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Syrian faces Berlin court for assault on men in Jewish kippas

Berlin - A Syrian migrant faces a Berlin court Tuesday for lashing out with a belt at two men wearing kippa skullcaps in an assault that stoked fears of resurgent anti-Semitism.

Venezuela's 'millionaires,' the new poor

Caracas - Elizabeth Torres is outraged, but as a Venezuelan she takes the affront in her stride. "We are a country of millionaires," she says ironically, eyeing a carton of eggs in the market. Price? Three million bolivars.

Italy's Salvini plans census of Roma community

Rome - Italy's far-right anti-immigrant interior minister Matteo Salvini on Monday announced plans to count the Roma community living in the country and deport those without Italian nationality.

Afghanistan's surprise ceasefire celebrations raise hopes for peace

Kabul - Extraordinary scenes of Afghan Taliban and security forces spontaneously celebrating a historic ceasefire showed many fighters on both sides are fed up with fighting, analysts say, raising hopes for peace in a country ravaged by war.

Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup

Moscow - During an afternoon at a Moscow park, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is counting not the number of goals his team has scored in the World Cup but the number of phone numbers he has collected from Russian girls."Four!

Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side World Cup screenings

Ak - At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some of the world's best footballers play on the side of a tent.

Shadow of jihadists falls on Cameroon's cattle farmers

Maroua - Issoufa Mahama is worried. To take his livestock out into the pasture beyond the village, he explains, is to roll the dice."We can't take the cattle out into the bush any more," he says. "It's because of Boko Haram.

Artist Christo launches 7,500 floating barrels in London

London - The artist Christo on Monday unveiled 7,506 coloured barrels floating on a lake in central London, a puzzling installation designed to stimulate debate as much as the senses.

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Managua - Another attempt at church- mediated talks to end a deadly political crisis in Nicaragua fell apart on Monday, a clergy statement said.

Pope Francis 'a strong voice' for all Christians: inter-church group

Geneva - Pope Francis's visit to Geneva, a centre of Protestantism, expresses "Christian unity", the World Council of Churches chief told AFP, insisting the pontiff's message of love and inclusion speaks across denominations.

Why is the Trump administration separating immigrant families?

Washington - President Donald Trump declared Monday that the US will not become a "migrant camp" as his administration faced a backlash for its practice of separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents.

Ex-Ecuador leader sought in case of missing opposition figure

Quito - A court in Quito on Monday ordered testimony from Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa, who lives in Belgium, in the investigation of an opposition figure's apparent 2012 kidnapping in Venezuela.

Nigeria Eid suicide attack death toll rises to 43

Kano - Deadly weekend attacks by suspected Boko Haram jihadists using young girls as suicide bombers killed 43 people in northeastern Nigeria, officials said Monday, updating the toll.

Family ties make Faroese women Europe's top baby makers

Hv - Gunnhild Helmsdal's mailbox has six names printed on it and will soon add a seventh: having a big family is nothing unusual in the Faroe Islands where women have the most babies in Europe despite also having the highest rate of employment.

One dead, five wounded in Malmo shooting: police

Stockholm - One person was killed and five wounded in a shooting in the centre of the southern Swedish city of Malmo on Monday, police said, ruling out a terrorist link.

Spain king's brother-in-law starts jail term for embezzlement

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law began a six-year jail sentence on Monday, drawing a line under a long-running corruption scandal that enraged the public and brought shame on the royal family.

Australia vows to compete with China funding in Pacific

Sydney - Australia pledged Tuesday to provide Pacific nations with better funding to counter Chinese development money which it fears will leave some countries with massive debt burdens and undermine their sovereignty.

Toll rises to four after quake in Japan's Osaka

Apo - The death toll in a powerful earthquake that rocked Japan's Osaka on Monday has risen to four, with over 380 injured, officials said Tuesday, urging vigilance against landslides ahead of heavy rains.

Ex-CIA officer charged over damaging leak to WikiLeaks

Washington - A former employee in the CIA's cyber-spying operation was indicted Monday on charges of leaking hacking tools to WikiLeaks in one of the most damaging of the agency's breaches in recent years.
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