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A suspected Islamic State recruiter has been arrested in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, officials said Friday.

Student shoots dead two in Brazilian school: officials

A young student at a private school in Brazil shot dead two other children and wounded four more Friday, the emergency services said.There were conflicting reports from the authorities about the ages of those involved.

Catalonia crisis: EU's Tajani blasts those 'sowing discord'

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani criticised those who "are sowing discord" by not following Spanish law in a speech in Spain on Friday, as the country grapples with the political crisis over Catalonia's independence drive.

French left-wing firebrand quotes Thatcher in EU cash claim

French leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon on Friday quoted former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in denouncing France's contributions to the European Union, saying: "I want my money back".

UK PM May's 'lonely' Brexit photo goes viral

Social media on Friday mocked embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May over a photograph of her sitting alone in a room awaiting EU Brexit talks, calling it a "metaphor" for her isolated position.

Thanks, mom, says Guatemala indigenous leader up for rights prize

A Guatemalan indigenous leader and environmental activist who is among the finalists to receive a prestigious European human rights award says she owes her fighting spirit to her mom.

Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 44

The death toll from forest fires that have devastated parts of central Portugal in recent days rose again on Friday to 44, following the death of one of the people injured in the blazes, authoriities said.

Catalonia crisis: EU's Tajani blasts those 'sowing discord'

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani criticised those who "are sowing discord" by not following Spanish law in a speech in Spain on Friday, as the country grapples with a political crisis over Catalonia's independence drive.

Macri set to consolidate power in Argentina vote

Argentine President Mauricio Macri's minority government faces a mid-term electoral test Sunday that is likely to confirm the political comeback of ex-president Cristina Kirchner, who is set to win a Senate seat.

Two more Weinstein accusers go public with sex assault claims

A former actress accused Harvey Weinstein Friday of unzipping his pants and forcing himself on her, as a separate alleged victim was preparing to go public with rape allegations.

Colombia's efforts to reintegrate FARC falling short: UN

Colombia's efforts to bring former FARC rebels back into mainstream society are faltering, a senior UN official said Friday after returning from a trip to the South American country.

Egypt releases Irish citizen after four years in jail

Egypt on Friday released an Irish citizen who spent four years in jail over accusations he took part in August 2013 clashes with police, a security official said.

'Underwear bomber' sues over prison treatment

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to blow up a US-bound aircraft in 2009 with explosives hidden in his underwear, has sued the US Justice department for alleged mistreatment in prison.

Trump says UN boss doing 'very very spectacular job'

US President Donald Trump jettisoned his past criticism of the United Nations Friday, as he lavished praise on the organization's Secretary General.

Nearly 60 dead in two suicide attacks on Afghan mosques: officials

Nearly 60 people were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up in two separate mosque attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country.

Italian regions vote on autonomy: what's at stake?

The regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in referendums on greater autonomy within Italy against the backdrop of the crisis created by Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.- Why the votes and what are they about?

Pablo Escobar's widow and son face money laundering probe

The widow and son of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar are facing scrutiny as part of an investigation into money laundering in Argentina, judicial sources said Friday.

Could Weinstein face trial? The mogul's legal woes

Could Harvey Weinstein go on trial for sexual assault, rape or harassment? Experts assess his mounting legal woes with around 40 actresses publicly accusing the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

Peruvian congress approves legalisation of medicinal pot

Peru's congress late Thursday overwhelmingly approved a measure supported by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski that legalises marijuana for medicinal use.

US ambassador Haley to pay first visit to Africa

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters Friday as the central government said it had wrested back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a sweeping operation after a controversial independence vote.

More than 40 dead in two suicide attacks on Afghan mosques: officials

More than 40 people were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up in two separate mosque attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, in the latest violence to rock the country.

Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role

The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action.

UN draws flak after naming Mugabe goodwill ambassador

The United Nations faced criticism Friday after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador" to promote health causes, despite the country's dire health crisis under his rule.

Ukraine leader vows to launch anti-corruption court

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed on Friday to launch an anti-corruption court demanded by Kiev's Western allies and protesters camped out in a tent city near parliament.

Togo opposition leader calls on France for help

French President Emmanuel Macron was on Friday urged to step in to help find a solution to an increasingly violent power struggle between Togo's opposition and the government.

US warns Americans about visiting Sudan over 'terror risks'

The United States has warned Americans about travelling to Sudan given the "risks of terrorism" in the African country, prompting an angry response from Khartoum on Friday.

Turkish court orders release of teacher on hunger strike: lawyer

A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of a teacher on a hunger strike since March to protest his dismissal in a crackdown after last year's failed coup, his lawyer said.

Trump links jump in UK crime rate to terror

US President Donald Trump linked a jump in reported crime in Britain to terrorism Friday, again wading deep into a sensitive political debate on the other side of the pond.

France sees Bataclan vengeance in Raqa victory

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday that the devastating November 2015 Paris attacks had "not gone unpunished" after the Islamic State group was expelled from its Syrian stronghold Raqa.

Spain's Rajoy says 'critical point' reached in Catalonia

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday his government has reached a "critical point" as it seeks to use emergency measures to stop Catalonia's separatist bid.

Russian minister keeps doctorate despite plagiarism claims

Russia's conservative culture minister will be allowed to keep his doctorate in medieval history, the country's top academic body ruled Friday, despite widespread accusations of plagiarism and inaccuracy.

Turkish pupils go to school under shadow of political row

A radically changed curriculum. Teachers who vanished from one year to the next. And a greater emphasis on religion.

Macron plans to commemorate May '68 Paris riots

How to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 student riots in Paris, an event that shook France and still divides the public and political class? President Emmanuel Macron will have a go next year, his office said Friday.

Spain's king hits out at Catalonia 'secession attempt'

Spain's King Felipe VI on Friday blasted what he said was an "unacceptable secession attempt" by Catalonia as the government prepared for unprecedented steps to take back some of the crisis-hit region's powers.

EU's Tusk says reports of Brexit deadlock 'exaggerated'

EU President Donald Tusk said Friday that reports of a deadlock in Brexit talks were "exaggerated", after leaders agreed at a summit to start internal preparations to unlock the next phase of negotiations.

'No deal' Brexit could cost 1.2 million EU jobs: Belgian minister

The European Union could lose 1.2 million jobs if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal, Belgium's economy minister said Friday, warning that his own country would suffer a "catastrophic" impact.

India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China

India on Friday welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments that Washington would rather work with New Delhi than Beijing over the next century, saying it shared his optimism about their burgeoning relationship.

Kurdish-led force hails 'historic' Raqa victory but handover on hold

The Kurdish-led force that expelled the Islamic State group from Syria's Raqa hailed a "historic victory" Friday in the devastated city's stadium and vowed to hand power to a civilian administration.

Kurd disarray highlights Iraq army's newfound prowess

The speed with which Iraqi troops this week overwhelmed Kurdish forces in oil-rich Kirkuk, days after ousting the Islamic State group, marks a radical change in the balance of power, analysts say.

'Czech Trump' poised for win as bitter voters go to polls

Upset with traditional parties and orders from Brussels, Czech voters were set to hand victory to a billionaire populist dubbed the "Czech Trump" and boost anti-EU parties in a crucial two-day election that kicked off Friday.
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