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Syrian rivals were to resume UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva on Thursday, with escalating violence and deadlock on key issues dimming hopes of a breakthrough.

Op-Ed: House bill lets employers to take DNA samples with no obligations

On top of the absurdity of overturning the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans have OK’d a dovetailing bill called HR 1313. This is a House bill which allows employers to penalize employees on their health insurance for not giving DNA samples.

Philippines' Duterte reignites martial law fears

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Thursday he may impose martial law and suspend elections for tens of thousands of local posts, fuelling concerns about democracy under his rule.

Leader of anti-Muslim 'hate group' welcomed at White House

The White House welcomed a woman described as America's most prominent anti-Muslim activist on Tuesday for a meeting she described as "very productive."

Moscow fury as Kiev bans Russia singer from Eurovision

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine spread to the Eurovision Song Contest on Wednesday after Kiev banned a Russian contestant from entering the country over a past performance in Moscow-annexed Crimea.

Scottish parliament set to back new independence vote

The Scottish parliamentwas expected to vote on Wednesday for a second independence referendum -- amid dire warnings about the damage that constitutional wrangling was having on Scotland's economy.

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

The White House confirmed that President Donald Trump will join fellow NATO leaders for a key May summit in Brussels, as the US administration seeks to quash questions about Trump's support for the alliance.

Le Pen finds fertile ground in south of France

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has won over voters in many parts of France, and on the southern Riviera coast there is little doubt in many minds that she can become president in May.

French voters adrift as unconventional election looms

One month before the French cast their first votes for president, mainstream parties are battling for relevance as anti-establishment candidates such as Marine Le Pen come to the fore.

Macron, 39-year-old French prodigy eyeing presidency

"Neither of the right, nor the left" in his own words, Emmanuel Macron is a 39-year-old former banker hoping to convince the French to take a chance on youth in this year's election.

Chile's ex-president Pinera joins primary race

Former Chilean president Sebastian Pinera entered the presidential primary race, as polls show the conservative billionaire stands a solid chance for a comeback.Pinera, who led Chile from 2010-2014, had gone back to his business empire.

Florida official calls for lynching of black state attorney

A Florida county court official has been suspended with pay after making a death threat against a state attorney who recently announced she will not seek the death penalty in any murder case, including cases in which police officers are killed.

Polish minister accuses Tusk of treason over 2010 crash

Poland's defence minister has accused EU President Donald Tusk of "diplomatic treason" over a probe into the 2010 Polish presidential jet crash in Russia that killed 96 people, national prosecutors said Tuesday.

Ontario pushes for exemption to New York 'Buy American' policy

Two Ontario cabinet members are meeting with officials in Albany, New York today to urge legislators to exempt Canada from a "Buy American" policy expected to pass on March 31, warning that if this is not done, it could lead to a trade war on both sides.

French minister fights for survival after hiring daughters

France's Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux was fighting for political survival on Tuesday after it emerged that he hired his two teenage daughters as parliamentary assistants, earning comparisons with scandal-hit presidential hopeful Francois Fillon.

Erdogan says yes vote best response to 'fascist Europe'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that voting 'yes' in next month's referendum on expanding his powers was the best response to what he called a "fascist and cruel" Europe.

Taiwan launches submarine project in face of China threat

Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen launched the island's first ever home-grown submarine project Tuesday in the face of what the government says are growing military threats from China.

Op-Ed: Trump thumbs his nose at Appalachian region with budget cuts

President Trump defined himself as the "last shot" for coal country, igniting strong support in the Appalachian coal region, an area that has long suffered from poverty and dwindling coal jobs. But with his proposed budget, he writes Appalachia off.

Heads of FBI, NSA refuse to deny Trump-Russia collusion

The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency refused on Monday to rule out the possibility of collusion between members of Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump tweets Russia collusion claims 'fake news'

President Donald Trump on Monday shot down as "fake news" allegations that he worked with Russia, which US intelligence says tried to tilt the US election in Trump's favor.

Mandela's eldest grandchild ditches his ANC party

Nelson Mandela's eldest grandchild has publicly ditched the ruling African National Congress party over its damaging and seemingly endless scandals.

Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Monday that Germany could ban future campaign events by Turkish politicians on its soil unless Ankara stops "Nazi" jibes aimed at Berlin.

China warns US over arms sales to Taiwan

China on Monday reiterated its firm opposition to US arm sales to Taiwan, amid reports that Donald Trump's administration is preparing a large shipment of advanced weaponry for the self-ruling island.

French presidential candidates face off in first TV debate

France's tumultuous presidential race steps up a gear on Monday as the five leading candidates face off in a TV debate, the first of its kind in the eurozone's second biggest economy, with just a month to go before the vote.

Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Several thousand people, many waving Spanish and Catalan flags, rallied in Barcelona on Sunday to oppose a push by the regional government of Catalonia to break away from the rest of Spain.

Trump did not refuse to shake Merkel's hand: spokesman tells German paper

Donald Trump's spokesman has denied that the US president refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they sat side-by-side in the White House last week.

Netanyahu threatens snap polls after broadcasting row

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised Sunday the possibility of snap elections following a dispute with his finance minister over a new national broadcasting service.

German Social Democrat Schulz chosen to challenge Merkel

Martin Schulz on Sunday officially became Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief rival at Germany's September general election, leading the leftwing challenge to unseat arguably the world's most powerful woman.

Xi, Tillerson seek stronger ties as N. Korea hails rocket progress

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged in talks on Sunday to work to strengthen a relationship strained by disputes over North Korea and trade.

Plan to nurture African economies unites fractious G20

Ministers from the world's top economies heralded plans to boost development in Africa on Saturday, at an otherwise fractious G20 gathering in Germany.

To speed up deportations, 12 cities to get immigration judges

The Department of Justice is working on a plan to send immigration judges to 12 cities across the country in an effort to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes.

Berlin accuses Erdogan of playing politics in anti-Europe attacks

Germany's foreign minister on Saturday openly accused Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan of ramping up anti-European rhetoric in a bid to score political points back home ahead of a key referendum.

Germany owes NATO 'vast sums': Trump

US President Donald Trump unleashed a diatribe against Germany on Saturday, saying Berlin owes NATO "vast sums of money" and must pay the United States more for security.

Showdown over Trump's travel ban to take place in Richmond, Va.

Trump administration lawyers have filed a notice to appeal a Maryland judge's preliminary injunction against the president's new, revised executive order. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia will hear the case.

U.S. Secret Service laptop 'stolen'

A U.S. Secret Service laptop, containing the Trump Tower floor plans together with other sensitive material, has been taken from an agent's vehicle in New York.

Trump accuses China of doing 'little' to contain North Korea

US President Donald Trump on Friday accused China of not doing enough to help contain North Korea's nuclear ambitions, after his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said military action against Pyongyang was an option."North Korea is behaving very badly.

In backing Syria's Assad, Russia looks to outdo Iran

In Aleppo, portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin hang shoulder-to-shoulder with those of his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, signalling Moscow's rise at the expense of Damascus's other ally, Iran.

Trump hosts Merkel after snowstorm delay

President Donald Trump hosts Germany's Angela Merkel at the White House Friday, a meeting delayed by a snowstorm and still clouded by a storm of words between the two ostensible allies.

Trump, Xi eye Mar-a-Lago summit

The United States and China are finalizing plans for a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago this April, but diplomats are struggling to remove last-minute stumbling blocks.

New York mayor avoids charges, moves toward re-election

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio bolstered his bid for re-election after federal and state prosecutors decided not to charge him in corruption investigations.

The puzzle of forming a Dutch govt

The long and complex process of forming a new coalition government started Thursday after Dutch general elections in which Liberal party Prime Minister Mark Rutte beat his main rival, far-right MP Geert Wilders.
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