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Decomposing corpses in the bush, destroyed villages, abductions -- in the central Mozambican district of Gorongosa clashes between the army and rebels have revived the spectre of a civil war that ended 20 years ago.

Hong Kong police in court over 'beating' protester

Seven Hong Kong police officers were in court Wednesday over the beating of a pro-democracy protester during mass rallies in 2014, an incident which was captured on film and beamed around the world.

'Baby dragons' in Slovenia poised for rare hatching

The strange, slithery creatures inside Slovenia's Postojna cave were once considered living proof that dragons existed, prompting locals to give it a wide berth.

Beijing's smoke busters point the way for national ban

Wielding an "inspector" badge, volunteer Liu Li follows his nose as he sniffs out violators of China's toughest-ever tobacco control law, enacted a year ago on Wednesday, as Beijing fights to keep its air smoke free.

Shock as Honduras national park cleared to halt bugs

A massive bug infestation and cut-down of pine trees in a national park in Honduras has stunned residents and sparked a warning from experts that a localized spike in temperatures will ensue.

Gabon's mentally ill 'treated like animals'

The buildings are decrepit, the lawns unkempt, the patients left to shuffle alone and unwatched among weeds -- welcome to Gabon's sole psychiatric hospital.

Renewable energy sources grew at record pace in 2015: study

Developing countries spent more on renewable power than rich ones for the first time last year, driving the fastest increase in sources of green energy on record, a study said Wednesday.

Man loses leg in Australia shark attack

A surfer was critical Wednesday after a shark ripped off his leg in an attack in Australia's west with witnesses recounting how "all hell broke loose" as his board was snapped in half.

Thousands march against Keiko Fujimori before vote

Thousands of people marched in Peru's capital against Keiko Fujimori, the frontrunner ahead of Sunday's presidential runoff.Marchers shouted slogans such as "Keiko No!

Signs of reprocessing at N. Korea complex: US think tank

Recent satellite images reveal multiple indicators that North Korea is preparing, or has already begun, to reprocess plutonium for additional nuclear weapons at its main atomic complex, a US think tank said.

Two U.S. troops injured in Iraq, Syria during IS attacks

Two US troops were wounded over the weekend in separate Islamic State attacks in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials said.

Hermes hit by ostrich farm cruelty claims

Hermes was thrown onto the defensive over claims of cruelty at a farm that allegedly supplies skins used in its luxury handbags, the second such allegations in a year.

Elephants in Tanzania reserve could be wiped out by 2022

Elephants in Tanzania's sprawling Selous Game Reserve could be wiped out within six years if poaching continues at current levels, the World Wildlife Fund warned.

Manitoba Conservatives make moderate changes in first budget

The first budget introduced by the new Progressive Conservative government of Brian Pallister introduces only minor changes after the recent defeat of the former New Democratic Party (NDP).

Op-Ed: Climate change puts B.C. at major risk of devastating flooding

A study of the lower mainland in British Columbia done by the Fraser Basin Council is the first of its kind to describe the damage estimates of a major flood event on the Fraser River or coastal flooding, putting the projected cost at $30 billion.

Expect no sanctions reprieve from Russia visit — Juncker

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday warned against expecting any announcement on the lifting of EU sanctions on Russia when he visits the country in mid-June.

Istanbul locked down on anniversary of 2013 demos

Turkish police on Tuesday detained several activists and imposed a heavy security blanket in Istanbul on the third anniversary of protests that posed the biggest challenge to the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Big donors wary, but some ready to back Trump candidacy

Republican mega-donor Frank VanderSloot backed a Donald Trump rival in the US presidential primaries, but despite strong reservations, he says he's now ready to support the controversial tycoon as the "best bet" to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Op-Ed: Islamic State territory in Libya shrinking after 2-front advance

After advancing very close to Sirte and threatening to surround it, forces loyal to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord from the Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation seem to have paused and may be consolidating their positions.

IMF economists question faith in neoliberal doctrine

Leftists have long made a sport of blasting neoliberalism, the market-guided economic doctrine championed by the International Monetary Fund, as boosting poverty and inequality.Now that view is coming from inside the IMF itself.

AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

The Burundi correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who was tortured last year by security forces, received threats on social media Tuesday after being accused by authorities of "promoting crime and violence" with his cov...

Holocaust survivor and Palestine advocate Hedy Epstein dead at 91

Holocaust survivor and peace activist Hedy Epstein, who championed the cause of oppressed people from Palestine to Ferguson, died May 26 of illness at her home in St. Louis. She was 91 years old.

Italy court upholds 16-year term for Concordia captain

Florence's appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 16-year jail term for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off Italy in 2012 leaving 32 people dead.

Spanish PM's tax cut pledge ignites election campaign

Spain's opposition on Tuesday blasted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government for campaigning for a June general election on promises to lower taxes as well as slashing the public deficit.

Spain asylum system 'obsolete': Amnesty

Amnesty International called Tuesday on Spain to reform an asylum system it labelled "inefficient, obsolete and discriminatory", blasting the "embarrassing" low number of refugees that have been taken in.

French economy minister owes back-taxes: Media

France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron will have to pay back-taxes after authorities found he had undervalued a family property, two local media outlets claimed on Tuesday.

W. Sahara independence group says its chief Abdelaziz has died

The Polisario Front which demands the Western Sahara's independence from Morocco said its secretary general Mohamed Abdelaziz died on Tuesday "after a long illness", Algeria's APS news agency reported.

Venezuela leader urges rally after telling OAS to 'shove it'

President Nicolas Maduro has called for a demonstration Wednesday against the Organization of American States over what he labels its meddling in Venezuela's political crisis.

Trump showboats attacks on 'dishonest' U.S. media

Donald Trump stepped up his assault on the US media Tuesday, branding the political press "dishonest," calling one journalist "a sleaze" and promising more such attacks if elected US president.

Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders

Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters.

Torrential downpours wreak havoc in north Europe

Torrential downpours have lashed parts of northern Europe in recent days, leaving four dead in Germany, breaching the banks of the Seine in Paris and flooding rural roads and villages.

EU's top lawyer backs work headscarf ban

The most senior lawyer at the EU's top court said Tuesday that companies may ban Muslim headscarves if they are enforcing a general prohibition on religious symbols in the workplace.

26 women report sex assaults at German music festival

The number of women who have reported being sexually harassed or assaulted at a German music festival last weekend has risen to 26, police said Tuesday.

Erdogan urges 'common sense' over Germany's Armenia genocide bill

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Germany against the adoption of a parliamentary resolution recognising the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as "genocide", saying it would harm the countries' relationship.

DRCongo's Bemba in ICC dock for bribing witnesses

Convicted Congolese war criminal Jean-Pierre Bemba found himself back in the dock at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday -- this time accused of bribing witnesses and falsifying evidence.

Paris plans refugee camp as migrant deaths spike

The Paris mayor unveiled plans Tuesday for a refugee camp in the French capital as the migrant crisis took on an ever-more deadly turn with 2,500 drowned in the Mediterranean so far this year.

Captain awaits appeal verdict over Concordia disaster

Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino was on Tuesday due to hear the outcome of his appeal against his lengthy jail sentence for the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster that left 32 people dead.

Dalai Lama says 'too many' refugees in Europe

The Dalai Lama said in an interview published Thursday that Europe has accepted "too many" refugees, and that they should eventually return to help rebuild their home countries.

New Yemen clashes kill 38 rebels, loyalists

Renewed clashes between pro-government forces and Iran-backed rebels killed at least 38 people in Yemen during the past 24 hours, loyalist military sources said on Tuesday.

At least 10 dead as Biafra anniversary turns bloody

At least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra campaigners as they marked the anniversary of the start of Nigeria's civil war, police said on Tuesday.

Ex-Miss Turkey guilty of 'insulting Erdogan'

A court on Tuesday found a former Miss Turkey beauty queen guilty of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media, handing her a suspended sentence of over one year in jail.