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North Korea's Kim to meet Putin as tensions rise with US

Moscow - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang spiked higher.

One week after Bashir ouster Sudan 'revolution' unfinished

Khartoum - Sudan on Thursday marks one week since the army ousted president Omar al-Bashir after protests against his 30-year rule, but the "revolution" remains unfinished as demonstrators campaign against their new military leaders.

Migrant camps in Mexico overflowing as large caravan moves north

More than 5,000 migrants left Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico Tuesday morning to begin the long journey through Mexico to the United States. Amid pressure from the Trump Administration, Mexico is leaving hundreds of migrants stranded in unsanitary camps.

US State Department still 'ready to engage' N.Korea

Washington - The US State Department said Thursday it remained ready to negotiate with North Korea after the regime called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be excluded from future nuclear talks.

Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

Jakarta - Indonesian authorities warned Thursday against unrest as a firebrand ex-general rejected unofficial election results that appeared to hand President Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world's third-biggest democracy.

Poroshenko seeks votes in West Ukraine in election run-off

Zhidachev - Facing a potentially huge defeat in a run-off vote on Sunday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is fighting to close the gap by winning votes in the country's largely conservative Western regions and expanding his appeal elsewhere.

Flood of lawsuits, flight of investors on cards with US Cuba move

Havana - The US decision to enforce a tough but long-delayed law in Cuba could have far-reaching effects, including triggering an avalanche of lawsuits as well as action before the World Trade Organization.

US imposes sanctions on Venezuela's central bank

Miami - The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against Venezuela's central bank in its latest effort to strangle President Nicolas Maduro's cash flow.

US announces Cuba property law despite EU warnings

Washington - The United States said Wednesday that a long-delayed law would go into effect next month that allows lawsuits over property seized by Cuba and that it issue make no exemptions for angered Europeans.

Egypt sets referendum on extending Sisi's rule for April 20-22

Apo - Egypt on Wednesday set a referendum for April 20-22 on sweeping consitutional changes including amendments that could extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule until 2030. "The referendum process ... will take place inside Egypt...

Iraq PM lands in Riyadh after Tehran visit

Apo - Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday during his first official trip to Riyadh, days after his maiden visit to the Gulf kingdom's arch-nemesis Iran.

Canada conservatives win Alberta polls in blow to Trudeau

Ottawa - Canada's opposition conservatives won a clear victory in provincial elections in oil-rich Alberta Tuesday, in a setback for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his environmental policies just six months ahead of national polls.

Ukraine presidential candidates finally agree debate

Kiev - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday finally agreed to a debate to close a presidential campaign that has at times descended into farce.

'Sea goddess' backs Foxconn chief's bid for Taiwan president

- Tech giant Foxconn's boss Terry Gou said Wednesday a goddess had told him to run in Taiwan's presidential election.

Activity detected at North Korea nuclear site: US monitor

Seoul - Activity has been detected at North Korea's main nuclear site, suggesting Pyongyang may be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel since the collapse of a summit with Washington, a US monitor said Wednesday.

Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen war

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution from Congress directing him to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the second such move of his presidency.

Saudi king hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Sudan turmoil

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday hosted Abu Dhabi's crown prince for talks, state media said, after the Gulf allies threw their support behind Sudan's military rulers who ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.

Muslim majority Indonesia set to vote in its biggest-ever poll

Jakarta - Indonesia kicks off one of the world's biggest one-day elections Wednesday, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim majority nation.

For Russian speakers in Ukraine, a candidate talking their language

Kryvyy Rih - In his startling run to become Ukraine's next president, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has enjoyed a key advantage over his rivals: strong support from the country's Russian-speaking regions.
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