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Venezuela seizes medicines sent for charity

Caracas - Venezuelan customs officers confiscated a shipment of medicine that a charity said Thursday was a donation for poor citizens suffering shortages in the country's economic crisis.Authorities said the cargo was an unauthorized import.

Haiti's endless electoral crisis

Port-au-prince - More than six million Haitians are due to vote on Sunday in their latest attempt in an 18-month-long effort to choose a president and parliament.

Venezuela protests, strike threat raise heat on Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition ratcheted up the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro at mass protests, announcing plans for a new march and general strike.

Venezuela opposition rallies, Maduro summons ministers

Caracas - Opponents of Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro staged mass street rallies Wednesday as he held a crisis security meeting, resisting their efforts to drive him from power.

Belgium to keep record as Spain nears government

Paris - As the political crisis in Spain dragged on, there had been speculation it might overtake Belgium's record for the longest spell without a government.

Samsung slashes profit estimate after Note 7 disaster

Seoul - Samsung Electronics on Wednesday slashed its latest quarterly profit estimate by one third in the wake of a highly damaging recall crisis that ended with the scrapping of its latest flagship smartphone.

EU court upholds sanctions against ex Ukraine leader

Luxembourg - An EU court on Thursday upheld a decision by Brussels to freeze the funds of Ukraine's ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych as well as those of a son and top aide.

Terror 'contagion' hits a fragile Europe

Paris - The wave of terror attacks afflicting Europe is showing signs of "contagion", experts warn, at a time when the continent is already in the throes of an existential crisis.

Venezuela to reassign private, public workers to agriculture

Caracas - Venezuela said private and public companies will be obliged to let their workers be reassigned to grow crops, in a dramatic move in the middle of the country's crippling economic crisis.

Will China be able to pull Venezuela back from the brink?

Caracas - Although it is not known what the particulars of the new agreement on the oil-for-loans deal involves between Venezuela and China, it does leave the world to wonder if this means that China will help the OPEC country through its economic crisis.

Blame game as Kenya hopes to dodge Olympics ban

Nairobi - Kenyan officials on Friday scrambled to work out what had gone wrong as the country faces a possible Olympics ban after being ruled non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Timeline of political turmoil in Brazil

Bras - Below are key dates in two months of Brazilian political turmoil where interconnected crises threaten to bring down President Dilma Rousseff.

Steps in Brazil impeachment drive

Bras - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff risks being driven from office if a congressional commission decides next week to launch an impeachment trial against her.

Ukrainian AFP photographer denied Russia entry

Moscow - An AFP photographer based in Ukraine on Thursday was stopped from travelling to Russia as he was set to board a Moscow flight from the airport of Minsk, Belarus.

Timeline of political turmoil in Brazil

Bras - Herewith are the key dates in Brazil's political upheaval where intertwining crises threaten to bring down President Dilma Rousseff.

Europe faces 'existential' threat from migrant crisis

Brussels - The migrant crisis poses possibly the most serious threat to the European Union's existence since the bloc's foundation as the ghosts of nationalism increasingly haunt the post-war dream of unity, political veterans warn.

London facing hostage crisis

London - Earlier this evening, armed police gathered outside Bella Italia restaurant in response to a hostage crisis unfolding in the center of London. The issue has been resolved and no injuries reported. Below are the details as it happened.

Google donating 25,000 new Chromebook laptops to refugees

Google has announced it will donate 25,000 Chromebooks to refugees fleeing countries like Syria for the safety of Europe. The company says Chromebooks will be a good option for refugees because of the range of software available.

No holiday cheer as Turks in Russia dread 2016

Moscow - Mehmet Ali Duzcu usually holds a holiday party for his small team of colleagues in Moscow, but this year he is in no mood to celebrate.

Kiev cries foul as historic Crimean wines go under hammer

Kiev - Legendary Crimean winemaker Massandra, once a supplier to Russia's Tsar Nicolas II, has provoked the ire of Kiev by putting 13,000 vintage bottles up for auction on Tuesday.

Russian firms tone down holiday cheer as crisis bites

Moscow - Forget corporate holiday bashes where glitterati are treated to fine champagne and French delicacies: Russia's economic crisis has taken the glow off the holiday season this year.

Russia issues banknote celebrating Crimea annexation

Moscow - Russia's Central Bank on Wednesday issued a banknote depicting famous landmarks of Crimea, commemorating last year's annexation of the peninsula that was slammed by the West and led to sanctions against Moscow.

Across Europe, refugees cling to hope in temporary homes

Leeuwarden - Seven-month-old Adam's nights are restless. The din and chatter of 600 other asylum seekers sharing a "camp" in the north of the Netherlands keeps this youngest resident awake, and his parents anxious.

Ukraine minister throws water in governor's face in new row

Kiev - Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov threw water at the reformist governor and former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, in the latest high-profile spat illustrating growing tensions within Kiev's pro-Western coalition.

US will keep up pressure over Russia 'aggression' in Ukraine: Biden

Kiev - US Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that Western pressure on Moscow would only increase if Russian "aggression" against neighbouring war-scarred Ukraine continued.

Biden presses Russia on Ukraine peace deal, return of Crimea

Kiev - US Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that Washington remained determined to see Russia adhere to a shaky Ukrainian peace agreement and hand back Crimea to Kiev.

Why Europe's tough migrant trail is still so busy

Brussels - Thousands of people are still making the difficult journey across Europe every day despite the approach of winter, taking huge risks to flee war and poverty in the continent's worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Putin asks IMF to help Ukraine pay off $3 billion debt to Russia

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin called Tuesday on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to lend an additional $3 billion to Ukraine to help the ex-Soviet country pay off its debt to Russia.

Global aid groups voice outrage at ban by Ukraine rebels

Kiev - Global relief organisations voiced shock and disbelief on Friday over Ukrainian separatists' decision to ban 10 Western health groups for "grave violations" of local laws.

Ukraine rebels ban 10 Western health relief groups

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels in the separatist Lugansk region on Thursday banned 10 Western health relief groups for "grave violations" of local laws.
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