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Venezuela protests killed 67 last year: NGO

Caracas - A total of 67 people died last year in protests in Venezuela's ongoing power struggle, 59 of whom were killed by law enforcement and armed civilian groups supporting President Nicolas Maduro, an NGO said Friday.

As intensity fades, Hong Kong protesters mull tactics

Fpo - A sharp dip in the frequency and ferocity of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests has raised questions over the future of the leaderless movement, rattled by a spike in arrests and increasingly aggressive police tactics.

Key insurgent group joins peace talks for Thailand's restive south

Kuala Lumpur - The key rebel group behind a 16-year insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-majority south has met the kingdom's head negotiator for the first official meeting in their peace talks.

US military claimed 'success' in hacking ISIS: documents

Washington - The US military claims to have "successfully" disrupted the online propaganda efforts of the Islamic State in a hacking operation dating back at least to 2016, according to declassified national security documents released Tuesday.

Iran MP offers $3 mn 'to anyone who kills Trump': report

Tehran - An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday offered a $3-million reward to "anyone who kills" US President Donald Trump to avenge the assassination of a top general, semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year fairs get a protest makeover

Fpo - Protest-themed Lunar New Year fairs have sprung up across Hong Kong to raise money and morale for the city's pro-democracy movement despite stiff resistance from local authorities and pro-Beijing politicians.

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests

Fpo - Hong Kong's reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody's downgraded a key rating, blaming a lack of government response to months of popular protests and China's increased influence over the city's institutions.

Lebanon officials vow to deter 'infiltrator' attacks after weekend violence

Beirut - Security officials in protest-hit Lebanon Monday vowed to take measures to deter attacks against security forces during crisis talks following rare violence over the weekend that left hundreds wounded.

Toy Story: Hong Kong protest models become major hit

Fpo - Intricately detailed Hong Kong protester figurines have become the latest must-have collectables as toy stores recreate the pro-democracy movement's street battles with police in their shop displays.

Officers beaten after police disband Hong Kong democracy rally

Fpo - Two police officers were beaten bloody by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong Sunday as violence erupted at a rally calling for greater democratic freedoms in the heart of the city.

US girds for cyber threats from Iran as military clash fears ebb

Washington - Iran is widely expected to ramp up cyberattacks against the United States in response to the US killing of a top Iranian leader this month even as fears have receded about a military confrontation between the two countries.

Hong Kong leader says city could keep freedoms if it 'stays loyal'

Fpo - Hong Kong may be allowed to keep its unique freedoms beyond their 2047 expiry date, its leader said Thursday, but only if inhabitants remain loyal to Beijing's vision of how the city should be run.

Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support

Fpo - Hong Kong's teachers say they are living in fear as the city's democracy protests rumble on, with some not daring to discuss the movement and others anxious they could even lose their jobs if they are caught supporting it.

Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colours

Fpo - Seven months of unrest have taken a heavy toll on many Hong Kong businesses, but pro-democracy protesters are now seeking to reward shops and restaurants that support their cause by building a "yellow" economy.

As Iran missiles battered Iraq base, US lost eyes in sky

Moments after volleys of Iranian missiles began to batter Iraq's Ain al-Asad airbase, US soldiers at the desert facility lost contact with their ultra-powerful -- and expensive -- eyes in the sky.

Trump seizes on new Iran protests, but goal in question

Washington - With presidential tweets in Persian and stern warnings to the regime, Donald Trump's administration is rallying behind the latest protests in Iran -- and renewing suspicions that his real goal is regime change.

'Surviving was a miracle': Iran's missile attack on Iraq base

Waves of ballistic missiles, soldiers hunkered down in bunkers for hours, intense shock waves -- a top US commander said he reacted to Iran's unprecedented attack against an Iraqi base with "disbelief".

Peace talks bring fragile truce in Nigeria 'bandit' conflict

Anka - Haruna Hasaman knew she only had moments to get away when the roar of motorbikes ruptured the quiet of her village in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria.She scrambled for her five children and fled just as the gunmen screeched in and opened fire.

Minute of silence at UN for 89 Niger troops

New York - UN Security Council ambassadors stood for a minute of silence Monday in memory of 89 soldiers killed last week during a jihadist assault on a Niger military base.

Myanmar sends nearly 200 Rohingya captured at sea to Rakhine camps

Akyab - Nearly 200 Rohingya Muslims arrested at sea last month by Myanmar's navy after a voyage of hundreds of kilometres have been sent back to Rakhine state, officials said Monday.

Top judge in protest-hit Hong Kong defends legal system

Fpo - Hong Kong's top judge on Monday delivered a passionate defence of the city's legal system as it struggles with a backlog of protester trials and accusations of bias from all sides.

Iraq warns of 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

Baghdad - Iraqi officials fear economic "collapse" if Washington imposes threatened sanctions, including blocking access to a US-based account where Baghdad keeps oil revenues that feed 90 percent of the national budget.

France, Sahel nations vow to step up anti-jihadist fight

Pau - France and its five partner nations in the Sahel region of West Africa pledged Monday to bolster their efforts against jihadists waging an increasingly deadly insurgency, while urging the United States to keep its troops engaged in the region's anti-te...

Trump warns Iran not to kill protesters, door still open to talks

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Iran Sunday against killing protesters who have risen up over the regime's downing of a civilian airliner as his defense secretary left the door open to talks with Tehran without preconditions.

Iran's 'catastrophic mistake': Speculation, pressure, then admission

Paris - When a Boeing passenger jet crashed in Iran early on January 8, speculation immediately swirled that the only plausible explanation was that it had been shot down by Iran.

EU warns Iran nuclear deal may collapse

Apo - The EU's diplomatic chief warned Friday that it may not be possible to save the Iran nuclear deal, as the bloc's foreign ministers held emergency talks on the Middle East.

At least 15 dead in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing

Quetta - A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in southwestern Pakistan during evening prayers Friday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 19 others, officials said.The blast took place in a satellite town of Quetta, the province's main city.

US piles on sanctions pain against Iran

Washington - The United States piled new sanctions on Iran's already crippled economy Friday and defended the killing of a top Iranian leader, saying he had been planning an "imminent" attack on US embassies.

At least 10 dead in SW Pakistan mosque bombing: police

Quetta - At least 10 people were killed and 16 others wounded in a bomb blast during evening prayers at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, police and a doctor said.

India's road-block women vow to fight on against citizenship law

New Delhi - Every night, 75-year-old Noornissa braves the freezing cold to help block one of the main roads into the capital of India, in a protest that is at the forefront of a rising challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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