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Britain hints at EU court ties even after Brexit

London - The European Court of Justice should not have "direct jurisdiction" in Britain after Brexit, the government said Tuesday, in what opponents labelled a "climbdown" from calls to sever ties completely.

Venezuela asks pope help, vaunts Russia ties versus US

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called Tuesday for Pope Francis's support against a "military threat" from the United States, as international pressure mounts over the deadly political crisis Caracas is facing.

Venezuela seeks cross-border arrest of ex-prosecutor

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he would seek international cooperation to arrest a fired chief prosecutor who fled the country after defying him amid a deadly political crisis.

Polish prosecutors probe Walesa's testimony in spy case

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors on Tuesday said they were looking into whether freedom icon Lech Walesa gave false testimony regarding allegations he collaborated with the communist secret police in the early 1970s.

Venezuela ex-attorney general leaves Colombia for Brazil: authorities

Bogota - The Venezuelan ex-chief prosecutor who fled her country after being targeted by its President Nicolas Maduro has left her first refuge stop in Colombia for Brazil, migration authorities said Tuesday.

Rodents force Nigerian president to work from home

Lagos - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during a more than 100-day overseas medical absence, a presidential spokesman told AFP Tuesday.

Chile grants five Venezuelans diplomatic asylum

Santiago - Chile said Tuesday it has granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelans who took refuge in its embassy in Caracas, amid political turmoil as President Nicolas Maduro moves to consolidate power.

Donations to Anti-Defamation League surge in US

New York - Donations to the Anti-Defamation League, one of the oldest anti-discrimination organizations combatting anti-Semitism in the United States, have spiked sharply since the violence in Charlottesville, the group said Monday.

As vote looms, Angolans chafe over Dos Santos era

Luanda - After nearly 40 years under the rule of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, millions of Angolans are angry and frustrated -- and many seem determined to use Wednesday's elections to express their hunger for change.

France lifts lid on contested labour reforms

Paris - The French government will begin Tuesday a final round of talks with trade unions and employer groups on liberalising the country's strict labour laws, taking President Emmanuel Macron a step closer to implementing one of his signature reforms.

NATO chief to visit Poland as Russian war games loom

Varsovia - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will visit a US-led NATO battalion in Poland on Friday amid concern on the alliance's eastern flank over a huge Russian military exercise in neighbouring Belarus next month.

NATO chief to visit Poland as Russian war games loom

Varsovia - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will visit a US-led NATO battalion in Poland on Friday amid concern on the alliance's eastern flank over a huge Russian military exercise in neighbouring Belarus next month.

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court

Hong Kong - With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges.

German FM Gabriel says Erdogan backers threatened his wife

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has accused supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of threating his wife amid a festering diplomatic crisis.

Russia charges top director with fraud

Moscow - Russia detained and charged on Tuesday the theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov with fraud in a move that critics denounced as the latest sign of increasing censorship of the arts.

Cambodian PM gives sex slave charity reprieve

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's strongman premier on Tuesday said he will not force a Christian charity that rescues child sex slaves to shut after the group apologised for featuring in a media report he disliked.

Afghanistan welcomes Trump vow to stay 'without time limit'

Kandahar - Afghanistan Tuesday welcomed President Donald Trump's move to commit thousands more troops to America's longest war, reversing earlier pledges to pull out, but Taliban insurgents vowed to make the country a "graveyard" for US forces.

Russia detains top theatre director over alleged fraud

Moscow - Russia's Investigative Committee said Tuesday that it had detained top theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov on suspicion of committing massive fraud.

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court

Hong Kong - With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges.

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday called for respectful debate on an upcoming same-sex marriage vote, saying he "deplores" the homophobic slurs aired by anonymous opponents of the reform.

Albanians turn spotlight on sites of dark communist past

Tirana - From his office in the shadowy "House of Leaves", Nesti Vako would listen to the private conversations of his fellow Albanians, spying for the state during the country's communist era.

Donations to Anti-Defamation League surge in US

New York - Donations to the Anti-Defamation League, one of the oldest anti-discrimination, anti-Semitic organizations in the United States, have spiked sharply since the violence in Charlottesville, the group said Monday.

Venezuela conductor Dudamel's tour canceled

Los Angeles - Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel said Monday his US tour with Venezuela's government-backed National Youth Orchestra has been canceled.

Colombia offers asylum to Venezuela prosecutor

Bogota - Colombia offered asylum and government protection Monday to Venezuela's sacked chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who fled her country after defying President Nicolas Maduro over a deadly political crisis.

Colombia offers asylum to Venezuela prosecutor

Bogota - Colombia offered asylum Monday to Venezuela's sacked chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who fled her country after defying President Nicolas Maduro as a deadly political crisis rages on."Luisa Ortega is under the protection of the Colombian government.

Erdogan critic stunned Turkey's 'long arm' reached Spain

Berlin - A Turkish-born German writer stuck in Spain because of an Ankara arrest warrant said Monday he never imaging being pursued in an EU country by those who want to "silence" him.

Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned a top Turkish general who played a key role in defeating last year's failed coup and led a cross-border operation in Syria that he must accept a surprise demotion without rancour.

UK sets out Brexit wish list on goods sold to EU

London - British goods placed on the market before Brexit should be sold in EU countries under current conditions even after the UK leaves the bloc, the British government said on Monday.

Brazilian army, police raid violent Rio favelas

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's army went into action again Monday to support police in raids on some of Rio de Janeiro's most violent favelas -- but not before a rogue soldier allegedly tipped off the drug gangs.

Anatoly Antonov: Russia's tough-but-pragmatic new US ambassador

Moscow - Veteran diplomat Anatoly Antonov, appointed Russia's new ambassador to the US Monday at a time when ties are at dangerously low ebb, has the reputation of being a tough negotiator with a deep suspicion of Washington.
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