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Putin thanks Trump for help in foiling attack plot

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for the CIA's help in foiling a plot to attack the city of Saint Petersburg, the Kremlin said Sunday.

Trump team claims Russia investigator 'unlawfully' got emails

Washington - A lawyer for Donald Trump's transition team has alleged special counsel Robert Mueller unlawfully received tens of thousands of emails, in the latest attack on the credibility of the probe into Russian meddling in the US election.

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

Miami - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit.

Trump team claims investigator 'unlawfully' got emails

Washington - The special counsel probing whether US President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia has unlawfully received tens of thousands of emails, a lawyer for Trump's transition alleges, according to US media.

Two rookie astronauts, cosmonaut blast off to ISS 

Baikonur - A three-man space crew featuring American and Japanese rookie astronauts as well as an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off on Sunday for a six-month mission at the International Space Station.

End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last US commercial flight

New York - The Boeing 747, the original jumbo jet that was the favorite American presidents and key to affordable mass market air travel in the United States, will pass into aviation history this week.

UN council weighs measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision

New York - The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution affirming that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be reversed, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.

In Europe and US, homegrown jihadists the main threat

Washington - Returning fighters from the vanquished Islamic State group pose a grave danger to Europe and the United States, but the primary extremist threat comes from people living and radicalized inside their country, US terror experts say.

Disney-Fox deal puts antitrust enforcers in bind over Trump ally

Washington - The blockbuster deal between Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox could likely put US antitrust enforcers in an awkward position following the government's challenge to another media-entertainment mega-deal.

UN council weighs measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision

New York - The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution affirming that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be reversed, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.

UN council weighs measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision

New York - The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution finding any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be reversed, after the US recognized the city as Israel's capital.

Evacuations ordered for California's third-largest wildfire since 1932

Los Angeles - Evacuation orders were issued Saturday for areas in California's Santa Barbara County as the state battles its third-largest wildfire since 1932, with winds and dry conditions threatening to help the blaze grow.

Film about poor kids at Disney's gates is fairy tale hit

Paris - It is already the fairy tale of this year's Oscars race: A little film about homeless children living in the shadow of Walt Disney World in Florida that threatens to turn the tables on the big-budget favourites.

'In the Fade' star Diane Kruger on her real-life agony

Los Angeles - It is the most intense, critically-acclaimed role of her career, but Diane Kruger hardly had to act at all to play a grief-stricken woman robbed of her family in a bombing.

US judge sentences Honduran ex-congressman to three years

New York - A US federal judge on Friday sentenced a two-times former presidential candidate from Honduras to three years in an American prison for laundering drug proceeds from his country's Cachiros cartel.

US plans Middle East peace push after 'cooling off' over Jerusalem

Washington - The White House is to renew efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, officials said Friday, despite outrage over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

4 Palestinians killed in new wave of violence over US Jerusalem move

Gaza - Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli forces as tens of thousands demonstrated against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Pentagon alarmed by uptick in close calls with Russia jets in Syria

Washington - The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap -- or even the nightmare scenario of a US jet shooting down a Russian warplane.

N.Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

New York - North Korea must "earn its way back" to the negotiating table, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, backing away from an earlier offer of unconditional talks to end the stand-off with Pyongyang.

Pope to meet Jordan King Abdullah

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Vatican next week, the Holy See announced Friday, as Palestinians continue to clash with Israeli forces over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem a 'bomb' in the Mideast: Erdogan

Istanbul - The decision by US President Donald Trump to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel is a "bomb" thrown at the entire Middle East, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

UN chief: Diplomacy needed on N. Korea to avoid catastrophe

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday told the Security Council that diplomatic engagement with North Korea was needed to avoid "a level of danger" that could have catastrophic consequences.

US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Bangkok - The top US envoy for North Korea said Friday that "real dialogue" is needed to gauge what Pyongyang wants from its accelerated drive towards nuclear weapons statehood.

Jackson says 'bully' Weinstein smeared actresses

Wellington - Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson on Friday accused Harvey Weinstein of orchestrating a smear campaign decades ago against actresses who have since come forward to accuse the disgraced producer of sexual harassment.

Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call

Washington - Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program in a phone call Thursday, in which the US president took the unusual step of thanking his Russian counterpart for praising America's economy.

US prosecutor criticizes probe into police shooting of Australian

Chicago - A US prosecutor in Minnesota has criticized the investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman, saying he does not have enough evidence to file charges.

Putin, Trump discussed North Korea in phone call: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme with US counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call Thursday, the Kremlin said.

US sentences nephews of Venezuelan first lady to 18 years

New York - A US judge on Thursday sentenced two nephews of Venezuela's first lady to 18 years in prison for drug trafficking, damning them as "not the most astute drug traffickers that ever existed.

Fur flies in Hollywood as Disney goes Fox hunting

Los Angeles - The Walt Disney Co. acquisition of a large chunk of 21st Century Fox is expected to reshape the filmmaking landscape, uniting two of the "big six" Hollywood studios under one umbrella for the first time.

Mexican traffickers starting to produce own fentanyl: Sessions

Washington - Mexican drug traffickers have begun to set up laboratories to produce the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday.
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