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Norwegian Refugee Council staff abducted in Yemen: minister

Aden - Yemeni rebels have abducted a dozen local staff working for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Red Sea district of Hodeida, a minister and local sources said Monday.

Increasing talk of using 25th Amendment to strip Trump of power

In the wake of Thursday’s press conference, Democratic lawmakers, pundits and other critics of the president are increasingly talking about using the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to try to remove the powers of the presidency from Donald J. Trump.

UK Parliament to debate rescinding Trump state visit invitation

London - Lawmakers in the United Kingdom will debate on Monday whether the British government should withdraw an invitation to President Donald Trump for a state visit.

U.S. military lied, then admitted using depleted uranium in Syria

After initially promising not to use depleted uranium munitions against targets in Syria, the Pentagon has admitted thousands of DU rounds were fired by U.S. warplanes against Islamic State oil transport convoys on two separate occasions in late 2015.

DR Congo military under fire over massacre video

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo's government came under pressure on Sunday to stem violence after the emergence of a video purporting to show soldiers massacring unarmed civilians.

Jammeh's missing: tracing The Gambia's disappeared

Banjul - Pensioner Sarjo Manneh celebrated more joyfully than most when former leader Yahya Jammeh agreed to leave The Gambia in January.After a decade, he believed he might see his son again. But nearly a month later, he is still waiting.

Venezuela names new mining minister

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro named a new mining minister on Sunday, the latest of several appointments as he seeks to strengthen his position against opposition pressure to quit.

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Mont-de-marsan - Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.

Trump reportedly yells at CIA director Pompeo over withheld intel

Washington - President Donald Trump is reportedly infuriated by reports claiming U.S. intelligence agencies are withholding sensitive intelligence from him because they fear the information could be leaked or compromised.

Op-Ed: Snow in Australia's hottest ever summer? It’s happening

Sydney - Typical. Last week New South Wales was the hottest place on Earth. We had the usual heat, floods, fire and more. Now, we have snow. Australian weather doesn’t like to be boring, or predictable.

Op-Ed: Ryan Gosling: The 'Prince Charming' of this year's Academy Awards

With 14 nominations for his film, "La La Land," Ryan Gosling is the "Prince Charming" of this year's Academy Awards, which will take place on Feb. 26.

Trump aides in back-door Ukraine peace plan: NYT

New York - President Donald Trump's personal lawyer has given him a peace plan for Ukraine drawn up by non-diplomats, and which has outraged officials in Kiev, The New York Times reported.

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ court

Wellington - New Zealand's High Court ruled Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire.

Only 10.7 percent of US workers belong to a union

In 2016 the US had the lowest percentage of workers in unions on record. The level could drop even lower as right-to-work laws are being pushed at state and federal levels.

Architects create world's first migratory 'bird airport' in China

Tianjin - Australian Architectural firm McGregor Coxall has won a competition to design a wetland bird sanctuary in Tianjin, China. The winning entry will be the world's first migratory "bird airport."

Hundreds of migrants rush border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - Some 300 migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Monday, authorities said, days after hundreds more forced their way over the frontier.

Powerful microscope shrunk to dime-size

Dallas - A high-technology imaging device has been created, in the form of a an atomic force microscope on a chip. The microscope is powerful and it can be manufactured at a low-cost.

Malaysia summons N. Korea envoy as Kim killing row deepens

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia summoned the North Korean ambassador on Monday for a dressing-down over Pyongyang's attack on its investigation into the assassination of leader Kim Jong-Nam's brother, deepening a diplomatic row.

Syria regime shelling 'bloody message" before talks: opposition

Birut - The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a "bloody message" aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week.

Britain's House of Lords begins debating Brexit bill

London - Britain's House of Lords is to begin debating a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to kickstart Brexit -- a potentially tricky test given her Conservatives do not hold a majority there.
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