the peace within their own ranks and running a country on the...

Austria hears first lawsuit over ski resort Covid outbreak

The first civil lawsuit began in a court in Vienna on Friday over a notorious outbreak of coronavirus at a popular ski resort last year, where...

‘Great power rivalry’ fuels Pacific arms race frenzy

A quick barrage of missile tests and bumper defence deals in the Pacific have highlighted a regional arms race that is intensifying as the China-US...

In Canada’s far north, candidate seeks to be indigenous people’s voice

As she campaigns ahead of parliamentary elections next week, Lise Kistabish has a message for Canada's marginalized indigenous people: she will...

US moves to block Purdue Pharma opioid settlement

The US Justice Department has challenged a plan that would dissolve Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the OxyContin drug that has been blamed for...

Argentina’s VP Kirchner challenges president over resignations

Argentina's Vice President Cristina Kirchner directly challenged her boss, President Alberto Fernandez on Thursday, demanding a cabinet reshuffle...