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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid tribute to the late leftist icon Fidel Castro during a surprise visit to Cuba, state media reported Wednesday.The daily Granma said Maduro traveled Tuesday to Castro's tomb in Santiago de Cuba.

S.Korea's Moon urges calm on N.Korea, says war unthinkable

South Korean President Moon Jae-In called Monday for calm in the standoff with North Korea, saying there should never be another war on the peninsula.

Kenya's defeated Odinga to take poll dispute to top court

Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday he would take his claims that Kenya's presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court, after previously refusing to do so, and vowed to protest peacefully.

Trump renews attack on Amazon, claiming 'jobs lost'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Amazon, claiming the US online colossus is doing "great damage" to other retailers and destroying jobs.Trump, who has criticized Amazon in the past, offered no specific facts to back up his argument.

Trump praises N. Korean leader's 'wise' decision to halt Guam missile test

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korea's leader for backing off on plans to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam."Kim Jong-Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision.

British PM says 'no equivalence' in US clashes

Far-right views should always be condemned and there could be no equivalence with opponents of fascism, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday in comments that implicitly criticised US President Donald Trump.

Hong Kong activists defiant in face of possible jail term

A defiant Joshua Wong, who became the face of Hong Kong's huge Umbrella Movement, said Wednesday he had no regrets as he prepared for a possible prison sentence for his leading role in the mass pro-democracy protests.

Former Pakistan PM Sharif challenges ouster, demands case review

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has hit back against his ouster by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations, demanding a review of his case.

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides.

Argentina warns US against military move on Venezuela

US Vice President Mike Pence heard more complaints from Latin American allies Tuesday about President Donald Trump's warning of a possible US military option to deal with the crisis in Venezuela.

Creaky Slovak coalition agrees deal to end crisis

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico struck a deal Tuesday to keep his three-party coalition in power, ending a week-long crisis triggered when a eurosceptic junior partner threatened to quit.

Algeria's PM sacked after less than three months in office

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday, less than three months after appointing him, according to a presidential statement carried by state media.

US issues first religious freedom report of Trump era

The United States on Tuesday issued its first report on world religious freedom since President Donald Trump took office, and again targeted the Islamic State group's campaign of "genocide.

Taliban warn Trump against troop increase in open letter

The Taliban published an open letter to US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warning him against sending more American forces to Afghanistan.

China says N.Korea crisis faces 'turning point'

China said Tuesday that the North Korean nuclear crisis had reached a "turning point" and it was time to enter peace talks.

New generation of white nationalist groups flourish under Trump

The violent protests that left a woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked many Americans with TV footage of an estimated 1,000 neo-Nazis and white supremacists, guarded by "militiamen" brandishing semi-automatic rifles and wearing body armor.

Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions.

China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe

Trade tensions between the United States and China heated up on Tuesday as Beijing warned that it "will not sit idle" if a US probe into its intellectual property practices leads to sanctions.

'Bogeyman' car industry fires up German election

With six weeks to go until a general election, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival are taking aim at Germany's scandal-hit car bosses, in a race to reassure voters they won't have to pay for the sector's mistakes.

After Merck, CEOs of Intel, Under Armour quit Trump panel over rally

The chief executives of Merck, Intel and Under Armour resigned Monday from a White House advisory panel on manufacturing after President Donald Trump's initial failure to explicitly condemn a white supremacist rally.

US rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning

The United States vowed Monday to stop Venezuela from becoming a "failed state," as it rallied Latin American allies after President Donald Trump warned of possible military action.

Mattis warns of risk of war, pushes N. Korea diplomacy

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Monday that an attack by North Korea against the United States could quickly escalate into war, as he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson moved to dial down tensions.

French 'falling out of love' with Macron after 100 days

Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old former investment banker who was catapulted to the French presidency in May, faces widespread disillusionment as he prepares to mark his first 100 days in office.

China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Tuesday, following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing to strongarm Pyongyang over its ally's nuclear programme.

70 years of pain across the India-Pakistan border

From barbed grins in a carefully synchronised daily flag ceremony to murderous exchanges across barbed wire in Kashmir, the India-Pakistan border is a 70-year-old scar that will not heal.

Kirchner back as Argentina names key vote contenders

President Mauricio Macri's coalition solidified its lead as Argentina's biggest political force in primary votes on Sunday that also saw the return of fiery leftist former leader Cristina Kirchner.

Guam leader backs 'punch in the nose' for Pyongyang

Guam's leader said Monday that "sometimes a bully can only be stopped with a punch in the nose", in a spirited defence of President Donald Trump's rhetoric against North Korea which has the island in its crosshairs.

Australia deputy PM caught in dual citizenship crisis

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's political future was in doubt Monday after it emerged he may be a dual citizen, placing the conservative government's slim parliamentary majority at risk.

US, Mexico, Canada to open talks on revising NAFTA

President Donald Trump will have the chance to turn a key campaign promise into reality with this week's start of official talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

White House defends Trump's response to Virginia violence

The White House on Sunday struggled to defuse the growing criticism of President Donald Trump's initial failure to explicitly condemn white supremacists for their role in the violent protest Saturday in Virginia, insisting that his condemnation include...

CIA chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-N.Korea standoff

CIA director Mike Pompeo offered assurances Sunday there was "nothing imminent" in the US standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea but said he wouldn't be surprised if Pyongyang conducted another missile test.

Western powers concerned at Kosovo political deadlock

Leading western powers voiced concern Sunday at political deadlock in Kosovo, which has still not formed a government two months after snap elections in the tiny country, a former Serbian province.

Eastern Libyan commander Haftar to meet with Lavrov in Russia

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar commander of the Libyan National Army(LNA), the armed forces associated with the House of Representatives (HoR) government in eastern Libya arrived in Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov scheduled on Monday.

CIA chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-N.Korea standoff

CIA director Mike Pompeo offered assurances Sunday there was "nothing imminent" in the US standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea but said he wouldn't be surprised if Pyongyang conducted another missile test.

Trump condemnation of Charlottesville violence includes 'white supremacists': W.House

US President Donald Trump's condemnation of bigotry and hatred at a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia that turned violent included white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, the White House insisted Sunday.

Merkel rival slams car bosses in bid to revive campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief challenger in a September election, Martin Schulz, on Sunday launched a stinging attack on the country's dieselgate-tainted car industry as he sought to turn around a flagging campaign.

Kirchner back as Argentina names key vote contenders

Argentines will set up a mid-term election standoff between President Mauricio Macri and their fiery leftist former leader Cristina Kirchner in primary votes on Sunday.

US VP Pence stresses 'peaceable' solution sought for Venezuela

The United States "will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles," Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday, but he emphasized a peaceful path even as he stood by President Donald Trump's startling warning that US military action remained a possibility.

Kim and Trump: A tale of two leaders

In many ways the two leaders on either side of North Korea-United States missile stand-off could not be more different. In others they are startlingly similar.

Former Pakistan PM Sharif rallies crowds as trek ends in Lahore

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told thousands of supporters he would "change the fate of the country" despite being ousted by the Supreme Court, as he ended a four-day procession from Islamabad to Lahore on Saturday.

Venezuela says Latin America stability at risk from 'reckless' Trump threat

Stability across Latin America is in jeopardy from President Donald Trump's "reckless threat" to consider military action against Venezuela, Caracas said on Saturday, after its military vowed to stand up to the US leader's "craziness.
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