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Rare small protests were staged overnight in Cairo and other Egyptian cities calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but authorities quickly dispersed them and arrested dozens, a security source said.

Canada and US lose 3 billion birds in fifty years

Bird populations in both U.S. and Canada are down by some 3 billion over a 50 year period, according to new research. Human activity appears to be the main reason for the population decline.

US and El Salvador sign agreement on asylum to curb migration

The United States and El Salvador reached an agreement Friday aimed at curbing illegal migration, opening the door for the US to potentially send refugees back to the violent Central American country.

Iran warns any country that attacks will be 'main battlefield'

Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander on Saturday warned any country that attacks the Islamic republic will see its territory become the "main battlefield" as he opened an exhibition of captured drones.

Anti-Sisi protests break out in Egypt, several arrested

Rare small protests broke out on Friday in Cairo and other Egyptian cities calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi but police quickly dispersed them, AFP journalists reported.

Thousands of Paris police deployed over 'yellow vest' clash fears

More than 7,000 police officers are to be deployed for rallies in Paris on Saturday over fears that yellow vest protesters and their radical, anarchist "black blocs" could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.

Fuelling populism and influencing votes - Austria's biggest tabloid

The "Ibiza-gate" corruption scandal cost Austria's far-right its place in government, but also the tacit support of the country's most powerful newspaper, the tabloid Kronen Zeitung.

US sending more troops to Gulf, Trump announces Iran sanctions

The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Argentina ex-president Kirchner to be tried for fourth time

Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner is to stand trial for a fourth time on corruption charges, even as the leftist opposition leader vies for the position of vice president in elections next month.

Ahead of climate summit, UN chief demands 'positive' news

Next week dozens of countries will gather in New York for an emergency UN summit to help curb the grim prospect of rising greenhouse gas emissions, however the focus must be on good climate news, the body's secretary-general said Friday.

Mexico cracks down on homophobic slurs in football

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced a new crackdown Friday on the homophobic slurs often heard at its matches, warning that the controversial tradition could get the country banned from the 2022 World Cup.

Yemen rebels announce plan to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Huthi rebels unexpectedly announced late Friday that they planned to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia as part of a peace initiative to end their country's devastating conflict, five years after they captured the capital Sanaa.

Slain Malta journalist's family hails public inquiry U-turn

The family of slain Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Friday hailed the government's surprise announcement of a public inquiry into her 2017 killing but voiced concern that it might not be independent.

Protests held across Spain against gender violence

Protesters took to the rain soaked streets of Madrid and dozens of other cities across Spain on Friday to raise the alarm against violence against women and demand tougher action.

Malta agrees to public inquiry into journalist's murder

The Maltese government on Friday ordered an independent inquiry into the 2017 murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, days ahead of the expiry of a Council of Europe deadline.

Malta agrees to public inquiry into journalist's murder

The Maltese government on Friday ordered an independent inquiry into the 2017 murder of anti-corrution journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, a day after the expiry of a Council of Europe deadline.

Greta Thunberg hopes climate strikes will be 'social tipping point'

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg told AFP that she hoped Friday's massive worldwide climate strikes would mark a turning point in persuading leaders to take decisive action on global warming.

Brazil police recommend charges against Vale, auditor over dam burst

Brazilian police said Friday they have enough evidence to charge employees of mining giant Vale and its German auditor over false information used to certify the safety of a tailings dam that collapsed, killing hundreds.

Romanian ex-president 'worked with communist secret police': court

Former Romanian president Traian Basescu was found Friday by a court in Bucharest to have collaborated with the feared communist-era Securitate secret police.

Colombian FARC leader wants peace deal respected to undercut dissidents

An ex-FARC guerrilla leader is calling on the Colombian government to fully implement its 2016 peace plan to undercut rebel dissidents who have again taken up arms against the government of President Ivan Duque.

Trump threatens to release IS captives at European borders

US President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to release Islamic State prisoners at European borders if France, Germany and other countries don't take back their captured nationals.

Trump slams 'partisan' whistleblower, Biden pushes back

US President Donald Trump on Friday vigorously rejected a whistleblower's claim of wrongdoing, amid reports he used a call with Ukraine's president to pressure him to investigate the son of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Trump announces sanctions but says won't strike Iran

US President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran that he said were the toughest-ever against another country but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

Trump, backed by Australia's Morrison, talks tough on China

President Donald Trump said Friday that only a "complete" deal with China on trade will be acceptable and his tough approach won support from visiting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison."I'm not looking for a partial deal.

Key points of Merkel's new climate strategy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Friday announced a sweeping climate policy package worth at least 100 billion euros ($110 billion euros) by 2030.

Trump denies 'dicey' conversation with foreign leader

US President Donald Trump again denied Friday that he did anything wrong during a mysterious phone call with an as-yet unidentified foreign leader after a whistleblower in the intelligence services sounded the alarm.

Austria's oldest Holocaust survivor dies at 106

The oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor, who lived through four concentration camps, has died at the age of 106, Vienna's Jewish Community organisation (IKG) said Friday.

Death toll from Taliban bomb attack rises to 39

The death toll from a massive Taliban bomb attack which flattened a hospital in southern Afghanistan earlier this week has risen to at least 39, officials said Friday.

Spain's leftwing trades barbs as new vote looms

Squabbling between Spain's leftwing parties erupted Friday with leaders trading mutual recriminations over the failure to form a government as the country braced for its fourth election in as many years.

Pope decries euthanasia as Italy court considers assisted suicide

Pope Francis on Friday again spoke out against assisted suicide and euthanasia, days before a top Italian court is to examine the thorny question in the largely Roman Catholic country.

'Millions' protest in youth-led global climate strike

Masses of children skipped school to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning," ahead of a UN youth summit she will participate in Saturday.

Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force

Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, allegations that were rejected by a commanding officer.

Scenes of destruction at Saudi oil plant hit by attacks

The dramatic weekend assault on two Saudi oil facilities saw one of the targets struck four times sparking fires that took five hours to extinguish, the national oil company said Friday.

Top N. Korea negotiator praises Trump's 'new method' suggestion

North Korea's chief negotiator in talks with the United States welcomed Donald Trump's suggestion of trying a "new method" in negotiations, and hailed the exit of his hawkish national security advisor.

Indonesia president urges delay in law banning sex outside marriage

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday called for a delay in passing a new law that would outlaw gay and pre-marital sex after the controversial plan sparked a public outcry.

Yemen rebels accuse Saudi, allies of 'serious escalation' in Hodeida

Yemen's Huthi rebels accused Saudi Arabia and its allies on Friday of endangering a fragile truce around Hodeida with strikes on four rebel targets north of the key aid port.

Ex-Albanian interior minister acquitted of drug charges

An Albanian court has acquitted former interior minister Saimir Tahiri on drug trafficking charges but sentenced him to three years of probation for abuse of power.

Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Singapore's skies cleared Friday and air quality improved as smog from raging Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend's Formula One race may be affected.

Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete results

Israeli vote results on Friday confirmed a deadlock in the country's general election and put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party as the second-largest, leaving him with a tough battle to extend his long tenure in office.

Tailoring peace: Colombian ex-rebels turn to fashion

Once dressed to kill as they stalked the Colombian jungle, a group of young former FARC rebels have shed their camouflage fatigues, boots and guns to help ease their way back into society following a 2016 peace deal.

Taiwan dismayed as another Pacific nation switches to Beijing

Taiwan lashed out at China on Friday after the tiny island nation of Kiribati switched its recognition to Beijing, the second diplomatic defection in the strategically important Pacific in less than a week.
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