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Bulgaria set to reject UN migration pact

Sofia - Bulgaria said Monday it may join other countries such as the United States, Hungary and Austria in rejecting a United Nations pact aimed at better regulating worldwide migration.

Afghan leader: Taliban peace deal 'when, not if'

Washington - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced confidence Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency but warned that Pakistan's alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility.

German bank caught in DRC colonial land dispute

Frankfurt Am Main - A German state-owned bank has found itself at the centre of a battle in the Democratic Republic of Congo over agricultural land dating back to the Belgian colonial period, AFP learned Monday.

Amnesty strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

London - Amnesty International on Monday stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over the de facto Myanmar leader's "indifference" to the atrocities committed by the country's military against Rohingya Muslims.

North Korea hiding missile bases, US researchers say

Washington - North Korea is operating at least 13 undeclared bases to hide mobile, nuclear-capable missiles, a new study released Monday has found, raising fresh doubts over US President Donald Trump's signature foreign policy initiative.

Ukraine arrests suspect in acid attack case

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday arrested a man suspected of being involved in the deadly acid attack on anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Gandzyuk.

Man, 59, to stand trial in Germany for stealing Lennon's belongings

Berlin - German prosecutors on Monday charged a 59-year-old man for the theft of numerous objects, including diaries, stolen from the estate of the late Beatle John Lennon.The accused, identified as Erhan G., will face trial over charges of theft and fraud.

Discounted oil prices costing Canadian economy billions

Canadian oil producers have filled their storage facilities to overflowing while waiting for an answer to their dilemma. The problem is the price discounts on Canada's heavy oil. Pipeline and rail constraints have only made the problem worse.

Rohingya flee camps fearing forcible return to Myanmar

Cox's Bazar - Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said Monday.

Former Catalan leader ordered to pay 4.9 mn euros over vote

Madrid - Spain's audit office on Monday ordered former Catalan president Artur Mas and nine others to repay 4.9 million euros ($5.5 million) of public money spent on staging a 2014 independence referendum.

Merkel refuses to be 'excuse' for lack of female politicians

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that her role as the most powerful woman in Germany should not let society off the hook for the small proportion of women in politics.

Austria celebrates 100 years as a republic

Vienna - Austria on Monday marked its 100th anniversary as a republic born from the embers of World War I and the Austro-Hungarian empire with a lavish ceremony at Vienna's prestigious State Opera House.

Modest warming risks 'irreversible' ice sheet loss, study warns

Paris - Even modest temperature rises agreed under an international plan to limit climate disaster could see the ice caps melt enough this century for their loss to be "irreversible", experts warned Monday.

Aurora Cannabis shares jump after posting first-quarter results

Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares jumped nearly 5 percent in pre-market trading after announced today its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended September 30.

EU defence efforts musn't hurt transatlantic bond: NATO chief

Berlin - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Europe against undermining transatlantic ties, following a defence spat between US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron.

Finnish PM: Jammed GPS signals may be work of Russia

Apo - Russia denied Monday being behind the recent disruption to GPS signals across Lapland which put civil aviation at risk, after Finland's prime minister said the interference was "almost certainly deliberate".

Nigeria wants former oil minister extradited from Britain

Abuja - The head of Nigeria's main anti-corruption agency on Monday said he wanted former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to be extradited to face trial because a corruption probe against her in Britain was taking too long.

Turkey, France spar over Khashoggi killing

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday lashed out at "unacceptable" and "impertinent" comments by the French foreign minister who accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of playing a "political game" over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Kenya arrests 2,000 in public transport safety crackdown

Nairobi - Almost 2,000 minibus taxi drivers and conductors as well as passengers were arrested in Kenya on Monday, authorities said, as police began enforcing long-ignored road safety rules.

British FM in Saudi Arabia for talks on Khashoggi, Yemen

Apo - British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt held talks Monday with Saudi King Salman, state media said, during a visit to press the kingdom over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder and the escalating Yemen war.
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