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Putin spokesman sparks row with '$620,000 watch'

Moscow - Pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman flashing a watch worth an alleged $620,000 on Monday sparked controversy in the crisis-hit country.

Cuba objects to being placed on U.S. trafficking list

Havana - Cuba objected Wednesday to being placed on the US human trafficking list, saying it distorted the overseas work of its doctors and its requirement that students work as part of their education.

Former Indian president A P J Kalam dies aged 83

New Delhi - India's former president and top scientist A. P. J. Kalam, who played a lead role in the country's nuclear weapons tests, died on Monday, a hospital official said. He was 83.

U.S. gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report

Washington - The United States recognized Cuba's efforts to combat forced sexual servitude, giving it better marks Monday on its annual report on human trafficking.

US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking

Washington - Washington accused Russia and Thailand of failing to tackle human trafficking, while praising progress in Malaysia and Cuba, in a report on a global scourge decried as "modern slavery.

Greek PM 'doesn't eat or sleep' from overwork, says mother

Atenas - Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras eats and sleeps poorly and rarely manages to see his family, his mother told a tabloid on Saturday.

George H.W. Bush 'fair' after breaking neck bone

New York - Former US president George H.W. Bush was in fair condition in hospital Thursday after falling and breaking a bone in his neck, his office said.

Fidel Castro makes second public appearance in a week

Havana - Cuban former president Fidel Castro has made a second public appearance in less than a week, state media said Saturday, marking an unusually high-profile spell for the aging revolutionary icon.

Ukraine convent shows scars from conflict's fiercest battle

Donetsk - Nikolai Borodulya picks his way past tripwires and unexploded mines when he visits his relatives' graves in the cemetery of the ravaged Svyato-Iversky convent near the frontline of east Ukraine's war.

Armed thieves carjack Rio archbishop

Rio De Janeiro - Armed thieves carjacked Rio de Janeiro's archbishop, making off with his car and briefly holding the driver hostage in the 2016 Olympic host city's latest brazen act of street crime.

Britain's Princess Charlotte christened in intimate ceremony

London - Britain's Princess Charlotte was christened in an intimate ceremony on Sunday, in the royal baby's second public appearance since her birth nine weeks ago to proud parents Prince William and Kate.

Fidel Castro seen in rare public outing

Havana - Cuban state television broadcast images Saturday of former president Fidel Castro meeting cheese experts during a rare trip outside his Havana home.

Le Pen goes to court to stop FN party scrapping his post

Paris - Veteran far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen announced Friday he is taking legal action in a bid to prevent the National Front (FN), the far-right party he founded, from changing its statutes and scrapping his post.

Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

Nairobi - President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month.

In Iran, morale fragile as nuclear talks stumble

Tehran - For Amir Moghtader the waiting has become a torment. Uncertainty is the cause, but as the clock ticks down he still hopes there can be a nuclear deal for Iran.

Berlin Philharmonic chooses Russia's Petrenko as chief conductor

Berlin - The prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the world's best orchestras, tapped 43-year-old Russian Kirill Petrenko as its new chief conductor, it announced in a surprise move Monday.

Tibetans pray for Dalai Lama at 80th birthday celebration

Dharamsala - The Dalai Lama marked his official 80th birthday on Sunday, with prayers and celebrations at his hometown in exile but little to show for decades of lobbying seeking greater Tibetan autonomy.

Spain king honours 'ordinary heroes' after year on throne

Madrid - Spain's king Felipe VI decorated 38 ordinary citizen "heroes" on Friday, marking a first year on the throne in which he has tried to bring the monarchy closer to the people.

Tracey Emin, bad girl of UK art, 'slowly' catching up to her age

Basel - British artist Tracey Emin seems stressed and ruffled as she weaves through crowds of deep-pocketed collectors to reach three of her pieces on prominent display at Art Basel."It's a trade fair, isn't it?

Turkey ex-leader who survived two coups dies aged 90

Istanbul - Turkey's former president and prime minister Suleyman Demirel, a political giant for over half a century who survived two military coups and a ban on holding office, died Wednesday. He was 90.

Billionaire financier Kirk Kerkorian dead: MGM Resorts

New York - Legendary tycoon Kirk Kerkorian, who built iconic Las Vegas resorts and was a major investor in automakers and film studios, died late Monday, MGM Resorts International spokesman Clark Dumont said.

Angelina Jolie lobbies African leaders over sexual violence

Johanesburg - Actress Angelina Jolie on Friday appealed to African leaders attending a summit in Johannesburg to confront the "near total impunity" that hampers efforts to tackle violence against women across the continent.

Wellington, supreme general but outflanked as PM

London - Britain reveres the Duke of Wellington for defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago, but he proved an unpopular prime minister once he shed his army uniform.

Horror legend Christopher Lee dies at 93

London - Tall, pale and with a deep resonating voice, British actor Christopher Lee, whose death was confirmed Thursday, will forever be remembered for his spine-chilling performance as Dracula in the cult Hammer Horror movies.

Dzhuna, Kremlin psychic healer, dies at 65

Moscow - Dzhuna, a famed mystic healer and astrologer who is said to have treated Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and Russian celebrities, died on Monday at 65, her friends said.

How many people in a crowd? Tech has the answer

Milan - Smartphones can be used to accurately assess the number of people forming a crowd. This has been made possible through advances in technology.

Italy sunglasses king gifts staff millions in birthday bonanza

Rome - The founder of Italian eyewear giant Luxottica is celebrating his 80th birthday by giving the firm's 8,000 employees in Italy shares worth around nine million euros ($10 million).

Top cartoonist Luz to leave Charlie Hebdo

Paris - Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Mohammed following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team in January, said Monday he was leaving the paper.

Berlin Philharmonic votes on new chief conductor

Berlin - The Berlin Philharmonic's members cloistered in an undisclosed location Monday to elect their next chief conductor, one of the most prestigious jobs in the world of classical music.

Queen of crime fiction Ruth Rendell dies

London - Best-selling British crime writer Ruth Rendell, who wrote over 60 books in a career spanning five decades, died on Saturday at the age of 85.
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