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Yemen's main port in crosshairs of Saudi-led offensive

Mocha - Hodeida port, Yemen's largest entry point for aid, is now in the crosshairs of the Saudi-led coalition which is intent on cutting off the Huthi rebels from alleged Iranian arms shipments.

Missile that downed MH17 plane came from Russian military: investigators

Utrecht - Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine originated from a Russian military brigade.

Close quarters: Vietnam's downtown dwellers cling to tiny plots

Ho Chi Minh - Pham Quoc Cong walks two kilometres to use the bathroom because his 2.2 meters-squared house isn't big enough to have one.

Europe fears trade dispute escalation as US weighs auto tariffs

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Union and German automakers reacted with dismay Thursday after the US said tariffs on car imports could be on the horizon, potentially opening a new front in a burgeoning transatlantic trade conflict.

Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French jihadist

Kamishli - Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French jihadist Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks in France for the Islamic State group.

US wasted billions in failed Afghan stabilization efforts: official

Washington - The United States wasted billions of dollars trying to stabilize fragile parts of Afghanistan from 2001-2017 and some efforts caused more harm than good, a US government watchdog said Thursday.

Pakistan votes to bring tribal areas into political fold

Islamabad - Pakistan passed legislation Thursday paving the way for its restive tribal areas to enter the mainstream political fold, bringing an ending to a colonial-era arrangement that endorsed collective punishment and fuelled militancy.

Japan hits back as US mulls auto tariffs

Apo - Japan's trade minister on Thursday pushed back against Washington for considering possible tariffs on automobile imports, a major driver of the Japanese economy.

Leading Le Pen drops famous far-right surname

Paris - The name Le Pen, for decades associated with anti-immigration and often racist politics in France, is so out of fashion one of the leading members of the country's far-right family has abandoned it.

Putin taps firebrand to head embattled space agency

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed a firebrand nationalist politician, who oversaw Russia's once proud space industry, to manage its space agency in a move analysts said spells more trouble for the embattled sector.

EU says US car import threat 'difficult to understand'

Apo - A top EU official on Thursday expressed deep surprise at the fresh threat by the Donald Trump administration to hit European auto imports with tariffs as transatlantic trade tensions worsened.

US disrupts Russian botnet of 500,000 hacked routers

Washington - The US Justice Department said Wednesday that it had seized an internet domain that directed a dangerous botnet of a half-million infected home and office network routers, controlled by hackers believed tied to Russian intelligence.

UN chief calls for 'total elimination' of nuclear weapons

Geneva - The UN chief said Thursday the "total elimination" of nuclear weapons remained a UN priority, warning against a burgeoning new arms race.

Lebanon's Saad Hariri gets new term as PM: presidency

Beirut - Lebanese lawmakers designated Prime Minister Saad Hariri for a third term in office Thursday, less than three weeks after elections that saw his movement lose ground in parliament.

UK may have to extend customs union membership: MPs

Britain's failure to draw up a Brexit blueprint may mean the country will be forced to remain in the EU's customs union past its own 2020 deadline, lawmakers said Thursday.

China finds 'no clues' behind US staffer's brain trauma

Bejing - China has found no clues to determine what caused a US government employee to suffer a brain trauma after experiencing unusual sounds, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Saudi driving activist released after crackdown: campaigners

Dubai - Saudi authorities have released a prominent women's rights advocate following her detention in a sweeping crackdown against activists a month before the kingdom lifts its ban on women drivers, campaigners said Thursday.

US-led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - A US-led coalition air strike on Syrian army positions overnight killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in an area where both sides have been battling holdout jihadists, a monitor said Thursday.

Guantanamo geriatrics? Detainee population quietly ages

Washington - They arrived at Guantanamo Bay as young men, captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan and elsewhere early in America's war on terror, following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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