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Former South Korea first lady begins rare trip to North

Seoul - The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung flew to North Korea on Wednesday, hoping the rare trip would help ease the perennial tensions that have stymied efforts at cross-border cooperation.

Chilean Congress takes first step towards legal abortion

Santiago - Chile's Congress took its first step toward legalizing abortion in some cases, a practice that has been legally banned for decades in the socially conservative nation.

Obama to evoke ghosts of Kennedy, Iraq War in new Iran plea

Washington - President Barack Obama will present the Iran nuclear debate as the most momentous US foreign policy decision since the Iraq war Wednesday, in a fresh bid to win support of the deal.

Netanyahu implores U.S. Jews to oppose Iran deal

Washington - Benjamin Netanyahu personally called on US Jewish groups to thwart a White House-backed Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, while hitting out at "disinformation" over Israel's trenchant stance against it.

Westminster under suspicion as ex-PM faces child abuse claim

London - Allegations linking former prime minister Edward Heath to child sex abuse threatened fresh disgrace for Britain's political establishment on Tuesday as claims of high-level historic paedophilia piled up.

International outcry after Burundian rights activist shot

Bujumbura - The attempted killing of a leading rights activist, shot in the face by a gunman, triggered international outrage on Tuesday and stoked fears of worsening violence in Burundi.

Croatia celebrates, Serbia mourns military operation 20 years on

Zagreb - Zagreb cheered and Belgrade wept on Tuesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm, which ended the war sparked by Croatia's proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia and caused an exodus of Croatian Serbs.

Nemtsov's daughter receives million-euro Polish rights prize

Varsovia - The journalist daughter of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday received a million-euro ($1.1 million) Polish prize for championing democracy and human rights.

German chief prosecutor sacked in media treason row

Berlin - Germany's justice minister on Tuesday fired the chief prosecutor in an escalating row sparked by a controversial treason case against a blog accused of revealing state secrets.

German media treason probe sparks major political rift

Berlin - A clash between Germany's chief prosecutor and the justice minister burst into the open Tuesday, sparked by a treason probe into a blog that had published classified security agency files.

Spain PM urges high turnout in Catalan poll to counter separatists

Huelva - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday urged a big turnout in a regional election in Catalonia next month to counter separatists who want to turn the election into a vote on independence.

Russia files UN claim over vast swathe of Arctic

Moscow - Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.

Turkish raids raise Iraqi Kurdish leadership stakes

Baghdad - Turkey's air strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan have increased the pressure on regional president Massud Barzani, who is a key player in the US-led anti-jihadist war but faces an uncertain political future.

Former S. Korea first lady set for rare N. Korea visit

Seoul - The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung will make a rare trip to North Korea on Wednesday, raising cautious hopes of a thaw in cross-border tensions despite Seoul playing down the trip as a purely personal affair.

Catalonia calls early poll as proxy independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia on Monday called early regional elections for September 27, polls that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from Spain and raise tensions with the central government in Madrid.

Donald Trump gambles on the business of politics

New York - In his own words, Donald Trump is the very definition of American success. So why jeopardize a billion-dollar business empire for a populist shot at the White House?

Secret video, outrage, and a revived U.S. abortion debate

Washington - Anti-abortion activists' secret footage of officials from the largest US family planning organization discussing use of fetal tissue for research has appalled conservatives, sparking fresh assaults against an iconic organization over abortion rights.

Malaysia graft agency says PM's funds not linked to scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's anti-graft agency has said that nearly $700 million deposited into the prime minister's personal bank accounts were from "donations" and not related to a brewing scandal.

Venezuela opposition figure Machado barred from vote

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition politician Maria Corina Machado said Monday officials refused to register her as a candidate for the country's December legislative elections after she was controversially banned from public office.

Burundi rights activist wounded in shooting

Bujumbura - Tensions soared in Burundi on Monday as a leading human rights activist was wounded in a shooting just a day after a top general and right-hand man to President Pierre Nkurunziza was assassinated.

Catalonia to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge

Barcelona - The leader of Spain's wealthy Catalonia region signed a decree on Monday calling early parliamentary elections on September 27 which he has said will act as proxy vote on independence.

Obama says climate one of 'key challenges' of our time

Washington - President Barack Obama framed climate change as the toughest and most pressing challenge of our time Monday, as he unveiled the first ever limits on US power plant emissions.

Former British PM Heath caught up in child sex abuse claim

London - A former prime minister was drawn into the complex web of historic child sex abuse allegations in Britain Monday, when the police watchdog announced an investigation involving 1970s leader Edward Heath.

Greek stock market suffers record drop as shutdown ends

Atenas - Greece's stock exchange suffered its steepest-ever fall on Monday, plunging more than 16 percent as trading resumed after a five-week shutdown triggered by the country's debt crisis.

Sri Lankan Tamils push for autonomy and justice

Jaffna - The road blocks and military checkpoints are gone, and the restrictions on foreign tourists and journalists visiting the area have been lifted.

Greek stocks take a beating as bourse reopens

Atenas - Greece's stock exchange took a beating Monday as trading resumed after a five-week shutdown forced by capital controls, with the main index losing around a fifth of its value and bank shares particularly hit.

Catalonia poised to call early poll as proxy independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia was poised on Monday to call an early regional election that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from Spain, raising tensions with the central government in Madrid.

Clinton unfazed by possible Biden White House run: Aide

Washington - A top Hillary Clinton staffer told CNN that the former first lady's campaign team is unfazed by news that Vice President Joe Biden is giving serious consideration to a White House bid.

AFP correspondent in Burundi detained, badly beaten

Nairobi - Burundian journalist and AFP correspondent Esdras Ndikumana said he was arrested by government security forces and badly beaten on Sunday at the scene of the assassination of a top general.

Eyes on banks as Greek stock exchange set to reopen

Atenas - Attention will be focused on Greece's embattled banks on Monday when the Athens stock exchange reopens after a six-week shutdown over the country's debt crisis.
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