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A US federal judge on Friday sentenced a two-times former presidential candidate from Honduras to three years in an American prison for laundering drug proceeds from his country's Cachiros cartel.

Russia election date set for March 18

Russia's presidential election will take place on March 18, the upper house of parliament said Friday, in polls that are all but certain to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin for a new six-year term.

Panama signs off on extradition of ex-Mexican governor

Panama's government on Friday signed approval for the extradition of a former Mexican governor wanted in his home country on corruption charges, according to the foreign ministry.

World court will prosecute crimes of aggression

An assembly of 123 countries gathered at the United Nations agreed to allow the International Criminal Court to prosecute those responsible for the crime of aggression, officials said Friday.

Honduras opposition blocks roads in post-election protest

Supporters of Honduras's opposition blocked roads in towns and cities on Friday to demand their candidate Salvador Nasralla be declared the winner of a presidential election held nearly three weeks ago.

US plans Middle East peace push after 'cooling off' over Jerusalem

The White House is to renew efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, officials said Friday, despite outrage over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Venezuela government, opposition hold new round of talks

Venezuela's government and opposition on Friday opened a new round of talks in an effort to bridge deep and entrenched differences to find a way to end the dire political and economic crisis tearing apart their country.

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta.

Another person charged in Nice hotelier 'kidnapping' case

Another person has been charged over the suspected kidnapping of a millionaire French hotel magnate, who was found tied up in the back of a van in 2016, the prosecutor in Nice said on Friday.

Polish Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz dies aged 98

Polish Holocaust survivor Kazimierz Piechowski, who spectacularly escaped Auschwitz by stealing the car of a Nazi SS officer, died on Friday aged 98, the state Institute for National Remembrance (INR) said.

Lawyer of Salvadoran woman jailed for stillbirth criticizes court

The lawyer of a Salvadoran woman who lost an appeal against a 30-year prison sentence imposed for a miscarriage Friday accused the court of acting with "flippancy.

4 Palestinians killed in new wave of violence over US Jerusalem move

Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli forces as tens of thousands demonstrated against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Dutch police open fire on man with knife at Schiphol airport

Dutch military police on Friday shot and wounded a man armed with a knife, who burst into their office at Schiphol airport, in an incident which triggered panic in the busy Amsterdam air hub.

Pentagon alarmed by uptick in close calls with Russia jets in Syria

The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap -- or even the nightmare scenario of a US jet shooting down a Russian warplane.

Poland election chief says reforms threaten free vote

Amendments to Poland's electoral law pushed through parliament by the rightwing government will put free elections at risk by handing the interior minister new powers, the national electoral commission said Friday.

Far-right Dutch party drops polls hopeful for praising revisionist

Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders Friday withdrew a leading candidate for his Freedom Party (PVV) in next year's local elections after he praised British historian David Irving, who was briefly jailed for denying the Holocaust.

Dutch police open fire on man with knife at Schiphol airport

Dutch military police on Friday opened fire on a man armed with a knife at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol airport, they said."Man at Schiphol shot at by the military police, after he made threats with a knife.

EU compromise on migrants 'very hard': Tusk

European leaders will find it "very hard" to reach a compromise in talks on a new policy for admitting refugees by a June deadline, EU President Donald Tusk said at a summit Friday.

Yemen air strikes, clashes kill 51

Saudi-led air strikes have killed 28 Huthi rebels around Yemen's west coast, medics and security sources close to the insurgents said Friday, as government forces reported deadly clashes in the south.

N.Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

North Korea must "earn its way back" to the negotiating table, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, backing away from an earlier offer of unconditional talks to end the stand-off with Pyongyang.

Sierra Leone health workers sue government in Ebola case

Two Sierra Leonean health workers on Friday sued their government in a West African court, alleging its misuse of donor funds during the Ebola crisis had contributed to the deaths of thousands.

Pope to meet Jordan King Abdullah

Pope Francis will meet Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Vatican next week, the Holy See announced Friday, as Palestinians continue to clash with Israeli forces over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem a 'bomb' in the Mideast: Erdogan

The decision by US President Donald Trump to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel is a "bomb" thrown at the entire Middle East, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

Sahel force funding shows Saudi serious on terrorism fight

Saudi Arabia's hefty donation to a new anti-terror force in west Africa's Sahel region is a conspicuous attempt by Riyadh to show it is serious about fighting extremism, analysts say.

Nigerian soldier sentenced to death for killing civilians

A Nigerian military court on Friday sentenced a soldier to death for killing five civilians rescued from Boko Haram.

Belgian trial delayed for Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam: court

The Belgian trial of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, which was scheduled to begin on Monday in Brussels, has been delayed, the court said Friday.

UN chief: Diplomacy needed on N. Korea to avoid catastrophe

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday told the Security Council that diplomatic engagement with North Korea was needed to avoid "a level of danger" that could have catastrophic consequences.

Tusk warns 'dramatically difficult' to reach Brexit deal by March 2019

EU President Donald Tusk warned Friday it would be "dramatically difficult" to reach a final Brexit deal by March 2019 as he said the bloc would begin "exploratory contacts" with Britain over its future relationship.

Germany's SPD agrees to exploratory govt talks with Merkel

Germany's Social Democrats agreed Friday to open exploratory talks on building a government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, taking Europe's biggest economy a small step closer towards a new coalition.

'Whizz-kid' forms right-wing Austrian government

Austria's conservatives and the far-right agreed a coalition deal on Friday, two months after elections that saw the Alpine country move to the right and capping a year of successes for Europe's nationalists.

France, Germany to unveil eurozone reforms in March

Germany and France will offer their joint vision for reforming the eurozone by March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, in an effort to bridge divisions over the future of the single currency.

Catalan separatists could lose absolute majority in vote: polls

Catalonia's pro-independence parties could win the most seats in next week's knife-edge regional elections but fall short of an absolute majority in parliament, according to the final polls before the vote.

Liberia presidential runoff set for Dec 26

The runoff in Liberia's presidential elections will be held on December 26, the country's electoral overseer announced on Tuesday, clearing a last hurdle in a protracted saga.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa vows new path for 'desecrated' party

Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, drew a firm line under the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe in a keynote speech to the ruling ZANU-PF party on Friday.

Brexit: What We Know

After European Union leaders agreed Friday to begin talks on the bloc's future relationship with Britain, here is an outline of what we know so far about the UK's departure from the EU:- Timing -Following Britain's vote to leave the EU in a June 2016 r...

Crisis boosted confidence in Lebanese economy: central bank

Lebanon's ability to survive the crisis sparked last month by the premier's now rescinded resignation has increased confidence in its economy, the governor of the country's central bank said Friday.

Liberia's ruling party petitions for election delay

Liberia's ruling Unity Party has asked the Supreme Court to further delay the presidential runoff, which its candidate Vice President Joseph Boakai will contest on December 26.

DR Congo child soldiers awarded $10 mn in damages

International war crimes judges on Friday awarded $10 million in landmark reparations to "hundreds or thousands" of former child soldiers left brutalised and stigmatised after being conscripted into a ruthless Congolese militia.

Catholics detained singing Xmas carols in Indian state

Indian police detained dozens of Catholics singing Christmas carols for allegedly trying to convert people, officials said Friday, as fears grow over religious freedom in the South Asian nation.

Top Shiite cleric opposes disbanding of Iraq's Hashed

Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, on Friday opposed calls to disband a controversial paramilitary force which was instrumental in defeating the Islamic State group in the country.

From referendum to Brexit green light: Key dates

From the shock vote to leave the European Union to EU leaders giving the go-ahead for the start of negotiations on a future UK-EU partnership on Friday, here are some of the milestones on the path to Britain leaving the European Union:- Britons vote fo...