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Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko begged for forgiveness and a second chance Thursday as polls showed him facing all-but-certain defeat three days ahead of a presidential vote.

Canada conservatives win Alberta polls in blow to Trudeau

Canada's opposition conservatives won a clear victory in provincial elections in oil-rich Alberta Tuesday, in a setback for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his environmental policies just six months ahead of national polls.

Extinction Rebellion: the green movement with global ambitions

Activists climb atop buses, glue themselves to buildings and block traffic as Extinction Rebellion expands its campaign of civil disobedience.

In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain future

Days after the catastrophic fire at Paris's Notre-Dame, around 30 business owners on Thursday gathered at a cafe in the shadow of the burned cathedral.

NY archbishop starts relief fund after Notre Dame fire

The archbishop of New York on Thursday said he has set up a fund to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral, meant to give New Yorkers a way to help.

US 'encouraged' in Sudan, urges greater transition

The United States on Thursday praised orders by Sudan's new military leader to free political prisoners and end a night curfew but urged more action to transition to democracy.

Bee-wildering! Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival

Some 200,000 bees inhabiting hives in Notre-Dame cathedral survived the inferno that engulfed the heritage landmark in a miraculous escape, their beekeeper said Thursday."The bees are alive.

Turkey council confirms ban on pro-Kurdish elected officials

Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council on Thursday upheld a ban on candidates from a pro-Kurdish party taking office after they won local elections, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Nigerian president increases minimum wage by two-thirds

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed into law an increase by two-thirds to the minimum wage in Africa's most populous country.It raises the minimum wage from 18,000 naira ($50, 44 euros) a month to 30,000 naira ($83).

Odebrecht: the scandal shaking Latin America

The corruption scandal involving Latin America's biggest construction company Odebrecht took a dramatic turn Wednesday with the suicide of former Peruvian president Alan Garcia, who was embroiled in the affair.

UN's Libya envoy warns Tripoli fight could spark 'conflagration'

The UN's Libya envoy warned Thursday of "a widening conflagration" in the North African country, as deadly clashes spread south to a key military base.

DR Congo mourns as 127 feared dead in boat sinking

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has declared Friday a day of mourning with 114 people still missing days after a boat capsized on Lake Kivu, killing 13, the presidency said.

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe: attorney general

US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump took no action to thwart the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, ahead of the long-awaited release of the final investigation report.

UN envoy to Libya warns of 'conflagration'

The UN's Libya envoy warned Thursday of "a widening conflagration" in the North African country, saying international divisions had encouraged strongman Khalifa Haftar to launch his assault on Tripoli.

Estonia president holds first meeting with Putin in years

Estonia's president met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin here Thursday for talks on trade and global relations, during the first such Russian visit in eight years.

US State Department still 'ready to engage' N.Korea

The US State Department said Thursday it remained ready to negotiate with North Korea after the regime called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be excluded from future nuclear talks.

Trump feared Russia probe would 'end' presidency: Mueller report

Donald Trump feared the probe into Russia election meddling led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller would doom his presidency and attempted to fire the top investigator, according to Mueller's long-awaited report, which was finally released Thursday.

North Korea's Kim to meet Putin as tensions rise with US

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang spiked higher.

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-Dame

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral.

Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

France's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor.

Protesters throng Khartoum a week after Bashir ouster

Huge crowds of protesters on Thursday thronged the Sudanese capital Khartoum a week after the army's ouster of president Omar al-Bashir, determined to complete their revolution seeking civilian rule.

Pakistan's finance minister resigns ahead of IMF deal

Pakistan's finance minister Asad Umar has stepped down, he announced Thursday, with no replacement yet named as Islamabad seeks a crucial bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund.

Fake news war: in Libya, battles also rage on social media

On Libya's front lines, fighters often hold a gun in one hand and a smartphone in the other, using their cameras in the propaganda war.

China says US trade agreement not yet settled

China said Thursday there is "still much work to finish" on the text of a trade agreement with the United States.

Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists

Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira.

North Korea demands Pompeo's removal from US nuclear talks

North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from talks over its banned nuclear programme, hours after the isolated state claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon.

New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet at the country's embassy in Washington DC.

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday.

Iran's Rouhani calls on Mideast states to 'drive back Zionism'

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic's archfoe Israel.

Separatist gunmen kill 14 bus passengers in Pakistan

Gunmen killed at least 14 people after forcing them to disembark from buses in Pakistan's Balochistan, officials said Thursday, in the latest attack claimed by separatists in the restive southwestern province.

Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree.

Japan emperor pays last homage at Shinto shrine before abdication

Japanese Emperor Akihito made his last pilgrimage to the country's holiest Shinto shrine on Thursday, as people lined the route to catch a glimpse of the 85-year-old ahead of his abdication this month.

Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

Indonesian authorities warned Thursday against unrest as a firebrand ex-general rejected unofficial election results that appeared to hand President Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world's third-biggest democracy.

Gunmen kill at least 14 bus passengers in Pakistan: official

Gunmen killed at least 14 people after forcing them to disembark from buses in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, officials said Thursday.

President of Iran Rouhani urges Mideast states to 'drive back Zionism'

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", saying Israel and its US ally were the root causes of the region's problems.

Strong 6.1-magnitude quake hits Taiwan, injuring 17 people

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people.

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and, a report said on Thursday.

Researchers discover ancient giant 'lion' in Kenya

A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday.

Heavy security as India's mega vote enters second round

Voters across India cast ballots Thursday in the second round of the country's mega elections amid more deadly violence including a poll worker gunned down by Maoist rebels.

Hatred of journalists turning to violence, watchdog warns

Hatred of journalists whipped up by populist and authoritarian leaders is degenerating into violence across the world, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned Thursday.

37 charged in 22 months: a timeline of the Mueller investigation

Compared to previous independent prosecutor investigations, Special Counsel Robert Mueller moved with uncommon speed in the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.
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