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Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros, found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed over to French authorities in Belgrade, France's embassy said Thursday.

Man who posed as Justin Bieber faces over 900 child sex charges

A 42-year-old Australian man who was already facing child sex charges was charged with an additional 931 counts this week. He is alleged to have posed as singer Justin Bieber in order to extort sexually explicit images and sex from children.

Argentine teachers stage mass protest

Tens of thousands of Argentine public school teachers protested Wednesday for higher salaries, the latest salvo in an increasingly nasty dispute with President Mauricio Macri's government.

Argentina ex-president Cristina Kirchner to face trial

A judge on Thursday ordered Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner to stand trial on charges of financial mismanagement.It is the first of several cases against the combative 64-year-old leftist leader to go to trial.

Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits

A carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said Thursday.

Germany wealth inequality gap 'growing wider'

A growing gap between rich and poor in Germany could sap social cohesion in Europe's largest economy and most populous country, a government report warned Thursday.

Low-tech London attack is 'new norm', experts say

A man with a car, a knife and murderous intent -- the London attack shows the "new norm" of low-tech terror, experts say.

Israel arrests Jewish teen over anti-Semitic threats in US, elsewhere

Israel arrested on Thursday a Jewish teenager accused of making dozens of anti-Semitic bomb threats in the United States and elsewhere, and one to a major airline, following a wide-ranging investigation involving the FBI.

Resistance risk for new TB drugs: experts

New drugs for hard-to-treat tuberculosis strains may be fast rendered ineffective themselves if incorrectly used, a report warned Thursday, on the eve of World TB Day.

Fighter turned peacemaker McGuinness laid to rest

Former Irish Republican Army commander turned peace negotiator Martin McGuinness was buried Thursday, his supporters giving him the funeral of an Irish chieftain.

Armed man held for driving at crowd in Belgium's Antwerp

Belgian security forces arrested a French national Thursday after he tried to drive into a crowd of shoppers at high speed in the port city of Antwerp, officials said.

British MPs back at work but parliament remains a crime scene

Defiant British lawmakers returned to parliament Thursday but outside, the forensic work and eerie absence of people and traffic at one of London's most popular tourist spots was a poignant reminder of the previous day's terror.

Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroad

A Jewish youth was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world, police said.

Man arrested trying to drive into crowd in Belgium's Antwerp

Belgian police arrested a man on Thursday after he tried to drive into a crowd at high-speed in a shopping area in the port city of Antwerp, a police chief said.

China's ZTE pleads guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran, N.Korea

Chinese telecom giant ZTE has pleaded guilty in a US court to violating US export controls by selling goods to Iran and North Korea over several years.

France's Le Pen to visit Moscow Friday

French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will on Friday visit Moscow to meet with lawmakers, Russia's parliament said Thursday.

Erdogan slams 'pressure' on Turks in Bulgaria ahead of vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Thursday at what he called "pressure" on the 700,000 Turks in Bulgaria, as tensions mounted between Ankara and Sofia ahead of elections in the EU state.

Schools on the frontline of Honduras gang turf battles

The clatter of bullets piercing the school's roof sent pupils running for safety. Four of them and their teacher were wounded.

Ukraine says 'state terrorism' by Moscow behind murder of Russian ex-MP

A former Russian MP wanted by Moscow for fraud was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday in what Kiev branded "state terrorism.

EU parliament head sets 'red line' on citizens' rights post-Brexit

European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said securing the rights of millions of EU citizens after Brexit was a "red line" when negotiations begin soon.

Islamic State group claims London attack: IS-linked agency

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in London that killed three people, the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the jihadist organisation said on Thursday.

UN's troubled Syria peace talks restart in Geneva

UN-backed Syria peace talks resumed in Geneva on Thursday, with little hope of a breakthrough and the emboldened regime seen as unlikely to make concessions.

'Mafia tour' in Sicily makes victims' blood boil

A travel agency in Sicily offering a 'mafia tour' has found itself in the firing line after local authorities and relatives of victims slammed it for glorifying organised crime.

British parliament attack: The victims

Three people were killed in the London terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament -- two members of the public and a police officer.

Emboldened Taliban capture key southern district

Taliban fighters captured the strategic southern district of Sangin on Thursday, officials said, another setback for Afghan forces in opium-rich Helmand province ahead of the spring fighting season.

400,000 'trapped' in west Mosul's Old City: UN

About 600,000 people remain in the areas of west Mosul held by the Islamic State group, including 400,000 who are "trapped" in the Old City under siege-like conditions, the UN said Thursday."They are desperate for food.

Indian MP admits hitting air steward 25 times with slipper

An Indian politician brazenly admitted on Thursday that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat.

10 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai roadside bombings

Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed in two roadside bombings as they clashed with Islamic State group jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula, the military said on Thursday.

Food insecurity 'widespread' in North Korea: UN-led report

Chronic food shortages and malnutrition are widespread in North Korea, a UN-led report said, as a senior official appealed to donors not to let political considerations get in the way of humanitarian assistance.

10 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai roadside bombings

Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed in two roadside bombings as they clashed with Islamic State group jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula, the military said on Thursday.

Qaeda, IS focus on bombs behind carry-on computer ban: experts

The prohibition on carry-on electronics for certain flights to the US and Britain shows both the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda remain able to mount potent threats to civil aviation despite tighter airport security, experts say.

In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes

More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020.

Ukraine probes arms depot explosion, military blames 'sabotage'

Ukraine on Thursday was probing a series of explosions that hit a munitions depot in the country's east overnight as the military blamed the incident on an "act of sabotage"."A fire broke out ...

San Francisco passes preemptive law against religious registry

Responding to anti-Muslim rhetoric, policies and actions of the Trump administration, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to preemptively prohibit participation in any religion-based registry.

Despite Trump push, healthcare vote going to the wire

President Donald Trump faces a reckoning Thursday as US lawmakers vote on his presidency's biggest legislative test, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, as conservatives vowed to kill it unless important last-minute changes are made.

Islamic State claims British parliament attack

The Islamic State group said Thursday one of its "soldiers" carried out the deadly rampage at the British parliament, as Prime Minister Theresa May vowed the nation would not be cowed by its deadliest attack in 12 years.

Two years on, Yemen stuck in 'quagmire'

Deadly fighting, a rise in jihadism, the threat of famine -- two years after Saudi Arabia intervened against Iran-backed rebels, Yemen is more unstable than ever.

Hopes and fears meet for Sewol parents as ferry emerges

Huddled in makeshift shipping container homes on a South Korean waterfront, the relatives of the missing from the Sewol ferry disaster have endured a harrowing wait to recover their dead children.

For FARC moms, peace in Colombia marks new beginning

Josleidy Ramirez, a FARC guerrilla, never had a chance to raise the son she gave birth to 15 years ago in the middle of Colombia's civil war.

Desert X exhibition reflects earth, sky, state of world

A house clad in mirrors pops out of the California desert. It blends into the landscape, reflecting a kaleidoscope of the urban grid and arid valley of Palm Springs -- to the delight of photographers and selfie-seekers.

UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva

Syrian rivals were to resume UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva on Thursday, with escalating violence and deadlock on key issues dimming hopes of a breakthrough.
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