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New London pollution tax comes into force

London - Drivers of the most polluting vehicles will face an extra daily charge for driving into central London on weekdays from Monday in a bid to improve air quality in one of Europe's most polluted cities.London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the new £10 (11.

Envoy warnings as Kenya's divisive poll re-run approaches

Nairobi - Western nations on Monday warned starkly of Kenya's "deteriorating political environment" ahead of a presidential election re-run, urging the major parties to halt incitement and verbal attacks on institutions.

Iraq's Barzani isolated by his drive for Kurdish independence

Baghdad - Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani, the driving force behind last month's independence vote, finds himself isolated at home and abroad weeks after he scored a major victory with a resounding "yes" at the polls.

Russian Communists call for rallies to mark revolution centenary

Moscow - Russia's Communist Party on Monday called for rallies to celebrate 100 years since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, in contrast to the government which has remained largely silent on the centenary.

1,100 children suffering malnutrition in Syria's Ghouta: UNICEF

Birut - More than 1,100 children are suffering from acute malnutrition in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside the Syrian capital, the UN's children's fund UNICEF told AFP on Monday.

Trump 'made me cry': widow of fallen US soldier

Washington - The pregnant widow of an American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger said Monday that Donald Trump had struggled to remember his name during a condolence call, in an account the president immediately disputed.

Ukrainian anti-corruption detectives raid top mayor's home

Kiev - Ukrainian anti-corruption investigators on Monday raided the home and office of a powerful mayor at the centre of a politically charged embezzlement probe.

McCain takes swipe at Trump military service record

Washington - Senator John McCain has taken a barely-veiled jab at President Donald Trump's avoidance of military service, sharply escalating their war of words.

Macron faces rights test as Egypt's Sisi visits Paris

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Paris on Tuesday under pressure from human rights groups to end what they call France's "disgraceful policies of indulgence" towards him.

Polish women table liberal abortion legislation

Varsovia - A Polish women's rights groups on Monday submitted a draft law to parliament to liberalise the EU nation's restrictive abortion law, a move bound to fail in the conservative-dominated lower house.

EU gives Vietnam 'yellow card' over illegal fishing

Brussels - The European Union said Monday it has given a "yellow card" to Vietnam, warning the Pacific country it could ban seafood exports unless Hanoi did more to tackle illegal fishing.

Protest by hardline religious Jews shuts entrance to Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Several thousand ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem on Monday and protested in other areas as part of a series of demonstrations against serving in the Israeli military.

Russian journalist stabbed in neck 'in medical coma'

Moscow - A Russian journalist was in a medically induced coma Monday after a man claiming a "telepathic" connection broke into a radio station critical of the Kremlin and stabbed her in the neck.

Hearing delayed for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl amid prejudice claim

Washington - The sentencing hearing for Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who faces life in prison for desertion after being held captive by Afghan insurgents for five years, opened Monday amid accusations that President Donald Trump has prejudiced the trial.

38 women accuse US director James Toback of sexual harassment

Los Angeles - The Hollywood sexual abuse scandal widened Monday after 38 women were reported to have accused US film director James Toback of unwanted sexual encounters over a period of decades.

Malta holds mass for slain journalist

Valletta - Politicians and dignitaries paid their respects on Monday at a mass for slain Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia -- though her family, which has accused the establishment of complicity in her death, was notably absent.

Israel, Germany sign submarine deal: Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Germany on Monday signed a deal to sell three submarines to the Israeli navy in an agreement of "strategic importance" to the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Pope deplores plight of Rohingya children

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday mourned the plight of 200,000 Rohingya children stuck in refugee camps a month before he heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the countries at the heart of an intensifying humanitarian crisis.

IS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

Birut - The Islamic State group executed dozens of civilians this month in the Syrian desert, a monitor said Monday, in a gruesome massacre as the jihadists see their "caliphate" collapse.
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