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Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting

Aden - Clashes in Yemen killed at least 66 people in 24 hours, medics and security sources said Sunday, as pro-government forces pushed to oust rebels from a key stretch of coastline.

Cuba sends maritime delegation to US

Havana - A delegation of port and maritime officials from Cuba has arrived in the United States for talks on "business opportunities and foreign investment," the Granma official newspaper said on Sunday.

African troops prepare for Gambian president's return

Banjul - West African troops approached the Gambian capital on Sunday to secure President Adama Barrow's arrival from neighbouring Senegal, as controversy erupted over the assurances offered to Yahya Jammeh to guarantee his departure.

In Mosul battle, Iraq forces face fewer IS-planted bombs

Mosul - Iraqi forces used to facing deserted, explosives-rigged streets and booby-trapped buildings have not encountered as many bombs planted by jihadists in Mosul as they did in earlier battles against them.

Bill to decriminalize domestic abuse moves forward in Russia

Moscow - In Russia, one in five people think it's no big deal to give your spouse or child a slap. And in a move to accommodate conservatives, the Russian Parliament is moving one step closer to decriminalizing spousal abuse once and for all.

Hungarians in mourning after horror coach crash

Budapest - Hungary was on Sunday mourning 16 people killed when a coach carrying teenagers home from a skiing trip crashed in Italy.

14 members of pro-govt militia killed in Mali attack

Bamako - A pro-government militia in Mali said that it had lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels, three days after a suicide car bomber left more than 70 dead.

Israel says global anti-Semitism on the rise

Jerusalem - The Israeli government on Sunday reported a global increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2016, citing sharp rises in Germany, Britain and the United States compared with the previous year.

Philippines vows no whitewash in S. Korean businessman's murder

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's office vowed on Sunday there would be no cover-up or whitewash in the investigation into a South Korean's alleged murder by police.

Germany arrests 'accomplice' of Austrian terror suspect

Berlin - German police said Sunday they have arrested a man accused of having ties to a suspected Islamic extremist captured in Austria and thought to have been plotting an attack.

Daylong spasm of violence leaves 27 dead in northern Brazil

S - A wave of violence has left 27 people dead in the Brazilian state of Para, a bloodletting authorities say might have been provoked by the murder of a police officer.

Maduro sacks the head of Venezuela's Central Bank

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced the firing of Venezuela's Central Bank chief, amid a deep economic crisis worsened by the recent bungled release of bigger denomination banknotes.

Op-Ed: Libya's neighbors warn competing factions against military action

Meeting in Cairo on Saturday representatives from all of Libya's neighbors including Libya itself plus Tunisia, Niger, Chad, Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt warned Libya's factions not to settle their differences through military force.

Outsider, ex-PM to vie for French leftwing presidential nod

Paris - Outsider Benoit Hamon will fight former prime minister Manuel Valls for the French leftwing presidential nomination after both won through the first round of the primary on Sunday, partial results showed.

May braces for new Brexit battle over court ruling

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a landmark court ruling on Tuesday that could put a dent in her Brexit plans by handing control of the process to restive lawmakers.

UK govt accused of covering up failed Trident nuclear missile test

London - The British government was accused on Sunday of covering up a failed test of its nuclear weapons deterrent last year, just weeks before lawmakers voted to renew the system.

Hope flickers as Italy avalanche survivors tell of trauma

Penne - Survivors of Italy's avalanche disaster on Sunday recounted how they ate snow to stay hydrated and sung to keep their spirits up while huddling in pitch black, cramped cavities in the mangled wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano.

Over 15,000 Romanians protest against amnesty bill

Bucharest - More than 15,000 Romanians, including President Klaus Iohannis, protested across Romania Sunday against controversial decrees that will pardon corrupt politicians and decriminalise other offences.

Toll from Pakistan market bombing rises to 24: officials

Peshawar - The death toll from a bomb blast at a market in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt has risen to 24, officials said Sunday.
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