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Syria's Kurds said Sunday that one of their most prominent leaders, who is wanted by Ankara on terrorism-related charges, had been arrested in Prague on a Turkish warrant.

Coal continues its downward slide as more coal-fired plants close

More coal plant capacity was shuttered in the first 45 days of 2018 than in the entire first three years of the Obama administration, according to Sierra Club and Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

Rohingya exodus still growing, six months into crisis

Hundreds of desperate Rohingya Muslims are still pouring over the Myanmar border into Bangladesh every week, bringing harrowing accounts of torture and murder, six months after a military crackdown sparked the massive refugee crisis.

Pope calls for immediate halt to Syria violence

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an immediate end to violence in Syria to allow aid deliveries, especially in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta which has been hit by regime bombardment.

Mountaineer attempts first winter solo summit on K2

A Russian-Polish mountaineer has launched the first solo attempt to summit Pakistan's K2 -- the world's second-highest park -- during winter, in what fellow climbers described as a reckless decision.

Xi poised to extend power as China set to lift term limits

Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader for decades, could stay in office indefinitely after the Communist Party called for the removal of presidential term limits.

Iran's ex-intelligence minister slams handling of prison death

An ex-intelligence minister in Iran on Sunday criticised the handling of an environmentalist's death in prison, saying the public would not believe he was a spy unless the case was handled by a "competent agency".

Strikes, clashes hit Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

New regime air strikes and heavy clashes shook Syria's rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war.

Regime strikes in Syria enclave despite ceasefire call: monitor

Syria's regime carried out new air strikes Sunday on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said, despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire "without delay".

Rohingya exodus still growing, six months into crisis

Hundreds of desperate Rohingya Muslims are still pouring over the Myanmar border into Bangladesh every week, bringing harrowing accounts of torture and murder, six months after a military crackdown sparked the massive refugee crisis.

Hurricane-hit Antigua and Barbuda to vote early

Antigua and Barbuda, a hurricane-ravaged Caribbean tourist destination, will go to the polls next month more than a year earlier than scheduled, the prime minister said on Saturday.

Op-Ed: Most people don't really understand the Second Amendment

The U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment from 1791, states: “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” What does this amendment really mean?

One killed, four injured as DR Congo police fire on banned protests

One person was killed and at least four injured as police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse banned protests calling on DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to stand down.

Mexican leader's visit with Trump shelved over wall: media

Mexico and the United States have shelved tentative plans for a visit to Washington by President Enrique Pena Nieto as tensions persist over a proposed border wall, US media reported Saturday.

Beijing protests US sanctions on Chinese firms over N. Korea ties

Beijing has protested against Washington's decision to impose sanctions against Chinese companies accused of conducting illicit economic deals with North Korea, the foreign ministry said.

Corporations key to rescuing nature, says WWF chief

A generation ago, the idea of a veteran international banker leading a global organisation charged with saving the planet's dwindling and besieged wildlife would have seemed far-fetched. For some, it still does.

Indonesian maid's death highlights failure to protect helpers

Trafficked to Malaysia, forced to sleep outside with a dog before dying from serious injuries -– the latest abuse case involving an Indonesian maid highlights a failure to protect domestic helpers despite repeated government pledges, critics say.

Merkel to appoint key party critic to cabinet: reports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to give a cabinet role to an outspoken critic within her conservative party, as she looks to quell surging discontent in the right wing of the group, local media reported.

High-level N. Korean delegates arrive in the South, meet Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday met a senior North Korean delegation led by a blacklisted general before the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka.

Silvio Berlusconi: Italy's eternal comeback king

Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul who dominated Italian politics for nearly two decades, has stepped back into the ring at the age of 81, defying those who dared to believe he had thrown in the towel.

N. Korean delegates arrive in the South, including a blacklisted general

A blacklisted North Korean general arrived in the South on Sunday for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka.

Sex abuse at Chilean church school was an unending 'perverse game': victim

Sexual abuse at the hands of priests marked the childhood of Jaime Concha since the day when, at age 10, he entered a school run by the Marist Brothers religious order in Santiago.He is now 55 years old and a doctor.

US seeks UN ban on 33 ships, 27 firms over North Korea smuggling

The United States is seeking to have the United Nations ban 33 vessels from ports worldwide and blacklist 27 shipping businesses for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions.

Macron faces grilling from farmers at agricultural fair

President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday faced heckles and whistles from French farmers angry with reforms to their sector, as he arrived for France's annual agricultural fair.

Venezuela opens nominations for presidential vote as US protests

Venezuela is now accepting candidate registrations for its April 22 presidential elections, but opposition politicians and the United States are rejecting the terms of the poll.

UK Tory MP apologises to Labour's Corbyn over spy claim

A vice chairman of Britain's Conservative Party on Saturday apologised to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn after tweeting that the opposition leader had "sold British secrets to communist spies".

The UN in Syria: years of impotence and failure

Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the United Nations has repeatedly expressed outrage and indignation but has been powerless to stop the carnage.

Tensions high as DR Congo ruling party supporters storm cathedral

Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned church-backed rally against President Joseph Kabila.

UN diplomats locked in talks on Syria ceasefire

A UN Security Council meeting to vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria failed to start as scheduled at 1700 GMT on Saturday as negotiations continued in an effort to avert a Russian veto, diplomats said.

Ecuador's 'Pablo Escobar' drug kingpin extradited to US

A drug kingpin dubbed Ecuador's "Pablo Escobar" who was under arrest in Colombia was extradited to the United States early Saturday, local officials said here.

European allies warn trade retaliations if U.S. tariffs imposed

President Donald Trump has told confidants that he wants to impose the harshest tariffs on steel and aluminum imports recommended by the Commerce Department, but if he does this, the U.S. will face retaliation from its European allies.

Turkey urges 'world to say stop to E.Ghouta massacre'

Turkey called on the international community to end the "massacre" in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta hit by intense regime bombardment ahead of a UN Security Council vote on Saturday.

'Never again': Salvador woman released from prison after stillbirth

"The law needs to change so this happens never again." With those words, a Salvadoran woman who spent 11 years in prison after suffering a stillbirth challenged the authorities who locked her up."I don't want to see more women like me enter that place....

Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

Estonia on Saturday celebrated 100 years since declaring independence with a military parade and other festivities in the Baltic state, which is now firmly ensconced in the West, though tensions remain with neighbour Russia.

Private birthday party for Mugabe, 94

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe celebrated his 94th birthday on Saturday with a private black-tie party hosted by his family, three months after he was ousted from power.

Rival protests across Italy ahead of vote

Tens of thousands of people marched in rival far-right and anti-fascist demonstrations across Italy on Saturday, with isolated clashes flaring as tensions threatened to boil over ahead of next weekend's election.

Egypt presidential race starts with Sisi favourite to win

Campaigning began in Egypt's presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi likely to romp to victory in the absence of a serious challenger in the two-candidate race.

China investigates former top politician

China has investigated a former senior politician for corruption, the country's top watchdog said Saturday, the latest top official to be caught up in a sweeping anti-graft campaign.

Cameroon opposition party picks presidential candidate

Cameroon's main opposition party on Saturday selected deputy leader Joshua Osih as its presidential candidate to challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in elections later this year.

Pakistan acquits 12 men accused of child sex abuse

A Pakistani court acquitted 12 men of child sex abuse and blackmail charges on Saturday, the latest verdict in a massive paedophilia scandal that rocked the country in August 2015.

Both suspects in Kuwait murder of Filipina held: Lebanon

The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said on Saturday.
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