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After US boost, Greece looks for EU backing on Turkey talks

Athens - Greece looks for EU support this week in tough upcoming talks with Turkey after securing a diplomatic boost from the visiting US secretary of state.

Nobel prizes in year marked by pandemic

Stockholm - Press freedom groups and climate activist Greta Thunberg are making Nobel Peace Prize buzz ahead of next week's award announcements, in a pandemic year that has highlighted the importance of science and research.

Alfred Nobel, creator of dynamite and high-minded prizes

Stockholm - Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel, who made a vast fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, ordered the creation of the famous Nobel prizes in his will.

Doctors' coats turned into Covid-fighting art in Panama

Panama - Artist Genaro Rodriguez was so moved after being commissioned to turn a Covid-19 doctor's white coat into a piece of art that he likened the experience to "painting a superhero's cape.

Malaysian palm oil giant hit with US ban over abuse concerns

Washington - The United States has banned imports from a Malaysian palm oil giant that supplies household titans like Procter & Gamble and Nestle over concerns its workers face physical and sexual violence and other abuses.

Defiant Salvini readies for migrant trial as allies rally

Rome - Italy's far-right chief Matteo Salvini stands trial Saturday for allegedly illegally detaining migrants at sea, in a case that could see him jailed for 15 years or serve him a political win.

Protais Mpiranya: the last high-ranking Rwanda genocide fugitive

Kigali - Accused of commanding a presidential guard implicated in high-profile murders during the Rwandan genocide, Protais Mpiranya is the top priority for investigators following this year's arrest of a fellow alleged war criminal.

New Armenia, Azerbaijan shelling despite calls for halt

Stepanakert - Armenian and Azerbaijani forces intensified their shelling Thursday despite fresh calls from world leaders for an end to days of fighting over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region that have left nearly 130 dead.

Fire damage to US wine region laid bare as latest death confirmed

Calistoga - The scale of wildfire devastation to Napa's world-famous wine region was laid bare Wednesday as firefighters reported minor progress battling the flames and a separate California blaze claimed its latest victim.

Indian low-caste woman dies after gang-rape, second in a week

New Delhi - A woman from India's marginalised Dalit community has died after being gang-raped, police said Thursday, days after the death of a teenager from the same low-caste group at the hands of a group of high-caste men sparked outrage.

Beau Biden, an 'inspiration' for US Democratic candidate

Washington - Joe Biden once again paid tribute to his son Beau, who died of cancer in 2015, during the first presidential debate, yet another sign of how large a role he plays in the Democratic challenger's campaign to reach the White House.

Belarus, Iran, US, Nicaragua activists win 'alternate' Nobel

Stockholm - A Belarusian pro-democracy campaigner, an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer, a US civil rights attorney, and a Nicaraguan activist on Thursday won a top Swedish honour sometimes called "the alternative Nobel Prize.

French Pacific outpost votes in new independence poll

Blanchot - The French South Pacific territory of New Caledonia votes in a referendum on independence Sunday, with voters expected to reject breaking away from France's control after almost 170 years despite rising support for the move.

Trump slashes US refugee admissions to record low

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration said late Wednesday the United States will admit a record low of no more than 15,000 refugees over the coming year despite surging global displacement, stepping up its hard line one month before elections.

Sea level: Greenland ice loss worst in 12,000 years

Paris - Ice loss from Greenland's massive ice sheet will cause sea levels to rise more during the 21st century than they have during any 100-year period in the last 12,000 years, even if global warming is held in check, scientists said Wednesday.

EU launches legal action over UK Brexit bill

Apo - The European Union launched legal proceedings on Thursday in response to the British government's attempt to overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Spain to put entire capital under partial lockdown

Madrid - With coronavirus cases spreading like wildfire, the entire city of Madrid is to be put under partial lockdown, Spain's government said Wednesday as it stepped up measures to fight the epidemic.

China anniversary arrests as Hong Kong leader hails 'return to peace'

Fpo - Dozens of democracy supporters were arrested in Hong Kong Thursday for defying a protest ban as the city marked China's National Day and its leader hailed Beijing's new security law for restoring stability to the restive finance hub.

Mothers seek answers in wake of Colombian massacres

Cali - A wave of deadly violence is once again roiling rural Colombia, after several years of comparative respite following the 2016 peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas.
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