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Comey memos show Trump obsessed with Russia probe

Washington - US President Donald Trump repeatedly complained to FBI director James Comey in early 2017 that the Russia meddling investigation was a cloud over his young administration, weeks before firing him, leaked memorandums showed Thursday.

Myanmar police ordered set up of Reuters journalists: testimony

Yangon - A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to set up a Reuters reporter by handing over sensitive documents to him in a sting operation that also ensnared his colleague, a police official told a court Friday.

Amorous couples, sex workers whipped in Indonesia's Aceh

Banda Aceh - A group of amorous couples and alleged sex workers were publicly whipped for breaking Islamic law in Indonesia's Aceh Friday, just a week after the province pledged to move the widely condemned practice indoors.

German neo-Nazis mass for festival on Hitler's birthday

Berlin - Hundreds of neo-Nazis were expected to congregate Friday, which marks Adolf Hitler's birthday, for a two-day festival in a small eastern German town where anti-fascist groups have vowed counter-protests.

North and South Korea open hotline between leaders

Seoul - The two Koreas opened a hotline between their leaders Friday, a week before a summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in in the Demilitarized Zone.

Paraguay: key milestones

Asunci - Here is a list of key developments in the history of Paraguay, the landlocked Latin American nation which is holding a presidential election on Sunday:- From discovery to independence -In 1515, the region of Paraguay, which is populated by Guarani Indi...

In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is a dead-end street

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel touted Germany as a country "in which we live well and happily" during her re-election campaign.

Fiery kites adopted as new tactic by Gaza protesters

Gaza - Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border have begun attaching Molotov cocktails to kites to fly over the fence into Israel in a new tactic as demonstrations enter their fourth week.

Philippines' new police leader vows to pursue drug war

Manila - The newly named top police commander of the Philippines pledged Friday to keep up President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug war despite fresh international condemnation over the killings.

North and South Korea open hotline between leaders: Seoul

Seoul - The two Koreas opened a hotline between their leaders Friday, Seoul's presidential office said, a week before a summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in in the Demilitarized Zone.

Paraguay: wracked by trafficking, corruption

Asunci - Paraguay, which holds a presidential election on Sunday, is a small landlocked nation in Latin America where corruption and drug trafficking are rampant. Here are a few key facts about this nation of nearly seven million people.

'We left everything': stories of Mexicans uprooted by violence

Apaxtla - After 88 years living in San Felipe, in the mountains of southern Mexico, Maria Guadalupe Castro fled the only home she had ever known, along with the rest of the village's residents.

Reporters defiantly pursue work of murdered Maltese blogger

Valletta - The investigative work of slain Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been pursued by dozens of colleagues worldwide who this week published a flurry of revelations and delved into the mystery surrounding her murder.

Two killed in Nicaragua pension protests

Managua - A protester and a policeman were killed in the Nicaraguan capital Managua after demonstrations over pension reform turned violent Thursday night, officials said.

WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in central Berlin

Berlin - The planned disposal of an unexploded World War II bomb Friday will force a mass evacuation around Berlin's central railway station and likely spark transport chaos in the German capital.

WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in central Berlin

Berlin - German police began evacuating thousands of people around Berlin's central railway station on Friday, as bomb disposal experts prepare to move in to defuse an unexploded World War II explosive unearthed on a building site.

Indian court acquits Modi ally jailed over deadly Gujarat riots

Ahmedabad - An Indian court Friday acquitted an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was the most senior figure convicted over the deadly 2002 Gujarat religious riots.

Son of dictator's aide, lawyer vie for Paraguay presidency

Asunci - The US-educated son of a top aide to Paraguay's late dictator Alfredo Stroessner is favorite to win Sunday's presidential election in the Latin American country.

The Sorbonne takeover that symbolised France's May 68 unrest

Paris - The student occupation of the venerable Sorbonne university in Paris proved a beacon in the events of May 1968 when France was gripped by unprecedented social unrest.
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