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N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

Pyongyang - A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
In the Media by AFP

New Spain opposition leader vows to get country 'back on track'

Madrid - The new leader of Spain's main opposition Socialist Party vowed Sunday during his inaugural speech to lead the party back to power and get the crisis-hit country "back on track".
In the Media by Sylvie Groult (AFP) - 1 comment

Indonesia president-elect faces huge reform challenge

Jakarta - After his resounding victory in Indonesia's presidential race, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo now faces the daunting task of taking the world's third-biggest democracy forward as resistance to reform lingers.
In the Media by Angela Dewan (AFP)

Violence forces evacuation of US embassy in Libya

Tripoli - Around 150 officials, workers and military security guards were evacuated Saturday from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to escape mounting militia violence in Libya's capital.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Italy's Renzi runs into trouble on key reform

Rome - Italy's energetic Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his reputation at home and abroad on an ambitious reform agenda, but he may have underestimated how difficult it would be to win over unruly opposition parties.
In the Media by Ella Ide (AFP)

Venezuela's torn PSUV holds first congress post-Chavez

Caracas - The United Socialist Party of Venezuela appears anything but, as it heads into its first congress since the death of founder Hugo Chavez torn by power struggles and economic woes.
In the Media by Patricia Clarembaux (AFP)

Veteran Catalan leader reveals family kept money abroad

Madrid - A former premier of Spain's Catalonia region and one of its biggest political powerbrokers said Friday his family kept undeclared money abroad for over 30 years and apologised for the "mistake".
In the Media by AFP

Oregon proposes smoking ban along entire coastline

Salem - Authorities with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department have called for a ban across 362 miles of coastline. The ban would include 224 state parks as well.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Erdogan suffers delay on new Turkey high speed train

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the first high-speed train link between Ankara and Istanbul in his latest ambitious grand engineering project, but arrived late after a technical problem on the maiden trip.
In the Media by Stuart Williams (AFP)

Confusion after Ukraine's PM quits

Kiev - Ukraine's political circus made an unwelcome return to centre stage as bickering lawmakers struggled Friday to avert a crisis of their own making after Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned in a huff.
In the Media by Max Delany (AFP)

Dutch, Australians ready MH17 troops amid Ukraine deadly fighting

Kiev - Dutch and Australian authorities put their troops on standby for deployment to secure the rebel-held crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in east Ukraine, where fighting between the army and separatists Friday claimed over a dozen more lives.
In the Media by Galina Korba with Dario Thuburn in Grabove (AFP)

Australian journalist jailed in Egypt to appeal

Sydney - Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste will lodge an appeal against the conviction and seven-year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court, his family said Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Obama to meet Central American leaders on child migrants

Washington - President Barack Obama will meet three Central American leaders Friday to discuss the surge of children crossing the southern US border without parents or papers, in flight from violence and poverty.
In the Media by Ramon Sahmkow (AFP)

White House officials schedule report on Bush era torture

Washington - A Senate Committee has approved measures to declassify information related to torture during the previous Bush administration.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Mourners demand justice for NY man choked by police

New York - Civil rights activist Al Sharpton led hundreds of mourners in demands for justice at the funeral for a black father of six who died after being choked by New York police.
In the Media by AFP

Aboard 'The Beast', migrants fear Texas crackdown

Apizaco - Texas Governor Rick Perry's plan to send troops to reinforce the Mexican border was enough to deter Salvadoran couple Edwin and Sandra, who decided to make a difficult trek through New Mexico instead.
In the Media by Leticia Pineda (AFP) - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Marco Rubio hurts 2016 chances by being intolerant on intolerance

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) claims that there is rising intolerance against religious conservatives. His attempt to portray religious and social conservatives as victims will come back to haunt him.
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 29 comments

Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez goes on trial

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez went on trial Wednesday on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests that ultimately left 43 people dead.
In the Media by AFP

Bulgaria PM resigns ahead of snap polls to end crisis

Sofia - Bulgaria's Socialists-backed Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski handed in the resignation of his cabinet Wednesday ahead of snap elections that will seek to end months of political turmoil in the European Union's poorest country.
In the Media by AFP

Russia turns Sochi Olympic site, Crimea into casino zones

Moscow - Russia has designated Sochi's Olympic site and the annexed Crimean peninsula as gambling areas on Wednesday, in a bid to boost investment and tourism.
In the Media by AFP

Britain still exporting arms to Russia

London - Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.
In the Media by AFP

See the video North Korea wants removed from the Internet

Kim Jong-un is shown in this parody of world leaders dancing and goofing off during a digital altered video. While North America and Russia say nothing of their leaders being mocked, North Korea wants the video removed.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 1 comment

Ben Stein begged for nude photos in texts says former escort

A former escort revealed racy text messages from commentator Ben Stein, where he asked for sexy photos of the pregnant 24-year-old.
In the Media by Eric Morales

Israeli soldier missing in Gaza as deadly bombing continues

Gaza - After an Israeli soldier is confirmed missing by the IDF the bombardment of Gaza continues as a church is struck by Israel.
In the Media by Eric Morales - 2 comments

Transfer of French warships to Russia 'inappropriate': U.S.

Washington - The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be "completely inappropriate" given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Venezuela moves to empty Tower of David skyscraper slum

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday began moving residents out of the Tower of David, a Caracas skyscraper so notorious as a haven for squatters and gangs it was depicted in the US TV series "Homeland.
In the Media by Patricia Clarembaux (AFP)

Britain to hold inquiry into ex-spy Litvinenko's death

London - Britain on Tuesday announced a public inquiry to identify those responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea.
In the Media by Robin Millard (AFP)

'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

NZ First leader pledges to remove GST on food

In a move to break the endless cycle of poverty and improve the overall standard of living in New Zealand, First leader Winston Peters announced plans to eliminate GST from food purchases.
In the Media by Simon Crompton

Berlusconi, freed from sex-trial woes, dreams of political comeback

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in a high-profile sex-for-hire case has boosted the former Italian prime minister's determination to revive his political career, despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power.
In the Media by Laure Brumont (AFP)
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