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Feds to slap China with investment restrictions, export controls

Washington - The Trump administration plans on rolling out new rules this week that would block firms with at least 25 percent Chinese ownership from buying U.S. companies in “industrially significant” technologies.

UNAIDS whistleblower condemns new sex assault probe

Geneva - A whistleblower who says she was sexually assaulted by a UNAIDS executive cast fresh doubt Monday on an investigation into her case and called for the agency chief to be sacked.

FBI to help probe deadly Ethiopia rally blast

Addis Ababa - FBI investigators will help Ethiopia probe a deadly grenade attack which left two people dead at a massive rally for Ethiopia's prime minister in the capital over the weekend.

Five reasons why Erdogan won Turkey's polls

Istanbul - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a decisive victory in weekend elections, scuppering predictions that his popularity was on the wane after 15 years in power.

Putin praises Erdogan's 'great political authority'

Moscow - Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election triumph in a phone call, after saying the result showed the Turkish leader's "great political authority" and mass support.

'No obstacles' in launching C.Africa Special Criminal Court

Bangui - A court charged with probing atrocities committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) has cleared its final hurdle and is expected to launch investigations later this year, its special prosecutor said Monday.

Danish Maersk Line ship carrying hundred migrants stranded off Sicily

Stockholm - The world's leading container shipping company Danish Maersk Line on Monday said one of its vessels carrying 108 rescued migrants in international waters is stuck near the Sicilian coast and waiting for instructions from Italian authorities.

Migrants in limbo as Italy blocks rescue ships

Rome - Confusion reigned in the Mediterranean on Monday after a chaotic weekend with the Libyan coast guard claiming to have rescued about 1,000 migrants, Italy stepping up the ante and several humanitarian and commercial ships waiting for more clarity before...

Germany to deport 'bin Laden bodyguard' to Tunisia

Frankfurt Am Main - A Tunisian man who allegedly served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden was detained in Germany on Monday and is to be deported, officials said.The 41-year-old, identified as Sami A.

EU sanctions Venezuelan VP, 10 others over election abuses

Luxembourg - The EU on Monday hit the Venezuelan vice-president and 10 other officials with sanctions over rights abuses and irregularities in the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro, which the bloc condemned as "neither free nor fair".

Two dead from Zimbabwe presidential rally blast

Harare - A blast that narrowly missed Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a pre-election rally has claimed two victims, a senior medical official said Monday.

Berlin museum returns Nazi-looted treasure

Berlin - A Berlin museum Monday said it had formally restituted a 15th century religious wooden sculpture to the heirs of former owners, a Jewish couple who fled the Nazi regime.

Freedom of assembly under 'serious threat' in Poland: Amnesty

Warsaw - Leading rights group Amnesty International warned Monday that freedom of assembly was at risk in Poland just as the EU was poised to launch hearings over fears that Warsaw was undermining judicial independence.

Five foreign policy challenges Erdogan faces after re-election

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to take a tough line with the West on key foreign policy issues including the Syria conflict, Russian relations and migrants in his new term, but he may also show signs of compromise.

Bolton due in Moscow Wednesday, Trump-Putin meet on agenda

Moscow - US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Russia's top diplomat in Moscow on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, with a possible meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the agenda.

Tehran's Grand Bazaar strikes in protest at rial collapse

Tehran - Traders in the Iranian capital's Grand Bazaar held a rare protest strike Monday against the collapse of the rial on the foreign exchange market as demonstrators also took to the streets.

Tunisia shepherd dies after jihadist attack: ministry

Tunis - A Tunisian shepherd has died from wounds sustained when he was attacked over the weekend by jihadists in the country's mountainous centre, the defence ministry said Monday.

MPs vote on expanding London's Heathrow airport

London - British MPs are set Monday to approve plans to build a third runway at London Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, after decades of debate.Prime Minister Theresa May's government agreed to the £14 billion (15.9 billion euros, $18.

UNAIDS whistleblower condemns new sex assault probe

Geneva - A whistleblower who says she was sexually assaulted by a UNAIDS executive cast fresh doubt Monday on an investigation into her case and called for the agency chief to be sacked.

Families flee as regime, Russia pummel Syria's south

Ramtha - Syria's government ramped up its bombardment of the southern city of Daraa on Monday, forcing dozens of families to flee an expected assault on the cradle of a seven-year uprising.
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