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Thousands of Hungarians angry at the state's tight grip on public education rallied Saturday in Budapest, in one of the biggest street protests against Prime Minister Viktor Orban in recent years.

Turkey PM threatens military action against Syrian Kurds

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday said Turkey would if necessary take military action against the Syrian Kurdish PYD fighters, whom Ankara considers a terror group.

Palestinian shot dead in attempt to stab Israeli soldier: army

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian woman as she tried to stab a soldier in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday, the army said in a statement."An assailant drew a knife and attempted to stab a soldier," it said.

Columbine shooter's mother 'saw no signs of his mental distress'

The mother of a teen involved in the deadliest high school shooting in US history said she saw no signs of her son's mental distress ahead of the 1999 Columbine massacre.

Russia sanctions to remain until Ukraine deal implemented: Kerry

Sanctions against Russia will continue until it implements all aspects of the Ukraine peace agreement reached in Minsk last year, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

US wants 'strong UK staying in a strong EU': Kerry

The United States strongly backs Britain staying in the European Union as it gears up for a referendum on its membership, US Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Germany on Saturday.

Selfie deaths are increasingly common

In recent years the ruining of a good photograph with a semi-in-focus head shot of the person taking the picture has become popular. The activity, it seems, carries the risk of death in certain circumstances.

Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: report

Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria.

Turkey, Saudi could launch Syria ground operation: Ankara

Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said Saturday, adding the kingdom was already sending jets to a Turkish base to attack the extremists.

Survivors torn as Eagles of Death Metal return to Paris

As Eagles of Death Metal return to Paris on Tuesday to 'finish' their fateful November rock concert that ended with jihadi gunmen killing 90 of their fans, survivors are torn over whether to go to the gig.

Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West strains cloud talks

The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as East-West tensions over Ukraine and Syria took centre-stage at a gathering of world leaders in Germany.

More major attacks in Europe 'a certainty': French PM

More major attacks in Europe are a "certainty", French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told an audience at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Seven killed in gun battle in Indian Kashmir

A fierce gun battle killed two soldiers and five suspected militants Saturday in Indian-administered Kashmir near the de facto border with Pakistan, army officials said.

Former Afghan governor kidnapped in Islamabad

A former governor of Afghanistan's Herat province has been kidnapped from a market in an upscale district of Islamabad, Pakistani police said Saturday.

Outgoing Myanmar president cancels U.S. visit to monitor political transition

Myanmar's outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the US next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi's new government, a presidential spokesman told AFP Saturday.

More than 100 dead in collapsed Taiwan building: rescue agency

Rescuers have found the bodies of more than 100 people killed after an apartment block in Taiwan collapsed during an earthquake one week ago, authorities said on Saturday.

Trump: The art of the political rally

Agence France-Presse has launched a weekly series of reporters' blogs taking readers behind the scenes of the 2016 US election for a look at the events and attitudes shaping the White House race.

Japan calls on North Korea to resume abduction probe

Japan has voiced frustration at North Korea's decision to scrap an investigation into its past abductions of Japanese citizens.

US approves F-16 sale to Pakistan

The United States said Friday it had approved selling up to eight Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, along with training, radar and other equipment, worth a total of $699 million.

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea following North Korea's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, US Forces Korea said Saturday.

North Korea lacks technology for anti-U.S. nuclear strike: Pentagon

North Korea is committed to striking the United States with a nuclear-armed missile, but it can't do so without outside help, due to shortfalls in its own technology, the Pentagon said Friday.

FacePalm Friday: Man pees on fellow plane passenger

On Monday afternoon, an unruly passenger on an Air Mediterranee flight to Paris decided he would urinate on another passenger.

West Virginia becomes 26th right-to-work state in U.S.

Unions, reeling from recent defeats in right-to-work states and declining memberships, suffered yet another major defeat when the West Virginia legislature overrode a veto from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D).

Pope to make landmark visit to Mexico National Palace

Francis will be the first pope to enter Mexico's National Palace to meet the president on Saturday as he starts a cross-country tour that will highlight the country's violence and migration troubles.

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: Key points

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday held the first meeting in nearly a millennium between heads of their two branches of the Christian church.

Another Libyan Air Force plane shot down or crashed in Benghazi

Just four days after a Libyan Air Force MiG 23 plane was shot down or crashed near Derna, another plane has either crashed or been shot down in the city of Benghazi.

Cameron confident of reaching EU deal to avoid Brexit

Prime Minister David Cameron expressed confidence Friday that a deal could be reached allowing Britain to remain in the European Union and avoid a so-called "Brexit".

UN probe zeroes in on five Syria chemical weapons cases

A UN investigative team has zeroed in on five potential cases of serious chemical weapons use in Syria but has yet to identify the perpetrators, according to its first report released Friday.

Drug cartel ruled in Mexico prison hit by riot

Authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen televisions at the Mexican prison where a brawl killed 49 inmates, officials said Friday, highlighting the control drug cartels hold over many penitentiaries.

Paris attacks suspect's DNA 'not found on suicide belt'

No DNA from fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in November's Paris attacks, has been found on a suicide belt discovered in the French capital, a source close to the inquiry said Friday.

Op-Ed: New names for Libyan GNA may be ready by deadline

The Presidency Council of the UN-brokered Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) claims that the new list of names of ministers for the GNA is almost ready.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

A Russian court has thrown out a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin filed by top opposition leader Alexei Navalny over alleged graft, saying the Kremlin chief was effectively untouchable.

Pope, patriarch urge Christian unity at historic talks

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called in a historic meeting Friday for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.

Clinton walks tightrope to woo women voters

Hillary Clinton says her life's work has been a battle to help women make their own choices, but the first rounds of the Democratic nomination race raised big doubts over whether America's women will choose her as the country's first female commander-i...

Tears and anger as Italy says farewell to slain student

Italy on Friday bade a tear-soaked farewell to slain student Giulio Regeni as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned Egypt their countries' close ties were on the line over the young man's brutal and unexplained death in Cairo.

Transcript of exclusive AFP interview with Syria's Assad

In the following AFP interview with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, the questions were asked in French and he replied in Arabic.

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire.

Six UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

Six UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded on Friday when suspected Islamists attacked their base in northern Mali, officials said, while three Malian soldiers died in an ambush as jihadists intensify attacks in the restive region.

Op-Ed: Assessing the future in a reliable way: Elizabeth Florescu Special

Since time immemorial, man has wished to see the future. Now, some people are fortunate enough to do it as their job. They are called futurists.

Red Cross rejects Saudi call to leave Yemen conflict zones

The Red Cross on Friday turned down a call from Riyadh for aid workers to stay out of rebel-held zones of Yemen that are being targeted in a Saudi-led air war.

The Munich agreement for Syria: will it work?

World powers on Friday agreed a plan to cease hostilities in war-wracked Syria, but there are reasons to doubt its success.Here are the key questions around the deal:- How important is this announcement?