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The US military wants to send a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible," the Pentagon said Monday as it seeks to counter an ever-defiant North Korea.

Pope says he angered Merkel with comments on Europe

Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday.

Moscow slams UN chief for Syria comments

The Russian foreign ministry on Monday criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over his claim that Russian air strikes in Syria had undermined last week's peace talks to end the country's five-year war.

Op-Ed: Members of HoR meet in Tobruk to vote on GNA today

Six more members of the internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR) in Libya who have been boycotting sessions arrived in Tobruk to participate in the upcoming vote on the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA).

Canada to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria this month

Canada announced Monday it will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22, fulfilling a campaign promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

U.S. missile shield spotlights divisions on handling North Korea

Official moves towards the deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea following Pyongyang's latest rocket launch will increase pressure on Beijing to bring its errant neighbour to heel, analysts say.

Martelly leaves office with Haiti in crisis

Michel Martelly ended his presidential term without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti's long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended.

Op-Ed: Feminist icon Gloria Steinem supports Clinton over Sanders

Feminist icon from the 60s, Gloria Steinem, has urged women, especially younger women, who tend to support septuagenarian self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders from Vermont, to support Hillary Clinton as the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate.

Algerian lawmakers adopt reforms, recognise Berber language

Algeria's parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms Sunday that authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it will bring real change.

Ten quotes from the Republican debate

Republican candidates for the White House held their eighth debate ahead of the all-important New Hampshire primary election, which takes place Tuesday.Here are 10 of the most memorable quotes from the event, which took place late Saturday. - Buckle up!..

Canada's Justin Trudeau: Key dates in his first 100 days

In his first three months as Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, 44, has traveled abroad extensively and has made symbolic changes in the way the government serves its citizens.

Op-Ed: UN SRSG in Libya, Martin Kobler, urges HoR to approve new GNA

In a news release, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Libya, Martin Kobler, stresses the importance of a vote approving the new GNA cabinet list by the internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR).

Donald Trump expected to return to Republican Party debate roster

Opinion poll-leading Republican presidential nomination candidate Donald Trump is expected to join six challengers Saturday night in the last debate before New Hampshire primary voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

With no president in sight, Haiti gets transitional government

Haitian politicians inked a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government Saturday, just hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down with no replacement in line.

Op-Ed: HoR may debate new Libyan GNA on Monday

The Libya Herald reports the Presidency Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA), meeting in Skhirat, Morocco, has agreed to a reduced cabinet of 12 ministries together with the nine members of the Presidential Council.

Kabul peace talks with Taliban 'expected this month': officials

Direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "expected to take place" by the end of the month, representatives from four countries involved in pre-cursor roadmap negotiations said in a joint statement issued Saturday in Islamabad.

UK press takes swipe at Assange and UN panel

British newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".

New Hampshire may be now or never for Jeb Bush

In a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire's primary Tuesday is do or die for Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

Russian Patriarch Kirill, Kremlin's unwavering backer

A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill has helped to transform the Russian Orthodox Church into a powerful institution of the post-Soviet state.The 69-year-old native of Saint Petersburg will meet Pope Francis next week in Cuba.

Op-Ed: Pres. Obama pushes gas tax on poorest Americans

Well into his final year as president, Barack Obama, who has overseen the largest federal budget deficit expansion in history, couldn’t find the money in his eight-year spending spree to properly update infrastructure.

Setback for Spain government formation as Podemos, Socialist talks deadlocked

Spain suffered a fresh setback Friday after the Socialists and anti-austerity party Podemos -- key players in a weeks-long bid to form a government -- hit a deadlock in talks.

Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan 'laughable'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday blasted as "laughable" Russia's accusation that Turkey was actively preparing to invade Syria."I find this Russian statement laughable...

Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan 'laughable'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday blasted as "laughable" Russia's accusation that Turkey was actively preparing to invade Syria."I find this Russian statement laughable...

Britain rejects UN panel ruling on Assange: Government

Britain rejected a UN panel's ruling on Friday that called for Julian Assange's "detention" at Ecuador's embassy in London to be brought to an end, saying it would challenge the report's findings."This changes nothing.

Cameron fights for his place in history with EU vote

Prime Minister David Cameron is playing a high-stakes game which will decide his place in political history with negotiations aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU in a looming referendum, experts say.

Rise in support for 'Brexit' after EU draft deal

Support for Britain leaving the European Union has risen since Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals for a deal to keep the country in the bloc, according to a poll published on Friday.

Venezuela president vows to resist ouster

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro vowed Thursday the opposition's attempts to drive him from power would not prosper "by fair means or foul" in a political crisis gripping the oil-rich nation.

Venezuela opens debate on political prisoner amnesty

Venezuelan lawmakers opened debate Thursday on an amnesty bill for political prisoners, a key legislative initiative for the opposition majority that risks unleashing another political crisis with President Nicolas Maduro's administration.

Op-Ed: VA's Sloan Gibson hails ruling in favor of accused employees

If the Obama administration truly wants to avoid the legacy of overseeing a worse administration than that of Jimmy Carter's, it has a lot of work to do and little time left on the clock.

Zika fear reignites Brazil's abortion debate

The Zika virus scare is reopening debate over abortion in Brazil, where some are asking the painful question: is it right to risk having a baby with microcephaly?

S. Korea slams North rocket launch, vows to destroy any threat

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Thursday said a planned rocket launch by North Korea could "never be tolerated," as her defence ministry vowed to shoot down any missile that threatened its territory.

U.S. demands end to Russia strikes after Syria talks collapse

The United States demanded Thursday that Russia immediately halt its bombing campaign in Syria after a bitter breakdown in peace talks exposed the deep rift between world powers aiming to end the five-year conflict.

Clinton, Sanders fight for New Hampshire in debate

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off Thursday in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash and days before the next round of voting in the tortuous race to the White House.

Op-Ed: U.S. Senators study Canada's refugee plan — It's a kangaroo court

The U.S. Senate committee for homeland security is holding a hearing today to determine if Canada's Syrian refugee plan isn't a threat to the country's national security.

Op-Ed: Divisions within Libyan Government of National Accord increasing

Divisions are increasing among parties to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord on the issue of allowing General Khalifa Haftar to keep his job as commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Trump, Cruz at loggerheads as Republican race gets personal

Donald Trump launched a full-blown attack on Republican arch-rival Ted Cruz on Wednesday, accusing him of stealing victory in Iowa as the Texas senator bit back, rubbishing the mogul's presidential credentials and questioning his sanity.

Op-Ed: Sanders set to romp on Clinton in New Hampshire

After losing to Hillary Rodham Clinton in Iowa by a margin as thin as a credit card, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a whopping 63 to 30 percent lead over his embattled opponent in the granite state.

German populist party eyes gains despite 'shoot the migrants' uproar

Germany's AfD began life as an anti-euro party, but it has morphed into a right-wing populist outfit suggesting that police should be allowed to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country.

Obama makes first trip to US mosque

Seven years into his presidency, Barack Obama will make his first trip to an American mosque on Wednesday, offering a high-profile rebuttal of harsh Republican election-year rhetoric against Muslims.

Rand Paul, Santorum end US presidential runs

Two more Republicans dropped out of the race for the White House, with Senator Rand Paul and Rick Santorum the latest to quit the fast-shrinking field for the party's presidential nod.

Algeria moves forward with disputed constitutional reforms

Algeria's parliament meets from Wednesday to consider a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy but critics have denounced as window dressing.