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Rebels kill 22 in eastern DRCongo: local officials

Beni - Islamist rebels hacked to death at least 22 civilians, 13 of them women, in an overnight raid in the DR Congo's troubled Beni region bordering Uganda, local officials said Sunday.

Brazil opens Jerusalem trade centre as step to embassy shift

Jerusalem - Brazil opened a trade office in Jerusalem Sunday, in a ceremony attended by President Jair Bolsonaro's son and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in Afghanistan

Bamyan - Gholam Mahaiuddin sighs softly as he thinks of his 14-year-old son, who was killed in the spring by a bomb dropped last century in the hills of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan.

UN expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

Tripoli - From buying an Irish navy boat re-registered as a "pleasure yacht" to enlisting a Canadian firm to recruit Sudanese fighters -- Libya's warring parties are running rings around a UN arms embargo.

Ukraine sees 'fair' US support on first visit

Washington - Ukraine's deputy prime minister voiced confidence Friday that the United States would be "fair" and maintain support, as Washington is engulfed by charges that President Donald Trump abused his power with Kiev.

A year after Yemen's Hodeida truce, hopes for peace dim

Hodeida - A year after Yemen's warring sides agreed to a UN-brokered truce for the key port city of Hodeida and its surroundings, peace remains out of reach.

Turkey builds Libya ties in reaction to regional rivals

Ankara - Turkey's recent moves with Libya -- threatening troop deployments and signing a contentious maritime deal -- are aimed at shoring up a rare regional ally and preserving access to gas supplies, analysts say.

Taliban bombers target key US Afghanistan base as talks resume

Kabul - Taliban suicide bombers targeted a key US military base in Afghanistan Wednesday in a major attack that killed two civilians and wounded more than 70 others, officials said, amid renewed peace talks between the United States and the militants.

Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines: aide

Manila - President Rodrigo Duterte will lift martial law in the southern Philippines by year's end, his spokesman said Tuesday, more than two years after it was imposed in an attempt to stop the Islamic State group gaining a foothold there.

Peace deal for Yemen's south stumbles as deadline expires

Dubai - The Yemeni government and southern separatists have failed to meet a deadline to establish a power-sharing government, an ominous sign for hopes of a wider deal to end years of war.

Divisions exposed as Russia, Ukraine leaders hold first meeting

Paris - Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday held their first face-to-face talks at a summit in Paris which agreed some measures to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict but clinched no major breakthrough on ending the...

Ukraine crowds protest over Russia summit

Kiev - Some 5,000 Ukrainians rallied in Kiev on Sunday warning President Volodymyr Zelensky to resist pressure from Russia's Vladimir Putin when the two men meet on Monday for talks on the conflict in Ukraine's east.

Russia not an enemy? Macron's Moscow strategy faces first test

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron this week faces the first major test of his policy of directly engaging with Russia that has disturbed some European allies, as he hosts a summit seeking progress in ending the Ukraine conflict.

On Ukraine frontline, soldiers fear Zelensky will give ground

Avdiyivka - A volley of gunfire breaks the silence of a foggy day on the frontline in Ukraine, but no one really pays attention.

Putin vs Zelensky: two very different presidents face off

Moscow - When Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky meet on Monday it will be an encounter between two very different presidents -- one an establishment strongman with years of experience, the other a neophyte rebel learning the ropes.

North Korea says US denuclearization talks 'out of negotiation table'

New York - North Korea on Saturday said denuclearization talks with the United States were "out of the negotiation table," while slamming European UN Security Council members who had recently denounced its "provocative" ballistic missile launches.

Air strikes kill 19 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Syrian regime and Russian air strikes on Saturday killed 19 civilians, eight of them children, in the country's last major opposition bastion, a war monitor said.

Ukraine president meets frontline troops ahead of Putin talks

Ukraine - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited frontline troops on Friday as he geared up for his first face-to-face talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin on the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Putin and Zelensky in first talks to revive Ukraine peace efforts

Moscow - The leaders of Russia and Ukraine will meet on Monday for talks on the conflict in east Ukraine, in what could be a step forward in ending Europe's only active war.

US says seized Iranian weapons bound for Yemen

Washington - The United States said Thursday that it seized a major shipment of Iranian weapons bound for Yemen's Huthi rebels, denouncing what it called a violation of a UN arms embargo.

Afghan mourners demand justice for slain Japanese 'hero'

Kabul - Distressed Afghans held vigils Thursday to mourn a beloved Japanese doctor who transformed barren swaths of eastern Afghanistan and spent decades caring for the sick, and to demand justice for his murder.

'In cold blood': Syria Kurds say killed, robbed by Turkey proxies

Kamishli - Syrian Kurdish mother Shara Sido says the news came to her via a messaging application. She received an image of a bullet-riddled corpse with the instruction: "Come collect your son.

Nakamura: Japan doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan

Apo - Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, killed Wednesday in an attack in Afghanistan, devoted 35 years of his life to healing Afghans and Pakistanis and eventually became an honorary citizen of his adopted home.

Japanese doctor who helped Afghans for decades among six killed in attack

Kabul - A Japanese doctor whose long career was dedicated to helping some of Afghanistan's poorest people was among six people killed Wednesday in an attack in the east of the country, officials said.

UN launches $29 bn emergency funding appeal

Geneva - The UN launched a humanitarian appeal for nearly $29 billion on Wednesday as climate change and increasingly protracted conflicts put tens of millions of people in urgent need of aid.

Gaza fields, ravaged by Israeli herbicides, bloom again

Gaza - From his field of aubergines in the Gaza Strip Massud Habib gazes at the nearby Israeli border security barrier, squinting in the late autumn sun.

Russia link to Berlin murder hardens: reports

Berlin - German prosecutors in charge of intelligence cases are due to take over an investigation into the killing of a former Chechen rebel, suspecting that Russia could be behind the murder, German media reported on Tuesday.

Plummeting Syrian pound hits new black market low

Damascus - The value of the Syrian pound on the black market sank to 1,000 to the dollar at some money changers Tuesday, marking a new record low for the nosediving currency.

Stunned residents return after IS losses in east Afghanistan

Jelalabad - Afghan farmer Gulnar Malik had seen her share of hardships as war ravaged her country for decades -- but nothing prepared the mother of five for the arrival of the Islamic State group.

'Gandhi of Western Sahara' warns time running out to avoid war

Geneva - Aminatou Haidar, a champion of peaceful resistance to Morocco's annexation of Western Sahara, is demanding urgent international action to prevent the frozen conflict from devolving into war.
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