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German government at odds over armed drones

Berlin - Should the German army be equipped with killer drones? With less than a year to go before a general election, it's a question that has bitterly divided Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, testing NATO's patience.

Colombia sets new record in eradicating coca production

Tumaco - Colombia beat its record for eradicating coca crops for the second year in a row, the government said Wednesday, although the country still remains the world's leading producer of cocaine.

How Germany squandered early Covid-19 success

Berlin - Long held up as a European success story in the fight against the pandemic, Germany has been hit hard by a second coronavirus wave that has brought record daily infection numbers and deaths.

French interior minister questioned over rape allegations

Paris - French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin was questioned by judges on Monday over rape allegations that prompted outcry from women's organisations when he was appointed the country's "top cop" in July.

US government says agencies hit by massive cyberattack

Washington - The US government issued an emergency directive to federal agencies in the wake of a major cyberattack, as multiple media outlets reported at least two departments -- including the Treasury -- had been targeted by hackers with ties to Russia.

US government confirms cyberattack

Washington - The US government confirmed Sunday that its computer networks had been hit by a cyberattack, as The Washington Post reported at least two departments had been targeted by Russian state hackers.

Biden taps Yellen to lead barrier-breaking economic team

Washington - President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, topping a slate of economic officials who would break racial and gender barriers in the US government.

Concrete jungle threatens mangroves on Pakistan island

Karachi - A short boat ride from the shores of Karachi, mangrove trees sprout along the quiet inlets of an uninhabited island that environmentalists say provides vital coastal protection to Pakistan's largest city.

UK PM's controversial top aide 'to quit later this year'

London - Dominic Cummings, the controversial mastermind of the 2016 campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, will quit as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide once Brexit is completed later this year, reports said Friday.

UK PM's top aide Cummings set to quit: BBC

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief adviser Dominic Cummings is poised to quit by the end of the year, the BBC said, as a power struggle at the heart of government became public this week.

All bark no byte? Unease over Irish performance as EU's lead data watchdog

Dublin - Two years after the EU launched its landmark GDPR data rights charter, there are signs Ireland is faltering in its outsized role as regulator of many of the most powerful digital giants.

Far-right protesters clash with Rome police over virus curfew

Rome - Dozens of far-right protesters in Rome clashed with riot police during a demonstration against the curfew early Sunday, as Italy's government prepared to tighten coronavirus restrictions further.

As Paris hospitals near Covid saturation, all eyes on Macron

Paris - Intensive care units at Paris hospitals will be packed with Covid-19 patients as soon as next week, the system's chief warned Tuesday, ratcheting up expectations that President Emmanuel Macron is preparing tougher measures to slow the surge in cases.

'Kid influencers' regulated under new French law

Paris - When kids become YouTube or Instagram sensations, should they be considered child workers? And who looks after their money? The French parliament has attempted to answer those questions with a new law passed on Tuesday.

Amnesty suspends India work due to govt 'witch-hunt'

New Delhi - Amnesty International has suspended its Indian operations after its bank accounts were frozen in what it called a government "witch-hunt" against rights groups.

Thai protesters defy monarchy with 'People's Plaque'

Bangkok - Thousands of protesters cheered as activists installed a plaque in Bangkok Sunday declaring that Thailand "belongs to the people" -- the boldest show of defiance in a youth-led movement which is questioning the unassailable monarchy's role in the count...

Poland's governing coalition on brink of collapse

Warsaw - Poland's ruling right-wing coalition was on the brink of collapse on Friday with leaders mulling a minority government or snap elections after MPs broke ranks over the adoption of a controversial animal rights bill.

Poland's governing coalition on brink of collapse

Warsaw - Poland's ruling right-wing coalition was on the brink of collapse on Friday, with leaders mulling a minority government or fresh elections after MPs broke ranks over the adoption of a controversial animal rights bill.

Complaints overwhelm Japan red-tape hotline hours after launch

Apo - Just nine hours after Japan's new minister for administrative reform launched an online system for reporting excessive bureaucracy and red tape, it hit a snag: too many complaints.

Gambia government ravaged by COVID-19

Banjul - Three ministers in Gambia's government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation's president went into self-isolation.

Ivory Coast names new prime minister after successor's death

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's defence minister, Hamed Bakayoko, was named prime minister on Thursday after acting as interim premier in the three weeks since the sudden death of his predecessor, the presidency announced.

Bulgarians mark three weeks of anti-government protests

Sofia - Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets of downtown Sofia on Wednesday, marking three weeks of nightly protests calling for the resignation of the conservative government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

'Alarm' at Poland's plan to leave treaty protecting women

Strasbourg - The EU and the Council of Europe on Sunday voiced regret and alarm over the Polish right-wing government's move to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.

'Alarm' at Poland's plan to leave treaty protecting women

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe said Sunday it is "alarmed" that Poland's right-wing government is moving to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.

Aussie student in landmark climate change lawsuit against government

Sydney - An Australian student is suing the government for failing to disclose climate change risks to investors in sovereign bonds, in what lawyers believe is the first case of its kind.

Bulgaria anti-government protesters take to streets for eighth day

Sofia - Thousands of Bulgarians protested in the capital Sofia for an eighth consecutive day Thursday to demand the end of a government they accuse of corruption and favouritism towards oligarchs.

Queen was not warned of Australia PM's 1975 sacking, letters show

Sydney - Queen Elizabeth II was not informed in advance about the 1975 dismissal of Australia's prime minister by her representative in country, letters kept secret for decades and released Tuesday revealed.

Fourth night of anti-government protests in Bulgaria

Sofia - Thousands of Bulgarians gathered for a fourth day on Sunday in Sofia and other cities to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of the conservative government.

Bulgarian president calls on 'mafia-type' government to resign

Sofia - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev called on Saturday for a resignation of the "mafia-type" conservative government, which he blamed for ordering police raids on his offices this week.

Queen's letters on Australian PM's sacking to be released in full

Sydney - Queen Elizabeth II's correspondence on her role in the 1975 sacking of Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam will be released next week, it was announced Thursday, after a lengthy battle to make the documents public.
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