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Trump aide Conway draws ire for kneeling on White House sofa

Washington - US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway sparked social media fury late Monday after kneeling on a White House sofa with her shoes on.

At least 160 killed in clashes on Myanmar-China border: army

- At least 160 people have died in around three months of clashes between the military and ethnic armed groups in Myanmar's northern state of Shan, a senior army official said Tuesday, threatening peace talks set for next month.

U.S. financing supplier of Africa mines accused of slave labor

The U.S. government's export credit agency has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed financing over the past decade to a supplier of equipment to African mines accused of slave labor, human rights and environmental crimes.

US challenges Kremlin with new Russian TV channel

Prague - Nearly three decades after it helped topple communist totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is challenging Moscow again, this time with a new 24-hour TV news channel in Russian.

US military brass urge Trump not to slash diplomacy, aid

Washington - More than 120 retired admirals and generals urged President Donald Trump not to slash spending on diplomacy and development aid, CNN reported Monday.

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Nairobi - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

New York - Russia and the United States were headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Monday as Moscow prepared to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria.

Australian arrested over IS missile-design plot

Sydney - An Australian was charged Tuesday with helping the Islamic State group develop high-tech weapons, including long-range guided missile capabilities.

Malaysian firms linked to North Korea spy front shut: police

Kuala Lumpur - Two Malaysian firms linked to a North Korean front company the UN says was selling military equipment will be closed down, police in Kuala Lumpur said Tuesday as they investigate the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam.

Famine inches closer as drought and hunger in Somalia worsens

Mogadishu - International aid on a large scale is needed to avert an imminent disaster unfolding in Somalia. With two years of drought in an already arid region, food insecurity, and internal violence and conflict, Somalia is sinking into famine.

Op-Ed: Pentagon wants to expand involvement in Somalia

One of the recommendations of the Pentagon to the new Trump administration is to expand the battle in Somalia against the Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Turkey jails German journalist on terrorism charges

Ankara - A court in Istanbul on Monday ordered provisional detention for a correspondent of the German newspaper Die Welt, a move that drew a stern rebuke from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German hostage beheaded by Philippine Islamists: govt

Manila - Islamic militants in the Philippines have beheaded a 70-year-old German hostage they were holding for ransom, Manila officials said Monday, as Berlin condemned the murder as "unscrupulous and inhumane".

Harassment complaint at prior job ends road for new Uber exec

San Francisco - A new engineering executive at Uber has left after the ride-sharing titan learned he ended his career at Google after a sexual harassment complaint, according to US media reports.

Civilians flee Mosul fighting as Iraq forces battle IS

- Several hundred civilians fled through the desert on Tuesday to escape fighting against jihadists in the Mosul area, reaching an Iraqi position south of the embattled city.

US tariffs would kill NAFTA talks: Mexico

Mexico - Mexico will walk away from talks on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement if US President Donald Trump slaps tariffs on Mexican-made goods, the economy minister says.

Magnanimous Turkmen strongman promotes vote rival

Ashgabat - In a generous gesture following an electoral victory in which he scooped 97 percent of the vote, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has promoted his closest electoral rival, state media reported Tuesday.

Two women to be charged with Kim murder: Malaysia attorney general

Kuala Lumpur - Two women will be charged with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, who was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's main airport, Malaysia's attorney general said Tuesday.

UN slams North Korea over 'provocative' sanctions evasion

New York - Backed by China, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions.
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