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Top Egypt imam condemns 'horrific' New Zealand attacks

Apo - The grand imam of Egypt's famed Al-Azhar mosque and university has condemned a mass shooting targeting mosques in New Zealand on Friday as a "horrific terrorist attack".Attacks on two mosques in Christchurch left at least 49 dead.

UN chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Davos - UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday appealed for dialogue to stop Venezuela's political crisis spiralling out of control, after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president.

EU urges Britain to make up its mind on Brexit

Apo - The European Union urged Britain to decide what it wants from Brexit on Tuesday, after lawmakers massively rejected a divorce deal that took two years to negotiate.

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

Detroit - The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.

Netanyahu hits back at Erdogan, says Turkey 'becoming dictatorship'

Jerusalem - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Turkey was becoming a "dark dictatorship" as he hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's harsh criticism of a "racist" new Israeli law.

LA's Latino community terrorized by family separations

Los Angeles - From housekeepers and construction workers to waiters and activists, members of LA's huge Latino immigrant community say they are horrified by the zero tolerance policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the US border.

Gaza deaths spark widespread condemnation of Israel

Jerusalem - Israel faced widespread condemnation on Monday after its forces killed at least 55 Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

World leaders warn US Jerusalem move fans Mideast tension

Paris - Both friends and foes of the United States voiced criticism Monday as Washington opened its embassy in the disputed city of Jerusalem, saying the move would fan Middle East tensions.

Trump congratulates Egypt's Sisi after dubious vote

Washington - US President Donald Trump congratulated Egyptian former general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on securing another four years as president, hailing the "strategic partnership" between the two countries Monday.

Joy and confusion after Catalan leader's 'independence' speech

Barcelona - When she heard Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont utter the word "independence" Merce shed tears of emotion -- whereas Sergio scowled with disdain.

Kim Jong Un 'crazy as typhoons' but not as scary, say Guam residents

Hagatna - Guam residents say that if given the choice they would rather face the wrath of "crazy" Kim Jong Un than the power of a typhoon, as they count down towards a threatened North Korean missile attack.

Russia says US sanctions vote hits chance of better ties

Moscow - An overwhelming vote by the US House of Representatives to slap tough new sanctions on Moscow is a "serious step" towards wrecking chances of improving ties, Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.

French presidential vote: international media react

Paris - The results of France's first round of presidential election made front page headlines around the world on Monday.

French presidential vote: international media react

Paris - International media pored over the results of France's closely watched first round of its presidential election Sunday, with mainstream newspapers flocking to back centrist Emmanuel Macron against far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

France's presidential election: How the world reacted

Paris - Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have emerged as winners of the first round presidential vote in France.

Trump immigration orders spark outrage and praise

Los Angeles - President Donald Trump signed two executive orders Wednesday aimed at building a wall along the southern border with Mexico and preventing "sanctuary cities" across the country from offering protection to undocumented immigrants.

Losers in Haitian election cry foul

Port-au-prince - The losers in Haiti's presidential election insisted Wednesday they will not recognise political neophyte Jovenel Moise as the winner, calling the officially declared result a political coup.

Norway fetes chess champ Carlsen's tour de force

Oslo - From a NATO chief's tweet to the top headlines on news sites, Norway on Thursday feted its three-time world chess champion Magnus Carlsen a day after he beat Russia's Sergei Karyakin in a breathtaking tiebreaker.

N. Korea rejects sanctions, vows to strengthen nuclear deterrent

Seoul - North Korea on Friday rejected the UN Security Council's tough sanctions targeting the communist state as "unfair, illicit and immoral" and vowed to keep building its nuclear arsenal.

Russia sceptical of IS claim that it shot down airliner over Egypt

Moscow - Moscow cast doubt Saturday on claims by the Islamic State group's Egyptian affiliate to have downed a Russian passenger jet that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people onboard.

Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms

Toukyo - Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.

Athens casts doubt on Juncker's 'sincerity'

Atenas - The Greek government cast doubt on EU commission head Jean-Claude Juncker's "sincerity" on Monday, as a bitter war of words erupted over who was to blame for a breakdown in bailout negotiations.

Italy soul-searches after deadly court shooting

Rome - Italy debated Friday whether a deadly court shooting in which a man on trial for bankruptcy pulled out a gun and shot a judge and two others dead was a symptom of deeper social ills.

Kaczynski twins trumpet Lisbon success as election looms

In the final stretch of a tight campaign ahead of Poland's Sunday parliamentary election, President Lech Kaczynski and identical twin Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski trumpeted Poland's "huge success" at the European Union's Lisbon summit.
 

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