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Four dead as huge storms batter Europe

Den Haag - Violent gales battered northern Europe and beyond Thursday, snapping air and train links and leaving four people dead, all killed by falling trees.

'Nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya': HRW chief

Paris - European authorities should not be sending migrants trying to reach the continent back to Libya until the security situation there has stabilised, the chief of Human Rights Watch said.

Op-Ed: Tether cryptocoin stays steady during crash of cryptocurrencies

Tether is a cryptocoin that is different from others in that it is pegged to the US dollar. While many other cryptocurrencies are crashing tether is actually up a bit.

EU agrees to blacklist seven top Venezuelan officials

Brussels - The EU agreed to add Venezuela's interior minister and six other senior officials to its sanctions blacklist on Thursday, European sources said, the first time the bloc has targeted individual members of President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Stricken Turkish plane lifted from cliff after runway mishap

Istanbul - Turkish engineers using two cranes on Thursday successfully lifted back to the runway a passenger plane which skidded onto a muddy embankment metres from the sea and languished there for over half a week.

Extreme cold snap hits Russia ahead of Epiphany icy plunges

Moscow - Temperatures in Siberia fell to extremely low levels on Thursday as Russian Christians prepared to plunge into ice holes in traditional celebrations marking the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Trump aide says wall idea not 'informed'

Washington - Donald Trump's chief of staff has said the president was not "fully informed" when he pledged last year to build a wall along the border with Mexico, the New York Times reported late Wednesday.

Violent storms bring travel chaos to the Netherlands

Den Haag - Severe winter gales battered the Netherlands Thursday forcing Amsterdam airport to cancel all flights, bringing Dutch trains to a halt and toppling trucks as winds reached 140 kilometres (86 miles) an hour.

IS poses threat to Iraq one month after 'liberation'

Mosul - Barely a month after Baghdad declared victory over the Islamic State group, the jihadists could still recapture areas of Iraq, especially near the border with Syria, experts and officials say.

Human Rights Watch hails resistance to Trump-style populism

Paris - The policies of US President Donald Trump and his embrace of populist strongmen have dealt a blow to rights campaigns around the world but resistance is building, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Emirates announces $16 bn deal for 36 A380s

Dibai - Emirates Airlines said Thursday it has struck a $16 billion deal to buy 36 Airbus A380 superjumbos just days after the European manufacturer said it would have to halt production without new orders.

Fintech startup Curve launches its connected card app

UK-based fintech startup Curve has announced its innovative credit card app is now available to consumers. The company has developed a platform that lets you link all your card accounts to its app. You can then use any of them to pay with one card.

Business Process Management is central to digital transformation

Companies undertaking the digital transformation journey should be focusing on Business Process Management, according to analysts. One challenge of this strategy is ascertaining exactly what this management approach involves.

California couple who held 13 children captive due in court

Los Angeles - A California couple arrested on suspicion of torture was due in court on Thursday after investigators discovered they were holding their 13 malnourished children captive in a suburban home.

Cape Town water ration to be slashed as drought bites

Cape Town - Cape Town will next month slash its individual daily water consumption limit by 40 percent to 50 litres, the mayor said Thursday, as the city battles its worst drought in a century.

Iran's central bank claims billions from German stock exchange

Frankfurt Am Main - German stock market operator Deutsche Boerse said Thursday that Iran's central bank had levelled claims for billions of dollars against its Luxembourg subsidiary Clearstream, which blocked the funds after the US accused Tehran of funding terrorism.

Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue

Sydney - A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas.

Kevin Spacey investigated over third London assault: report

London - British police said Thursday they are investigating a man over a third sexual assault, with the Press Association news agency reporting that US actor Kevin Stacey is the suspected assailant.

Israeli forces kill suspect in rabbi's murder in West Bank raid

Jenin - Israeli forces raided a Palestinian city in the occupied West Bank overnight to arrest suspects in the recent murder of an Israeli, leaving one of them dead and sparking clashes, officials said.

David Cook to embark on tour to promote new 'Chromance' EP

Singer-songwriter David Cook has set a release date for his "Chromance" EP for February 16, 2018, and he announced his tour dates for next month.
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