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China says ready to engage US as envoys meet

Bejing - Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China told his US counterpart Rex Tillerson that Beijing was ready to work with the Trump administration, according to a Chinese account of their meeting in Bonn.

All eyes on Tillerson's debut at G20 in Germany

Bonn - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his diplomatic debut at a G20 gathering in Germany on Thursday as Russia pressed the Trump administration to keep its promises of improved relations.

All eyes on Tillerson's debut at G20 in Germany

Bonn - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his diplomatic debut at a G20 gathering in Germany on Thursday as Russia pressed the Trump administration to keep its promises of improved relations.

Trump's lieutenants descend on jittery Europe

Washington - US President Donald Trump's most senior representatives will descend on Europe this week to convince allies that his putting America first does not mean they will be left behind.

Merkel says Europe's future could be two-speed

Valletta - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European leaders may commit to a union of "different speeds" when they make a major declaration on its future at a summit in Rome next month.

EU to enlist Libyan tribes to stem migrant flow

Valletta - The European Union is to enlist the help of nomadic tribes in southern Libya to stem the flow of African migrants crossing the Mediterranean, Malta's premier said Friday.

EU leaders unite over Trump concerns

Valletta - European Union leaders voiced concerns about US President Donald Trump at a summit in Malta on Friday, saying they needed to stick together to face an increasingly uncertain global future.

Rights groups say child migrants will suffer from EU's Libya plan

Valletta - Rights groups Friday attacked EU plans to help Libya stem migrant departures as a recipe for children being sent back to squalid detention centres in the north African country.

France's Hollande says Trump pressure on EU 'unacceptable'

Valletta - French President Francois Hollande on Friday criticised "unacceptable" pressure on the European Union from his US counterpart Donald Trump, who has predicted a break-up of the bloc.

Migration, Trump to dominate EU summit

Valletta - European Union leaders will try to rally together to revive the beleaguered bloc at a special summit in Malta Friday in the face of "threats" from migration, Brexit and Donald Trump.

Tough options as EU tackles Med migrant route

Brussels - EU leaders meeting in Malta on Friday will face the challenge of how to work with a chaotic Libya and reluctant sub-Saharan African countries to prevent a feared upsurge of migrant smuggling to Europe.

Morocco's king hails 'return home' to AU after 33 years

Addis Ababa - "I am finally home," King Mohammed VI said Tuesday as the African Union readmitted Morocco after a 33-year absence, deferring the issue of Western Sahara for another day.

African Union re-admits Morocco after 33-year absence

Addis Ababa - The African Union decided Monday to allow Morocco back in the fold after a 33-year absence, despite stiff resistance from some member states over the status of Western Sahara.

Chad's foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat named AU chief

Addis Ababa - Chad's foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was named Monday as the new AU Commission chairperson, beating four others to succeed South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, diplomats told AFP.

UN chief slams border closures in 'developed countries'

Addis Ababa - UN chief Antonio Guterres criticised Monday the closure of borders "even in the most developed countries in the world", after US President Donald Trump slapped a ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries.

African Union to debate Morocco's bid to rejoin bloc

Addis Ababa - African Union leaders meet Monday for a summit that has exposed regional divisions as they mull whether to allow Morocco to rejoin the bloc, and vote for a new chairperson.

Biden hits Putin's Russia in final address as VP

Davos - Russia is the main threat to the "liberal" world order, US Vice President Joe Biden told the Davos elite on Wednesday, in his final speech before leaving office.

A tale of two speeches as Davos week begins

Davos - The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Tuesday, in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import.

EU leaders urge Russia, Syria over Aleppo civilians

Brussels - European leaders on Thursday called on Syria and Russia to ensure the safety of civilians being evacuated from Aleppo amid charges that the West had failed to protect them.

Russia not meeting its commitments on Aleppo: Hollande

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday lashed out at Russia's role in the siege of Aleppo, saying that Moscow had broken a promise to aid trapped civilians."Russia is making commitments that it is not keeping.

British PM Theresa May urges 'smooth and orderly' Brexit

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged her EU counterparts Thursday to make Brexit "as smooth and orderly... as possible" as they prepared to discuss the process at a dinner without her."We want that to be as smooth and orderly a process as possible....

Brexit, Russia loom over 'minefield' EU summit

Brussels - European Union leaders grappled with Russia and Brexit at a "minefield" summit in Brussels on Thursday at the end of one of the most turbulent years in the bloc's history.

Britain will help Gulf 'push back' against Iran aggression: PM

London - Britain will help Gulf states "push back" against aggressive regional actions by Iran, Prime Minister Theresa May told the Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain on Wednesday in a televised address.

Obama returns home from last foreign trip

Washington - President Barack Obama returned to the White House early Monday, ending the last foreign tour of his tenure as he prepares to hand power over to Donald Trump, amid unease about the Republican's volatility and isolationist rhetoric.

Obama says goodbye to world stage after eight years

- US President Barack Obama bid farewell to the world stage Sunday, pondering his legacy, offering advice to his successor and discussing his post-presidential life at the end of his final foreign tour.

Obama defends free trade at Asia-Pacific summit rattled by Trump

- US President Barack Obama on Sunday defended free trade as fellow Asia-Pacific leaders vowed to fight protectionism after Donald Trump's shock election victory sparked fears for the future of global commerce.

Asia-Pacific leaders vow to fight protectionism

- Asia-Pacific leaders vowed Sunday to fight protectionism at the close of a summit upended by US President-elect Donald Trump's shock victory and virulent attacks on free-trade deals.

Obama presses Putin on Syria as Aleppo pummelled

- US President Barack Obama on Sunday urged greater efforts to end violence in war-torn Syria in brief talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as concern mounts over a ferocious regime bombing campaign in rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

Philippines' Duterte meets 'hero' Putin

- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met the man he calls his hero, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and unburdened his gripes about US "hypocrisy," "bullying" and foreign wars.

Xi says US-China ties at 'hinge moment'

- Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping met for the final time Saturday, with the Chinese leader warning the period after Donald Trump's election is a "hinge moment" in relations between the two powers.
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