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Germany warned Monday of a potential backlash against migrants after a Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside a music festival, capping a week of attacks that has shaken the country.

Philippines' Duterte vows no mercy in crime war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Monday to show "no mercy" in his bloody war on crime, warning criminals that priests and human rights advocates cannot protect them from being killed.

Despite advances, democracy in Africa hobbled by 'rigging'

Across Africa, military coups and election violence are becoming rarer but poll rigging and manipulation remain rife, hobbling the continent's democratic progress, experts say.

EU orders Spain to recover high-speed train test funds

The EU ordered Spain on Monday to recover 140 million euros ($150 million) in illegal state aid set aside for a high-speed train test centre that Brussels said was unnecessary.

Attacks in Germany: Four strikes in a week

Germany is reeling after a spate of bloody attacks in the south of the country in the last week.

Trial opens over murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov

A Moscow military court on Monday began an initial closed-door hearing in the trial of the suspects in the shock murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov last year, a lawyer said.

Original Bramley apple tree has fungal infection

The tree, thought to be the first to give rise to bramley apples, is dying of a fungal infection. The tree is 207 years old and it is located in Nottinghamshire, England.

Two British men jailed for pointing laser at police helicopter

The two men were jailed after they were convicted of pointing a laser pen at a police helicopter that was searching for a missing person. The search had to be called off.

Air strikes, rebel fire kill 19 in Syria's Aleppo

Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province on Monday, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, a monitor said.

Democrats push unity as convention starts under cloud

The Democratic Party kicks off its national convention Monday to anoint Hillary Clinton its presidential nominee, as a row over leaked emails showing party leaders sought to undermine campaign rival Bernie Sanders threatened to upstage the gathering.

Two dead, 14 hurt in shooting outside Florida teen party

At least two people were killed and 14 others wounded when a shooting broke out early Monday in the parking lot of a Florida nightclub that was hosting a party for young teenagers.

Suicide bomber kills 12 at checkpoint north of Baghdad

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, killing 12 people, security and medical officials said.

Turkey targets media in new crackdown after coup

Turkish authorities on Monday issued arrest warrants for over 40 journalists in a new phase of a controversial legal crackdown after the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has alarmed the West.

Afghan civilian casualties soar to record high, UN says

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan soared to a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN said Monday, with children in particular paying a heavy price for growing insecurity as the conflict escalates.

Tide turns against Liberia's biggest slum

The fishermen, hustlers and market traders of West Point have survived two civil wars and an Ebola epidemic, but this resilient Liberian slum cannot hold back the ocean that is slowly swallowing it.

No we can't: Hard-core Sanders fans reject Clinton

Die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters descended on Philadelphia for this week's Democratic National Convention, many so irate with party flagbearer Hillary Clinton that they are prepared to contemplate the once-inconceivable alternative: President Donald ...

China victory as SE Asian nations go easy on sea row

Southeast Asian nations Monday avoided direct criticism of Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea, in a diluted statement produced after days of disagreement that gives the superpower a diplomatic victory.

Nice massacre reopens divisions in French society

The Bastille Day attack in Nice -- the third terrorist massacre to hit France in 18 months -- has sparked anger and racism, putting further strain on an already tense political atmosphere.

Italian MPs debate controversial cannabis law

Italian lawmakers began discussing a proposal Monday to authorise the recreational use and growing of cannabis -- a highly inflammatory topic, with the government declining to take sides.

Vietnam warns South China Sea is a 'test' of ASEAN

Vietnam has warned that the inability of Southeast Asian nations to forge a unified front against Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea is a "test" of the regional bloc in the face of its greatest security challenge.

Eight dead, 20 missing in Malaysia boat accident

Malaysia's coast guard said Monday they had retrieved eight bodies after a boat capsized off the southern state of Johor at the weekend with another 20 people believed to be missing.

Sanctions disrupt aid agencies in N. Korea

Ramped-up international sanctions on North Korea have inadvertently disrupted the already challenging work of aid agencies there, those in the field say, with risk-averse banks refusing to transfer funds needed to keep operations running.

Oil-covered birds rescued near Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan

The first birds to be casualties of the recent Husky oil spill near Maidstone Saskatchewan have been found near the sight of the leak, completely covered in oil.

Relief, outrage after IOC resists Russian Rio ban

Russia breathed a sigh of relief after the IOC declined to impose a blanket ban on its competitors at the Rio Games over state-run doping, but the decision met fierce criticism elsewhere with Olympic chiefs branded "spineless".

Syrian migrant killed by own bomb near German music festival

A Syrian migrant set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others, authorities said Monday, the third attack to hit the region in a week.

California 'Sand Fire' doubles in size as its seeks more fuel

The Sand Fire burning north of Los Angeles has now consumed more than 22,000 acres and destroyed 18 homes as of Sunday afternoon say California fire officials, and it's not close to being over yet.

One dead, 11 injured by blast in German city of Ansbach: report

One person was killed and 11 injured by an explosion at a restaurant in the southern German city of Ansbach on Sunday night, DPA reported, citing local police.

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey

A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base in the Buca district of Izmir province in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating the fire as a possible sabotage incident.

Colombian women, LGBT victims stand to get equal 'peace rights'

If Colombia signs its landmark peace deal to end a half century of civil war, the pact will offer equal social rights for women and LGBT victims, a draft inked Sunday in Havana showed.

Teenage friend of Munich gunman arrested: Police

German police said on Sunday they had arrested a 16-year-old Afghan friend of the gunman who killed nine people in a rampage at a shopping centre in Munich.

Venezuela about to find out if Maduro recall vote can happen

Venezuela's electoral authorities are to announce Tuesday whether moves to stage a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro can go ahead after verifying signatures on an opposition-organized petition.

China's flood season the worst since 1998, says state media

The death toll from the torrential rains and flooding in northern China was compounded when some local officials tried to hide the deaths from Beijing. The tragedy didn't surface until Friday after angry locals took to social media.

Syrian refugee kills woman in Germany machete attack

A Syrian refugee was arrested after killing a woman with a machete in the German city of Reutlingen, in an incident police said did not bear the hallmarks of a "terrorist attack" and was more likely to have been a crime of passion.

One dead, two injured in Germany machete attack: police

A woman was killed and two people injured by a 21-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker armed with a machete on Sunday in the southwest German city of Reutlingen, the local police said.

Venezuela first lady's nephews admitted drug smuggling: US

Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady admitted being part of a cocaine smuggling scheme in a US sting operation before their arrest last year, according to recently filed court documents.

After NATO, the WTO: Trump ready to rip up post-war order

Toughening immigration checks for the French and Germans, questioning NATO obligations and hinting at an exit from the World Trade Organization: Donald Trump cast further doubt Sunday on US alliances and commitments around the world.

15-hour mega jam in UK as France ups border checks

British holidaymakers spent hours sweating in their cars as 15-hour queues snaked back from the port of Dover on Sunday due to heightened entry checks by French border police.

Amnesty says Turkey coup attempt detainees being tortured

Human rights group Amnesty International said Sunday it had "credible evidence" of the abuse and torture of people detained in sweeping arrests since Turkey's July 15 coup attempt.

Hollande seeks to defuse row over Nice security

French President Francois Hollande on Monday sought to defuse a row over allegations his government tried to alter a security report after the Bastille Day massacre in Nice.

IOC under fire as Russia escapes blanket doping ban

The International Olympic Committee on Sunday decided against hitting Russia with a blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run doping, sparking an immediate backlash from groups that had demanded bold action against cheating.

Nepal's Oli resigns as prime minister

Nepal's K.P. Sharma Oli resigned as prime minister on Sunday, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in parliament he was certain to lose, plunging the impoverished, quake-hit nation into fresh turmoil.
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