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Russia says agrees safe zone mechanism with Syrian rebels

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry said Saturday that its officials had signed a deal with moderate Syrian rebels at peace talks in Cairo on how a safe zone near Damascus will function.

US attorney general discussed Trump campaign with Russia envoy: report

Washington - Embattled US Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed campaign-related issues with the Russian ambassador to Washington during the presidential race -- something Sessions has insisted he did not do, The Washington Post reported late Friday.

White House spokesman Spicer out in shake-up

Washington - White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday in protest at a major shake-up of Donald Trump's scandal-tainted administration, as pressure mounted from a broadening investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

Op-Ed: Three key changes Canada should demand in NAFTA negotiations

The first round of negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are to begin next month but Canada has yet to make its key demands clear while the U.S. has done so.

Spain threatens to cut Catalonia funds over referendum

Madrid - Spain's central government on Friday threatened to cut off funds for Catalonia unless the region's administration can prove it is not using state money to prepare a referendum on independence.

Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM Yingluck enters final stage of case

Bangkok - Toppled Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed Friday by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term.

Turkey accuses Germany of 'great political irresponsibility'

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday accused Germany of displaying "great political irresponsibility" in stepping up a travel warning for the country after Berlin reacted angrily to Ankara's latest arrests of human rights activists."Sending a message...

India gets new president from bottom of Hindu caste system

New Delhi - India elected a new president from the bottom of the Hindu caste system Thursday, only the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the marginalised group.

IS falling 'very fast': Trump at Pentagon

Washington - The Islamic State group is falling "very fast," US President Donald Trump said Thursday as he visited the Pentagon for a military strategy meeting. "We're doing very well against ISIS.

Thousands protest controversial Polish court reform

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Poland Thursday after lawmakers adopted a controversial reform of the Supreme Court despite the threat of unprecedented EU sanctions.

Germany vows to overhaul Turkey ties as row escalates

Berlin - Germany on Thursday vowed stinging measures impacting tourism and investment in Turkey and a full "overhaul" of their troubled relations, signalling its patience has snapped after Ankara's arrests of human rights activists.

'Brexit lunch' to assess talks progress

Brussels - Britain and the EU will wrap up four days of tough Brexit talks in Brussels on Thursday with a special lunch between their chief negotiators as major differences emerged on key points.

Venezuela military stands behind controversial vote

Caracas - Venezuela's military reaffirmed its loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday by saying its forces would protect a controversial vote he has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution.

Chinese city leadership shake-up signals Xi power play

Bejing - A sudden leadership change in one of China's biggest cities has highlighted President Xi Jinping's ambition to consolidate his grip on power at an upcoming major political gathering, analysts say.

US locked in 'slow-going' talks with China on N.Korea sanctions

New York - Despite a push to quickly slap new UN sanctions on North Korea, the United States is bogged down in "slow-going" negotiations with China on a response to Pyongyang's first ICBM launch, diplomats said Wednesday.

White House, Kremlin play down undisclosed Trump-Putin talks

Washington - The White House and Kremlin on Wednesday played down the significance of an additional, previously undisclosed meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin during this month's G20 summit.

EU threatens Poland with sanctions over court overhaul

Brussels - The EU warned Poland's right-wing government Wednesday to suspend controversial court reforms or risk unprecedented sanctions.

Poland gripped by sweeping battle to reform courts

Varsovia - Poland's political forces agree that the EU member's justice system -- slow and at times corrupt -- requires reform.

Venezuela's Maduro defies Trump over constitution re-write

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro said that controversial plans to re-write Venezuela's constitution will move ahead "now more than ever" following US President Donald Trump's threat of economic sanctions.
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