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Review: Andrea Bocelli spectacular at Madison Square Garden in New York Special

New York - On December 12, world renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli headlined Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of his North American Tour, for an excellent turnout.

Under-fire UNAIDS chief offers to resign in June

Geneva - Scandal-plagued UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe offered Thursday to resign in June, following an expert report that said his "defective leadership" had plunged the agency into crisis.

NATO-led troops on the move in northern Kosovo

Kosovska Mitrovica - Kosovo's NATO-led peacekeepers moved troops through the Serb-dominated north on Thursday, an AFP correspondent reported, amid high tensions with Belgrade on the eve of a parliament vote to create a Kosovo army.

World’s largest lithium deposit secured for Germany

The demand for batteries shows no sign of decreasing as the rise in electronic devices, and with electric mobility options in particular, continues. To create batteries quantities of lithium are required, and Germany has secured a large supply.

Strasbourg gunman shot dead by French police: source

Strasbourg - French police on Thursday shot dead a gunman who had been on the run since killing three people at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market, sources said.

Argentina's economic program yielding results: IMF

Washington - Argentina's economic program, including tough budget cuts, is yielding results and stabilizing financial markets, an International Monetary Fund spokesman said Thursday.

French govt urges 'yellow vests' not to protest after Strasbourg attack

Paris - The French government on Thursday urged "yellow vest" protesters to refrain from holding another round of demonstrations this weekend, citing the strain on security forces on high alert after the terror attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg.

US lashes out at 'predatory' China, Russia in Africa

Washington - The United States lashed out Thursday at "predatory" Chinese and Russian involvement in Africa as it announced a leaner footprint that insists on accountability in trade and peacekeeping.

Trump denies directing lawyer to break law

Washington - Donald Trump on Thursday denied directing his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law after the US president's longtime close ally was sentenced to three years for campaign finance violations and other crimes.

UN experts warn of women's rights rollback in Poland

Warsaw - United Nations human rights experts on Thursday expressed concern over recent rollbacks of women's rights in Poland, especially those regarding reproductive health and societal roles.

Israel raids Ramallah after two soldiers shot dead

Ramallah - A Palestinian shot dead two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the military said, sparking army raids in the city of Ramallah during which a Palestinian was killed.

EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia: Tusk

Apo - EU leaders extended punishing economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine for another six months on Thursday, amid heightened tensions over the Azov Sea clash.

Migration crisis hits Americas, reaches US border in 2018

Mexico - From the Central American caravans trekking desperately northward to the mass exodus from Venezuela, 2018 was the year the migration crisis swept the Americas and reached the doorstep of the United States.

Accused Russian agent pleads guilty in US

Washington - A Russian national who built a powerful network of Republican contacts via the US gun rights lobby that reached into President Donald Trump's circle admitted Thursday acting as an illegal foreign agent.

Egypt arrests two over nude tourists on pyramid

Apo - Egyptian authorities Thursday arrested a camel driver and a woman accused of having helped two Danes scale the Great Pyramid of Giza to take a video and naked photograph, sparking outrage in the country.

Brazil keeps eye on Amazon deforestation with satellites

S - The vast Amazon forest may be hard to penetrate, posing a problem for authorities trying to stop illegal logging -- but there are still eyes in the sky keeping track of the destruction.

Nations 'face extinction' without instant climate action

Katowice - Dozens of nations threatened with catastrophe from unchecked climate change warned Thursday they "face extinction" without immediate action to rein in mankind's emissions, as UN climate talks limped towards their conclusion.

Spanish far-left party takes back praise of Venezuela

Madrid - The leader of Spain's far-left party Podemos, who has praised the achievements of Venezuela's leftist government in the past, on Thursday changed course, saying the situation in the Latin American country was "disastrous".

Ankara train crash leaves nine dead, 86 injured

Ankara - Nine people were killed and nearly 90 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital on Thursday, officials said, becoming the latest rail disaster to hit the country.

Kosovo tests Serbia with vote to build an army

Pristina - Kosovo will vote Friday on whether to create its own army, in a heavily symbolic show of independence from Serbia that has inflamed tensions between the former wartime foes.
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