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Politicians in Italy appeared to reach an agreement on Saturday in the battle for speakers in both houses of parliament, which could lay the ground for the fight over who will lead a new government.

Kremlin calls Johnson likening Putin to Hitler 'disgusting'

The Kremlin on Thursday said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had made "disgusting" comments about President Vladimir Putin seeking to exploit Russia's World Cup in the way Adolf Hitler had used the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

US hostility means Iran must boost China, Russia ties: official

Growing hostility from US President Donald Trump means Iran must strengthen its ties with Russia and China, a top official said on Saturday.

Tough talk on global trade escalates as Trump claims results

The US and China's top economic officials agreed by phone Saturday to "continue to communicate" on trade issues, Chinese state media said, as President Donald Trump pledged his escalating trade showdown would get results despite pushback from Europe an...

Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told

As first responders and residents struggled to save lives and property during the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey, the release of toxic chemicals was largely overlooked. But now we are finding out the truth was kept from the public.

Trump's choice of Bolton and Pompeo stirs war fears

By tapping conservative firebrand John Bolton as his national security chief and hardliner Mike Pompeo as his top diplomat, US President Donald Trump has dramatically raised the stakes in world affairs.

NASA receives $20.7 billion in omnibus appropriations bill

The White House’s original $19.9 billion NASA budget request proposed cuts to a number of Earth Science programs. However, the omnibus spending bill signed today gives NASA more than $20.7 billion, far above the original request.

Trump pick Bolton puts UN in line of fire

President Donald Trump's pick of the hawkish John Bolton as national security advisor is seen as the latest sign the United States is ready to slam the door on multilateralism, UN diplomats and experts say.

US steps up threat to quit UN rights council

The United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the UN Human Rights Council after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel.

Trump names hawk Bolton as national security advisor

US President Donald Trump on Thursday named hardline Fox News pundit and former UN ambassador John Bolton as his new national security advisor, ousting embattled army general HR McMaster.

May says transition deal creates 'new dynamic' for Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders Thursday that securing a deal on the post-Brexit transition period had created a "new dynamic" to now tackle the toughest questions of trade and Ireland.

Saudi, US must pursue 'urgent efforts' for Yemen peace: Mattis

Saudi Arabia and America must pursue "urgent efforts" to bring a peaceful end to Yemen's war, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday.

EU blames Moscow for UK spy attack, recalls envoy

European Union leaders united behind British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday in blaming Russia for a nerve agent attack in England, and agreed to recall their ambassador to Moscow for consultations.

Trump to announce China trade sanctions on Thursday

President Donald Trump is poised on Thursday to unveil sanctions against China for the "theft" of US intellectual property, a White House official said, teeing up a second potential confrontation in as many months.

Peru's embattled president Kuczynski announces resignation

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation Wednesday in an address to the nation, the day before he was to face an impeachment vote in Congress.

Fuming Trump defends Putin embrace after damaging leak

US President Donald Trump stridently defended his much-criticized overtures to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin Wednesday, as White House anxiety over his embrace spilled into full public view.

China to reorganise propaganda efforts at home and abroad

China Wednesday announced a series of changes aimed at strengthening its global influence, including the creation of a centralised news service to better communicate the ruling Communist Party's message at home and abroad.

Trump trade war biggest risk to world economy: German experts

US President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminium risk escalating into a threat to the international trading system, a highly-regarded group of German economists said Wednesday.

China's aircraft carrier sails past Taiwan as tensions rise

Taiwan said Wednesday it sent ships and planes to track a Chinese aircraft carrier which passed through the Taiwan Strait, as Beijing's leader gave the island a fierce warning against separatism and Washington expressed strong backing for Taipei.

Russian FM threatens to 'hit back' at Britain over spy poisoning

Russia's foreign minister threatened Wednesday to retaliate against Britain for "anti-Russian measures", with the two countries at loggerheads over the poisoning of a spy in southern England.

Prince Charles rejects chance to address Australian republicans

Prince Charles has rejected a cheeky invitation from republicans Down Under to explain why he rather than an Australian should be their next head of state once the Queen dies or steps down, they said Wednesday.

Poland responds to EU on sanctions

Poland's governing conservatives said they have met Tuesday's deadline to answer the European Union's concerns about Warsaw's judicial reforms or risk never-used-before sanctions.

Slovak president refuses new cabinet

Slovak President Andrej Kiska refused Tuesday to approve a proposed new government, insisting a more stable line-up was needed to ease tensions after the last prime minister quit in a scandal over the murder of a journalist.

Norway politician who hit asylum seeker becomes justice minister

A politician convicted of beating an asylum seeker was appointed as acting justice minister in Norway on Tuesday.

US Senate to vote on military involvement in Yemen war

US lawmakers vote later Tuesday on whether to end American involvement in Yemen's bloody civil war, an extraordinary effort to overrule presidential military authorization just as Saudi Arabia's crown prince visits Washington.

Expelled Russian diplomats leave London embassy

Russian diplomats expelled from Britain in the worsening spat over the poisoning of a former double agent left the London embassy on Tuesday with their families in tow.

Sarkozy: France's 'bling-bling' president dogged by legal woes

Nicolas Sarkozy, who governed France as a tough-talking rightwing president from 2007 until 2012, is a divisive figure in French politics who has been dogged by legal cases since leaving office.

Empowered Xi says China ready to fight 'bloody battle'

President Xi Jinping delivered a blistering nationalist speech Tuesday, warning against any attempts to split China and touting the country's readiness to fight "the bloody battle" to regain its rightful place in the world.

'Sex and the City' star joins New York governor race

Cynthia Nixon, the US actress who shot to fame as workaholic lawyer Miranda on "Sex and the City," jumped into the race for New York governor Monday, unveiling a progressive platform championing economic equality and eschewing big business.

Poland, Germany call for firm EU response to Russian spy poisoning

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Warsaw Monday and called for a firm EU response to the poisoning of a Russian former spy in Britain.

Protesters target latest campaign tour by Brazil's Lula

Protesters interrupted the start Monday of an election campaign tour by former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who leads opinion polls but faces a lengthy jail sentence for corruption.

Three talking points from Russia's poll

With little doubt that Vladimir Putin would win with a landslide in Russia's presidential poll on Sunday, attention turned to whether the Kremlin could rally a large turnout for the strongman.

Putin wins another term but what happens in 2024?

In power for almost two decades, Vladimir Putin predictably won a fourth Kremlin term in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, extending his long rule for another six years.

Making French great again: Macron looks to Africa

He's France's most anglophone president ever, who reaches for the language of the old foe when telling global audiences that "France is back", or that he wants ecologically to "make our planet great again.

North Korea's Kim 'taking stock' of Trump meet: SKorean official

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "taking stock" of US President Donald Trump's surprise decision to accept his invitation for talks on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, South Korea's foreign minister said in an interview that aired Sunday.

US 'will fail if it tries to split Europe': Germany

US President Donald Trump "will not succeed" in dividing European nations against one another over trade, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier warned Sunday ahead of a visit to Washington.

Trump attacks fairness of Mueller probe

US President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling as unfair, insisting the probe is staffed with "hardened" Democrats."Does anyone think this is fair?

Russian voters share concerns in predictable Russian poll

From frustration with corruption and poverty to Moscow's showdown with the West, Russians shared their concerns as they voted in Sunday's presidential election that is set to extend President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin term to 2024."I am for Putin.

China's parliament gives Premier Li second term

China's rubber-stamp parliament gave Premier Li Keqiang a second five-year term on Sunday, but he faces a tenure deeper in the shadow of the country's powerful leader Xi Jinping.

Against Putin, seven candidates and one glaring absence

Seven candidates are lined up to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sunday's election, but his primary political opponent will not be on the ballot.

Western states, B.C. united despite lack of U.S. leadership

Officials representing British Columbia, Washington state, Oregon, and California met Friday at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel in B.C. to mark the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC).
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