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From US to Europe to Syria, stars align for Putin

Moscow - Held at diplomatic arm's-length for years, Russian President Vladimir Putin is pivoting back to centre stage as his admirers and international allies rise to power, a move that analysts say the Kremlin will be quick to exploit.

600,000 risk losing water in war-scarred Ukraine

Kiev - International monitors warned on Friday that around 600,000 impoverished people could be left without water or heat in war-scarred eastern Ukraine this winter.

Half of rebel Aleppo falls to Syrian forces

Aleppo - Syrian government forces have recaptured half the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, a monitor said Friday, in an offensive that has left bodies in the streets and sparked global outrage.

Trump speaks with Taiwan leader, risking Chinese anger

New York - President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of US diplomatic policy Friday and spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, at the risk of provoking a serious rift with China.

Bodies of Colombia plane crash victims flown home

Medell - The bodies of the 71 victims killed in a plane crash in Colombia that wiped out a Brazilian football team began arriving home Friday, as mourners prepared a massive funeral.

Venezuela fury at Mercosur suspension

Caracas - Venezuela angrily rejected as a "coup" its suspension from South American economic bloc Mercosur on Friday, the harshest international punishment yet for President Nicolas Maduro's crisis-racked government.

Aleppo family reunited after months separated by war

Afrine - Jomaa al-Qassem fell to his knees and burst into tears on the muddy floor outside a reception point for Syrians pouring out of war-ravaged eastern Aleppo.

Stolen Dachau 'Work will set you free' gate found in Norway

Munich - An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free") stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau in Germany two years ago has been found in Norway, police said Friday.

Syrians in Germany face tough fight fit to be see their families

Berlin - Germany, trying to staunch the flow of Syrian refugees, has placed high hurdles for them to be reunited with their families, creating a Kafkaesque nightmare in the courts.

Yahya Jammeh: devout and erratic leader of The Gambia

Banjul - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who was defeated in this week's poll, seized power in a 1994 coup and clung to office for 22 years with a blend of severity, mysticism and iron-clad self-belief."No matter what people say about me, I am not moved...

Panama must free Dutch journalist: Transparency International

Panama - A Dutch journalist jailed in Panama on charges of defamation for reporting on alleged corruption should be freed immediately, the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said Friday.

S.Korea opposition files impeachment motion

Seoul - South Korea's three opposition parties filed an impeachment motion early Saturday against scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye which will be put to a vote in the national assembly next week.

Gambia's shock presidential victor hails new era

Banjul - Opposition candidate Adama Barrow hailed a "new Gambia" Friday after he pulled off a stunning presidential election victory, putting an end to the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh.

Militia groups clash in Tripoli, seven reported dead

Tripoli - Rival militias clashed in Tripoli leaving at least seven people dead, Libyan media said, as AFP journalists reported hearing gunshots and explosions in the south of the capital.

Hostages safe in Paris armed robbery, thief on the run

Paris - Several people taken hostage Friday evening in a Paris travel agency were released safe and sound, police said, but the armed robber who seized them was on the run."Armed robbery on Massena Boulevard in Paris: operation over," police tweeted.

Putin warns artists against 'dangerous behaviour'

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Friday told artists not to confuse freedom of expression with "outrageously dangerous behaviour" and suggested the Charlie Hebdo massacre could have been avoided if the magazine had not insulted Islam.

Militias clashing in the Libyan capital of Tripoli

Tripoli - Fighting has broken out in the Libyan capital Tripoli between various militia groups. The Libya Observer describes murky clashes sweeping through the city. There are many competing tweets describing the situation.

Haiti presidential candidates challenge vote results

Port-au-prince - Three Haitian presidential candidates have formally contested the election's preliminary results, their parties said Friday, after the vote count gave the ruling party's Jovenel Moise an outright victory in last month's first-round.

Iceland's Pirate Party to try to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Friday invited the anti-establishment Pirate Party to form a government, after both the right and left-wing parties each failed in their bids.
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