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'Hero' Malian saves child, 4, in spectacular Paris rescue

Paris - A young Malian man was hailed a hero on Sunday after he sprang into action to save a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony by single-handedly scaling the facade of the building and hauling the youngster to safety.

Brazil truckers strike enters sixth day

Rio De Janeiro - A truckers strike that has paralyzed Brazil entered its sixth day Saturday as government troops slowly cleared roads of barricades in a bid to break the impasse.

Thousands march in France against Macron reforms

Paris - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across France on Saturday to protest against Emmanuel Macron's policies, but the president said nothing would stop his economic reforms.

In an Iraqi village, a little girl hides skin disease from neighbours

- Four-year-old Iraqi girl Haura should be enjoying her childhood -- games in the street, tearing in and out of friends' homes and small squabbles over toys.

Cuba's new leader brings hope for gay rights

Havana - Gay rights in Cuba have come a long way since the early years of the Communist revolution, when countless people were marginalized or forced to flee because of their sexual orientation.

French public sector workers strike against Macron's reforms

Paris - From air traffic controllers and street sweepers to librarians and teachers, French public-sector employees Tuesday joined rail workers in striking to protest reforms planned by President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an "attack" against state services...

Migrant door barely ajar as populists prepare to rule Italy

Rome - The impending arrival of an anti- establishment, far- right government in Italy heralds even more controversy over how to deal with the flow of migrants as it raises the spectre of mass expulsions.

Exploding e-cigarette killed Florida man, coroner says

Miami - An exploding e-cigarette killed a Florida man and set fire to his apartment, an autopsy has found.

Homeless village opens in Edinburgh following celebrity fundraisers

Edinburgh - A charity backed by celebrities including George Clooney and Leonardo Di Caprio on Thursday opened a village devoted entirely to homeless people in Edinburgh.

UN: 68 percent of world population will live in urban areas by 2050

New York - Sixty-eight percent of the world's population will live in urban areas by the year 2050, the United Nation said Wednesday, up from 55 percent at present.The UN report predicted an extra 2.

As price comes down, risk goes up for Everest 'trophy hunters'

- Everest is the ultimate mountaineering "trophy", but the rising number of inexperienced climbers attempting to tackle the summit are running huge risks to reach the top of the world.

Striking French rail unions to hold vote over reform plans

Montreuil - Unions at French rail operator SNCF will hold a companywide vote next week on the government's contested overhaul for the heavily indebted group, aimed at proving that support for a long-running strike remains strong despite signs it is tapering off.

Spain's Galicia welcomes back thousands of Venezuelans

Vigo - Decades ago, they left their homes in northwestern Spain in their thousands for Venezuela, fleeing poverty or attracted by promises of oil riches.

Afghan poverty rises sharply since NATO combat troops' departure

Kabul - Poverty has risen sharply in Afghanistan since the departure of NATO's combat troops in 2014, with more than half of the population now living below the poverty line, according to a national survey.

'Emergency plan' for Paris bike-hire system as debacle deepens

Paris - The city of Paris is scaling back its once-vaunted Velib bike-hire service after a chaotic change of operator that has infuriated cyclists, many of whom had hoped to be back in the saddle for the start of the summer.

Air France-KLM boss resigns after striking staff reject pay deal

Paris - Air France-KLM boss Jean-Marc Janaillac announced his resignation Friday after staff at the carrier's French operations rejected a pay deal aimed at ending months of walkouts.

Over 80 held in security crackdown as Istanbul marks May 1

Istanbul - Istanbul police on Tuesday detained more than 80 people and placed a security lockdown on the city as the Turkish metropolis marked a tense May Day.

AFP journalists killed in line of duty

Paris - Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul Shah Marai on Monday became the latest of the agency's journalists to die on the job since it was founded in 1944.Shah Marai died in the second of two explosions which targeted reporters at the scene.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch on first visit to Muslim-majority Albania

Tirana - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill celebrated mass in Tirana on Sunday, the highlight of his first visit to the mainly Muslim Albania.

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Radin - Natalia Shevchuk gazes at the peeling walls inside her old flat and tears run down her cheeks: 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster she is finally revisiting her childhood home in the ghost town of Pripyat."Come inside: this is Apartment No.

Generation gap: South Koreans fear, welcome and ignore the North

Seoul - In the freewheeling democracy of South Korea, views of the authoritarian North, the prospects for reunification, and Friday's summit between President Moon Jae-in and Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un vary widely.

Nicaragua scraps pension reform in bid to end deadly protests

Managua - Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega scrapped Sunday a contentious pension reform that triggered four days of violence in which two dozen people were killed, but rioting students vowed to keep up street protests until he is ousted.

More than 20 dead in Nicaragua protests: rights group

Managua - More than 20 people have been killed in a clashes between Nicaraguan police and demonstrators in a wave of protests over pension reform, a local human rights body said Sunday.

10 killed in violent protests against Nicaragua's pension reform plan

Managua - Violent protests against a proposed change to Nicaragua's pension system have left at least 10 people dead over two days, the government said Friday.

Police raid French university as anti-Macron protests flag

Paris - Riot police raided a university in Paris on Friday to evict students who staged a three-week sit-in over new education policies, the latest flashpoint in protests against President Emmanuel Macron's sweeping reforms.

French police evict student protesters from flashpoint French campus

Paris - French riot police raided a university in Paris Friday to force out dozens of students who shut down the campus for a month in protest over President Emmanuel Macron's higher education reforms.

Three killed in Nicaragua pension protests

Managua - Two protesters and a policeman were killed in Nicaragua's capital Managua after demonstrations over pension reform turned violent in the most significant protests in President Daniel Ortega's 11 years in office, officials said Friday.

Macron faces spreading student protests, rail strikes

- President Emmanuel Macron faced booing from hostile railway workers Wednesday while touring a town in eastern France, as spreading student protests and a fourth round of crippling train strikes in a month piled on the pressure.

Macron faces fresh railway strikes, demonstrations

Paris - The French railways warned Tuesday of mass cancellations due to a fresh round of rail strikes that will coincide with union-led demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron this week.

'The man with three faces' has second transplant

Paris - Jerome Hamon is getting used to his new soubriquet "the man with three faces".He remains in a Paris hospital, three months after undergoing his second face transplant, but has quickly accepted his new "identity".
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