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Turkey court arrests TV chief on 'terror' charges

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday remanded in custody the head of a national TV network and three ex-police officers on terrorism charges, in a case linked with a top foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has strained EU ties.

Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor, arrests TV chief

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remanded the head of a national television network in custody in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union.

China MH370 families protest for information on missing plane

Bejing - Grieving family members of Chinese passengers from a missing Malaysia Airlines flight protested outside the foreign ministry in Beijing Friday accusing the government of failing to provide them with regular updates on the search for the aircraft.

Man rams gas-laden car into Spain ruling party HQ

Madrid - A man rammed a car loaded with gas cylinders into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's conservative ruling party on Friday, police said.The canisters did not explode and there were no injuries, a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Umbrellas banned as China's Xi arrives in Macau

Macau - President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub's return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas -- the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

MPs brawl as Kenya passes controversial terror law

Nairobi - Kenyan lawmakers on Thursday voted through a tough anti-terror bill amid chaotic scenes in parliament and a brawl between opposition and government MPs.

Jihadists claim 2013 murders of Tunisia secularists

Tunis - Jihadists who have since joined the Islamic State group claimed twin murders of secular politicians that plunged Tunisia into crisis in 2013, in a video posted online Thursday.

Putin says economy will rebound as sanctions stiffen

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would soon recover from the worst financial crisis of his rule and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Dutch populist Wilders to be tried for 'fewer Moroccans' vow

Den Haag - Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders is be tried for inciting racial hatred after pledging in March to ensure there were "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands, prosecutors said Thursday.

Currency crisis poses Putin his biggest challenge

Moscow - He crushed Chechnya's rebellion, pushed back Russia's frontiers and restored the pride of a nation humiliated by the demise of the Soviet Union.

Erdogan says EU can't give Turkey 'democracy lesson'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a bitter row with the European Union over arrests of opposition media, saying the bloc has no right to give lessons in democracy and should itself "look in the mirror".

Spy row as Kremlin agent in Estonia tells all on Russian TV

Moscow - In a rare disclosure by a spy agency, Russia's secret service has revealed it had an agent inside the secret police of NATO neighbour Estonia for 15 years.

Turkish football fans put on trial over 'coup bid'

Istanbul - Thirty-five supporters of Turkish top-flight football side Besiktas went on trial Tuesday facing life imprisonment on charges of seeking to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in 2013 protests.

Turkey says EU criticism over arrests unacceptable

Ankara - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday Ankara could not accept "such heavy criticism" from the European Union about weekend raids that targeted opposition media.

Jeb latest Bush to launch US presidential bid

Washington - Jeb Bush, son to one former US president and brother to another, threw his hat into the ring for the 2016 race Tuesday, announcing he was laying the groundwork for a campaign.

Mystery Twitter leaker of raids has Turkey guessing

Istanbul - He has access to top secret information, has been able to stay one step ahead of the authorities and is nearly always right.

Turkey's Gulen movement: Nebulous group opposing Erdogan

Istanbul - The vast but nebulous movement of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim cleric living in self-exile in the US, brings together interests ranging from finance to schools to media, and has emerged as enemy number one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Spain establishment 'panics' as support for upstart party surges

Madrid - Spain's conservative ruling party and the opposition Socialists are in panic mode as a surge in support for upstart Podemos shows little signs of abating ahead of elections next year.

Erdogan tells EU to 'mind own business' over Turkey arrests

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday told the European Union to "mind its own business", in a blistering attack against the bloc over criticism by EU officials of police raids against opposition media.

National strike paralyses Belgium

Brussels - Trade unions brought Belgium to a standstill Monday as the biggest general strike in years grounded flights, cut international rail links and shut sea ports in protest at the new government's austerity plans.

Mnangagwa in charge of Zimbabwe as Mugabe goes on leave

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has left newly-installed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in charge as he began his annual holiday, state radio announced Monday.

Hong Kong leader declares Occupy protest 'over' as last site cleared

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader declared an end to more than 11 weeks of sit-in protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police cleared the last remaining camp and arrested a handful of peaceful protesters Monday.

Critics, defenders clash over US 'torture report'

Washington - Defenders and critics of the CIA clashed over the release of a US report that revealed harrowing details of America's torture of "war on terror" detainees, and opened fresh political wounds.

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Washington - Former US vice president Dick Cheney on Sunday defended America's now-banned program that tortured Al-Qaeda suspects, praising the CIA operatives who ran it as heroes.

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.

Haiti opposition cautiously welcomes PM's resignation

Port-au-prince - Haiti's emboldened opposition welcomed the resignation Sunday of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who faced repeated calls to go over the failure to hold legislative elections in the past three years.

Jeb Bush, eyeing presidential run, to release emails

Washington - vJeb Bush, a son and brother of US presidents, says he plans to release an ebook and his emails from his Florida governorship, in the strongest indication yet he may throw his hat in the 2016 White House race.Bush -- son of George H.W.

US Congress passes 2015 spending bill after bruising fight

Washington - The US Congress passed a $1.1-trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2015, capping a week of acrimonious wrangling while averting a government shutdown and sending the measure to President Barack Obama.

One shot dead in fresh Haiti protests

Port-au-prince - A man was shot dead during a new round of anti-government protests in the Haitian capital calling for the president and prime minister to resign.

'Stupid' U.S. sanctions won't undo my government: Maduro

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro charged Saturday that tighter, "stupid" new U.S. sanctions are just further straining to undermine military staff loyalty after Venezuela derailed a bid to oust him.
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