1 January 2020 News

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Australia orders evacuation of fire-ravaged towns before heatwave

Thousands of tourists have been given less than 48 hours to evacuate fire-ravaged coastal communities as Australia braces for a weekend heatwave...

Bogota’s first woman mayor pledges to fight racism, xenophobia

Bogota's first woman mayor Claudia Lopez took office Wednesday promising leadership in the troubled Colombian capital and pledging to fight "racism,...

Israel’s Netanyahu asks parliament for immunity

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday asked parliament for immunity, weeks after the embattled premier was indicted on a range...

Israel’s Netanyahu to ask parliament for immunity

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he would ask parliament for immunity, weeks after the embattled premier was indicted...

Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip after attack on US embassy in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday postponed a trip to Ukraine, the country at the heart of impeachment proceedings against President...

Guinea-Bissau opposition chief wins presidential election

Opposition leader Umaro Sissoco Embalo won presidential elections in the volatile West African state of Guinea-Bissau, picking up 53.55 percent...

Pope sorry for slapping devotee

Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for slapping a woman who had grabbed him as he greeted a crowd of devotees, shortly before he delivered a speech...

Khamenei condemns US, warns Iran will confront threats

Iran's supreme leader Wednesday strongly condemned deadly US strikes on Iraq and warned his country was ready to confront threats after US President...

Austria’s conservatives, Greens set to form government

Austria's conservatives led by Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday started final discussions with the Greens and are expected to announce a deal to form...

Taliban kill 23 in attacks on Afghan checkpoints

At least 23 Afghan security forces were killed in a series of Taliban attacks across the country, officials said Wednesday, despite winter snowfall...

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee

Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithful on New Year's...

Socialist Sommaruga takes over Swiss presidency

Cabinet member Simonetta Sommaruga of the Socialist Party took over the Swiss presidency on Wednesday, a largely ceremonial role that rotates...

Pro-Iran protesters leave US embassy in Baghdad

Pro-Iran demonstrators left the besieged US embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday after the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force ordered them to withdraw...

Palau bans ‘reef-toxic’ sunscreen

Palau's pioneering ban on "reef-toxic" sunscreens took effect Wednesday as the tiny Pacific island nation introduced strict environmental measures...

Nine dead after Indonesian capital hit by New Year flooding

Nine people died after Indonesia's capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities said Wednesday, as torrential rains on New...

Massive Hong Kong pro-democracy rally ends in police clashes

A huge New Year's Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong ended in mass arrests and clashes between police and hardcore protesters, as demonstrators...

Erdogan, Istanbul rival lock horns over ‘crazy canal’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's dream project of building a canal in Istanbul to rival those at Suez and Panama has turned into a political...

Hong Kong readies for New Year democracy rally

Hong Kong was readying for a massive pro-democracy rally Wednesday after seeing in the New Year with an evening of peaceful protests that morphed...