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Shedding past scandals, Berlusconi barrels ahead with comeback

Milan - Sidestepping sex scandals, serial gaffes and legal woes, Silvio Berlusconi's astonishing return to frontline politics rolled on Sunday at a party gathering where adoring supporters feted the billionaire mogul as Italy's next kingmaker.

Nigeria confirms 110 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack

Abuja - The Nigerian government on Sunday confirmed that 110 girls were missing after a Boko Haram school attack in the northeast, following days of silence on the children's fate.

Canada's Supercluster plan includes plant-based protein farmers

Prairie farmers in Canada who grow rather than raise protein sources are poised to break into the mainstream with new research and investment opportunities - made available through the government's Supercluster Initiative.

Russia hacked Olympics computers, turned blame on N Korea: report

Washington - Russian military spies hacked hundreds of computers used by Winter Olympics organizers and tried to make it look like the work of North Korea, the Washington Post reported Sunday, quoting US intelligence sources.

Remembering Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band

25 years ago today, the southern rock music community lost Toy Caldwell from the iconic southern rock band, The Marshall Tucker Band.

Greek anarchists smash Novartis office amid bribe scandal

Atenas - A Greek anarchist group attacked the Athens headquarters of Novartis on Sunday, Greek police said, amid bribery allegations against the Swiss pharmaceutical giant.

UN faces rival drafts on Iran missiles to Yemen

New York - The UN Security Council on Sunday was considering two draft resolutions on Yemen after Russia put forward a rival text aimed at blocking action against Iran over missiles sent to the country's Huthi rebels.

Egypt freezes assets of leading government critic

Cairo - Egypt has frozen the assets of leading government critic Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, arrested earlier this month over alleged links to exiled members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Sunday.

Turkey says UN Syria ceasefire won't affect Afrin offensive

Ankara - Turkey on Sunday welcomed the unanimous demand by the UN Security Council for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, but insisted that its own operation against a Kurdish militia in the Afrin region was not affected.

Russians march for murdered hero Nemtsov ahead of presidential vote

Moscow - Several thousand Muscovites marched Sunday in frigid temperatures in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down three years ago, a rare sanctioned opposition gathering ahead of next month's presidential vote.

UN Geneva staff plan work stoppage over pay cuts

Geneva - Angered by "unfair" pay cuts, UN staff in Geneva are planning a half-day strike next week, as dozens of ministers and other dignitaries attend high-level events at the organisation's European headquarters.

Two Koreas march apart as Winter Olympics close

Pyeongchang - The two Koreas marched behind their own flags and Russia looked forward to a quick end to its ban over mass doping as the curtain fell on the engrossing Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday.

Church at Jesus's traditional burial site closed in tax dispute

Jerusalem - Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law.

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague at Turkey's behest

Istanbul - Authorities in the Czech Republic detained one of the most prominent leaders of the Syrian Kurds at the request of Turkey, officials said Sunday, as Ankara pushes a military operation against Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

Business leaders remain concerned about cyber threats

A new survey of C-level business leaders from PwC reveals what keeps them up at night. This includes cyber threats, economic uncertainty and an inability to deal with digital disruption.

Why Businesses need to assess impact of Industry 4.0

London - The disruption causes by digital technologies is making many C-level executives nervous. To ride this out, a PwC report recommends businesses need to get the right people with the right skills to apply the necessary digital changes.

Rohingya exodus still growing, six months into crisis

Cox's Bazar - Hundreds of desperate Rohingya Muslims are still pouring over the Myanmar border into Bangladesh every week, bringing harrowing accounts of torture and murder, six months after a military crackdown sparked the massive refugee crisis.

Pope calls for immediate halt to Syria violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for an immediate end to violence in Syria to allow aid deliveries, especially in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta which has been hit by regime bombardment.

Olympics not 'tainted' by Russian doping, says Bach

Pyeongchang - Olympics chief Thomas Bach denied the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had been "tainted" by the Russian doping scandal as officials voted to keep Russia's suspension in place for the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Mountaineer attempts first winter solo summit on K2

Islamabad - A Russian-Polish mountaineer has launched the first solo attempt to summit Pakistan's K2 -- the world's second-highest park -- during winter, in what fellow climbers described as a reckless decision.
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