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Turkey PM threatens military action against Syrian Kurds

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday said Turkey would, if necessary, take military action against fighters from the Syrian Kurdish PYD, which Ankara considers a terror group.

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - Turkish artillery on Saturday bombarded areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Turkey strikes Kurds in Syria, mulls ground attack with Saudi

Birut - Turkish artillery on Saturday shelled areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria held by Kurdish forces, a monitor said, as Ankara said it could launch a ground assault alongside Saudi troops.

Pope tells Mexico leaders nation needs 'true justice'

- Pope Francis called on Mexico's leaders Saturday to provide "true justice" and security to citizens hit by drug violence as he addressed a National Palace packed with politicians.

Another Libyan Air Force plane shot down or crashed in Benghazi

Benghazi - Just four days after a Libyan Air Force MiG 23 plane was shot down or crashed near Derna, another plane has either crashed or been shot down in the city of Benghazi.

Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West strains cloud talks

Munich - The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as East-West tensions over Ukraine and Syria took centre-stage at a gathering of world leaders in Germany.

Columbine shooter's mother 'saw no signs of his mental distress'

Washington - The mother of a teen involved in the deadliest high school shooting in US history said she saw no signs of her son's mental distress ahead of the 1999 Columbine massacre.

Trump: The art of the political rally

Manchester - Agence France-Presse has launched a weekly series of reporters' blogs taking readers behind the scenes of the 2016 US election for a look at the events and attitudes shaping the White House race.

Former Afghan governor kidnapped in Islamabad

Islamabad - A former governor of Afghanistan's Herat province has been kidnapped from a market in an upscale district of Islamabad, Pakistani police said Saturday.

Outgoing Myanmar president cancels U.S. visit to monitor political transition

Yangon - Myanmar's outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the US next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi's new government, a presidential spokesman told AFP Saturday.

Transcript of exclusive AFP interview with Syria's Assad

Damascus - In the following AFP interview with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, the questions were asked in French and he replied in Arabic.

'No time to lose' to install Libya unity government: ministers

Munich - Foreign ministers put pressure on Libya Saturday to finalise its unity government and head off the growing threat from the Islamic State group.

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

Seoul - The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea following North Korea's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, US Forces Korea said Saturday.

Russia sanctions to remain until Ukraine deal implemented: Kerry

Munich - Sanctions against Russia will continue until it implements all aspects of the Ukraine peace agreement reached in Minsk last year, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

US wants 'strong UK staying in a strong EU': Kerry

Munich - The United States strongly backs Britain staying in the European Union as it gears up for a referendum on its membership, US Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Germany on Saturday.

Pope urges Mexico bishops to fight drug trade with 'courage'

- Pope Francis urged Mexican bishops Saturday to take on drug trafficking with "prophetic courage," warning that it represents a moral challenge to society and the church.

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire.

Shebab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack which ripped a hole in a passenger plane shortly after takeoff from the capital Mogadishu earlier this month.

Hungarians protest state's grip on education

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarians angry at the state's tight grip on public education rallied Saturday in Budapest, in one of the biggest street protests against Prime Minister Viktor Orban in recent years.
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