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Syrian Kurds will not be required to return US weapons for now

Jim Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, said that the US will continue to provide weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syria even after the Islamic State has been ousted from its last main stronghold in Syria Raqqa.

Italy threatens to shut ports to foreign boats saving migrants

Rome - Italy has threatened to prevent vessels flying under foreign flags from disembarking migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in its ports, a source close to the government said Wednesday.

Messi's star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

Rosario - Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America's celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Looting grips Venezuelan city

Maracay - For a bracing look at the grassroots anger that has overtaken oil-rich but food-poor Venezuela over the past three months, consider the bedlam that descended on this city.

Fresh cyberattack likely 'more sophisticated' than WannaCry: Europol

Den Haag - The wave of cyberattacks hitting Europe and North America is similar to last month's WannaCry ransomware havoc, but appears potentially "more sophisticated," the European police agency said Wednesday.

Obama on temple sojourn during Indonesia holiday

Yogyakarta - Barack Obama took his wife and daughters to the ancient Borobudur temple on Java on Wednesday on a family vacation to Indonesia, where the former US president spent part of his childhood.

Oscar Perez: Venezuela action man in chopper 'coup'

Caracas - An elite cop-turned-film star became the man of the hour Wednesday in the disaster movie that is Venezuela's political crisis.

Pope defrocks 'Don Mercedes' priest convicted of sex abuse

Rome - Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of the scandal said Wednesday.

WorldPride festivities kicks off in Madrid

Madrid - Thousands of revellers, many draped in rainbow flags, packed a Madrid square on Wednesday for the official launch of WorldPride festivities, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transgender rights.

Focus on defences as users scramble after global cyberattack

Kiev - Thousands of computer users across the globe scrambled to reboot on Wednesday as calls grew to step up defences after a fresh wave of ransomware cyberattacks spread from Ukraine and Russia worldwide.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained by policeĀ 

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was detained by police on Wednesday after an anti-China protest ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.

Kosovo court ready for first indictments

Den Haag - A new court established to try crimes committed in the 1990s Kosovo conflict took a step closer Wednesday to receiving its first indictments, with fierce speculation over who could be targeted.

Sex abuse scandal haunts Australia's top Catholic cleric

Sydney - From country priest to trusted top Vatican aide, the rise of Australia's most senior Catholic cleric George Pell has been plagued in its twilight by sordid controversies from the past.

2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe: experts

Paris - Humanity must put carbon dioxide emissions on a downward slope by 2020 to have a realistic shot at capping global warming at well under two degrees Celsius, the bedrock goal of the Paris climate accord, experts said Wednesday.

China donates arms to Philippines for raging Islamist fight

Manila - China on Wednesday donated thousands of guns to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to help Manila in its battle against Islamist gunmen who are holed up in a southern city.

Bangladesh attack cafe thrives a year on, but fears persist

Dhaka - As the chatter of customers and the smell of warm bread fill the Holey Artisan Bakery it is easy to forget the scenes of horror that unfolded at the upscale Dhaka cafe. But a year on the impact of the deadly siege is still being felt.

Ex-boss of Venezuela president mourns son killed in unrest

Caracas - Among many people mourning the death of a child in street protests against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is his former boss, from back when the president was a bus driver.

Venezuela prosecutor hit with asset freeze, travel ban

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court slapped an asset freeze and travel ban Wednesday on Attorney General Luisa Ortega, a top critic of President Nicolas Maduro, after she accused him of creating a climate of terror.

Pope aide Pell charged with multiple child sex abuse

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell, one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican and Australia's most senior Catholic, was Thursday charged with historical child sex offences, which he "strenuously denied".
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