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NATO aims to 'destabilise' Caucasus with Georgia drills: Moscow

Moscow - Russian foreign ministry on Friday accused NATO of seeking to destabilise the Caucasus region with upcoming joint exercises in Georgia, where US soldiers will train together with Georgian forces this month.

Brazil impeachment: How we got here — where we're going

Bras - President Dilma Rousseff is expected to be suspended from office next week for the start of an impeachment trial that will bring Brazil's political crisis to a climax.

Even in 'Red Vienna', Austrian far-right is king

Vienna - The district of Simmering is archetypal "Red Vienna", its imposing council housing blocks, named after workers' heroes of the past, testament to almost a century of state largesse under the left.

ETA member jailed 92 years over plot to kill Spanish king

Madrid - A Spanish court on Friday sentenced a member of Basque separatist group ETA to 92 years in prison over a failed plot to kill Spain's king at the opening of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum in 1997.

Turkey opposition journalists jailed in press freedom trial

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Friday jailed two opposition journalists on charges of revealing state secrets, in a trial that has become a lightning rod for concerns about the erosion of press freedom in Turkey.

Migrant arrivals in Italy top 30,000 for 2016: Navy

Rome - Italy's coastguard has coordinated the rescue of another 1,800 migrants, lifting the total plucked from stricken boats since the start of 2016 to more than 30,000, the navy announced Friday.

Brazil Senate committee recommends Rousseff impeachment

Bras - A Brazilian Senate committee voted Friday to recommend starting an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, who now faces being suspended from office in less than a week.

Turkey journalist Dundar escapes shooting, attacker held

Istanbul - Turkish opposition journalist Can Dundar escaped an apparent attempt on his life by a gunman Friday outside the courthouse in Istanbul where he was standing trial on hugely controversial charges of revealing state secrets, an AFP reporter said.

Trump on Brexit: Britain better off without the EU

Washington - Donald Trump has said Britain would be better off outside the European Union, just weeks after US President Barack Obama travelled to London to warn against a Brexit.

Brazil Senate committee vote set on Rousseff impeachment

Bras - A special committee in Brazil's Senate was to vote Friday on whether to recommend starting an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff who faces being suspended from office in less than a week.

Jettisoning PM, Turkey's Erdogan marches to one-man rule

Ankara - By letting go of his prime minister after just 20 months in the post, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown his iron will to create a presidential system where one man has total authority.

Kenny re-elected prime minister by Irish parliament

Dublin - Ireland's parliament re-elected Enda Kenny as prime minister at the head of a minority government on Friday following a deal aimed at a slight easing of austerity after more than two months of impasse.

Erdogan warns EU over visa deal after Turkey PM exits

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned the EU that Turkey would not change an anti-terror law for the sake of a deal on visa-free travel and migrant flows, throwing up a major potential stumbling block a day after his prime minister said he wa...

North Korea controls agenda as world's media pour in

Pyongyang - When one of the world's most secretive states opens the door to the international media, it keeps a firm grip on the handle.

Germany expects Turkey to honour EU migrants pact after PM exit

Berlin - Germany insisted Friday it expects Turkey to stick to a deal Berlin helped broker to limit refugee flows to the EU even after the announced resignation of its prime minister.

Deputy minister's body found after Malaysia helicopter crash

Kuala Lumpur - Search teams on Friday recovered the body of a Malaysian deputy minister in the Borneo island state of Sarawak near where a helicopter carrying her and five others is believed to have crashed, officials said.

Deputy minister's body found after Malaysia helicopter crash

Kuala Lumpur - Search teams on Friday recovered the body of a Malaysian deputy minister in the Borneo island state of Sarawak near where a helicopter carrying her and five others is believed to have crashed, officials said.

Greece paralysed by strike over pension, tax reforms

Atenas - Greece's public transport networks ground to a halt Friday after trade unions called for a 48-hour strike to protest controversial government plans to overhaul pensions and increase taxes, as demanded by international creditors.

Myanmar president proposes new ministry for Suu Kyi

Yangon - Myanmar's president has urged the creation of a new ministry for Aung San Suu Kyi's state advisor position, official media reported on Friday, a move that will deepen her influence and likely rile the powerful army.

Beijing 'tightens screws' on Taiwan's new president

Taipei - When Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan's president later this month, she will end a period of unprecedented rapprochement with rival Beijing -- and China is already ramping up the pressure on her new government.

Japan PM Abe meets Putin looking to warm ties despite island dispute

Sochi - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday met Russian President Vladimir Putin in a rare visit by a G7 leader as the two sides seek to bolster ties and make progress on a decades-long territorial dispute.

North Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress

Pyongyang - North Korea kicked off its first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years Friday, with state media lauding the isolated country's "prestige" as a nuclear power while maintaining a news blackout on the event itself.

North Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress

Pyongyang - North Korea kicked off its first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years Friday, with state media lauding the isolated country's "prestige" as a nuclear power while maintaining a news blackout on the event itself.

North Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress

Pyongyang - North Korea kicked off its first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years Friday, with state media lauding the isolated country's "prestige" as a nuclear power while maintaining a news blackout on the event itself.

Ex-hostage Betancourt tells Colombia to 'embrace' peace

Estanzuela - Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian politician who was held hostage by Colombia's FARC rebels for more than six years, said Thursday the conflict-torn country must embrace peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.

Maduro allies press treason charges in Venezuela

Caracas - Lawmakers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pressed treason charges Thursday against four opposition colleagues for asking the Organization of American States to intervene in the country's spiraling crisis.

N. Korea to launch top party gathering amid nuke test fears

Pyongyang - North Korea will Friday launch its highest-level ruling party meeting in almost 40 years, with delegates set to heap praise on its nuclear arsenal as a "precious sword" amid fears of a fresh atomic test.

Ireland's Kenny set to be reappointed PM on Friday

Dublin - Ireland's parliament is expected to re-appoint Enda Kenny as prime minister on Friday, paving the way for the formation of a minority government to end months of political stalemate.

Kosovo Serbs worried about EU proposal for visa-free travel

Kosovska Mitrovica - Kosovo Serbs voiced concerns on Thursday about an EU proposal to allow visa-free travel for citizens of Kosovo, fearing it would force the Serb minority to recognize the territory's disputed independence.

Russian orchestra performs in Syria's war-scarred Palmyra

Palmyra - Leading Russian musicians on Thursday staged a classical concert in the ancient theatre of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country.
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