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In US war on IS, what would victory look like?

Washington - The United States has yet to explain exactly what victory might look like in its war against the Islamic State group, but it is becoming clear that success will depend heavily on political events in Syria and Iraq that are beyond its control, experts s...

Tensions soar in Hong Kong as police bring in rubber bullets

Hong Kong - Crowds of protesters in Hong Kong swelled Thursday after police were seen unloading boxes of tear gas and rubber bullets, sending tensions soaring as authorities urged pro-democracy demonstrators to disperse "as soon as possible".

Mixed legacy for Afghanistan after Karzai departure

Kabul - Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai may have brought development and relative stability to major cities, but an insurgency-wracked countryside and sky-high corruption levels mean that for many ordinary citizens he leaves behind a mixed legacy.

French campaign funding scandal snares Sarkozy ally

Paris - A judicial enquiry into Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign on Thursday snared a close ally of the former French president, who announced a triumphant return to front-line politics only last month.

China backs HK leader as pressure to quit grows

Hong Kong - Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters demanded the city's embattled leader heed their ultimatum to resign Thursday, but China backed him "firmly and unshakably" and pledged support for the police.

Greenland government calls election amid PM expenses scandal

Copenhagen - Greenland's government has called an election for November 28 after an expenses scandal prompted Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to step down as leader of her party.

Argentine central bank chief resigns amid economic turmoil

Buenos Aires - Argentina's central bank governor resigned Wednesday, the president's office said, as the country grapples with an economic slowdown, a debt default and a damaging row with the United States.

US Secret Service chief quits over security breaches

Washington - The US Secret Service director resigned Wednesday, paying the price for a string of security lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an armed intruder ran into the White House.

Russia scraps US exchange scheme, says teen put in gay couple's care

Moscow - Russia has pulled out of a long-running US-funded student exchange programme, accusing the organisers of letting a teenager stay behind in the United States in the care of a gay couple.

Thousands swarm HK leader's office as calls grow to quit

Hong Kong - Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators massed outside the offices of the city's embattled leader early Thursday in a tense standoff with police, with calls growing for him to resign as mass protests grip the city.

Hong Kong protesters renew fight on China's National Day

Hong Kong - Hong Kong protesters who braved thunderstorms to stage their third night of pro-democracy rallies began massing Wednesday at the city's Golden Bauhinia Square as China's National Day holiday lent their campaign for free elections fresh momentum.

Turkey submits request to parliament for Syria, Iraq military action

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Tuesday said it has asked parliament to authorise military action in Iraq and Syria to halt the advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Catalans rally for independence vote

Barcelona - Thousands of Catalans rallied in a rainstorm Tuesday as their leaders battled to defend their bid for a referendum on independence from Spain after a court suspended it.

White House breach 'unacceptable': Secret Service chief

Washington - The head of the US Secret Service pledged to revamp her elite agency Tuesday as she was subjected to withering criticism from angry lawmakers outraged over White House security breaches.

Hong Kong democracy protesters flock to new messaging app

Hong Kong - A social messaging app that allows users to contact each other even if a mobile phone network is overloaded or switched off has become a hit among tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters.

'CY' Leung: Hong Kong's embattled leader

Hong Kong - Facing calls for his resignation, embattled Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying has become a lightning rod for public anger as the city of seven million faces its worst political crisis since the 1997 handover.

Hong Kong democracy protesters ignore leader's call to end demo

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed parts of the city, but protesters refused to move until China grants genuine democracy.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

Barcelona - Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9, although leaders of the rich northeastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

Barcelona - Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9, although leaders of the rich northeastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote.

Op-Ed: Boehner - U.S. may have 'no choice' on combat troops fighting ISIL

Washington - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appeared Sunday on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and said that the United States may have no other choice than to send combat ground troops to fight the war against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Ukrainian nationalists topple massive Lenin in Kharkiv

Kharkiv - Pro-Ukrainian protesters in eastern Ukraine's city Kharkiv on Sunday toppled a giant Lenin statue seen as a symbol of Soviet legacy and Moscow's control. The 8.

French right wins Senate, far right FN takes first seats

Paris - Three years after France's upper house Senate made its first ever swing to the left, the right has clawed back a majority, with the far-right National Front winning seats for the first time.

Hong Kong protests turn festive after tear gas chaos

Hong Kong - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters turned parts of Hong Kong into a massive street party on Sunday night, with the mood turning festive a day after riot police fired tear gas in ugly clashes.

Hong Kong protesters defiant after tear gas chaos

Hong Kong - Police repeatedly fired tear gas in clashes with protesters fighting for democracy as parts of Hong Kong descended into chaos Sunday with tens of thousands on the streets to demand Beijing grant the city full universal suffrage.

French right win Senate elections in fresh setback for Hollande

Paris - Just three years after France's upper house Senate made history with its first ever swing to the left, the right clawed back a majority Sunday in a new setback for Socialist President Francois Hollande.

Hong Kong protest spreads to new site across harbour

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong blocked a second major thoroughfare, this time across the harbour, after police had earlier used tear gas to disperse huge crowds in the city's centre.

Egypt acquits 112 on appeal over protest law

Cairo - An appeals court in Egypt Sunday acquitted 112 people convicted of holding an illegal protest on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, judicial sources said.

Jailed India ex-film star politician replaced as chief minister

Bangalore - Former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram, one of India's most colourful and controversial politicians, was replaced as head of a southern state on Sunday after she was jailed in a corruption case, reports said.

Police use tear gas on Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police on Sunday fired tear gas at pro-democracy campaigners who massed on major city centre highways in their tens of thousands, an AFP reporter said.

New EU commissioners put through the wringer

Brussels - The men and women picked to run the EU for the next five years face a grilling by the European Parliament this week which could claim the scalp of at least one of them.
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