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France is committed to a two-state solution for the Middle East conflict, President Francois Hollande said, a week after Donald Trump broke with international consensus by stepping back from the goal.

Op-Ed: One thousand U.S. troops sent to north-eastern Poland

One thousand U.S. troops along with their vehicles are to be sent to north-eastern Poland in late March according to the US Army's Europe headquarter in Wiesbaden Germany.

Op-Ed: Two new Trump administration memos ease deportation restrictions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two new memos that amount to a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra resigned citing health concerns, in a new blow to Michel Temer's administration.

Op-Ed: Trump press secretary claims US Mexican relations phenomenal

Just as a two-day meeting of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and John Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), with Pena Nieto Mexican president and other officials begins, the two countries disagree as to the quality of their relationship.

North Korea lashes Malaysia over Kim assassination

North Korea’s state media broke a 10-day silence Thursday on the murder of Kim Jong-Un’s half brother, launching a ferocious assault on Malaysia for “immoral” handling of the case and for playing politics with the corpse.

Peru's president, Trump to meet Friday in DC: Lima

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, the Peruvian government announced Wednesday.

US envoy Tillerson in Mexico to soothe ties

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Mexican leaders on Thursday to try to calm a row over President Donald Trump's trade and immigration policies.

Windstream Energy Sues Canada over default on NAFTA award payment

For the first time in the history of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canadian government has failed to comply with the terms of payment following an award ruling of $28 million by an arbitral tribunal appointed under NAFTA.

'No mass roundups' of migrants in US Homeland Security chief says

The United States is not carrying out mass roundups or deportations under its tough crackdown on undocumented migrants, but it is determined to "gain control" of its southern border, its domestic security chief said Wednesday.

Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaul

About 90 percent of Poland's top military brass have been replaced in an overhaul launched by the rightwing government, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Enigmatic Macron aims for French presidency

Emmanuel Macron is a former investment banker and economy minister who hopes his meteoric rise will propel him to the French presidency aged just 39.

Cuba blocks visit by OAS chief to receive dissident prize

A Cuban dissident group awarded a prize to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, who was denied a visa to accept it in person.

Brazil names president's ally to top court post

Brazil's Senate on Wednesday appointed an ally of President Michel Temer to the post of Supreme Court judge to replace one who died in a plane crash while investigating corruption.

Ecuador headed for runoff in tense presidential vote

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa admitted Wednesday that his leftist ally Lenin Moreno will have to win a runoff vote to succeed him after a tightly-fought first-round election.

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries

UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

Russians latest victims on French robbery motorway

A Russian couple have been robbed of jewellery and luxury goods worth some 100,000 euros on a stretch of Parisian motorway that is growing notorious for robberies of the wealthy.

Le Pen aide charged in 'fake jobs' scandal: judicial source

The personal assistant of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was charged Wednesday in a scandal over "fake jobs" at the European Parliament, a judicial source said.

Military childcare programs suspended after Trump hiring freeze

President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze — which he promised would not include the military —  has forced at least two U.S. Army bases to indefinitely suspend some important child care programs.

Polish prosecutors probe play simulating oral sex on pope

Polish prosecutors on Wednesday began investigating a theatre play that drops hints about murdering a top politician and has a scene simulating oral sex on a statue of the late pope Saint John Paul II.

France's Macron wins key ally as Le Pen aide charged

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist, hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.

France's Macron accepts centrist's backing in 'turning point'

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told AFP Wednesday he accepted the offer of an "alliance" with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou and said it was a "turning point" in the campaign.

Turkey says only 100 jihadists left in IS-held Syria battleground

Turkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 jihadists were still holed up in the flashpoint Islamic-State Syrian town of Al-Bab, as rebel commanders predicted its capture was imminent.

Brazilian troops withdraw from Rio ahead of carnival

Authorities on Wednesday began withdrawing 9,000 army soldiers who had been deployed to Rio de Janeiro to provide security ahead of this week's carnival celebrations following a strike by police officers.

The Trump effect? Sweden reflects on its integration policy

Donald Trump's controversial statements linking immigration and crime in Sweden, a country idealised by some for its liberal values, have sparked the nation to weigh the successes and failures of its integration policy.

Over 30,000 gather to support jailed Hong Kong cops: reports

More than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to show their support for seven police officers who were sentenced to two years in jail for beating up a pro-democracy activist in 2014, reports said.

Argentine researcher falls into Nicaragua volcano

An Argentine volcanologist and a Nicaraguan guide who fell into an active volcano were in good health Wednesday after being rescued by firemen, officials in Nicaragua said.

Logistics nightmare: helping the Boko Haram displaced

Not a single car remains in the town of Dikwa in northeast Nigeria and there's no way to communicate to the outside world, as all the telephone lines have been blown up.

Toronto police use hearse to catch distracted drivers

If people in Toronto insist on driving while talking on a cellphone or texting this week, they should be on the lookout for a black hearse. The Toronto Police Service obtained a hearse to be able to sneak up on unsuspecting distracted drivers.

Leak sparks security scare for anti-Islam Dutch MP

A security scare over the safety of outspoken far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders emerged Wednesday just three weeks before a knife-edge election, after a police agent was arrested for leaking information about him to a Moroccan gang.

Iraqi ex-soldier in German court over beheaded IS jihadist photos

A Berlin court on Wednesday began hearing a case against a former Iraqi soldier charged with war crimes after he allegedly posed for photographs with the severed heads of two IS jihadists. The 28-year-old, identified by the court as Rami K.

Somali president says no quick fix for nation's woes

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay high expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, saying it would take decades to fix the nation's many problems.

Op-Ed: Bill would ban wind energy for two years in North Dakota

Worried that North Dakota's growing wind generation industry may be threatening the state's coal-fired power plants, a GOP lawmaker has proposed legislation that would halt all wind generation projects for two years.

Turkey lifts military ban on Islamic headscarf

Turkey will lift a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country's armed forces, state media said Wednesday.

Russia court orders release of opposition activist

Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of an opposition activist who was the only person in the country jailed under a tough law against public protests.

Dutch PM meets far-right foe after security leak scare

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met Geert Wilders on Wednesday to discuss the far-right MP's security after a government agent was arrested on suspicion of leaking information on him to a Moroccan crime gang, local media reported.

Stolen 'Work will set you free' gate returned to Dachau

An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany two years ago, was returned to the site Wednesday.

Iraq forces poised for Mosul airport assault

Iraqi forces readied on Wednesday for an assault on Mosul airport after blitzing jihadist positions in a renewed offensive to retake the Islamic State group's emblematic stronghold.

Ukraine says building bridges with Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko insisted Wednesday he was building bridges with US counterpart Donald Trump amid growing dismay over the unravelling of the latest bid to still fighting in the country's east.

Cyprus peace talks called off amid mounting war of words

A planned meeting between rival Cypriot leaders scheduled for Thursday has been called off as a war of words over a nationalist commemoration in Greek Cypriot schools threatens reunification talks.

Germany to send home more rejected asylum seekers

Germany will speed up expulsions of rejected asylum seekers under measures agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet Wednesday, as controversy rages over sending people back to strife-torn Afghanistan.