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S. Korea to offer North treaty for denuclearisation: minister

Seoul - South Korea's new government will seek to sign a peace treaty with the North if it abandons its nuclear weapons, a minister said Thursday.

Trump says US committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States remained committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge, after he failed to endorse it in a speech in Brussels last month.

Trump commits US to NATO's Article Five on mutual defense

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States is committed to the NATO treaty's crucial Article Five mutual defense pledge.

US to review trade pacts, looking at 'abuses'

Washington - President Donald Trump will sign a decree Saturday ordering a review of "violations and abuses" of international trade pacts signed by the United States, including the 164-member World Trade Organization, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced.

US to review trade pacts, looking at 'abuses'

Washington - President Donald Trump will sign a decree Saturday ordering a review of "violations and abuses" of international trade pacts signed by the United States, including the 164-member World Trade Organization, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced.

US to review trade pacts, looking at 'abuses'

Washington - President Donald Trump will sign a decree Saturday ordering a review of "violations and abuses" of international trade pacts signed by the United States, including the 164-member World Trade Organization, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced.

Thousands march in London against looming Brexit

London - Tens of thousands of pro-EU protesters took to London's streets Saturday, in defiance of the terror threat, to mark the bloc's 60th anniversary just days before Brexit begins.

'Prove you are leaders of Europe,' Tusk tells Rome summit

Rome - EU President Donald Tusk called for leadership to steer Europe out of crisis at a special summit in Rome on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaties.

Troubled EU renews vows in Rome on 60th anniversary

Rome - European Union leaders renewed their vows at a special summit in Rome on Saturday, celebrating the troubled bloc's 60th anniversary with a commitment to a common future without Britain.Meeting without Britain just days before it triggers its divorce.

Pope warns EU 'risks dying' without new vision

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday warned European Union leaders the bloc risks dying without a new vision of the future based on the principles of solidarity on which it was founded.

'Disintegrating' EU has nothing to celebrate: Varoufakis

Rome - The EU is falling apart so quickly it might not last another decade, Greece's former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said Friday as leaders descended on Rome for the bloc's 60th birthday party.

Italy capital in security lockdown for EU celebrations

Rome - The Italian capital was preparing Friday for a high-security lockdown as 27 heads of state or government head to Rome for the European Union's 60th anniversary celebrations.

Greek PM presses EU on labour rights amid fraught creditor talks

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday called on EU leaders, who are among his country's creditors, to protect labour rights amid tough talks on the debt-hit nation's economy.

Pope Francis to offer birthday counsel to troubled EU

Vatican City - European Union leaders will receive guidance from Pope Francis Friday, on the eve of the troubled bloc's 60th anniversary celebrations in Rome.

The EU at 60: Where are we and where are we going?

Rome - The European Union celebrates its 60th birthday on Saturday, the anniversary of its six founder members signing the Treaty of Rome which gave birth to the European Economic Community.

EU founding fathers signed 'blank' Treaty of Rome

Rome - The European Union's six founding members formally approved the Treaty of Rome by signing a string of blank pages at the 1957 ceremony that gave birth to the bloc.

EU marks 60th birthday in Rome under Brexit's shadow

Brussels - European Union leaders gather in Rome this week to proclaim their "common future" on the bloc's 60th birthday, despite a wave of crises including Britain's looming exit from the bloc.

Women petition UN chief to pursue Korea peace treaty

New York - A hundred prominent women from 38 countries have directed a petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to fulfill his promise to achieve a permanent peace to end the Korean War.

Canadian and U.S. tribes join forces against any more pipelines

Citing further damage to the environment, aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern U.S. have signed a treaty to jointly fight any proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude oil from Alberta's oil sands.

What is Article 50? The key to Brexit

Brussels - It consists of just five short, vaguely worded paragraphs, but Article 50 of the European Union's 2007 Lisbon Treaty will decide how Britain leaves -- and it is already causing problems.

No EU-US deal without health, environment guarantees: France

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Tuesday that there could not be a transatlantic trade pact without strict guarantees that French quality standards would be kept up.

Finn elected new head of world weather body

Ginebra - Finnish weather chief Petteri Taalas was on Thursday elected as the new head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) during its quadrennial congress in Geneva.

Russia stirs anger with South Ossetia 'annexation' deal

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday signed a wide-ranging alliance with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia that will further cement its control over the territory despite fierce condemnation from the West.

Global arms treaty enters into force on Wednesday

New York - A treaty laying down international rules for the $85 billion dollar global arms trade goes into force on Wednesday, with campaigners vowing to make sure it is strictly implemented.

US urges Russia to get rid of 'prohibited' arms

Washington - The United States on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy all weapons banned under a series of pacts, warning that Moscow is in "violation of its obligations" under a 1987 treaty.

Moscow laying landmines in Ukraine: Kiev

Geneva - Kiev on Thursday charged that Russian troops were laying anti-personnel mines in Ukraine and had grabbed a Ukrainian stockpile of landmines used for training.

Eighteen countries ratify UN treaty on arms trade

New York - A total of 18 countries filed documents Wednesday ratifying a UN treaty to regulate the $80-billion-a-year conventional arms trade.One year after the Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the General Assembly, 31 countries have ratified it.

US Congress is barrier to huge Atlantic, Pacific trade deals

Washington - President Barack Obama is running into stiff opposition from Democrats in the US Congress to his ambitions to craft huge trade deals spanning the Atlantic and Pacific.

Whale hunt is on as Japanese whaling ships set sail for Antarctic

Using a clause in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium rules, Japan continues to engage in whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, under the guise of the Institute of Cetacean Research. The meat from this research is then sold in Japanese shops.

UN agrees to global arms trade treaty

In a historical move by the UN, the organisation overwhelmingly approved legalisation that would regulate the global arms trade, worth up to eighty billion dollars a year.
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